Joyfully Reviewed is thrilled to Welcome the lovely and talented
Bestselling Author Tawny Weber!
What is your most current work out?
I just released A SEAL’s Proposal, which is the latest in my Sexy SEAL novella collection. I’m super excited about this one! And on the first of September, my latest Blaze Sexy SEAL, A SEAL’s Temptation, will be out, too.
Tell us a little about.
A SEAL’s Proposal is all about sacrifices, both for the hero in his attempt to be the best and for the heroine because she’s sure that once he’s achieved that dream, he’ll leave. Its one of those stories that was so sweet to write, but really pushed my own emotional buttons (those are always fun!).
A SEAL’s Temptation, my September release, was SO fun to write. It’s about a shy SEAL home on leave to see his family—not knowing that his sister has found his perfect woman. Actually, his perfect woman doesn’t know either. My Blazes are usually on the steamy hot side and this one definitely hit that temperature.
What inspired you to write your current novel/s?
I love SEALs. Actually, I love all military heroes! My husband was in the army, and I always feel that there is a little something extra heroic in these guys. They give their all, and because they do it makes very specific demands on any relationship they have. Exploring those demands and how love can overcome their costs always inspires me.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
Both. I always know who my characters are, and ideally I know their emotional issues and the conflict they’ll face in the story. I try to have the dark moment—that part of the story where it all falls apart—in mind from the beginning, too, so I always know where the stakes are being raised to. Other than that, my plot is vague. I’ll have scenarios and settings, and always love scenes, but won’t know how they’ll happen or what position they’ll include until I write it.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
Mmm, that’s a tough question! They’re all difficult in their own way, so its hard to pinpoint just one. And any that seemed tough at the time tends to pale into a pussycat when I’m faced with the next set. So to answer the question, I’ll say it was Shane O’Brian from A SEAL’s Temptation. Not only was he a big tough guy, he is very shy. And while shyness has it’s own appeal, it’s not always easy to write. Added to that, he goes through some really rough times (gotta read the book!) that weren’t easy to put on paper.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
I don’t! I really wish I did, though, so I could have a fun story. But I’m rather particular in that I never base a character on a real person because, well, real people never do everything exactly the way I want them to, and my characters need to be a little more agreeable to what I’m trying to do to them.
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
Besides actually sitting down and doing the work? The toughest thing for me would be the external plot. I’m a character driven writer, so creating them is pure pleasure. Figuring out what they’re supposed to do? Now that’s the work for me.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
I made my living as a tarot reader for quite a few years. That might be a surprise.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
I’m not big on guilt, so I tend to revel in my pleasures. Well… maybe I do feel a little bad about the six Oreo’s I ate at three in the morning. But not bad enough to stop from eating them again tonight LOL
What TV Show/s are you addicted to?
I write so much I rarely have time to watch TV on a regular basis, so I tend to buy them buy the season and glut. I love Castle, Once Upon a Time, Star Trek: TGN (I’m marathon watching this right now with my daughter) and MASH.
Do you have a hobby that you like to try and squeeze in?
I love to scrapbook and make cards, but don’t seem to have much time for it anymore. I really wish I did! I still collect supplies though – its sort of an addiction.
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
Iced tea. Lots and lots of iced tea and a quite place to write. I’m happiest in my comfy writing chair, with my playlist blasting through my headphones and a huge glass of iced tea by my side.
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
I create a playlist for each book I write, but its too informal to be themed. Its more whatever music inspires or is in my head when I’m writing. But using that playlist to write to keeps me in the story, even after I’ve completed it. That comes in handy for edits that arrive a month or so after I’ve started a new book!
Do you write one book from start to finish or are there multiple works underway at any given time?
I am usually juggling two stories in the writing stage and at least one more in the back of my head or on the plotting board. And then there are those rare times that I’m working on nothing! I don’t seem to have an in-between, though.
Where were you when you got your first contract? What was the book and who did you tell first?
I was in bed, sleeping! It was Memorial Day here in the states and my husband was home so when the phone rang at 9am, I didn’t even lift my head from the pillow. When he came in, nudging and pushing me to wake up I did, though. I’ll always be thrilled that I got the call when he was right there beside me.
Where do you want to be in the next ten years career wise? Do you have any specific goals?
I want to make the most of the path I’m on and get as far along it in the next ten years as I possibly can. I love what I’m writing and look forward to expanding it, growing with it and taking the stories deeper and bigger as I move forward.
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
I think I was ten when I read my very first romance novel. I’d say I was precocious!
What is your all-time favorite romance book?
Nora Roberts’ Three Sisters trilogy. I love those books. They might, maybe, be supplanted by her Dark Witch trilogy, but I’m not sure yet. We’ll see how the Dark Witch stands up to a half-dozen more readings, then I’ll know for sure.
What author causes you to “go fan girl or guy”/ squeal over/anticipate upcoming books?
Nora Roberts. I love her books so much!
If you still have one of those pesky non writing jobs what is it?
I don’t, I’m a full-time writer and love that I get to be!
Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and an all-time favorite?
I love the Pirates of the Caribbean movies because, mmm, Johnny Depp! But my current favorite would be a tossup between Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
I’m currently rewriting A SEAL’s Sacrifice to make it a longer story, and am working on another Blaze SEAL that I haven’t yet titled. The hero is a cowboy and is so yummy that I keep getting distracted!
If you could co-write with another author who would it be?
Oh, that’s a tough question! I’ve never thought of co-writing and figure my process would drive other authors crazy.
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Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
Only that I love hearing from readers and wish everyone a wonderful reading adventure!!!