Thursday, August 6, 2015

Interview with Dee Tenorio, author of Wanted

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Wanted-500x750Title: Wanted
Author: Dee Tenorio
Publisher: Entangled Ignite
Pages: 200
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format: Kindle 

Ignite presents an all-new romance you won't want to miss...

Some secrets are worth dying for...

Undersheriff and former Marine Rick Trelane had one constant his entire life - his friendship with Whitney Peterson. Through thick and thin, she has never faltered. Never blamed. But when her former lover turns up dead, Rick must look past the walls he's built to the woman he thought he knew inside and out...and discover he was wrong.

 Whitney has secrets, deadly ones. The deeper he digs, the more he sees her as a woman he desires. And suspects. But as bodies start turning up, so does the evidence against her. Now the air is thick with secrets and shadows and giving into the longing could turn both their worlds upside down. Because this killer is just getting started...

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What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
Does childbirth count? I always felt pretty dang proud of myself for getting through that. :) My first pride is always my kids. But I also feel very good about teaching them to follow their dreams—something I’ve been doing for almost twenty years. (OMG, I just realized it’s been that long!) It’s easy to tell yourself you’re chasing a pipe dream trying to get published and that there’s more important things to do like…sleep. But I like that my family sees me working hard and making progress even when the odds are against me. So when they have their own dreams to chase, they’ll take a swing and know it’s worth it.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
My mother was always a reader and she secretly wrote stories. She encouraged me to do both and that atmosphere meant staying up all night writing wasn’t considered insane. Plus she raised me with the thinking that being creative was a special gift. Gifts aren’t to be wasted, so I had better work hard to improve it. So I guess it made me kind of determined.
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always written. My first memories were of words and enjoying a great story. Then I proceeded to write some REALLY bad stories. (So…SOOOOO many.) I decided to try publishing, though, after my brother passed away inexplicably at the age of 27. He’d had so much life to live and time had run out. I learned that I couldn’t put off my dreams until there was time for them. There’s never the right time. All we have is now. So I live my life with that in mind.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Probably somewhere in the sands of time… Mom was an avid Days of Our Lives fan, lol. Soaps were my first stories and I watched with huge eyes as people fell in love. How could I not want to be part of that?
When did you first know you could be a writer? 
Probably when I started writing stories at school staring my friends and making fun of the more disliked teachers. They were passed around the students and I was writing weekly installments for a short time. Sadly, I ran out of evil teachers, though, and thus I learned the value of a good villain. They can be so hard to find.
What inspires you to write and why?
Well, I like feeding my family, lol, and we all enjoy a roof over our heads. Nothing makes a gal work like needing to support themselves.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
Romance, of course. And apparently, I’m really comfortable writing suspense, which surprises me because I also tend to be a Rom Com writer too. I guess you could say I go both ways? (Take that aaaaannny way you like, lol)
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first published book literally came out of thin air. I was walking my son down the street and I could picture this tall, dark-haired man who was about six kinds of grumpy and I heard him saying to my soon-to-be-heroine, “You eat like a man.” BAM! That’ s all I needed. Who was this guy? And who was this woman who was completely unfazed by his complaint? “Betting Hearts” was born. J
Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
Oh, there’s too many people to mention. I eventually started working for as a moderator and I tried to absorb as much from the Authors and Editors who were kind enough to offer the community advice or information. The Romance Community is incredibly generous with writing craft and their willingness to teach others. It’s my favorite aspect of writing.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
Plotting. Part of me wants to just let the story flow and discover it as it happens, but that part doesn’t understand deadlines and stuff, so I usually have to tell that part to get with the program. Sorting out where the story is going and if it’s a suspense, who did what, is pretty close to 50% of the book to me.  (I won’t even go into sorting out the believability!)
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
I learned quite a bit about Afghanistan doing research for Rick’s past and about MARSOC Marines for the series in general. I’m also learning quite a bit about guns, lol. (Especially how not to hold one and not to dare firing a .357 Magnum if I have any intention of not hitting myself in the face from the recoil, lol)
Do you intend to make writing a career?
LOL, I’ve been at it a bit too long to give up now, so..sure!
Have you developed a specific writing style?
According to some of my readers, definitely. I’m not sure I could pinpoint it, but most folks can tell when it’s me. Probably has something to do with my tone of voice. I never can turn down a good joke.
What is your greatest strength as a writer? 
I try to maintain realism. When my characters go through something, they have scars—emotional or otherwise—and for me, happily ever after doesn’t wipe away the things that make them who they are and I believe the things that happen to us shape us. I always want my work to reflect that.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
I can be a ruthless perfectionist with my writing.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
I can be a ruthless perfectionist with my writing.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
God is Dead—Nietzsche / Nietzsche is Dead—God
It always makes me think: Whose statement carries more weight? And also, it reminds me, there’s always someone out there who has more power than me. Try not to piss them off being arrogant. J

Dee TenorioDee Tenorio has a few reality issues. After much therapy for the problem—if one can call being awakened in the night by visions of hot able-bodied men a problem—she has proved incurable. It turns out she enjoys tormenting herself by writing sizzling, steamy romances of various genres spanning paranormal mystery dramas, contemporaries and romantic comedies. Preferably starring the sexy, somewhat grumpy heroes described above and smart-mouthed heroines who have much better hair than she does.

The best part is, no more therapy bills! Well, not for Dee, anyway. Her husband and kids, on the other hand…

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