Monday, January 16, 2012
Guest Post & Giveaway: Wendi Zwaduk - SOMEWHERE I BELONG
Hi Everyone. Please help me welcome, Wendi Zwaduk to the blog today. She is here to promote her new erotic romance, Somewhere I Belong. Wendi is going to talk about her love of music and how it relates to her novels.
I want to thank AsianCocoa’s Secret Garden for having me here for the tour. Love the blog! I’m having a blast.
I was asked to write a post about my love of music and how music relates to my writing. I thought for kicks I’d include some of my favorite sexy songs to write to. But let’s get to why I love to title my books with music titles. I’ll start with a little back story first.
When I was a kid, I loved music. As far back as I can remember, I’ve wanted to sing and play music. I learned to play the clarinet, became pretty good at it, mastered the bass clarinet and the contrabass clarinet because no one else wanted to. I thought for a while I’d like to sing in public. That got nixed once I found out that my voice was too low and I wasn’t cool enough to be picked for plays and show choir. Singing to the steering wheel works just fine for me. There wasn’t much that I wouldn’t listen to. If it’s got a good beat and is something I can dance to, I’m good.
So how does that have anything to do with song titles? Simply put, I love music and wanted to incorporate it into my writing. To say that I just write a story for a song is simple and somewhat true, but it’s not all. Do I pick a song just to write about it? Nope.
With Somewhere I Belong, the story had about four other titles prior to getting it’s final title. I called it Farmer for the longest time. Farmer. How exciting of a title is that? Not very. Somewhere I Belong, to me, evokes a story. If I saw a book by that title, I’d want to know about the characters. Why did they need a place to belong? What is their past and how does it translate into the present story? But that’s not the entire reason I ended up with that title.
I have this odd tendency to hear a song and as I’m hearing it, I see a storyline. Sure, I see the storyline that the singer is trying to convey, but I also see a storyline for characters in my head. In the case of Somewhere I Belong, the characters from Farmer screamed “this is my story arc!!”. I’d written about five drafts of the story, but the moment I let the song really wrap around my brain, the characters really worked themselves out.
Another thing about the title, it’s not like I sit down and say, ‘this will be the title’ just out of the blue. The line has to crop up in the story and not be forced. I had a story one time where it was plunked in and it sounded like it.
So what do I use to get into the groove to write sexy stories, like SIB? Here’s my playlist, actually titled, “Love Songs for Sexy Stories”. Yeah, I’m a bit of a dork.
“Against All Odds” – Phil Collins
“By the Way” – Theory of a Deadman
“In the Midnight Hour” – Wilson Pickett
“Honesty” – Billy Joel
“Smoke Rings in the Dark” – Gary Allan
“Feels Like Tonight” – Daughtry
“Careless Whisper” – Seether
“Secret Garden” – Bruce Springsteen
“If I Fell” – The Beatles
“Wherever You Will Go” – The Calling
Yeah, I’ve got an eclectic music taste. What are the songs that get you in the mood to write or even to get in the mood? I’d love to know and chatter about it. Thanks again to AsianCocoa. Talking about music is a lot of fun! Great topic!
Author Bio – Wendi Zwaduk
I always dreamed 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 tend to write books with titles taken from songs because music is one of my many muses.
I earned a BA in education at Kent State university and as well as a Masters in Education from Nova Southeastern University. I've tried my hand at teaching, waitressing, and retail sales, but writing holds my heart.
I love NASCAR, romance, books in general, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, and my menagerie of animals. I have more stories than my brain can handle percolating. I can't wait to share them with you!
Wendi will be giving away a $10 gift card to Liquid Silver Books to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. The more comments you leave the better your chances of winning.
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