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Tawny Weber for Lost in Romance!

by Louisa Klein

1) ­­­­­­Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
What a lovely way to phrase it- yes, I suppose I was chosen by romance. It’s always been my favorite genre from my early teens.  I grew up star struck by authors, addicted to the stories and in awe of the worlds they could create. I didn’t actually consider writing until after I’d had my second child, though, when my husband asked me that life-changing question… “If you could be anything in the world, any career, what would your dream job be?”  A romance author, of course!
2) Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
I am in awe of Nora Roberts voice, her talent and her work ethic.  Not only is she an amazing author who writes my absolute favorite stories, she is equally inspiring as a businesswoman who sees writing as her job and does it with admirable dedication.  I started reading Nora’s books when she was first published and was in awe long before I ever thought about writing myself.
3) Please, tell us about your latest book and, if you can, about your future projects.
I’m so excited about my current release.  A SEAL’s Salvation is the third book in my Sexy SEALs series – and to date, it’s definitely my favorite.  Brody Lane—call sign Bad Ass—is a wounded hero back in town for the first time since he’d been ran out as a teen.  He was such a fun character to write because he is so sexy and brooding, but with a wicked sense of humor. Pairing him with the town princess was a delight, since they are opposites on the surface, but so much alike in their hearts.  A SEAL’s Salvation is a February release with Harlequin Blaze.
I’ll have three more Sexy SEALs out this year.  In April, A SEAL’s Kiss is a pretend engagement story between a free spirit and Aiden Masters—call sign Genius.
In September A SEAL’s Fantasy is a Harlequin Blaze Unrated story-which means it’s so hot, it’s unsuitable for ratings LOL.  And it is hot!  A showgirl and a SEAL sworn to protect her!
November will bring another Sexy SEAL with A SEAL’s Secrets.  Phillip Banks—call sign Sir was captured by the enemy.  Home to heal and make some decisions, he keeps getting distracted by the quirky girl next door, determined to drag him into the holiday spirit.
4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
My writing journey was mixed.  Once I admitted that writing was what I wanted to do, I had to learn how LOL.  I joined RWA right away and found so many wonderful workshops and information.  I was very lucky to get quite a few requests and have contest success starting with my very first manuscript, but it still took me four years and 5 6 stories from the time I began writing to sell a book.  In the meantime I did have an agent that I parted ways with.  That saying ‘a bad agent is worse than no agent’ is very true!  I was in talks with another agent when I sold my first book and signed with her the next week. Eight years later and we’re still together, so the right agent is definitely a good thing!
 5) What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution?
I think it’s a wonderful blessing in that it’s opened up a lot of books and authors to so many new readers. Anything that gets people reading is a good thing, in my mind. I don’t agree that eBooks will replace paper though – I think too many of us are diehard book fans who see reading as a sensory process and want that book in their hands.  I’m a total geek about tech toys and always have to get the new phone or computer, iPad or reader so both of my kids have grown up surrounded by technology. Both love it and use their computers, iPhones and other things regularly. But although both are big readers, neither will read on an eReader. They just don’t like it.  Most of their friends feel the same.
6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use Social media a lot to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are your thoughts?
This is such a conundrum for authors –not just because of publisher expectations, but because many readers have the same expectations. And with the eReader advances and the huge surge in indie publishing, discoverability is one of the biggest issues in selling books. And one of the best ways to be discoverable, as you say, is social networking.
For myself, I was taking marketing workshops long before I sold my first book with the expectation that I’d have to work to get myself in front of readers.  In 2007, I was ahead of the curve, but the demands and changes have been so intense that I’m pretty sure I’m way behind it now.
In an ideal world, I would be able to spend 80% of my time writing, and only 20% on marketing. But now I feel like I’m spending 60% on writing and 60% on marketing (and I have no idea where the extra time is coming from, which is why I’m always behind!)
There are some wonderful blessings that come from social networking. I’ve met some amazing readers and really enjoy our interactions.
Info about the author:
USA TODAY Bestselling author of over twenty-five hot books, Tawny Weber has been writing sassy, sexy romances since her first one hit the shelves in 2007.  A fan of Johnny Depp, cupcakes and color coordination, she spends a lot of her time shopping for cute shoes, scrapbooking and hanging out on Facebook.
Readers can check out Tawny’s books at her website, or join her Red Hot Readers Club for goodies like free reads, complete first chapter excerpts, recipes, insider story info and much more.
To know more, visit the following links:
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/TawnyWeber
Pinterest:   http://pinterest.com/tawnyweber/
To buy her latest book, simply click on the cover below:
A SEAL's Salvation cover

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