Sunday, August 14, 2011

Author Wendi Zwaduk is on tour!

My Life Outside Writing....

I want to thank Tory Richards for having me here at Romance with an Attitude. I’m having a great time on my tour and am excited to be here. I’ve been asked lots of questions along this tour, but the question I’ll try to answer here is what my life is like outside of writing.

Hmm. I don’t know how glamorous it will sound...but here goes. When I’m not writing, which happens a lot more than sometimes I’d like, but I’m a regular person. Okay, so what’s a regular person? I’m a mom and a wife, so I have those things to do. Laundry because any mother knows how many articles of clothing a child can go through, especially when said child is messy. Hey, he likes to play in the sand and run around the yard. I get the honor of vacuuming. Yes, it’s an honor...okay, not really. But someone has to keep the tumble weeds of dog and cat fur under control. It’s not that either dog is particularly furry, but hey, it adds up. And then there’s playing. Got to take time to play and have fun. We go to the zoo, to the county fair, work on art work know, have fun.

As I said, I’m also a wife, so there are those things to do, but the fun thing is DH is the best research partner. Yup. He willingly sacrifices himself for my art.

I’ve got a day job which I both love and sometimes wish I could give up. I’d love to be able to write 24-7, but that’s not in the cards right now. Got to bring in a little cash for the grocery trips and the outings at the zoo. I know this will sound strange, but it’s a nice diversion, too, when writing is not going. There are times when the story won’t flow or the characters won’t cooperate. I’ve got the family and the EDJ for a break.

But we were talking about my life outside of writing. I love to grocery shop. I do. I get to wander the store, looking for whatever I need to feed the family for the week, but I also get to people watch. It’s an outside of my writing life activity, but it feeds into my writing. I love to add people I see into the stories. Most of the time it is very organic—I see something and say, hmm, what if I do this with this character? But most of the time I let the characters do their own things based on what I see.

When I’m not writing I like to read, too. To write well, in my humble opinion, you have to be a reader. You do. How else can you know what’s hot, what’s selling, what’s new, and what is along the same lines as your work. Get the creative juices flowing, too. Not copying. Never that. I mean, how can you twist and turn the general idea—boy meets girl, boy romances girl, boy (or girl) screws up and loses girl, boy and girl get back together—and make it into your own ideas. My favorite thing is to somehow work racing into the story. I love to watch the races, to learn about race lingo and to adapt it to what the characters are doing. So I watch the races, read books, and work on my ideas.

Looking back on what I’ve written here for the blog and I see that even when I think my writing life is separate from my life, it’s really not. It’s all intertwined and mish-mashed. It all works together and I like it that way.

I always dreamed of writing the stories in my head. Tall, dark, and handsome heroes are my favorites, as long as he has an independent woman keeping him in line. I tend to write books with titles taken from songs because music is one of my many muses. I earned a BA in education at Kent State university and as well as a Masters in Education from Nova Southeastern University. I've tried my hand at teaching, waitressing, and retail sales, but writing holds my heart. I love NASCAR, romance, books in general, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, and my menagerie of animals. I have six books under contract and more than my brain can handle percolating. I can't wait to share them with you!

Hey folks! Wendi will be giving away ($10 Amazon gift certificate) to one commenter. So follow the tour and the more you comment, the better your chance of winning. The tour dates can be found here:

Tucker lost the love of his life once, but this time, he’s not taking no for an answer.
Once a driver, always a driver...

Racing consumes Tucker Poston’s life. Until he sees her again. Megan Rodney. She’s the one person to come between him and his ride. She’s the only woman to understand him. The only woman he’s ever loved. Circumstances tore their love apart. Now he’s determined to show her the contents of his soul, even if it means losing his heart. Being a driver doesn’t warm his lonely nights. Too bad she’s not interested.

Megan’s not about to fall for his smooth lines and slick image. She’s got a good life as a team owner for a stock car team. Still, memories of their love affair burn bright in her mind. What’s a girl to do when the man of her dreams, the man who pushed her away, wants a second chance at forever?

Contains a little spanking, anal play, and domination shared between former lovers, but no one’s complaining. For good measure, there’s the sizzling use of a Camaro hood for outdoor pleasure.

“I come in peace.” Tucker Poston took a step back. In one hand, he held earphones. In the other, the radio. “Want me to talk to him? I’ve got my own headset. I understand race brain.”

“Race brain?” She rolled her eyes. “You can talk, sure. I didn’t expect you.” I’m not completely upset. She took in the way his t-shirt contoured to the dips and valleys of his chest. Muscles rippled under the soft cotton. She licked her lips. Years ago, she’d spent countless hours touching and tasting his skin. A slow burn started deep in her heart. For a split-second, she’d almost admit she missed him.

“Eric got waylaid. Your rear tire changer had his foot run over by the number four truck.”

“If it’s not one thing, it’s another.” Megan tugged at the hem of her blouse, smoothing out unseen wrinkles. She sucked in her stomach. What would he think of her extra pounds? Guys of Tucker’s calibre liked women in the size two range. Her size eight wasn’t anywhere close.
She turned away and massaged her forehead. She wanted to smack herself. What would he think? What was she thinking! His opinion didn’t matter, regardless of his obvious sex symbol status. She meant nothing to him.

