The New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 40 books, Tawny Weber writes sassy, emotional romances with a dash of humor, featuring hot alpha heroes. The recipient of numerous awards, she has also hit number one on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists. Readers can visit Tawny’s website www.tawnyweber.com for free reads, first chapters, insider story info and much more. Tawny lives in Northern California with her family.
First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
I’m a romance junkie, a reading addict with a wide streak of sentiment and a devotion to color coding, goal setting and creative expression. I’m a wife, a mom, a collector of cute pets, a crafter and an avowed introvert.
Did you always want to be a writer?
My stepmom likes to tell people that at the age of 12, I declared that when I grew up I was going to be a mom, a romance writer and a gypsy. Despite that, I didn’t actually believe that I could be a romance author until I was 30. I was totally on board with the mom and gypsy part, though.
What kind of writer are you? Panster or Plotter?
I’m a discovery plotter. I always have to know my general story outline, but tend to discover a lot about it during the writing stages.
Where do your ideas come from?
I tend to find ideas everywhere. Anything can spark a story idea. I’ve had story inspiration in the form of dessert, found ideas in movies, I’ve even gotten ideas from a random comment overheard while standing in line at the grocery store. Anything can spark a story for me.
A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
The Poseidon Team are hard-bodied fiercely competitive Navy SEALs facing the biggest threat of their careers, falling in love in the process
(Eek. That wasn’t easy!)
What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
Romances! Contemporary romance and romantic suspense top my list. I’m a fan of fantasy and paranormal, but haven’t read any of the newer releases there. But I am big on YA right now, since I tend to read with my daughter.
Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
I have a few. In non-fiction, my favorite is Wayne Dyer’s You’ll See It When You Believe It. In YA I’m in total love with the Harry Potter series. Fantasy would be The Belgariad and The Mallorean by David Eddings. And since my romance favorites tend to change as I fall in love with new stories, my current favorite is Nora Roberts’ The Guardian’s trilogy.
What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write? Why?
The opening chapters are the hardest for me to write. I tend to rewrite and rethink and redo and then rewrite those chapters over and over as I discover the story and the characters and their personalities. It never seems to matter how much I think I have figured out when I begin a book, it always changes and shifts and drives me crazy in those early chapters. It’s always difficult.
If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
Nora Roberts, because she’s my inspiration.
Wayne Dyer, because his books helped form my emotional path.
Louisa May Alcott, because I adored her books as a child and would love to tell her how they influenced me.
Last question, are you working on anything right now?
I’m currently working on the third book in the SEAL Brotherhood series, CALL TO REDEMPTION. I love this hero so much and am pretty sure I’ve found the perfect heroine for him. But since I’m in those early chapters and I keep rewriting and rewriting, only time will tell.
One of the challenges my hero, Lt. Diego Torres, faces in CALL TO HONOR is having to choose between love and honor. Which would you choose?
The Poseidon team are hard-bodied, fiercely competitive navy SEALs. But when a sensitive mission goes disastrously wrong, three of the team’s finest will have to trust their hearts and instincts to uncover the truth…“No man left behind” is inscribed in the DNA of every SEAL and Lieutenant Diego Torres is no exception. But with a team member killed—and the body missing—Diego's honor is sorely tested. Now his career and reputation are on the line, and a traitor is hiding among them. Diego wants answers…and only one woman has them.Single mom Harper Maclean has two priorities—raising her son Nathan and starting a new life. Her mysterious new neighbor may be impossibly charming, but Diego asks too many questions about her past—and about the father of her child. Questions she fears will reveal her burning attraction for Diego, and ultimately put them all in danger’s path.
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“You’re the best, mister.” The kid had to get his smile from his mother, Diego decided. Because not once could Diego remember Ramsey’s smile making him want to offer one in return.
“Diego,” he said after a second, figuring talking was better than standing here on the sidewalk, grinning like an idiot. “You can call me Diego.”
“Cool. I’m Nathan. I’m seven. I’m gonna be a stunt¬man when I grow up. Or a veterinarian. I’d rather be a Jedi warrior, but Mom says we’ll see about that one. She says that about a lot of stuff. We’ll see. What are you?”
Huh? Was that a question? The kid’s expression said it was, so Diego did a mental replay.
“I’m in security,” he said, using the cover Savino had decided on.
“Bet you’re good at it.” Grabbing the bike by the han¬dles, the kid gave it a good shake, then grinned when the chain stayed in place. “You’re good at fixing things, too. Maybe you could teach me to fix some things?”
Diego didn’t have much experience with kids—hell, he didn’t have any experience. Despite that, he had to figure this one was something special.
Before he could answer him, a delivery truck rum¬bled its way to a stop in front of the kid’s house. Some¬thing he’d noticed was a regular occurrence. At least once, sometimes twice a day.
“You sure get a lot of deliveries,” he observed, watching a guy in shorts carry a stack of boxes toward the door.
“Yeah. Mom gets tons of stuff. She decorates for peo¬ple’s houses. She orders pillows and bowls and things like that. Sometimes she gets material and things to help her decide colors.”
Convenient. Or it would be if Ramsey were run¬ning drugs or stolen goods—that’d be a solid cover. But unless he’d shipped himself home in an ash can, it probably wasn’t pertinent. Lansky would claim oth¬erwise, though, so Diego made a note to mention it in his next report.
He caught a flash of something out of the corner of his eye. All it took was a casual glance toward the house to send him rocking back on his heels.
Not even signing for a slew of packages and fend¬ing off the flirtations of the delivery guy were enough to keep Harper Maclean from sending her son a pro¬tective frown.
So far his glimpses of her had been at a longer dis¬tance than the twenty feet currently separating them. Her photos didn’t do her justice. He’d known she was a looker, but no way he’d have thought fully dressed in person could trump that bikini shot, even if that bikini shot had been kind of blurry.
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