Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hey friends, look who's here today! Please welcome Wendi and check out her story.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? In a perfect world, I'd be with a NY publisher and working out plot lines for another story with my fab crit partner. Although having a laundry list of published works and being happy is good enough for me

What are your hobbies? NASCAR... I love watching the races, especially the trucks. I have a story that was inspired by a trip down pit road for what used to be the Hooters Pro Cup Series. One of these days, I'll revamp and finish it. Also I love to draw and paint and read... but what author doesn't like to read.

What's the most interesting thing you've done or tried? I got to spend the day in the pits for a NASCAR race. It wasn't the big leagues, but it was big enough that you couldn't miss the excitement and hullabaloo going down. All the people who worked with the race cars worked with their hearts on their sleeves and it was a powerful time. Plus it’s exciting to be in the middle of the infield as cars are racing 120 mph around you.

Where did you get the idea for your latest book? The idea for Learning How To Bend came from a couple of sources. One, where I grew up was an Air National Guard base nearby and the C-130 planes would fly over us. I always wondered what it would be like to ride in one, but I know I am so not cut out for the military. Two: I have a good friend who is in the Air Force who works on planes and I thought, what if I used him or his job for a story. Then I had a challenge from a very good friend to write a ménage. So I combined all three elements and wrote the story.

The idea for Right Where I Need to Be was a matter of opposites and wondering what it would be like to be a movie star. So I dreamed up my perfect hero, made him a bit of a bad boy, and threw him into a situation with a woman who is totally out of his league but he's head over heels for her. And I'd listened to so much Gary Allan music, I decided there needed to be a band and a scene at a concert. Plus, I like to sing (even though no one else wants to hear it), so the heroine became a vocalist.

What are you working on now? I have three I'm working on right now. One has to do with a newly home Air Force Mechanic and the photographer he loves. The second is a reunion story that has to do with the kids who graduated in the late '90's and are coming back to see their former school building destroyed. The third is a vampire story. I've always wanted to write BDSM but never had the chance. This story just keeps playing out that way, and I couldn't be happier.

What's your ideal hero? Oh... I'd say a man who can laugh at himself. One who can get up at a moment's notice and do something for laughs to make others happy, but not solely for self-depreciation. He has to be willing to put his heart on the line and risk his very soul for his lady. Oh, and six-three, dark hair, dark eyes, and a bit of five o'clock shadow doesn't hurt.

What are you wearing right now? Worn jeans and my #33 race shirt with Frankenberry and Count Chocula on it. If I'm not comfy, I'm not happy.

What's the last movie you saw? 3:10 to Yuma. I'm not huge on horse operas, but I'd just watched a Robert Taylor fest on TCM and I was just in the mood. Although the one before it that I loved was Deception with Gerard Butler... oh yes, I have a serious addiction to Mr. Butler.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why? A Cat. Why? Because they can have attitudes and no one cares. They can walk all over you, peer in your face, turn their back on you, and then when you least expect it, cuddle on your lap and demand attention. I've yet to own a meek cat. Plus, I want to know what it's like to have decent balance and not trip over my own feet.

Finish this thought: My favorite part of writing: My favorite part of writing is knowing that the story the lingered in my head is making a reader happy.

What I think about the ePublishing and eBook industry. At first, I was told, Oh no, you don't want to epub. There's no money in it and no one really reads those things. Um, no. But then again, there are those staunch realists who swear the only way you rare "published" is if you have a print book in hand. I can see both sides of the card. Yeah, it's pretty cool to have the book in hand and know you wrote it. But things move quicker with epublishing, and the quality is just as good. And what I've found is that there are just as many people willing to read the e-file as a print because they can put them on whatever hand-held gizmo they have and be happy. Plus the prices are much easier on the wallet for ebooks.

So far, I've been pleased with epublishing and though I wouldn't totally count out paper books, I think that the wave of the future is to pull the book right up on the reader or whatever.