“Eric suggested you and I settle our differences—at the track.” He wrapped the earphones around his neck and clipped the radio to his belt loops. “I want to help you and I’d guess there will be another couple laps under caution. What’s the team frequency?”

“Forty-seven. I can’t afford another trashed truck.”Although her gaze travelled south for a moment or two, Megan groaned. Noticing the way his jeans hugged his body and accentuated the strong muscles in his legs wasn’t going to make Mat a better driver. Nope, all it did was kick her libido, back from a long hibernation, into high gear. Truth be told, she didn’t want to deal with Tucker. The wounds from his betrayal were way too fresh even after ten years. Damn. Coupled with his way of wrapping her around his finger and she didn’t stand a chance of keeping him at bay.

Tucker hooked his index finger under her chin. “Hey, I’ve got a good rapport with him. He’s scared he’s not going to finish or keep his ride. It’s paralyzing. I know where he’s at because I’ve been there too many times.”

Her heart pounded and her hands shook. If she waited another minute, Mat could put the truck into the wall. Then again, Tucker could make another move and get closer. Megan shoved her second thoughts aside in favour of her team.

“See if you can get through to him, Professor Race Brain.” She found the frequency on his headset. “I’ve got faith in you.”

Tory, I'm so glad I got to blog here today. I'm willing to answer questions or comments. Thoughts? Questions? Something you want to get off your chest, so to speak? I'm all ears.


Karen C said...

Hi Wendy!

Congratulations on the release of Ever Fallen in Love!

I've read the excerpt and I'm really eager to read the book - sounds hot!!

I am a NASCAR fan, too. Who is your favorite driver(s)? I'm a Carl Edwards fan myself.

Oh, and I commend your husband for his sacrifice to help your research!!


Wendi Zwaduk said...

Hey karen!!! My fave driver was Rusty Wallace, but he retired. Sigh. I've since become a Clint Bowyer fan. I love the trucks and follow Thor Sport and Austin Dillon. KHI is always a favorite, too. I many choices.

I hope you enjoy EFIL. :-) Was a Fave to write.


ClaudiaGC said...

Hi Wendi!
Congrats on your latest book!
Just read the exceprt and I really like it. I love stories reunited lovers!
I love racing, too, though it is the Formula One racing (I know it's boring to most of you ;) ). Sadly, we don't have anything like NASCAR here in Germany.

claudigc at msn dot com

Wendi Zwaduk said...


I actually just watched an Indy Car race at New Hampshire that was quite interesting. I just can't remember when the F1 and Indy cars are on. I loved watching the 24 of Le Man and the one at Daytona.

Thanks for stopping back. I really hope you enjoy the book.

tammy ramey said...

congrats on the release, i can't wait to read it.

Gabby said...

Hi Wendy! Congrats on your new book I hope it does well. I've never watched Nascar racing before I might have to give it a shot someday.

Do you have any other hobbies or favorite sports that inspire your writing?

Also, have you ever been inspire by a show or movie? I'm a writer in training and that particular medium is where a lot of my ideas come from.


Wendi Zwaduk said...

Tammy - thanks for stopping by!

Gabby - I'm absolutely inspired by TV and movies. I don't say, ooh, that's a great character, but rather, if that person, who looks like him (gerard butler) was in this story, what would he be like?

I like to people watch. That plays into my story ideas as well. You never know what you'll see just watching people. Thanks for stopping by.

Terra said...

I love to read and it sounds like your new book Ever Fallen in Love is going to be good. Nice cover as well.


Wendi Zwaduk said...

Thanks Terra. I'm glad you made it here too. :-) Hope you've enjoyed my books!

Chelsea B. said...

Hi, Wendi! Thanks for sharing! Congratulations on your new book release!! :-)


Wendi Zwaduk said...

Chelsea B - Thanks for stopping by! Glad you're here and I hope you like the book!

Nancy Bristow said...

I'm not a racing fan but doesn't mean a book about it wouldn't be interesting...and I do love the reunited lovers theme:) Enjoyed the excerpt and your take on tall, dark and handsome hero as long as there's an independent heroine in the picture.

As an addicted reader I have a whole host of favorite authors in different genres. Who are some of yours?


Maria said...

Congratulations on your new book Wendy! It looks great and is on my wishlist for when I shop later this week. Thanks for the excerpt!

Wendi Zwaduk said...

Nancy B - some of my fave authors... I'm a huge fan of Anne Rainey. Love her Kensington work. Um...who else...Ashley Ladd, Linda McMaken, Ethan Day, KA Mitchell, geesh this list is long...Devon Rhodes...

It's gotta have a great hook, interesting cover, and the writing in the book has to nab me right away.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wendi Zwaduk said...

Maria - hope you enjoy the book. My TBR and auto buy list grows per day, I swear! Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy the rest of the tour!

Wendi Zwaduk said...

Maria - hope you enjoy the book. My TBR and auto buy list grows per day, I swear! Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy the rest of the tour!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your new release! I just read the excerpt and now I can't wait to read the rest. You story sounds amazing!


Wendi Zwaduk said...

Hi Ruby!! Thanks for poppin' in. I'm glad you liked the excerpt. Hope you enjoy the book!

Jess said...

I can't wait to read this book! Congrats on your new release!

jcross719 at yahoo dot com

Wendi Zwaduk said...

Thanks Jess! Glad to see ya here, too!! Hope you enjoy the book. :-)