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Featured Author Wendy Burke

Wendy Burke is this week’s Featured Author

Featured Author

I’m so pleased to have Wendy Buke on the blog this week in the Friday’s Featured Author slot. Before I get on to the interview, here is Wendy’s bio.

Wendy Burke

Wendy lives with her chef husband and two furry feline children in the Great Lakes region of the Midwest. She has cheddar running through my veins, despite her many years away from my home state.(That would be Wisconsin for you non-cheese fans.) When not writing, she has a full-time job behind the scenes in television which keeps her from writing!

The Interview

Tell us about your latest release?
SAFE AT HOME is somewhat of a mini-version of the ‘cheesy romantic baseball story’ which has languished in my laptop for about 15 years. I have always been a baseball fan and wanted to get a baseball-centric story published, and through Decadent Publishing and their 1Night Stand line—I was able to, and, link this story to others I’ve written in the same line.

In SAFE AT HOME – Milwaukee ‘Breakers’ shortstop Andy Knox and his wife Charly have the life anyone would want–plenty of friends, fortune, adorable children, interesting, and at times, high-profile employment, a great house in the ‘burbs. They love each other, but sometimes life, unknowingly, gets in the way of ‘being in love.’

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Are you a plotter or pantser?
Panster all the way—much to the irritation of some of my fellow-writers (Hello, Constance!) I may have a ‘plan’ in my head, but never is there a written outline. I pretty much am dictated to writing what the ‘people in my head’ tell me to!

What was the most difficult part of the publishing process for you?

Waiting! Waiting for an answer, waiting for return edits, waiting for a cover. I can say that now, but I think any writer will tell you, getting edited is the most excruciating experience—there’s a total stranger tearing apart your ‘baby.’

How about the most fun?

Seeing how the story will end and getting a pat on the back, or an “I hate you, you made me cry” email from the publisher. AND of course, readers identifying with your story and characters.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book CROSSING PATHS is still in this very laptop! I had promised to write the above ‘cheesy romance baseball story’ for a dear friend of mine. The two of us spent way too much time and money (when baseball was still affordable!) in old County Stadium in Milwaukee. CROSSING PATHS was supposed to be a fun way of recreating those days. It’s sad to say, my dear friend, Deb, died before I finished it.

Do you have any writing rituals? (Time of day to write, must have beverages? Etc?)

I write when I can. My ‘normal work hours’ sometimes have me leaving the house at 3:30 AM. I write when the characters tell me to—which can be difficult on the highway going 80mph!

Who is your go-to author, the one you know you can always count on to deliver a great story?

I have two actually – Brad Thor and James Rollins. I am a huge fan of Thor’s ‘Scot Harvath’ series and Rollins’ ‘Sigma Series’ line. A political thriller lives in my head—I just have to find the time to get it out and into my laptop. And, even though I write erotic romance, I don’t read much of it!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to travel, which doesn’t happen as often as I like. I read –especially on when sweating on my elliptical. And, I like a good laugh with friends and family.

What do you think makes a good story?

Hmm, that’s a tough one. I think characters, how they get through a situation and if they come out better or have learned something on the other side of that trying time.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

How long is this interview? Let’s see: a physician, a lawyer, a police officer. But about mid-junior high, I knew I wanted to be in radio and I’ve been fortunate enough to be in that business for 35 years-plus, with stops in behind the scenes television. I also wanted to be a writer and here I am!

What projects are you working on at the present?

I’m about a third of the way through another 1Night Stand (if Decadent Publishing will have it!) It’s a story which formed in my head in a millisecond during a work phone call—I just hope this ‘local’ Sheriff never finds out his comments to me one very-early morning prompted an erotic romance!

What do your plans for future projects include?

Like everyone, I’d like to win the lottery, not have to ‘work’ and just be able to afford to write full-time. That and create peace and solve world hunger! 🙂

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THIS OR THAT
• Breakfast or no breakfast? Yes, when I can get to it at my desk!
• Eggs or pancakes? Eggs…
• Pork Bacon or Turkey Bacon? Turkey bacon does not exist.
• Scrambled or Over Easy Eggs? Over HARD.
• White or Wheat Bread? Sourdough
Macaroni Salad or Potato Salad? Macaroni
• Mashed Potatoes or Baked Potatoes? Neither
• Hot Dogs or Hamburgers? Burgers
• Cookie Dough or Cookies from Scratch? Neither- I have burned premade cookies it he past! And, I don’t like to have this stuff in the house, lest I eat it! 🙂
• Pumpkin Pie or Apple Pie? Blueberry (sorry!)
• Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt? Ice cream
• Taco Bell or McDonalds? McD’s
• Carrabba’s or Olive Garden? Neither…sorry again! ESCA in NYC, actually!
• Sweet or Sour? Sweet.
• Sushi or Smoked Fish? Both!
• Chicken Nuggets or Chicken Fingers? Chickens have neither…so!
• French Fries or Salad? Salad
• Pringles or Lays? Lays!
• Salt and Vinegar or Sour Cream and Onion? Salt & Vinegar
• Coke or Pepsi? Regular Coke, Diet Pepsi
• Surge Soda or Mellow Yellow? Why?
• Black Coffee or Cream and Sugar? Cream, Sugar, some flavors!
• Gatorade or Powerade? I’d rather drink water.

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Constance Phillips

Wife, mother, and author, Constance Phillips spends most of her time in a fantasy land of her own creating. When not writing stories of finding and rediscovering love, Constance and her husband spend the hours planning a cross-country motorcycle trip for the not-so-distant future…if they can find a sidecar big enough for their four pups.

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