WZ: Smart, quiet, sexy
What traits does the hero posses that makes the heroine swoon?
WZ: He’s the tall, strong and silent type. Plus he was in the military so he fills out a uniform in sweet style.
What was your inspiration for this story?
WZ: This book is a recent historical set in 1970 in Ohio. The hero is a returning Vietnam vet and the heroine is a school teacher. He’s been traumatized by the things he’s seen in Vietnam. She’s been the one person to serve as a rock in his life.
My inspiration came from family members in the war plus watching the television program Vietnam in HD about 15 times. The characters simply started talking and I let them talk.
Can you describe your daily writing routine?
WZ: Easy. I don’t actually have one. I wish I did. In a perfect world, I’d get the EDJ done by 10, then have from 10-2 to write. That’s a perfect world and with the totlet in school. Otherwise I write whenever I can grab five minutes. The laptop is always open, whether its with me in the RV, on the coffee table, on the kitchen table or across my lap while I sit on the bed. I bring notebooks with me everywhere and have resorted to writing in it in the dark when the character shouted and I NEEDED to write something down. It wasn’t terribly legible, but I tried.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
WZ: Both. I write a lot in the notebooks I carry around. But I don’t generally know the end until it comes to me. Sometimes the ending comes while I’m typing, other times it comes while I’m jotting things in the notebook. When I get stuck on a scene, I revert to pen and paper. Sometimes I get maybe three lines in the notebook before the story starts flowing again. Other times it will take me a good three or four days for the story to get going again.
Where do your best ideas come from?
WZ: The characters themselves. I let them talk and lead me. Sure, I see things on television and think, what if I put those two characters together? Or I wonder what happened afterwards. But mostly I let the characters run. I’ve taken suggestions from readers as well. I have one book where the readers wanted to know what happened before the novella. So I told it.
What is the best piece of advice you would give to aspiring authors?
WZ: Read. Read. Read. Then write. Write. Write. Why? The more you read, the more you know what’s out there. The more you write, the more you develop your style. And be true to what you feel. Editors are there to edit but a good editor won’t mess with it. They’ll make the story stronger and still in your voice.
Is there anything else my readers should know about you?
WZ: I have blue hair, love racing and married my college sweetheart.
Where can my readers find you?
Where can my readers find your books?
Noel Flynt signed up for the Army to carry out his family duty. He never expected the travesties of Vietnam to take their toll on him. He’s coming back to the world he thought he knew, but with everything changing around him, he’s going to have to learn he can’t live in the past.
Cindy Stephens couldn’t wait for Noel to return. She sees the man within the uniform and has loved him for as long as she can remember. But times have changed. She’s not the timid schoolgirl any longer. Can she accept his changes, too?
The only constants are time and love.
Reader Advisory: This book contains one war hero, the woman who loves him, lots of hot sex, with a little spanking mixed in for good measure.
Want to know more about Wendi Zwaduk? Here you go:
I 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 earned a BA in education at Kent State University and currently hold a Masters in Education with Nova Southeastern University.
I love NASCAR, romance, books in general, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, and my menagerie of animals. I also write under the pen name of Megan Slayer. I’m published with Total-E-Bound, Changeling Press, Liquid Silver Books, Turquoise Morning Press, Decadent Publishing and The Wild Rose Press. Come join me for this fantastic journey!
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