A third-generation Oregonian who can peel and eat a banana with her toes, Tawna Fenske has traveled a winding career path from journalist to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek. She’s the author of the popular daily blog “Don’t Pet Me, I’m Writing” and a member of Romance Writers of America. She was honored to be chosen to blog weekly at The Debutante Ball, a group blog now in its fifth season that chronicles the debut year of five authors from different genres. Tawna lives in Central Oregon with a menagerie of ill-behaved (albeit, well-loved) pets. MAKING WAVES is her debut novel.
3 books currently scheduled: Making Waves (Aug. 2011), Believe it or Not (Jan. 2012), and Let It Breathe (Aug. 2012)
Do you use myspace, facebook, twitter, or other social networking sites? If so, how do we find you on those sites?
I'm a social media fiend, and love interacting with people in these forums.
My blog is called Don't Pet Me, I'm Writing and I've been blown away by how much the readership has grown in the year I've been doing it. It's been a fun way for me to showcase my voice and my sense of humor, and I love posting there each weekday. You can visit the blog at: http://tawnafenske.blogspot.com/
I was honored last summer to be picked as one of five authors blogging for the year at The Debutante Ball. It's a group blog, now in its fifth season, chronicling the debut year of five authors from different genres. I'm the Friday author, and I'll be blogging there through the end of August 2011. The address there is: http://www.thedebutanteball.com/
Twitter is one of my favorite social media forums, and you can follow me there at @tawnafenske
Too many to name. I read everything from racy erotica to inspirational romance to dry non-fiction to NYT bestsellers.
What are your favorite books?
I worship at the altar of Jennifer Crusie and love everything she writes, especially WELCOME TO TEMPTATION and FAKING IT. I also adore Janet Evanovich, Lani Diane Rich, and Kristan Higgins.
Outside the romantic comedy genre, I have pretty eclectic tastes. I love Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDER series, the HUNGER GAMES series by Suzanne Collins, BEAT THE REAPER by Josh Bazell, and everything Barbara Kingsolver has written.
What books would you recommend to your readers?
All three of the ones I listed above.
Any message to your readers?
You can find a reason to laugh in almost any situation if you just look hard enough. I said "hard enough." Snicker.
What is your book about? Please provide a description.
First in a trio of offbeat romantic comedies, MAKING WAVES is a novel hell-bent on flipping the pirate romance cliché on its head. Juli’s lost count of the number of jobs she’s held, but she definitely never applied to be a pirate. Or a stowaway on a pirate ship. But when fate lands her on boat captained by Alex—a man whose unscrupulous boss kicked him to the curb after 20 faithful years—Juli finds herself in the middle of a revenge-fueled Caribbean diamond heist with a crew more suited to the boardroom than the poop deck. Alex didn’t plan to be a pirate, either. He just wants to recover his dignity, pension, and something resembling a normal life. But normal flies out the window when Juli enters the picture—a twist Alex wishes he didn’t find so exhilarating. The two soon discover that while normal is nice, weird can be wonderful.
How long have you been at work on this book?
Er...I write pretty fast (approximately 3 months per book) but I'm not sure how you define "at work on this book." Are we counting submissions? Revisions? Marketing the holy hell out of myself this past year via social media to build a brand and a following?
How did the idea originate?
MAKING WAVES began percolating in my brain in 2006 on an Australian sailing trip when I noticed there was something kinda sexy about a man steering a boat. It took some time (not to mention a job layoff) for the story to truly come together in my mind!
Did the book entail any unusual writing habits or places?