Romance author Tawna Fenske gives us a hilarious look at how her everyday life experiences inspire her to write about the funny side of romance. Her latest novel, Fiancee for Hire, is on sale now.
Ten minutes ago, I was sitting at my desk giving thoughtful consideration to a topic for this blog post.
Okay, that’s a lie. I was actually googling photos of nudist weddings. It’s for a book, I swear.
In any case, I was nibbling frozen peas as I’m wont to do when I’m deep in thought on a writing project. One of the little guys slipped through my fingers and tumbled down the front of my shirt, wedging itself in my cleavage.
Naturally, that’s when my husband walked in the room. “Why is your hand in your bra?”
“I dropped a frozen pea.”
“Is this like last week when I found you licking your keyboard?”
“No, that’s totally different,” I insisted. “What else am I supposed to do when I spill yogurt on it?”
He walked out of the room shaking his head. “Remind me to stop asking questions when you’re writing.”
I share that exchange with you not because I had a fervent desire to fit the words “cleavage,” “yogurt,” and “nudist weddings” into one blog post (though for the record, that’s a worthy goal). It’s more [as] an illustration of my answer to one of the most common questions I get in interviews, which is this:
Why do you write romantic comedy?
As you might have gathered by now, I write romantic comedy because I would be abysmally bad at crafting serious tomes on existentialism.
I write romantic comedy because I once waxed off my own eyebrow and mistakenly used a green eyeliner to draw it back on. I write romantic comedy because I attended a fancy luncheon where I spit gristle into a linen napkin, fumbled it into the purse of the woman next to me, and got caught trying to retrieve it. I write romantic comedy because I unintentionally texted a boob pic to my realtor. Twice.
The great thing about being a magnet for ridiculousness is that I’m pretty much guaranteed to never run out of fodder for my books. Even more fortuitous is that Entangled Publishing has a home for my love-tinged absurdities with their Lovestruck line.
Lovestruck novels are all centered around witty dialogue, meet-cutes, and twists on classic tropes. Throw in a few heaping handfuls of sexytimes, and you’ve got yourself a fabulous beach read. I love writing them almost as much as I love reading them.
Thanks to Lovestruck, readers of Marine for Hire have gotten to meet Sam, the Marine sniper turned undercover nanny who confuses the steps for changing diapers with the steps for disassembling a M-16 rifle (and learns they’re actually not that different).
Thanks to Lovestruck, readers of Protector for Hire (coming Dec. 2014) can meet Anna, a woman who makes a living planning weird weddings that include things like paintball wars or ceremonies in which everyone dresses festively in their birthday suits.
See? I told you it was for a book.
Readers can also meet their respective love matches and see how they set the sheets ablaze (hey, there’s an idea for a candlelit love scene gone awry…)
Now if I could just get that damn pea out of my bra.
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