Tuesday, November 17, 2015

{ guest post } INCONCEIVABLE by Tegan Wren

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Tegan Wren
Releasing Nov 16th, 2015
Curiosity Quills Press

A popular, young royal couple can't produce an heir? INCONCEIVABLE!

When Ozarks native Hatty goes “whole hog” during karaoke, she catches the eye of Prince John. He isn’t what she expects the heir to a small European nation to be: he's affable, witty, and isn’t put off by her tell-it-like-it-is demeanor. Their flirtation should be short lived, but a force stronger than fate—Hatty’s newspaper editor—assigns her to cover the royals. After spending time together, she and John soon begin dating, and Hatty finds herself making headlines instead of writing them.

But challenges loom that are even more complicated than figuring out how to mesh Hatty's journalism career with life at Belvoir Palace. Hatty and John soon find themselves embroiled in an unusual sex scandal: they can't produce an heir. Tabloids dub Hatty a “Barren-ess,” and the royals become irate. Hatty politely tells them to shove it. But beneath her confident exterior, she struggles to cope with a heartbreak that invades her most intimate moments with John. Pressured to choose between invasive medical procedures and abandoning John’s claim to the throne, the couple feels trapped until a trip to Ethiopia shows them happy endings sometimes arrive long after saying “I do.”


The best compliment Tegan Wren ever received came from her sixth grade teacher: “You always have a book in your hand!”

Guided by her love of the creative process, Tegan grew up acting in theatre productions and writing poetry, short stories, and plays. She turned her eye to writing about real life when she worked as a journalist, producing reports for various radio and television stations in medium and large markets in the Midwest and also filing some stories for a major national news network. Wren has both a Bachelor’s of Journalism and a Master of Arts in Communications. After completing her graduate degree, Tegan had the opportunity to teach journalism courses at a major state university. She absolutely loved training the next generation of journalists.

Tegan’s thankful that she’s had the opportunity to travel overseas, and uses those adventures to inform her writing. She also draws inspiration from her own struggles, joys, and other life experiences. Tegan and her husband, Patrick, experienced infertility for five years before becoming parents through adoption. Because she understands the financial stress of the infertility journey, Tegan is donating half the royalties from her book to Baby Quest Foundation. This charity awards grants to people all over the U.S. for fertility treatments. Tegan is thrilled to use her story to help other people find their happily ever after. 

...tegan talks about her typical writing day :

Thank you for the opportunity to share with your readers about my typical writing day and the kind of writer I am.
My Typical Writing Day
My typical writing day looks the same as many other moms’ days. I work part-time and have three kids in elementary school. So, my writing day looks something like this: drop off the kids at school, go to work, leave work, pick up the kids, make dinner, read/play/family time, and then put the kids to bed. It’s at this point that my routine diverges from that of a typical mom: I spend part of the evening doing something with my husband and part of it writing. I try to spend at least an hour on writing before I get so sleepy I have to stop. Sometimes, my hour is devoted to reading and then making small revisions along the way. Because of my limited time to write, it took me about two years to finish INCONCEIVABLE.
On the rare days when I have several hours to write while the sun is up, I like to go to a coffee shop, get a hot cup of joe, and write while listening to instrumental jazz. That’s my ideal way to write. When I get in that mode, I can lose hours in the course of writing. It’s an amazing experience. Unfortunately, those opportunities are rare, but when they come along, I savor them.
Writing for the Impatient Reader
I’m an impatient reader. A book has to do a good job of pulling me into the story and moving the plot along or I get bored. I think I write to appease this kind of reader. I realize not all readers enjoy a fast pace, and I try to take that into account. This is where feedback from editors and critique partners is so valuable. They helped me slow the pace where necessary.
Because I worked in broadcast journalism for many years, I think I write for the ear. I love to read what I write out loud. It’s a technique I learned a long time ago in journalism school. It’s amazing how you can achieve clarity in your writing by simply reading it aloud.
It’s thrilling at this point to see all the hours of writing and revising culminate in the publication of my book. I’m very eager to see what readers think of my book. It was a fun, lengthy, and rewarding process to take my book from idea to publication!

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