Interview with Wendy Vella, author of Love Me Tender
11 Feb 2019
What can you tell us about your new release,Love Me Tender?
Love Me Tender is part of the Ryker Falls series. All books are stand-alone, and can be read in any order. This story is about a hero and heroine, Jack and Rory, one raised in poverty, the other with money, but who are both running from their pasts. It’s about family, connections, small town values, and realizing that you don’t have to go it alone. It has intrigue, scandal, and some sensual moments. But of course a HEA!
What or who inspired you to become an author?
I started reading romance novels at a young age, but it wasn’t until I was in my mid-twenties that I actually started writing. The inspiration came when I was living in London, I love it there. I worked in a job that had a lot of down time, so I just started typing some words one day, and that was that. I was hooked.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
These Old Shades By Georgette Heyer
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Into The Wilderness by Sara Donati
Angels Fall by Norah Roberts
Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
Diana Gabaldon. I’d want to ask her about the research she did for Outlander. How she came up with the concept for the story, and about her writing processes.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Escaping into another world. You can shut everything out, and go someplace different. I love it!
What is a typical day like for you?
I usually do some kind of exercise in the morning, even if it’s just stretching. Then I have a quick check of my emails, to make sure there is nothing urgent, then I write. I have a timer set on 30 minutes, and I do this until I’ve reached my word count which is usually between 3,000 and 5,000 words a day. If I can’t reach that in the morning, I will finish it in the evening. In between the writing sessions I get up and walk about, do housework, drink coffee (of course), look at my social media accounts, and do admin.
What scene in Love Me Tender was your favorite to write?
I enjoyed the beginning of chapter 5. This is the scene where Rory, who is universally disliked by most people in the town due to her father’s actions, realizes she’s not alone, even if she doesn’t show it.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
Carpe diem “seize the day”, every day is opportunity for those that wish to take it.
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