I'm delighted to play host to author Wendi Zwaduk, whose books included Over My Head, Please Remember Me, and Still the One. Welcome, Wendi!
Seems like a silly way to title this post doesn’t it? A voice not being important? Well, it is. First, let me thank Dellani for having me on the blog today. It’s always great getting to know new friends and hanging out with old friends.
Now about that voice... When I started writing, I had no idea an author had a voice. Don’t get me wrong, I knew when I read a book by the same author, the flavor would be the same. That’s what I expected. But I never expected that my work would have a voice. I mean, they get paid to write that way. Back then, I was just struggling along. I used to take notes on what others wrote and how they conveyed feelings, trying to figure out what my voice in my writing would be.
Little by little I realized that while they shaped me as a reader and made me see what I didn’t want to put in my work, my voice was ultimately mine to develop. Trial, error and just letting the characters do what they wanted to do. If I’ve got a story that’s extremely sexual and the feelings are the conflict, then I write it a certain way. If I’m writing something with lots of external conflict, it will sound different than the sexy stuff. I write under a pen name, Megan Slayer, as well. Her books have a different flavor than my Wendi stuff. And I’m good with that.
My writing is a reflection of who I am as a person. I’m multifaceted and so is my work. Sometimes it’s hard to switch gears. If I’m deep in a Megan story, I have to change my mind frame to work on a Wendi story. I’m bad. I tend to have at least one Megan story and one Wendi story going at the same time. But the nice thing is that the characters tend to be so polar opposite that I can slip into a Wendi story mind frame or a Megan one faster than if they were too similar.
What about you? Can you tell when you’re reading something, this has got to be _______ writing this? Or no? I’d love to know. I can’t always tell. There’s lots of times when I thought, wow this is a totally new author, only to find out that it’s someone I know. So let me know your thoughts.
And once again, thanks to Dellani! I’m glad to be here.
She'll be his salvation if he's willing to switch.
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