Friday, November 22, 2013

On His List by Wendy Sparrow‏


Wendy’s childhood as a military brat instilled in her a wanderlust to travel, but with the possibility of bugs, lost luggage, germs, a lack of parking, she just prefers the cleaner and safer visits to exciting places in her stories. It has very little to do with her obsessive compulsive disorder—maybe. She is a passionate advocate both online and in her community for the welfare of autistic children. In addition to writing, she enjoys painting and sketching, spending time with her two quirky kids, and running with her dog. Her wonderful husband makes sure she has the geeky, tech aspects of her stories just right. She can often be found on Twitter where she will strike up a conversation with anyone she happens across.

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"Where can I take you, Mr. Savoy?"

That was how Remy Maison’s day began, not the glamorous world of guarding underwear from her creepy landlord on laundry day, but taking her brother’s place as driver for businessman Owen Savoy. And what was with this guy? Yeah, he’s hot and all, with eyes like melted chocolate and a lean, sexy figure she’d love to explore, but Remy’s never met anyone so rigid.

Owen has a list for everything. He’s planned the entire day down to the smallest detail. All Remy has to do is stick to the list, but she never follows the rules‚ there’s no freaking way. So why is she spending all her time looking in the rearview mirror, hoping she’ll make Owen’s next list?


Q) What inspired you to write this story?
A) Well, I love an opposites attract story. And I came up with Owen’s character, and I’m just crazy enough to want to see what would happen when you stuck an uptight list-loving guy with a free-spirited girl in a car all day.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
A) Not long because once I’m excited about a project—I have trouble sleeping. I seem to remember I survived on a couple hours sleep for several days because I just couldn’t leave Owen and Remy alone.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
A) The magic of escaping to another world for a few hours of every day. I’m one of the lucky people who has the opportunity to share my daydreams. It’s like passing on the magic.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
A) I have OCD also…and that excitement about a project that I mentioned above…turns against me on the longer novels. I’ve gone two weeks sleeping two hours a night and spending fifteen hours in front of my laptop. I call it “obsessive writing” and it scares me. I’m always afraid I’ll go too far down the rabbit hole. Conversely, I’m afraid one day I’ll lose that drive and the stories will be stuck inside my head with no way to express them. Basically, I’m a weirdo who worries a lot about odd things.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
A) The guy in the Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream.” I’ve been stressed lately, and it’d be nice to stand on a dock and scream and have people be cool with it.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A) Hah! My husband gave me this one. My lightbulb. He says he hasn’t changed it for years.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
A) I love to read novellas. I love being able to sit down and read something for a few hours and then still get the laundry done—or still get to sleep before five a.m. So, you can expect a few more novellas from a writer who loves to read them. I also have a few longer secret projects in the works.
  
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