Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Spotlight + Interview + Giveaway: Wise Men Say by Wendy Burke

Meet the Author

A TV producer by day and a romance writer at night, sometimes the two employments inadvertently cross –whoops! When not at her fulltime TV job or part-time job in radio, Wendy is either writing or fighting off a furry attack by one of her two cats. She leads a wonderfully silly life with her way-too-cute chef husband in a suburb of ‘beautiful’ Toledo, Ohio.

What were the greatest obstacles you experienced while becoming a published writer?

Confidence, focus and time. 

Confidence---Every writer has a moment (probably during every book!) when they look up from their laptop and say, ‘Geez, I suck!” And, that feeling happens with every book, regardless how many you have published. So, even once you’re published, having the confidence to know you can finish a project and move on—well, that takes some doing on occasion.

Focus—sticking to ONE story. Unfortunately, I have a habit of getting ‘bored’ when I’m stuck in a section of one particular project, so I dabble with others I have in progress. Learning to focus on one project at a time, can be tough.

And, TIME…since I can’t rely on writing to keep a roof over my head, I have two jobs. Finding time to write can be tricky. Right now, Sunday afternoons are most productive for me.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I write inside out. A scene will come to me and I get going with it and the story blossoms outward from there. I loathe outlines---I’m a ‘pantster’ in the truest sense of the word.

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, and/or let them influence your writing?

I’ve been told I shouldn’t read my reviews. But, sometimes people have very nice things to say, and that’s a good ego stroke. I’ve been told ‘I wish the story wouldn’t have ended,’ or, ‘I wanted more of the characters,’ just leads me to believe I need to write longer stories.

What kind of research did you do for this book? Another book?

My stories are mostly emotional, so there isn’t a lot of research. I yank stuff out of my old memories and use them. For WISE MEN SAY, however, I did hang out at a glass studio just to make sure Emmy the main character ‘fit’ there—also, when it comes to military references, my former-Army-Captain husband is a great resource.

Share three sentences from your current WIP. 

FOR ME went off to my dear Beta reader just now…

And, lastly, her romantic box—one that remained locked, tucked away in the furthest corner of the deepest closet. It’d been quite awhile since she’d taken it out, dusted it off and given it a good shake, just enough to remind her she still had life below the waist. And, when she took that box and shook it, no one needed to know what came of it.

Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to share with us? 

I appreciate the opportunity being here, and if there are readers wanting to write, just a couple of thoughts. First…WRITE, write constantly—you can fix a blank page. And, second, find a good writers’ group in your area, maybe your local chapter of the Romance Writers of America. These groups are a wealth of information and most importantly, support! Happy reading, and happy writing!

Wise Men Say by Wendy Burke

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Categories: Holiday-Themed, Military
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Release Date: December 21, 2012
Heat Level: Sizzling
Word Count: 12,300

Available at:

Amazon | ARe | BN | BookStrand

More than twenty years ago, Emmy Patterson kissed her fiancé for the last time. Despite bad news from U.S. military services, to this day she has reasons to hold on to hope he's alive and celebrates his life every chance she gets.

Her family, however, thinks her partly crazed, unable to grasp the reasoning behind her perpetual optimism.

Called on a business trip to promote her glass artwork, she spends the winter holidays in Las Vegas. Is this chance travel to the The Castillo in Vegas a coincidence, or does the wise Madame Eve know ‘some things’ were meant to be?

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations and adult language which may be considered offensive to some readers.

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