Tawny Weber’s new release, Does She Dare?, is officially out in January, but it has already been spotted in stores!
Tawny agreed to an interview to tell us more about Does She Dare?, her writing, and more.
Please tell us about your latest release.
DOES SHE DARE? is such a fun story about what happens when you make a really HOT birthday wish. Isabel Santos is a goal setting list-maker with just one problem… she’s sick of her barren love life. So, like any good goal-setter, she creates a plan –The Man Plan. With it, she figured she’d spice things up, get lucky and have some fun (while staying in control of the situation). Instead of staying in control, though, she gets the one guy guaranteed to make her LOSE control – Dante Luciano, bad boy extraordinaire and her long-time fantasy man. Dante is in town just long enough to pay off a debt and be on his way. But when he gets his hands on her Man Plan, he’s determined to make it come true.
What inspired the story?
Actually the story inspiration came from DOUBLE DARE (my May 07 Blaze). Isabel had a small part in that story, basically as Audra’s conscious. That sane, practical voice of reason that kept my bad girl from going off the edge. That got me thinking… what would it take to really make this practical, goal-setting, eye-on-the-prize type of gal crazy?
What is your favorite part of being a writer? Least favorite?
I love meeting my characters, watching their stories unfold. Creating and exploring their inner conflicts, the emotional issues they have to overcome to grow as ‘people’ is always fascinating to me. The love story, setting sparks and bringing two characters together is wonderful. And, well, hot sexy love scenes definitely add to the fun of writing LOL.
My least favorite thing about writing is the anxiety. Does the editor like it, do the readers like it – that kind of thing. Waiting and knowing so much is out of my hands is stressful, as is promotion because there is no way to gauge if I did enough until it’s too late to change. But those drawbacks are the same in almost any career, aren’t they?
Is there anything you would like to write, but haven’t? For example, any other genre you’d like to try?
I love paranormal. Light, of course, in keeping with my voice. I actually have a light-hearted para with my agent right now. It’s a sassy story of a Witch whose powers suddenly return as her idiot husband asks for a divorce. She gets a little peeved ends up banished to a small town, where she has to deal with some kooky characters, a sexy handyman and… Oh yeah, save the town from evil LOL. This is definitely a direction I’d like to expand my writing into.
Who has inspired you as a writer?
I’ve read romances as long as I can remember and always had a secret wish to write. But I never tried. One summer my husband and I were talking and I admitted my secret. He immediately told me to get to it then, since that was my dream. And he’s still inspiring me – he’s my real life hero. As far as writing inspiration, I’d have to say Vicki Lewis Thompson. She was the first author I read who brought both humor and hot sex into a story in the perfect balance. That’s my goal as a writer, to make the reader smile and laugh, heat things up and give them a “oh yeah, I want to try that” feeling, and touch them emotionally all at the same time.
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
I think writing is the most amazing job in the world! I hope anyone who wants to write will give themselves the encouragement to do so – and not give up. It’s challenging to turn writing into a career, but RWA is an amazing tool, one I think every romance author can benefit from.
Which of your characters would you like to switch places with? For how long? What would you do?
Oooh… good question. Let’s see… Audra from DOUBLE DARE would be fun because she’s so naughty (and looks great in Posh Spice style clothes LOL) and Isabel from DOES SHE DARE? is my kind of gal with her Man Plan and determination to make her dreams come true. But I think if I had to choose, I’d pick my Delaney, who is the heroine from my Nov 08 Blaze, RISQUE BUSINESS. She wins this incredible makeover, wardrobe and all (and catches the eye of a VERY sexy erotic suspense author). Oh yeah… I want that!
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Vicki Lewis Thompson, Nora Roberts & Jennifer Crusie are my all-time favorite auto-buy authors. Each of them brings such intense voice and power to their writing.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Empowering, neurotic, determined
What is next for you?
I have some fun appearances tied in with DOES SHE DARE? coming up in January. On the 7th I kick off The Man Plan discussion on eHarlequin.com. Since Isabel in DOES SHE DARE? used her own Man Plan to snag her hottie hero, I think it’ll be a lot of fun – and would love it if you all stopped by! I’m also am teaching a Dreams to Reality workshop online at FTHRW.com with my CP, Beth Andrews. In November of 08 my next Blaze will be out – it’s a fabulously sexy makeover story called RISQUÉ BUSINESS.
You can find out more about Tawny by visiting her website
To celebrate the release of DOES SHE DARE?, Tawny is offering one lucky commenter a “Man Plan Package” full of goodies…to enter you just have to leave a comment answering the questions below.
I will randomly choose a winner and announce it here on the blog January 1.
I asked Tawny if there were anything she’d like to ask readers and here is what she said:
If you could make a plan for anything you wanted… what would it be? A man, a job, a size 5 pair of jeans that fits “just right”? We’re heading into the New Year… what dream would YOU like to see come true?