Hello everyone! Long time no see. I had lost my password for my blog, because I’m smooth like that, but after resetting it, here I am! Today, I have Wendi Zwaduk on my blog! I met Wendi at Lori Foster’s RAGT a few months ago, and let me tell you, she is a firecracker! Without further ado…Let’s get to know this sassy vixen a little better!
Like spicy romance? So do I! Come along on this journey with me.
I’ve always dreamt 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 love playing with words and letting the characters run wild.
NASCAR, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, animals and second chance romance all feature prominently in my books. I also write under the pen name of Megan Slayer. I’m published with Total-E-Bound, Resplendence Publishing, Changeling Press, Liquid Silver Books, Turquoise Morning Press, Decadent Publishing and The Wild Rose Press. Come join me for this fantastic journey!
If you like my work, tell your friends and email me. I love hearing from readers!
BLURB: She makes his motor run.
Blaine Haeferle drives fast and lives on the edge. He’s not afraid to risk it all for the win—unless his heart is in the mix. He loved once, but things ended in disaster. Can he accept the woman who holds his heart, despite all their jagged past?
Mallory Sweet never intended to leave Blaine without a word. But one night changed everything for her. Instead of facing her past, she ran. Is coming to terms with her past the key to winning the love of her life back?
Anything can happen on a Saturday night under the lights.
And now…the 21!
1. Tell us a little about yourself and your books.
I write hot and sexy, although if you asked my promo queen, she’s say I write hot and slutty smut. Hee hee. The hotter the better and if there’s a second chance to be had in the story, score!
2. What genre(s) do you write?
I write contemporary, some paranormal and some LGBT under my pen name, Megan Slayer.
3. What was it like to see your first book published?
Great balls of fire, Batman. That’s what it was like. I jumped up and down. Screamed. Said wow, this is so WEIRD!! Yep, I’m a bit…different.
4. How dear to your heart is writing? Do you think you’ll continue to write for the rest of your life?
My heart started out in art. I loved art and teaching it, but four years teaching high school cured me of that. I have always wanted to write and was pretty good at making up stories (don’t ask my folks, they’ll say I was REALLY good at it). As long as the characters keep talking, I’ll keep writing.
5. Do you ever lock up? Have those moments where you just stare at your screen and think, “Yeah…I got nothing”?
Yep. And usually when I’ve got a HUGE deadline looming. I bust out the Duran Duran, watch a movie or two (or three), and use the tried and true pencil and paper.
6. How difficult is it for you to come up with ideas for your books?
Depends. I saw this gent at the home improvement store. He had an original name, so I ran with it. Turns out the name was a wolf shifter. The guy himself is in a short story I’ve yet to finish. Others, like my racing series come from simply being at the track and wondering what would happen if….
7. What about characters? Are the names and personalities difficult to develop?
Yes and no. If I’m working on a couple of stories at the same time, sometimes they bleed together. Other times, they are so different, I’m good. I have character sheets for all of them in case I need to check back. Yep, I’m a checker.
8. Do you ever find yourself struggling as a writer?
Like every day. Promo can be a pain. Where to promo, how much to do? It’s mind boggling sometimes.
9. About how long does it take for you to complete a book, from concept to completion?
This one depends on the book, too. If it’s for a rush project, then around two weeks. If it’s a longer book, it can take up to a year. But that’s where having crit partners is fantastic. If I have to rush on something, I run it by them to make sure it doesn’t suck, there aren’t huge plot holes, the characters are consistent and all that.
10. Do you have a ritual before, during and after finishing a book?
Nope. I wish I did. I do tend to have notes in a notebook to begin with. I deviate from the notes often during the writing and when it’s done, there’s always chocolate.
11. Do you have a special time or place to write?
Not really, but I try to write after the fam goes to bed. Then I get quiet.
12. Any funny experiences or quirks you’d like to share with your readers?
I have to have music or a movie playing when I write. Have to. If I don’t, I can’t focus.
13. How do you find the time to balance your writing and family life?
Good question. Sometimes I don’t know that it does balance. That’s about the time I take a mental health day and spend it with them.
14. How much down-time do you take between books? Or do you just jump right into the next?
I’m a jumper—feet first right in to the next one. Unless I’m really stuck. But usually right on in.
15. Do you have any interesting hobbies that you enjoy?
Annoying my cats, drawing, killing plants with my black thumb, finding new and inventive ways to lose the ‘T’ key on my computer…arguing with the announcers on the stock car races…
16. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
California to say I’ve been there. NY Times Square on NYE. London. Rome… Gee, I want to go to a lot of places.
17. What’s next on your agenda? Any new books in the works?
Always. I’m currently working on my next Track Domination book, Switching Gears. And as Wendi I’m working on my next witches book, but it’s currently untitled.
18. What advice would you give to others who want to make writing their career?
Grow a thick skin, read as much as you can, don’t give up and write, write, write.
19. What authors inspire you?
Lots of people. Too many to name. Cheryl Dragon, KA Mitchell, Gayle Donnelly and Robyn Mackenzie, Lydia Michaels, Anne Rainey….
20. What’s something unique about you that not many people might know?
Snarf. I don’t know. I’m a pretty open person. Um… I don’t have any tattoos. I’m not fond of needles and I have no idea what I’d get if I got a tattoo.
21. Is there anything you would like to share about your writing and publishing experience that might inspire and support new and struggling writers?
Get a crit partner. Just because YOU think it’s a great book and your MOM thinks it’s a great book, doesn’t mean it doesn’t need polished some more. Crit partners, ones you can REALLY trust, are like gold.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us here today, Wendi! Now, inquiring minds need to know…where can your readers stalk you?