Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Writing What You Know...

 by Wendi Zwaduk

Authors have an interesting challenge when crafting characters for books. We’re suggested to write about what we know. It’s easier, so it’s said, because we don’t have to do much research and can say we understand the mind frame of the character because we’ve been there. That’s all good in theory, but what if the character is something the writer isn’t? Say, the character might be a mass murderer...the author probably isn’t. Or better yet, if the writer is a woman, one could make the argument that she can’t write well from the man’s perspective.
My husband flies planes, so naturally, I write about pilots and air traffic controllers. The airport in One More Night is based on an airport I’ve flown into many a time and have hung out there to get information. I’ve watched the guys running down the tarmac to get to the planes for refueling. I’ve ridden in those scary big trucks and wondered how the heck the planes manage to get stopped on that seemingly short runway.
The planes I’ve used in the story are ones I’ve ridden in, too.

By GerardvdSchaaf 

But then I like to write about what I know. It’s fun. What about you, do you like reading about places you’ve been and things you’ve done or do you like the fantasy and mystery of places you’ve never been to? I’d love to know! A copy of One More Night is up for grabs to one lucky commenter!

Here’s a little more about One More Night:

One More Night – a 1Night Stand story by Wendi Zwaduk
Contemporary, Short Story, M/F, Anal Sex
From Decadent Publishing

Fear can blind. Will love show the way in the dark? All it takes is one more night...
Three years ago, Jenna ran away from what should have been the best night of her life. Letting her fear and shame get in the way of true happiness has haunted her ever since. It’s time to move on and put the past behind her. A date through the 1Night Stand service is the perfect opportunity to start living life again.
 When the love of his life slipped through his fingers, Drake hated to let her go. A near-death accident prevented him from going after her. But after three years of recovery and waiting, he’s ready to take back what’s his, and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her from running again.
Can Madame Eve work a miracle or will love lose out to pride and fear?

Available here: 

And now a short excerpt for your enjoyment:
“You bring out the bad girl in me. I forgot how much I liked it.”
If he shoved her panties to the side, she’d let him grope her there in the reception room. He resisted the urge to go too far and moved her dress to repair her modesty. “You’re good at being bad.” With the pads of his fingers, he stroked down the length of her leg and caressed her ankle. The crimson polish on her toes glittered in the fluorescent light. “You always did like bare feet.”
Her voice dropped to the husky purr he hadn’t heard in a long time. “My stilettos pinched my toes. Bare is more comfortable.”
“I’m glad you came back.” The old feelings welled in his brain, reminding him how he hadn’t stopped loving her. Ever. “You aren’t the same girl who walked out of here three years ago. Not really. I want to discover all the ways you’ve grown.”
“You’ve changed, too.” The husky tone of her voice trailed up his spine. Jenna traced the line of his lapel with her finger. “More poetic, less gruff. And you shaved.” For the first time since she’d set foot on the tarmac, she smiled. “I like the changes. They work on you.” She murmured in his ear, “I wouldn’t have stopped you if you kept going.”

And now a little bit about 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. Come join me for this fantastic journey!  
If you like my work, tell your friends and email me. I love hearing from readers!

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