You can find Wendi at:

Blurb for Learning:

Their marriage is about to fall apart, but not if she can help it and he’s willing to bend.

Abby Donovan imagined nothing could change her simple life as a librarian. Her loving husband Seth, a mechanic in the Air National Guard, is scheduled to return from a short deployment in Iraq. Before he gets home, a letter arrives. It seems Seth is asking for a divorce. She must decide whether to walk away without a fight or to wait and confront him with the thing he's always dreamed of - a ménage a trois. But all is not as it seems.

Seth Donovan wanted an idyllic life to go along with his career in the military. Then he sees the atrocities of war firsthand. A conversation with a colleague ends up as fodder for the rumour mill and so much more. Seth never wanted a divorce. He wants his wife. Will she accept him despite the rumours and advances from another man? Or can their relationship withstand the turmoil of war?

Excerpt for Learning:

“Who was she? I never heard a name. Was she that important that she had to ruin what we had? The life we built? As much as I wanted to walk away clean, I need answers.”

Seth struggled to pay attention to her words instead of how her body made him feel, but it was tantamount to impossible. If he stepped forward, he could wrap his arms around her rounded body and maybe even kiss away his mistakes. Or, she just might backhand him to teach him a lesson. Damn, he just wanted to touch her. He wondered if she’d back away if he made the first move.

“I didn’t write this.”

She snorted. “Bullshit.”

“That’s not my signature.”

“You scribble your name. How can you tell the difference?”

Seth forced his sour stomach to calm. “Four weeks ago, a bomb ripped through the mess hall. Three of my friends, including Sturgis and Levoy were killed. Kelly O’Neill, among others, acted like it was nothing. I can’t forget the sounds and the smells. The screams. The devastation. I did the routine maintenance on the Herc and went about my business, but every time I closed my eyes, I saw the mess hall explode. Because of her stint on the gunship, I asked Kelly how she dealt with death.” Seth tried to catch Abby up in an embrace. “She told me to make love—to you.”


Wendi Zwaduk said...

Thanks for having me Tory. Love the site. It's beautiful. And don't'cha just love Logan? Seth was my quiet hero. He's shy.

Tory Richards said...

Any time Wendi, and if you want to exchange links just let me know. I wish you much success with your book.

Wendi Zwaduk said...

I appreciate you having me.

My link is www.wendizwaduk.com

Cate Masters said...

Congrats on your release Wendi! Much luck with it.

Nancy Bristow said...

Hi Wendi...Welcome! I'm one of Debbie aka Tory's regulars. I like the way you think, "Tall, dark, and handsome heroes are my favorites, as long as he has an independent woman keeping him in line."

I haven't seen it but didn't Hugh Jackman star in Deception? I think Gerard and Hugh are sometimes mistaken for one another...both being hot actors and all;)

You're probably right about e-publishing being the wave of the future but I'm not there as yet. I don't have an e-reader so I love having a book in hand:)

I wish you lots of success...not everybody is a print whore as I am....Nancy;)

Wendi Zwaduk said...

Hi Cate. Thanks for stopping by!

And Nancy, I'm a bit of a print monger myself. I love the feel of a book in hand, but not always the case. And I love my ereader. Saves me so much time from reading just off my computer.

I think it was Hugh in Deception. Just saw it this AM. I love me some Ewan McGregor... But Gerard is one of my all time faves.

Kealie Shay said...

Love this interview, Wendi. I'm so looking forward to reading both of these stories. Way to go, and I'm happy for ya.

Chris M. said...

Hey, girl! See, told you I'd be following you around this week. Good thing you love me or you'd take out a restraining order. I've got these both in my ereader and can't wait to snuggle up with Logan and Seth... again. :-D

Congrats on the releases, and the ones in the future as well.

Kiss Carson said...

Wooo hooo! Finally! Congrats on the new release, Wendi. Have you gotten your print books yet? Looking forward to the next one!