I love writing stories of second chances. There’s something sweet about getting two characters together who had a chance before, but for whatever reason it didn’t work out. One Night With You started out as one of those second chance stories. When I plotted out the tale, I saw these two guys who’d had something before, but because Tate went into the military, the relationship waned. But the more I got into the story, the more I realized that wasn’t their case. I also realized that the characters I’d envisioned weren’t the ones coming out on the page.
That’s when I let the characters take over. I believe that the characters will be who they are regardless of what I have planned out. Usually, the story is much better than when I have a plan, too.
Raine was the first character to show up. I had him pegged as an average college guy. Honestly, I didn’t know much about him when I started the outline. But as I let him talk, I found out who he was—a little nerdy, geeky and dependable. He’s the kind of guy you want in your corner when the chips are down because he’s a great support system. But he’s shy. It takes him a while to go after what he wants because he’d rather watch and think through before he makes a move. Yeah, he was so much more dimensional than I thought.
Then there’s Tate. I’ve got a fascination with Airmen. I guess it’s the uniform or the fact they control gigantic aircraft, but I love pilots and people who work with planes. I knew going in that Tate would have a tragedy and was coming home. There was a story on the local news about a military person coming home to bury his mother and that’s what got Tate talking to me. He’s the protector of the family. He had to step in when his father stepped out for good. There’s always been a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. Oh and he’s easy on the eyes—all muscle and quiet strength. He told me he needed someone who could help him cut loose, but he strong for him, too. That’s when I knew writing a story for this guy wasn’t going to be a breeze.
Writing is a quirky thing. When I start, I have a plan. Then the characters talk and the plan usually goes sideways. Once I got to know Tate and Raine, the outline was basically blown, but I preferred the direction they wanted to take me. With a short period of time, these two have to figure out if their night together will be just a one-time thing or if it could lead to something more. Throw in the ever-present possibility that Tate might not come back and Raine could always forget about him and you’ve got some heady stuff.
But that’s life, isn’t it? When you think you’ve got it all figured out, life throws a curveball. Maybe it’s meeting someone you never thought you might, or going somewhere you hadn’t planned…it’s the journey and how you deal with it that matters—at least that’s how it was when I wrote Tate and Raine’s story. I hope you check out their tale. I hope it makes you think and wonder…just like it did for me.
About One Night With You:
One night to find the man of his dreams in the least likely place…
Airman Tate Gibson thought going to a party at the local college with his friends would take his mind off his troubles. He’ll head back to Korea in two days’ time—after the funeral of his baby sister. He’s always taken responsibility for her and he’s not ready to deal with her being gone. He wants someone to help him deal with his sadness and give him a reason to get through his deployment.
Raine has had a crush on his neighbor across the hallway, but once he spots the hunky airman his thoughts center on Tate. He wants to strip the handsome blue-eyed hunk down and lick him everywhere, but geeks like Raine never get the man. He’s stuck playing the perpetual wallflower.
Will one night tear them apart before things get hot or will it be enough to bring these two wounded souls together for a long-term engagement?
About the Author:
Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com.
When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice. Find out more about Megan and Wendi at: http://wendizwaduk.com/indexMegan.htm