Tawny Weber writes for my dream imprint – Harlequin Blaze! Her stories are sexy, funny, sexy, fresh, and . . . umm . . . sexy. She is also super generous with her time and an amazing scrapbooker.
What If and Why?
What if and why are two of my favorite things to ask. I’m notorious for asking them in writing and in life. (I think I ask often enough I drive my husband a little nuts, to be honest). I’ve what if’d everything from the idea that we are really all just microscopic beings on the thumbnail of a giant (hey, I was twelve) to the slightly-obsessive emergency kit I packed for the drive through a snowstorm for a family emergency (hey, I’m a California girl… how was I supposed to know those flutters weren’t a storm? and we MIGHT have needed those empty tuna cans and tealight candles for heat… really, we might have). And I ask why more than an eight year old. Just ask my eight year old, she’ll tell you!
A psychologist might refer to it as catastrophic thinking (taking what if to its highest degree of drama) but for a writer, it’s mighty handy. After all, the question of “what’s the worst thing that could happen” is what provides me with plot and conflict. Better yet, what if is what keeps the reader turning the pages. When I read a book, I’m always wondering, always asking –what’s next? Why? When I’m writing, I love to think what if, and use that to keep tossing conflict and issues at my poor characters for them to figure out. Why is always in the back of my head. Why do they do this, why don’t they do that?
This what if process can apply to any type of story, from paranormal to historical to suspense. My stories are pure fun… of the sexy kind. But that what if angle is always there. For instance – in my Undercover Operatives series, what if started with What If a girl took a stranger home to break up her father’s relationship with a skanky gold digger. From there, Maya’s story (SEX, LIES AND MIDNIGHT) was born. I kept asking why, pushing the what if’s and why’s, playing with the idea, until I’d what if’d Maya into the daughter of a notorious con artist, with two bad boy brothers and a whole lot of issues to overcome.
The what if’s kept going. What if the daughter of a famous psychic had no ‘powers’, what would growing up in that shadow, with those expectations do to her confidence? What if she’d left home to get away from that, but had to come back. What would be the worst thing for her as she’s trying to stay away from gossip? A bad boy with a rep for trouble, right? Enter Caleb, Maya’s oldest brother to sweep Pandora off her feet.
The what if game turned to why when I got to Gabriel’s story. Why would a bad boy con artist with tons of success go home? Why would he bring a woman and what would make him fall in love? SEX, LIES AND VALENTINES is a series of why’s for me. Probably because most of the what if’s had been set in the previous two books *g*
There were a couple of consistent what if’s and whys in this series. What if a father used all his questionable skills to bring his estranged children home – how would they react to his game? Why would they return? Why would they defend their father? What if they had to choose between the lives they’d made for themselves and love with a person whose life was completely opposite theirs?
What if and why –they are my favorite writing questions. How about you… do you ever ask what if? Do you make up stories to go with the question? When you’re reading, do you ever ask yourself why on earth the character is doing THAT???
I know I do…
Tawny asked some great questions in her blog – what are your answers? Do you have any of your own?
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Tawny Weber has been writing sassy, sexy stories for Harlequin Blaze since her first book hit the shelves in 2007. When not obsessing over deadlines, she’s shopping for cute shoes, scrapbooking or hanging out on Facebook and Twitter. Come by and visit her on the web at www.tawnyweber.com In December of 2011 Tawny launched her Undercover Ops series with SEX, LIES AND MISTLETOE. The second book in the series, SEX, LIES & MIDNIGHT is on shelves in January 2012, quickly followed in February by SEX, LIES & VALENTINES. You can read the first chapter of SEX, LIES & MIDNIGHT on her website, too – all you have to do is join the Reader LoveFest! Be sure to follow Tawny on her Holiday Survival Tour as she celebrates these three books with tons of fun and a chance for readers to win a $100 giftcard!
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