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15 Minutes with Wendy and Charlie Siefken Jr.

July 10, 2010
Compiled by Mike Donahey


Resides: We live on a farm just outside of Laurel.

Hometown: Charlie Sr., Laurel, Wendy, Montour

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Family: The Siefken family is Charles Sr., Wendy, Angel, Jim and Charlie Jr.

Wendy and Charlie Jr. have co-authored a book and jointly answered the questions below.

Pets: Thor who is a Corgi mutt, Cali a 17-year-old cat and Dizzy, the youngest cat.

Hobbies and interests: Charlie likes to read books, play chess and play xbox games. He also loves to cook and experiment with foods.

Wendy: Wendy likes to cook, read, garden and loves to watch old funny movies.


Occupation: Charlie: I am currently a senior at East Marshall High School.

Wendy: I am a stay at home mom who is currently taking online courses for medical coding and billing through Marshalltown Community College.

Together we have written a book called "Kai's Journey." It is about a young man who is trying to fix an accident that happened 15 years ago. We are currently working to have it published.

Best part of the job: Charlie: The best part of being in high school is getting ideas from the educators and learning and being around my friends.

Wendy: the best part of my job is being able to better help my children grow to be the best they can be. The best part about working on this book together is the brainstorming and going out to see and explore the world around us for ideas for the characters or places they go to.


Last book read: Charlie: "Dragon Champion" written by E. E. Knight

Wendy: "Jubal Sackett" written by Louis Lamour

Favorite movie(s): Charlie: I have so many that are my favorite that it is hard to just pick one but "The Green Mile" ranks right up there.

Wendy: I would have to say mine is "Yours, Mine and Ours" with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda.

Favorite food(s): Charlie: Pizza.

Wendy: Fresh garden tomatoes! And anything fresh out of the garden.

Favorite sports team(s): Charlie: I am not as big a sports fan as some, but I do like the Hawkeyes.

Wendy: Hawkeyes


Best part of living here: Charlie: I like the peace and quiet of living in the country.

Wendy: Laurel has the small town appeal and knowing that you can call upon your neighbor if you need help.


Most influential person(s) in life: Charlie: my brother, Jim.

Wendy: My family and my mom, who has worked hard all her life. My children, who have each given me a lifetime of memories. My husband, who loves me just the way I am. And my brother, who no matter what, is always there.

Advice on life: Charlie: don't judge a book by its cover.

Wendy: live life to the fullest, take risks and don't regret your past. Most of all, enjoy every moment with your family and friends and let them know you love them.



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