Guest: Tawny Weber

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

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?   


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…

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13 Responses to Guest: Tawny Weber

  1. Kathleen says:

    Nice to meet you Tawny… A blackout and a hot guy.. interesting combo.. Now as to gardening, I am not one to mulch in a garden..but as to my fav characters are those of the mighty oak kind. Takes a lot to topple their strenght… And they around for a long time…

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Hi Kathleen 🙂 It’s lovely to meet you, too.

      It was a fun combo to write! And I love the comparison of the mighty oak to characters! Those are great characters to read, and to watch how they handle huge situations. Because, of course, mighty oaks do it huge, right?

  2. cindygerard says:

    Welcome to the convertible Tawny! Love, love, love the garden analogy. And I love the premise of your book!
    I’m more of a perennial garden sort of girl. I like to get it planted ONCE then watch it grow year after year. Weeds? Hum. That’s what I’ve got the DH for :o)

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Hi Cindy 🙂 Thanks for the welcome. And thanks for the kind words about my story premise. I had such a good time with it.

      I’m a huge fan of perennial gardens myself. In part because I always feel guilty when the annuals die off LOL. And go DH on the weeding! My mom always had me as the weed-puller when I was a kid and I foolishly imagined I’d be able to pass that chore on when I had children. Except my kids are cursed with horrible allergies, so off I go again, still yanking those weeds out 😛

  3. Helen Brenna says:

    Welcome Tawny and congrats on the new release! Love the idea of a 24 hour story. That had to be a challenge to write.

    As for gardening, I like your analogy. Very fitting. I’d tell you the story of the amazing cucumbers I once grew, but …

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Amazing cucumbers… Now that makes me grin and wonder all at the same time 😀

      Thanks so much for the welcome, and the congrats, Helen 🙂 I’m really happy with this story – and I think the biggest challenge of writing it was that it was almost completely character based. All of the conflict was internal, with very little external conflict to move it along. It was interesting to delve that deeply into the emotional journey for me 🙂

  4. Helen Brenna says:

    Welcome Tawny and congrats on the new release! Love the idea of a 24 hour story. That had to be a challenge to write.

    As for gardening, I like your analogy. Very fitting. I’d tell you the story of the amazing cucumbers I once grew, but … 🙂

  5. Welcome, Tawny! What a terrific premise. I’ve always wanted to try a 24-hour plot, but so far it hasn’t come to me. Love the power blackout with the ex. I’m seeing this as a must-read.

    We just decided to skip spring in MN. Summer hit yesterday. The trees are trying to catch up. I haven’t finished cleaning out the flowerbeds. I’m seeing this as a must-do. Right after I purchase that must-read.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Kathleen, thank you so much!! I’m honored, as I’m a major fan of your books *g*

      Ugh on the skipping of spring. I adore spring, so it’s always rough when we don’t get to enjoy it. Last year was one of those ‘right from rain to heat’ years and not fun at all. I hope you have fun playing in the flower beds after you’ve cleared them 🙂

  6. lois greiman says:

    Welcome Tawny. Very cute analogy. Unfortunately, most of the things I plant die, so ummm I’m not sure how that relates to writing. Hmmmm.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      LOL Lois, well, black thumbs don’t translate well in this analogy, I guess. I will admit, I do need help keeping everything watered. I’m great at the planning/plotting/planting/fluffing stages of gardening. And because weeds are ever-forgiving about when they get pulled, that’s not a problem for me. But I do tend to forget to water, especially once a book starts clicking for me. That’s where my hubby comes in. The man is a wonder with the watering! And it’s really thanks to him that our gardens look good after the first week 😀

  7. michelehauf says:

    Glad to see you back here, Tawny. I love that 24 hour idea. A real challenge to a writer to make two people fall in love that quickly.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Hi Michele and thank you so much for having me!! I had a great time with the challenges of the 24 hour time frame. The falling in love quickly was helped by a strong backstory and the fact that these two were actually once engaged. I love writing reunion stories, because timing is always a tricky thing in life, and I’m intrigued by the idea that what didn’t work at one point can work quite well at another -as long as the characters are willing to do some growing.

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