Let's look at Tannah's Contemporary Romance story, What a Difference a Day Makes...
Vince Guidotti discovered his musical talent at the age of seventeen after a tragic car crash left his lower spine crushed. Facing months of hospitalization and years of physical therapy, he was desperate and near suicidal. His uncle saved his sanity by handing him a trumpet so he may have something to do with his hands. Years later, he is a successful lawyer but his one true passion was playing the trumpet.
Iñaki Alvarez had had it all: a highly successful singing career, a loving wife and three beautiful children. A pop singer since he was seventeen, he had been an international superstar for twenty years before suddenly retiring and disappearing from the public eye. Walking into his hotel’s bar one night, he hears soulful jazz music playing. Setting eyes on the attractive but grief worn trumpeter, he never thought this man would be the one to make him experience true love the second time around.
Almost a decade later, Vince faces a dilemma: either he proposes marriage to Iñaki the traditional way and face yet another rejection, or he gives in and plays the one song he once vowed never to. Can he set aside his personal misgivings and gift his beloved Iñaki the one thing he had been waiting to hear him play after all these years?
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Author Q&A Part II
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Writer’s block, the dreaded disease.
Yes, I think all authors go through this. I’m particularly sensitive to it as frequently, in the middle of a work in progress, the characters stop talking. At first I struggled against it, and plowed through the work but had to delete because nothing made sense.
What I did was to analyze the why’s behind the block and I realized, it’s all about stress. I stressed out on life and it affected my thought processes. When I get tired, my brain cells get tired. Once I figured it out, when the block comes knocking, I shrug it off, SAVE the manuscript, pick up a favorite book or a book scheduled for review, and read. Read. And read some more. The stress melts away and after the review is written, I go back to the wip and the characters come yelling in.
What Author’s in the genre do you read?
Omg, this is really a horrible question! I can’t name them all hehehheee
If you really want all the name, check out my book review blog, http://www.multitaskingmommas.com/ , and check out the more than two thousand posts and the multitude of authors in the genre. I love all of them, some more than others, but I love them all.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
Neither. It’s the music. I listen to heavy metal most times and focus on the lyrics. This category of music isn’t given enough credit for lyrics as most people never get past their heavy beats and rhythms.
I am a wife, mother and blogger by day, a writer by night. It can be difficult to say the least but it is a challenge that keeps me on my toes.
I grew up listening to folk tales my father and nannies told either to entertain us children or to send home a message. These narratives I kept with me and finally I wrote them down in a journal way back when I kept one. Going through junk led to a long forgotten box and in it was the journal. Reading over the stories of romance, science fiction and horror I had taken time to put to paper, brought to light that these were tales I never met in my readings.
The tales I write are fictional but all of them are based on what I grew up with and still dream about. That they have an M/M twist is simply for my pleasure. And I hope, yours as well.