Guest Blogger Wendi Zwaduk!

Wendi is here today as part of her My Immortal Tour and if you visit Goddess Fish you can see a list of places she has and will be visiting. You can also find out the details of a competition that could see you winning a copy of My immortal just for commenting on a few blogs. So start by commenting on this one, you might just win something if you do!

So on with the show. What is My Immortal?

sdbedbWhat’s a girl to do when she finds out the man of her dreams is a 340 year old vampire?

Run like hell or offer her heart.

Being a vampire hasn’t been easy for Storm Richardson. He’s not programmed to kill or harm, unless he needs to feed. When he meets Stephanie “Stevie” Persing, he knows he’s found his mate. But if he crosses the line between work and play, he risks losing the only person who matters—her.

Stevie’s been in love with Storm since the moment she laid eyes on him. He’s brooding, intense, and her one weakness. But is her heart too steep a price to pay for his love, especially when she discovers his deepest secrets?

asdvasdvWhere do my Ideas Come From…

I wasn’t sure what to talk about and when I thought about it, I decided that I’d share the stories behind my books. It’s not that they are all humorous or depressing, but the twisted journey to help me get from “hmmm, time for a new story” to “I hope you enjoy this novel”.

When I started working on Right Where I Need to Be, I wanted to create a story about opposites. The more I thought about it, the more this one particular character kept showing up. If I had an issue, then he’d be the one working through it in my head. If a love scene came to mind, he starred in it. But the kernel of the idea really came from the playlist on my computer. Before I had an iPod, I just had playlists on my computer that I played as I wrote (I can’t stand writing in silence). It wasn’t one song in particular, but the general feel–just when you think you can’t or won’t, that’s when love shows up. Fit the character perfectly. So, I used that theme and the character, who ended up being Logan–the hero–and ran with it. Two years later, Right Where I Need to Be went to the publisher.

Other times the story comes out of one song in particular. Learning How to Bend came directly out of the Gary Allan song. The couple needed to learn to bend in order to fix what was corrupt in the relationship. It’s fairly straight forward, but the truth.

Must Be Doing Something Right was a line the character used. Now when I worked on Learning How to Bend, there was a secondary character who just wouldn’t go away. He loved to pop into other stories I wrote to the point of throwing me totally off kilter. I wanted to do something with him, but had no clue what. Then I happened to be watching Cinderella. In the movie, she’s in rags and playing the part (not of her choosing) of a servant. In truth, she was a Lady. I thought, what if it was a guy in the same position? The character, Nate, shouted that, yes, he was in that situation. He pretended to have a different job in order to appeal to the hardworking tastes of the woman he wanted to bed. During a romantic interlude, he says, “I must be doing something right.” And the title was chosen.

My favorite story about an idea comes from My Immortal. I love Billy Joel’s music. Grew up listening to him. Again, I was listening to music–the iPod this time–and “Just the Way You Are” started. I thought, gee, what if there was a story where the character wants to be loved for who he is, even thought he knows the person he wants might not if they know the truth? Poof! An idea is born. But, Storm wasn’t that simple. I knew he’d have some deep, dark secret. He kept telling me so. What it was, I wasn’t sure. So I started writing. As I went along, he dug his chin into my shoulder, surveying the story. It was three quarters of the way through that he bothered to tell me, “Oh, by the way, hon, I’m a vampire.” Deep, dark secret revealed. Okey dokey. When I went in the direction he wanted, with the story I had in my head, things gelled.

I’m working on new stories and always listening to my tunes. I never know if a song I hear on the radio or on the iPod will be the next idea seed, but I’m open to it. Who knows, the next big story might be stored in my iPod after all.

Don’t forget to comment and give Wendi a big Blisse blog welcome. She’s going to be back again soon!