Author Guest Post
Let’s start with the doozy:
What about writing do you love most, and what scares you most?
I most love diving into a scene and letting it surprise me as it unfolds, especially dialogue that makes me laugh. The surprise is a bit of magic, but it terrifies me. I’m always wondering if someday, that magic just won’t show up. That’s the part I hate most.
Where do you find inspiration for your books?
I pick up ideas absolutely everywhere. For example, a coworker’s espresso machine made menacing noises like Darth Vader, earning that appliance the nickname Darth. (You’ll find that in Won’t Last Long.) I feature dogs in my books and their actions are inspired by real dogs in my family or extended family. I also take research trips, to Seattle for Won’t Last Long and to New York for my series Tattoo Thief, and use them for inspiration for settings, events and characters.
How do you choose characters’ names?
Won’t Last Long includes many character names borrowed from friends and family, but I have to choose main characters’ names that aren’t associated with people I already know. That offers me a blank slate from which to build the characters. I do quite a bit of name research to understand the meanings of names. I gave Won’t Last Long’s main character, Melina, an awkward last name in keeping with her awkward feelings toward her family and upbringing. I’d never met a Melina until shortly before I published my book this summer, when a Malina was hired at my office. I loved hearing the story of how she got her name.
What book has most influenced your life?
Something most people don’t know is that I met my husband because of a book: I was intrigued by Bringing Down the House, a nonfiction story of a blackjack card-counting team, and he played on a team connected to the book. Even though I’d gone on nine bad dates and swore to my girlfriends I was done dating, I had to hear his story.
What do you read for fun?
About half of what I read is romance—contemporary, new adult and chick lit. I love exceptionally well-written nonfiction (Titanic Thompson and Blood, Bones and Butter are recent favorites) and I use the app Zite to learn and discover. An article I found through that app about a Las Vegas pickpocket performer captivated me.
When you don’t write, what do you do?
I’m the director of marketing communications for Urban Airship, a mobile software company. I love to cook and kayak, and one thing I do that you’ve probably never tried is razor clamming. My husband proposed after our first razor clamming trip. Here’s how you dig them: http://tinyurl.com/digclams.
About The Author
Heidi’s obsessed with storytelling. Her career includes marketing, journalism, and a delicious few years as a food columnist. Media passes took her backstage with several rock bands, where she learned that sometimes a wardrobe malfunction is exactly what the rock star intends.
You’ll most often find Heidi Joy with her husband and two small kids cooking, fishing, exploring the Northwest, and building epic forts in their living room.
AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE
Won't Last Long by Heidi Joy Tretheway
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: July 31, 2013
Format: Paperback - 300 pages / Kindle - 465 KB
Genre: Chick Lit / Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction
BUY THE BOOK: Won't Last Long
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
She's a feisty, sly marketing exec intent on hiding her small-town roots. He’s a laid-back engineer with a shaggy mutt and a pushy ex.
When Joshua asks Melina out, she asks what kind of car he drives. She’ll do drinks, not dinner. She’s always in control. But with Joshua’s easy confidence and sharp wit, Melina is soon breaking the dating rules she made for herself.
Opposites attract—but friends think Melina and Joshua can’t possibly last. When crisis throws their world off its axis, Melina must confront her childhood family, the people she’s come to care about, and the destruction of her pristine image.
My Book Review:
Opposites attract ... but will it last?
Melina is a career-oriented and driven marketing executive.
Josh is a laid-back down-to-earth engineer.
Melina and Josh meet at a party and there is an instant attraction. They start to date and slowly build a relationship much to the amazement of their friends, who don't think their relationship will last because they are complete opposites. Theirs is a love story about two very different people who realize what they have, and work together at making their relationship a permanent one.
In Won't Last Long, author Heidi Joy Tretheway weaves an enjoyable and realistic love story written in the third person narrative that alternates between the perspectives of Melina and Josh, who travel down love's path discovering, molding, and building a relationship that will last.
This is a slow building storyline, but like fine wine, it takes time to connect with the characters to appreciate the beauty behind their love story. I loved that the author had Melina and Josh take their time to slowly build their relationship, to me that was realistic, believable and easy to relate to. While theirs is a love story meant to last, they had their fair share of trials and tribulations and emotional baggage to overcome. I really enjoyed watching as they grew into a couple that defied the predictions of their friends and family.
It was fun to watch Josh and Melina's very different personalities mesh together, I really enjoyed their sassy banter. While they each stayed true to themselves, they also learned to accept each other's flaws and idiosyncrasies, and did not let it tear them apart. I think that the author did a nice job of mixing humor, drama and romance into the storyline, it was a lighthearted and easy read.
Won't Last Long is so much more than just your typical romance story. It is a realistic story about two people who embraces their relationship, and work together through its ups and downs to appreciate the love that they have built.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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