It’s time for my favorite day of the week, Author Tuesday!
This week we are featuring an interview with Tegan Wren author of Inconceivable! (see my review here). It currently has a 4.8 star rating on Amazon and you can check it out on Goodreads. In addition to her interview Tegan is giving away a print copy (US only) and an ebook copy! So please enter away, using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway will be open till 11:59 pm MST Monday, May 2, 2016.
Please provide a quick intro about yourself and your writing.
I have been writing fiction since I was a child who loved creating poetry, plays, and short stories. As a professional, I used my writing to create award-winning news stories for my public radio station. My series on women in prison won a national Edward R. Murrow award. Now that I’m no longer pushing paragraphs as a journalist, I enjoy writing short stories and novels. INCONCEIVABLE! is my first novel, and it includes elements of my own journey through infertility. I take inspiration from my own life experiences and the places I visit. Ultimately, I write the kinds of stories I wants to read–engaging tales that use humor and heart to convey some of life’s bigger truths. I like to say the best happy endings are the unexpected ones!
1) Why should people read your book?
Anyone who has gone through infertility or knows someone who has will appreciate this royal romance that examines how infertility interferes with a couple’s vision of their happily ever after. More broadly, readers who enjoy books that both make them laugh and move them to tears will love INCONCEIVABLE! One reviewer described it as “funny, heartbreaking, and ultimately, inspiring.” That’s an accurate snapshot of the journey that readers experience with my book. It’s categorized as romance, but has crossover appeal for fans of chick lit and women’s fiction.
2) Where is your favorite place to write?
Let me start by saying I can write anywhere! Because I worked as a broadcast journalist for years, I learned to write stories in all kinds of environments. I’ve written news stories sitting on a hillside at a farm in Poland, on trains trundling across Europe, in hotel rooms, in my car, at home, and at coffee shops. It’s hard to imagine a place where I couldn’t write. You asked about my favorite place…I suppose if I had to pick one place, it would be any cozy, quiet local coffee shop that has delicious drinks and cookies. That’s my ideal writing environment.
3) What are you currently working on (new book, remodeling your home…)?
I’m editing a contemporary YA novel. I will try to find a home for it this year, and it will come out under a pen name. I’m also writing the first draft of my next romance novel. It’s called CHANDELIERS and is a time travel story in which characters from present day find themselves at the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette at Versailles. Admittedly, this is a novel I want to read, so this has been a really fun project.
4) What is your favorite comfort book (the book you re-read because of how it makes you think/feel)?
I really adore Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. This novel speaks to me every time I read it. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read it.
5) What is the next book in your TBR (to be read) pile?
The Heartless City by Andrea Berthot. The story has elements of the Dr. Jeckyl/Mr. Hyde story, and is set in London in 1903. It sounds simply wonderful!
6) Turn on your music player and hit shuffle – what song/artist comes up first?
Work That by Mary J. Blige. I love that this song came up because it appears in a fun scene in INCONCEIVABLE!
7) What’s your random talent (balancing a spoon on your nose, saying the alphabet backwards…)?
I can sing Do You Hear the People Sing from Les Miserables in French. We did a big unit on the musical in one of my high school French classes, and I’ve never forgotten the lyrics.
8) Ask the reviewer – what question have you always wanted to ask a book reviewer?
I’d like to know how tricky it is to review a book you didn’t like by an author you do like. What do you hope YOUR readers take away from the reviews you write? 🙂 Laura – I really hope that they get a real feeling about the whole scope of the book. I try to include elements that make up the book such as world building and pacing and not just focus on the storyline. I think these added elements really help convey what someones reading will be like. I also hope they leave having a good sense if they want to read the book or not.
Thank you so much, Laura for inviting me to be a guest on your blog. I’d just like to leave your readers with one final thought: we all have big plans and ideas about how we hope our lives unfold. I’ve learned (and so do the characters in my novel) that the best happy endings are the unexpected ones.