Friday, August 12, 2011

My Strange Addiction

Please welcome the fabulous Wynter Daniels! Not only is she a very good friend of mine, she's a talented writer and I'm happy to be hosting her today :)

EDITED TO ADD: Congrats to Debbie on winning a copy of Sizzle at Sea. Wynter will be contacting you!

Thanks to Katie for having me here today.

I’ve had a secret for a couple years now. To be honest, I’m a little embarrassed to own up to my addiction but I’ve got to tell you—I won’t give it up. It’s not an illicit drug or a habit that will bankrupt me, but I do go into withdrawal when I can’t get any.

I’m talking about a certain reality show that I have watched from day one—Celebrity Rehab. But hear me out before you judge me. I have always loved learning what makes people tick. I took several psychology classes in college and found them fascinating. Hearing people—celebrities or not—reveal the wounds that made them into what they are is heartbreaking, and it’s what creating characters is all about.

Every character has a wound—or many of them—that make them behave a certain way. In the show, it’s usually some sort of heartbreaking childhood trauma that led each member of the show’s cast down the road to addiction and it is often the fighting spirit that emerged from that tragedy that makes them pull themselves out of the grip of addiction.

Getting to the heart of characters is what makes them flawed and what makes them real. In Sizzle at Sea, Kara Mikos is an heiress who’s been burned in love. She was raised in the lap of luxury but all she ever wanted was some attention from her mostly absent father. Those wounds guide her character.

What about you? Do you have any harmless addictions you’d like to own up to? Since I am celebrating the release of Sizzle at Sea, the first book in my Long and Hard series from Ellora’s Cave, I will give away a download of the book to one commenter.

Here’s a little about the book:

All incognito heiress Kara Mikos wants is a vacation cruise and a hot shipboard fling. When her father phones to say there’s a plot to kidnap her, she brushes it off as another of his many attempts to control her life.

Private security expert Harper Long doesn’t mean to fall for his client’s sexy daughter but what better way to keep her close enough to protect? Granting his libido free rein comes with a price, though—a treasure he’s not willing to lose.

Wynter Daniels lives in Central Florida with her husband of more than twenty years and their two nearly grown children. They are all the slaves of two very demanding cats. After careers in marketing and the salon industry, Wynter’s wicked prose begged to be set free. She writes for several publishers including Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Loose Id and Red Sage. Join her Facebook fan page HERE. She loves to hear from readers, but only if it’s good. Find Wynter on the web at Visit her blog at


KC Burn said...

Congrats on the new book! And I have to admit, while I don't like many reality TV shows, I've certainly derived a few plot bunnies and character ideas from them. Indulge - it's research!

Debby said...

Hi, Congrats on your new book. It sure does look good. I have so many harmless addictions but they take up space. I love to collect postcards and I found a site where you can exchange postcards.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Kaylea Cross said...

Congrats on this new release, Wynter! And it's okay about the addiction. I'm secretly addicted to the show Hoarders. It makes me run around obsessively cleaning my house afterward. I think it's actually good for me, lol.

Wynter Daniels said...

KC - yes - research can be entertaining;-)

Debby - what an interesting collection! I found a postcard sent to my grandparents almost a hundred years ago! Pretty cool.

Thanks, Kaylea. My daughter has roped me into watching hoarders a few times. Makes me clean, too!

Diane said...

It's not a bad addiction so no harm; mine is books: there everywhere in the bedroom, spare room, living room and basement!

Katie Reus said...

Welcome to my blog and congrats on your new release! As you can probably guess, my addiction is books, books, books! Lately I've been buying them like crazy for my Kindle.

Wynter Daniels said...

Diane & Katie - I am definitely addicted to books, too. I'm so thankful that ebooks don't take up any shelf space!

Nancy J. Cohen said...

This sounds like a story I'd enjoy since I love cruising. It's a great idea for a series. My addictions? Reading. I can't go anywhere without having a book handy. And the computer. I have to check email every so often.