Writing According to Emotions?

This blog post was inspired by a conversation I had with one of my writing buddies. Her last few stories have been darker than usual and it got me thinking about why. Do writers write according to their emotions? If a writer is sad or depressed do they write darker fiction than when they are happy? If a writer needs to write a scene from the villain’s pov or perhaps a death scene do they call upon the time when they had those emotions to get the tone just right?

I think it is different for every writer. Personally, I have a hard time writing anything when I am depressed. My Grandma passed away in March and I’m just now starting to get back into the habit of writing daily. It got to the point that I had made time to write but I just sat staring at the screen. My thoughts were elsewhere than on my stories.

I do have to be in the right mood to write certain scenes. If a scene is particularly dark I know that if I write it the right way it will leave me feeling empty and sad or even depressed. Sometimes I am not ready to ruin a perfectly good day by writing such a scene.

Also, now that I have gotten into writing romance I have to be ready to write a love scene. Many times I leave a note to myself that I need to go back and either add it in later or finish a partially written scene.

Well, those are my thoughts and experiences on the subject! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

My Sexy Saturday – Wild and Tender Care Excerpt #2

Wild and Tender Care has been released! I’m still enjoying the moment days later. If you celebrated the 4th of July yesterday I hope you had a good time with family and friends.

Here is my second excerpt. This time only 7 sentences.

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He turned and walked back down the street leaving her speechless. She unlocked her door and headed for the pitcher of water in her bedroom, splashing water on her face. She hadn’t been dreaming. The doctor just said he’d call on her again.

Dizzy with delight, she sat on the bed. Dr. Steere said that they’d had a lot in common although he hadn’t shared much of his past. They had one thing in common she knew—they were both outcasts.

Could two outcasts find a place in each other’s arms?

I hope you enjoyed my excerpt. I encourage you to check out the other blogs participating in this week’s My Sexy Saturday hop.

wildandtendercareMini Blurb:

The town of Big Rock, Colorado is changing its wild-west ways, and ex-madam Ida Page and new town doctor William Steere are finding it difficult to be accepted for who they are. But when these two outcasts meet, they find their rightful place in each other’s arms. Haley Whitehall burns up the pages in her hot, new historical romance, Wild and Tender Care.

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New Release: Wild and Tender Care

Wild and Tender Care is now available from Amazon and other online book retailers! It is live and I’m doing the snoopy happy dance all over the living room. Wild and Tender Care is my first historical western novella. I love to read westerns and I’ve finally written one. Hopefully it will be the first of many.


Ida Page has seen the worst the west has to offer. Snubbed by the citizens of Big Rock, Colorado, ever since the town cleaned up its act and became civilized, she has tried to change with the times. No other line of work available, she became a laundress after the mayor shut down the whorehouse, but the good people will not allow her to forget her past as a shady lady. She has given up on ever being accepted, let alone falling in love, until a handsome half-breed stranger arrives in town.

After the War Between the States, William Steere has been looking for a town to build a medical practice. He answered a newspaper ad placed by the mayor of Big Rock and hopes their desperate need for a doctor will overrule their race prejudice against his half-breed status. At the Independence Day picnic, he is introduced to all the town citizens except for one woman sitting off by herself. This redhead draws him to her with merely a gaze.

Can the two outcasts find love and acceptance in each other’s arms or will the town’s cruelty and a smallpox epidemic tear them apart?

My Sexy Saturday – Wild and Tender Care Excerpt #1

I haven’t done a My Sexy Saturday post for a LONG time, but a personal invite from Lynn Crain has gotten me back in. Here is a seven paragraph excerpt from my upcoming release Wild and Tender Care. It releases June 30th! That’s Monday.

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He glanced at the couples dancing. “Would you like to join them?”

That was a terrible idea. She didn’t want to be forced to leave the picnic, but the hope in Dr. Steere’s eyes quieted her protests. And damn it, she would like to dance. She untied her bonnet and left in the grass next to his hat. “Yes,” she said, offering a smile. “I would love to.”

He hooked his arm around hers and her body tingled. Being led across the lawn to the designated dance floor she felt like a princess. The reel ended and many of the couples left to get refreshments. The musicians switched to a slow song to give the couples remaining a chance to catch their breath.

He unwound his arm and wrapped his palm around hers, placing his other hand on her hip.
The back of her neck prickled. “I feel everyone’s eyes on us,” she whispered. The waltz was a song for lovers.

He grinned. “Let them stare. It doesn’t bother me.”

It shouldn’t bother me either. She enjoyed the warmth of his hands, the heat in his gaze, and the remnants of tobacco on his breath. Focusing on him, she blocked out the unfriendly vibes sent in her direction. Though not powerfully built, she felt the strength in his arms, his suit hiding his rippling muscles.

He peered down at her, holding her gaze. The pleasure in his dark brown eyes likely mirrored her own. For a second she forgot about her past and let herself get caught up in the music, caught up in his touch, and lost herself in his sensual smile.



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I hope you enjoyed my excerpt. I encourage you to check out the other blogs participating in this week’s My Sexy Saturday hop.

Delicious Delay by Tara Quan on sale for 99 cents!

Delicious Delay by Tara Quan – 99c SALE!

Thank you for letting me share my multicultural contemporary romance, Delicious Delay. The book is currently on sale for a limited time. You can grab it for only 99c from Amazon, B&N, AllRomance, and Decadent.

After my own not-so-delicious delay in the Middle East, I set out to write something funny, sexy, and set entirely in an airport lounge. It’s a quick summer read meant to make your mouth water (from the food…) and your toes curl. I hope I’ve piqued your interest enough to give one of the links below a click. ~Tara Quan


Delicious Delay

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Interracial/Multicultural, Arab Hero/Sheikh

Stranded in a Middle Eastern airport, Michelle Day finds herself the object of interest for an abrasive, but all-too-sexy stranger—a stranger who tempts her with the forbidden in a land where indecency could get her killed. But how does one say no to such a deliciously, relentless pursuit?

Khalid Al Dehri takes one look at the red-headed spitfire in the business class lounge and knew he’d either been transported to heaven—or hell. Her tart response to his surliness intrigues him beyond all propriety and the longer he spends in her company, the more he can’t deny his forbidden attraction. But will she explore the sensuality between them or will society’s rules keep them apart?

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When Michelle managed to peel her lids open, her vision settled on a pair of denim-clad thighs. She shifted onto her back so she could look up and put those limbs into perspective. Whoever they belonged to, the person better have a very good reason for waking her up.

It took a moment before her mind reconciled the man’s face with her still fuzzy memory. Once she realized the identity of the individual staring down at her, she launched straight into a sitting position. What could she have done to offend Mr. Kal-Khalid while sleeping?

She rubbed her eyes and struggled to focus. It took a moment before her mind cleared. He sure cleaned up well. Dressed in a red polo and black jeans, he had gone from striking to drop-dead gorgeous. Jet-black hair brushed his collar, and the curly tendrils softened his angular face. Though he frowned at her, she couldn’t help but feel an undercurrent of attraction.

Until now, she had believed the concept of chemistry a sham. But their few interactions proved otherwise. She may not like him, but she wanted him. She was woman enough to admit this simple truth, though acting on it was another matter altogether.

She tamped down on the butterflies fluttering in her stomach. Despite being the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome, he possessed zero manners. For some women, sex appeal excused poor behavior. Michelle didn’t subscribe to that philosophy.

About Tara Quan

TaraQuanGlobetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, fantasy worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, her characters are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after. Learn more at www.taraquan.com

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