Friday, November 20, 2015

Tanya Wright

Tanya Wright filled notebooks with short stories for years as a way of creative release. She found her big break and graduated from spiral notebooks to paperbacks when she won SYTYCW 2013. She is originally from Florida, but after completing her college degree in Boston, she decided to stay. When she isn’t writing, she’s most likely preoccupied with her day job, her adorable nephews, or (let’s be honest) Netflix. 

If only I hadn’t had that last drink…

It might be the toughest night of the year for Micah O’Shea, but one tequila too many and suddenly she’s seeing the world—and her best friend firefighter Josh Taylor—in a new light! Surely a bit of Dutch courage is all she needs to see if he tastes as good as he looks?

Why did no one tell her that the morning after is way more awkward when you’re friends with the man you threw yourself at? And that gets more awkward when you start having x-rated dreams about him? Perhaps Micah should stop saying “If only…” and starting saying “What if…?”

Read a the book

Jan Schliesman: How often do you Get Lost In A Story?
Tanya Wright: Just about every time I open a book. From time to time, I do stumble upon a book that’s hard to get into, but that’s such a rarity. I have my favorite authors, ones that I know will immediately draw me in and transport me to another time or another place. I become the character. I live the story. I can’t help myself. The End, for an author, are words of triumph. For a reader, they’re traumatic. With a good book, you never want it to end.

So You Think You Can Write LogoJan: You won Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest in 2013! How long had you been writing before you entered that manuscript?
Tanya: I’ve written short stories since I was a little girl, but it wasn’t until the beginning of 2013 that I decided to get serious about it. That was when I found a focus and a support system through Harlequin’s online community. Shout out to the “Work-in-Progress” board! Woot! Woot!

Jan: What types of stories stick with you the longest?
Tanya: The ones that have more of an emotional depth to them. The stories that make you feel something. And even after you’ve read the last line and closed the book, you just sit in silence and absorb all that you’ve just experienced. Those are the stories you’ll never forget.

Jan: Do you believe in love at first sight?
Tanya: Eh…Personally, I believe in lust at first sight. Maybe love after a conversation or two. As far as romance novels go, yes. Definite yes.
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Jan: What snacks always occupy your writing space?
Tanya: I like to keep things interesting and change it up every so often. Twizzlers and gummy bears are a favorite. Chocolate is an obvious. White cheddar Cheez-its or tortilla chips when I’m feeling salty. And possibly an apple when I’m feeling healthy, which doesn’t really happen that much.

Jan: Favorite sports team?  
Tanya: Any team Tim Tebow plays for, which means I’m currently boycotting and probably will be for a while.

Jan: Are you an early bird writer or a night owl?  Do you try to keep a solid routine or is every day different?
Tanya: I wish I had a routine! I’m horrible about that. My days are all over the place, so I write all over the place.

Jan: Most writers juggle a day job with writing. Do you?
Tanya: I do. I work full time as a legal assistant. Thankfully, I have an amazing co-worker who loves to be my sounding board. We spend lunch brainstorming. Anyone who walks into the office would think we’d lost our minds.

Jan: Any rituals you following while writing a book?  Celebrate a certain way when it’s completed?
Tanya: I’m very particular in the research stage. I have to have a clear image of everyone and everything before I can begin. I have bio sheets, timelines, and outlines that have to be completed in advance. This is also my favorite way to procrastinate. As for celebrating, I usually have a little victory dance session with my mom and sisters.
Tanya’s GOTTA ANSWER:  Simple. Haagen-Dazs Gelato in Black Cherry Ameretto. Oh. My. Word. Holy mother of Pearl! It’s delicious!


THANK YOU, Tanya, for sharing your writing world with us!  As a special bonus, Tanya is giving away an autographed copy of her Harlequin KISS debut, If Only!  Click on the Rafflecopter below for your chance to enter and WIN!

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  1. Hi, I believe in attraction at first sight, but that true love takes time.

    1. Yes! I'm a friends to lovers kind of girl. I think it takes some time IMHO :)

  2. Welcome to the blog, Tanya! Great having you here today!

    1. Thank you for having me! Sorry, I wasn't active. I was out of town, forgot my computer, then my sister went into labor. Crazy weekend. But thank you again!

  3. Thanks for sharing! I do believe in love at first sight, but a relationship takes work.

    1. Any relationship with staying power takes work, but when you find the right one I think it's worth it. At least that's what I've heard since I haven't found the right one yet ;) emphasis on the "yet."

  4. I love Harlequin congrats on your win. I look forward to reading your work. I am not sure I believe in love at first sight, lust yes, attraction yes, love is so much more than that. It is hard work that takes years to keep it going.

    1. Thank you! Yes, lust/attraction are completely different than love. I've been drawn to men and think "ooh la la" then they open their mouths and it's more like "no, no, no."

  5. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for having me! It's been a pleasure!