Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wendi Zwaduk - How I Became A Writer

I'm pleased to welcome author Wendi Zwaduk who shares with us her love for NASCAR and for writing, and how blends the two.

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How did I decide to venture into this crazy world called writing? Wow. Loaded question. I’m a believer in do what makes you happy – within the the constraints of the law. I had another job after college and it was a good one. I thought I was happy, but really I was spinning my wheels. That said, I loved to lose myself in books. I’ve always been that way. I was the kid who jumped up and down when the reading challenges came out. I did projects for the summer reading programs before the theme came out. Why? Because I like books.
So one day I was reading a book with two of my favorite things in it—romance and racing. Except, I didn’t like the end. I also didn’t like the way the book was supposed to focus on the sport, but the sport of racing seemed to get lost in the background. IMHO, racers eat, sleep and breathe racing (hence Tony Stewart broke his leg while racing in his off time). I thought, I’ve got a vivid imagination. I can write fairly well. I’d spent enough time in college writing papers and lesson plans, I can do this.
Except I had a LOT to learn. I thought, okay, put pen to paper and write it. Except I didn’t know about point of view, head hopping and not venturing into omniscient point of view. I also had to develop a thick, thick skin. The words were my babies and it  hurt to think I hadn’t written the story properly.
So I learned. I read even more and wrote reviews. Writing reviews helped me to see a wide range of what was out there beyond the books I liked. I’m glad I did. I learned and honed my craft. Little by little, I got my feet under me and figured out my characters. I submitted earlier on and got bit by more than 40 rejections. Yep. 40. After my journey of learning, I upped my chances of getting accepted and I’m glad.  Now I’ve got stories like Saturday Night Special – showing my love of racing and romance – to share with you.  

Here’s a little about my latest release, Saturday Night Special:
Contemporary, M/F, Racing, BDSM, Fem Dom, Toys, Spanking
From Turquoise Morning Press
She makes his motor run.

Blaine Haeferle drives fast and lives on the edge. He’s not afraid to risk it all for the win—unless his heart is in the mix. He loved once, but things ended in disaster. Can he accept the woman who holds his heart, despite all their jagged past?

Mallory Sweet never intended to leave Blaine without a word. But one night changed everything for her. Instead of facing her past, she ran. Is coming to terms with her past the key to winning the love of her life back?

Anything can happen on a Saturday night under the lights.
Available here:
And a litle 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. I’m published with Total-E-Bound, Resplendence Publishing, Changeling Press, Liquid Silver Books, Turquoise Morning Press, Decadent Publishing and The Wild Rose Press. Come join me for this fantastic journey!  
If you like my work, tell your friends and email me. I love hearing from readers!


Cheryl Norman said...

I'll read SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL! I, too, am a car junkie, although not as big a fan as some. In my story about an auto restorer named Sally (RESTORE MY HEART), I used a Nascar backstory. Her father was a driver. I had the most fun researching that book!

Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer said...

Thanks Cheryl! I just got back from a NASCAR race. :-) Hence i'm late to post here. Thanks for reading! And thanks to Linda for having me. This was a lot of fun!