Angela Ruzicka is the author of the Wendy on Wheels series. Wendy on Wheels came to Angela in a dream in January 2010, after a troubling conversation with her sister, Amanda. Amanda, who uses a wheelchair fulltime due to spina bifida, said that many young wheelchair users feel unmotivated with their lives. They feel severely limited by their disabilities and situations. Angela's communication background forced her to look at media portrayal of individuals with disabilities. After a long frustrating search, she found very little positive representation, especially for children. Angela found no positive, encouraging stories or characters with disabilities. She knew something had to be done, but wasn't sure what.
After her dream of Wendy, Angela knew she had to bring this positive, loveable character to the world. The universal message of Wendy on Wheels is "Live life regardless of circumstances."
To appeal to a larger range of groups, Angela chooses not to discuss the reason for Wendy's wheels. The fact is Wendy accepts and enjoys her life as it is. The stories start from there. For more information, please visit Wendyonwheels.com.