Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Inconceivable! by Tegan Wren, Voices, and a Giveaway!


Inconceivable! by Tegan Wren
Print and e-book, 354 pages
Publication date: November 16th 2015 by 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.”

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I loved this novel and you can read my thoughts here


Welcome to The Book Bag today, Tegan! You know I loved your book and I posted my thoughts yesterday. I love that you were willing to answer my "Voices" questions. It is always interesting to see how authors respond to this idea of the 'voices in their head'. 

I have heard other authors say that they 'hear voices in their head' and that is how they write their books: the characters are telling their stories. Not being a writer myself, that concept has always intrigued me. Does this happen to you? How do you come up with your stories?

Yes! I definitely hear the voices of my characters, especially when I’m writing dialogue. Part of making this magic happen is knowing my characters really well… so well, they do talk to me. When I develop characters, they exist beyond the confines of the story I’m writing. I create a “character cheat sheet” that I refer to frequently when I write. I also add to it as I move through the story. The cheat sheet includes the character’s birthday, interesting ways they’re connected to other characters, unusual physical characteristics, likes, dislikes, and anything else that might add depth to my understanding of who these characters are. 

This process helps me “know” my characters so well that I do hear their words, the cadence of their voice, their accent, and the emotions that come through in their voices. In a way, it’s like watching the movie play out in my head and then writing it down. I don’t know if all writers have similar experiences, but that’s how it is for me. It’s like when you know someone so well, you can anticipate their reaction to situations. It’s similar to that. 

However, my characters sometimes surprise me as I’m imagining the scene. They might do something a bit unexpected. That’s fine as long as it’s not too far “out of character;” as a writer, you do have to keep your characters consistent to make them believable.

Thank you so much Tegan!

About the author

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 life experiences. Tegan and her husband, Patrick, experienced infertility for five years before becoming parents through adoption.

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Thank you Tegan and good luck everyone! 

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