Please welcome Tawny Weber to the convertible today! Tawny Weber is usually found dreaming up stories in her California home, surrounded by dogs, cats and kids. When she’s not writing hot, spicy stories for Harlequin Blaze, she’s shopping for the perfect pair of boots or drooling over Johnny Depp pictures (when her husband isn’t looking, of course). In May 2011, her eleventh Blaze, JUST FOR THE NIGHT hits the bookshelves. Come by and visit her on the web at www.tawnyweber.com
A Bouquet of Books
With the weather (finally!) improving, I’m (finally!) getting out in my garden this year. As I was tilling and digging and planting (and aching) this weekend, I realized that writing and gardening have quite a lot in common. So I thought I’d share my thoughts and see if you agree…
- • Both require a solid foundation. The dirt (or story ideas) has to be healthy and fertile, the garden’s parameters have to be clearly defined. Is this a vegetable garden or a flower garden? A paranormal or a sexy contemporary book?
- • Will it be filled with flashy annuals or long blooming perennials and will the book be a single story or a part of a series. Or a combination of the two that lends itself to a lot of possibilities?
- • What’s the focal point? This weekend I planted a lavender tree, which will become the center of my entire garden. In my current release, JUST FOR THE NIGHT, the focal point is a 24 hour blackout that traps my characters together.
- • Gardening only starts with the basics. Prepping the soil, planning the area and planting the flowers. The hard work comes afterward. Weeding and watering and oftentimes, rethinking certain aspects of the original plan. Much like writing a book.
If I were to compare my current release, JUST FOR THE NIGHT, to a garden, it’d be a small plot (the story takes place in a fast and sexy 24 hours), with lush fruit trees that are finally bearing juicy fruit after many years (the hero and heroine are ex-fiancés who’d long given up on love, especially with each other). I think there’d be a bright wash of annuals around the base of the trees, though. Pansies with their cheerful faces for the smiles the story the story will hopefully bring.
So that’s my brilliant (ahem) analogy, brought on by sore muscles, the joy of digging in the dirt and the excitement of a new release hitting the shelves.
How about you? What does gardening make you think of? And if you were to compare your favorite book character to something in a garden, who and what would that be?
JUST FOR THE NIGHT blurb:
Things to Do in Blackout…
Power outages happen, and you have to be prepared. After all, you could be trapped somewhere—like in an empty store—with your ex.
Who is still irresistible. And hot.
And who knows how to make the most out of a dark situation….
Checklist for: Larissa Zahn
- ⎫ Food
- ⎫ Water
- ⎫ First aid kit (With condoms. Be prepared. Very, very prepared.)
- ⎫ Someone you’re still overwhelmingly into (Jason Cantrell, I’m looking at you.)
- ⎫ Plenty of time in the dark (Read: hot nookie. Lots of it.)
The ability to walk away without regrets in the morning…. (Uh oh!)
24 Hours: Blackout
No lights. No power. And no holding back…