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Wanda E. Brunstetter

Ever since Wanda was a young child, she had persued in being a writer. When Wanda was in the second grade she wrote her very first poem about a moth. Recieving encouragment from her teacher lead her to writing skits from church groups, that were preformed for the holidays, in her teenage years. Books were a big part of Wanda's growing up years. Wanda was one of the children that read ever chance they got. Two of her favorite books were Nancy and Plum by Betty McDonald and The Pennywinks by Electa Clark. These books gave Wanda the desire to someday write and publish books of her own.

It wasn't until 1980 when Wanda took a course on writing held for children and tennagers. She became very serious after the class occured about taking author as a career. Soon after, she began to write atricles, stories, devotionals, and poems, which appeared in various Christian publications. Wanda referred after the course, "I felt like a butterfly coming our of cocoon."

Wanda met her husband and within a few weeks they were married. She talked about how she always heard about Love at First Sight, and knew that when she met her husband it truly was possible. Her husband and her had a puppet ministry. They traveled as a family with there son and daughter to many churches in the Pacific Northwest to share the puppets that they had created. When Wanda and her husband decided that they wanted to expand there puppet ministry she became interested in ventriloquism. Later she had five books of puppet/ventriloquism scripts published. In an interview between Wanda and C.J. Darlington she was asked how writing and ventriloquism complimented each other, where she replied with, "Whenever I'm asked to do a speaking engagement to talk about my Amish-themed books, I take along my little ventriloquist puppet, dressed in Amish clothes. Using the puppet is a great way to open my talk and set the stage for what I'm planning to say. I've also used the puppet when I've visited Amish schoolhouses."

Wanda and Richard have two children, Richard Jr. married to Jean, and Lorine married to Bil. Each of the children have three children of their own. Wanda says "we always enjoy time spent with our six grandchildren, Jinell, Madolynne, Rebekah, Ric, Phillip, and Richelle."

Along with Wanda's husband and close family, her families history on her fathers side dates back to the year of 1750 with her great-great-great-great grandparents, Jacob Landess (born in germany) and Mary Reynolds (born in North Carolina). Jacob and Mary were members of a plain group called the Dutch Quackers. They had a strong conection to the Dunkerd Church, which is part of the Anabaptist movement, to which the Amish and Mennonite belong. They had thirteen children, among them was Henry who was born in Kentucky and got married and was widowed three times. Henry's second wife, Catherine Moler, gave birth to their son, John Landess (great-great grandfather) in Hiland County, Ohio in 1814. John married a woman named Rachel Landess, who was born in Virginia in 1818.

Fascinated by the Amish people during the years of visiting in Pennsylvania, she combined her interest with writing and she now has eleven novels (and counting) about Amish in print, along with other stories and ministry booklets. When one of Wanda's friends used to work for an Amish man, that he later then took them to meet this man and his family. From the moments that Wanda met the family she felt a special connection. After that visit Wanda told her husband, "When I write my first novel, it's going to be about the Amish way of life." Wanda later says she has a deep love and respect for these people. Ever since that first time when they met the Amish family and every time they are with Amish at any time, Wanda always feels a special bond and connection.


WORKS CITED:::
Brunstetter, Martha E. "Wanda Brunstetter Interview." http://www.titletrakk.com/author-interviews/wanda-brunstetter-interview.htm. 2008. Title Trakk, Web. 22 Feb 2010. <http://www.titletrakk.com/author-interviews/wanda-brunstetter-interview.htm>.

Brunstetter, Wanda E. "Wanda E. Brunstetter." www.wandabrunstetter.com. Wanda Brunstetter, Web. 22 Feb 2010. <http://www.wandabrunstetter.com/about.html>.