Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Voice Isn't That Important, Is It?


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.


'Still The One' by Wendi Zwaduk

She'll be his salvation if he's willing to switch.

Being stressed out sucks, especially when you're in charge of a team. Just ask Eric Trask. The pit crew of the Fifty-Four truck team depends on him. The stress of keeping things running smoothly is wearing Eric down. What's a guy to do to get a little relief?
Janine Walters knows exactly what Eric's up against. She's the public relations face of the team. Pressure is all a part of the job. Her outlet for stress just happens to be wielding a crop.
Can Eric embrace her methods for stress relief or will her suggestion tear their fragile relationship apart?
Reader Advisory: This book contains the use of a crop, spanking, a little bondage, a little pegging, some toys and a woman who knows how to use a strap on to pleasure her man.

Want to know more about Wendi Zwaduk? Here you go:
I 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 earned a BA in education at Kent State University and currently hold a Masters in Education with Nova Southeastern University.   
I love NASCAR, romance, books in general, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, and my menagerie of animals.  I also write under the pen name of Megan Slayer. I’m published with Total-E-Bound, 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!


1 comment:

J. Conrad Guest said...

Interesting to read about "voice." I've read in more places that author voice in contemporary fiction is a no-no. Elmore Leonard claimed it is the author's attempt to butt into the story.

I've been told I have an easily recognizable voice. Some of my favorite authors are favorites because of their voice.

I don't know why so many creative writing courses teach that "voice" is such a bad thing.

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