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.
1. Could you tell me about your upcoming book?
INCONCEIVABLE! is an adult contemporary romance. Hatty Brunelle is about to finish her journalism degree in the fictional European country of Toulene. After she happens to meet Prince John Meinrad, the country's crown prince, at a pub, she has no illusions about ever seeing again, even though they seemed to hit it off. But she runs into the handsome prince again while on assignment for the newspaper where she's interning. The first part of the book follows the ups and downs of their relationship. The second part of the book chronicles how Hatty copes with palace life, especially after she finds out she and John are having problems conceiving an heir. Unlike many real life couples who experience infertility, Hatty and John deal with pressure from the royal family and snarky commentary from the tabloids. Despite all that, they do eventually find a happy ending, though it's not exactly what they had imagined for themselves all along. You might say it's even better.
2. Who inspires you?
My children inspire me. All were born in different countries and came into our family around one year of age through adoption. Their humor, resilience, and courage inspire me on a daily basis. Having lost their birth families and birth cultures very early in life, they've experienced more trauma than I've ever known. Yet, they come at life with enthusiasm, compassion, and love. They're really quite extraordinary little people.
3. What are some of your favourite books?
I adore The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo. I've lost count of how many times I've read it--I get something new and insightful each time. I'll never stop loving The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I read them as a child and loved them, and I've read most of them multiple times as an adult. It's now thrilling to be introducing them to my young children. And just to give you an idea of how diverse my tastes are in books, I mention several other favorites: The Tall Woman by Wilma Dykeman, 11/22/63 by Stephen King, The Gatehouse Heaven (a collection of poems) by James Kimbrell, Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand, Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, and Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund.
4. Are you working on anything at the moment?
I've completed a contemporary young adult novel. I'm putting some polishing touches on it. I'm also working on a time travel romance in which our heroine finds herself at Versailles where she befriends Marie Antoinette. She meets a handsome doctor who's also there from the future. Eventually, they find a way back to present day, but they're not sure it will work for both of them. Will they risk being split up forever to get back home or will they choose to live out their lives in the past? You'll have to wait and read CHANDELIERS to find out!
5. I adore the cover of INCONCEIVABLE, who made it?
Matt Phillips at The Cover Lure designed it. He had a concept that a dear friend of mine developed as she and I brainstormed over a period of several weeks. I was inspired by a wedding photo I found online of a couple behind a newspaper. All you could see where their silhouettes. It was a beautiful idea--combining silhouettes and newsprint. Matt did a fabulous job of taking this concept and creating this gorgeous cover.
6. If you could have dinner with any 2 authors, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
I'd love to have dinner with Stephen King. I've read a dozen or so of his books and have heard several interviews with him. He's super talented and has so many insights about the craft of writing and creating stories. I'd also love to have dinner with Sena Jeter Naslund. I'd love to ask her about her research methods and her writing process. I mentioned Ahab's Wife as one of my favorite books. I'd also add her book about Marie Antoinette to my favorite list. It's called Abundance. I re-read it when I was traveling through France, and it was almost a magical experience.
I just want to conclude by thanking for this opportunity, Beth! Because I enjoy connecting with readers, please feel free to reach out to me via Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads.
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."