Next up– one of my VA cohorts. Yup, Vivi Andrews and I share many things, not the least of which are our initials. She writes sexy shifters as well as fun and flirty paranormals–and I swear we are two separate people, really. It adds to my mystic if people MIGHT think I’m her…
(She even lives up north. Go figure.)
Be sure to answer her comment at the end to add your name to the draw. Here’s Vivi!
I love a good thunderstorm – the sheer power and drama of nature on display. I’ve never minded getting drenched in a sudden downpour and I positively love seeing lightning strike.
Part of the appeal for me is probably the novelty. Growing up in Alaska, we didn’t have thunder & lightning and we rarely had hard rain. Anchorage, the Drizzle Capital of the World.
The first time I was in a thunderstorm (in Massachusetts), I woke up I the middle of the night, totally disoriented and confused. The window panes were rattling and there was a rumbling sound, but the bed wasn’t shaking. Rumbling + rattling = earthquake, where I come from. As soon as I woke up enough to realize what was really going on, I ran outside in my pjs to play in the storm. (It’s a small miracle I’ve never been struck by lightning.) I was soaked to the skin in seconds. My teeth chattered and my glasses fogged, but I loved every second of my first wild summer storm.
Many of my favorite scenes from movies are the ones where the hero and heroine are declaring their feelings to one another through a downpour. Chasing Amy, the new Pride & Prejudice, the rain drumming on the roof of Johnny’s bungalow in Dirty Dancing (yeah, I love Dirty Dancing and I’m not afraid to admit it), Liesl & Rolf flirting with the storm in The Sound of Music, and that oh-my-god-freaking-gorgeous scene from The Last of the Mohicans that gives me shivers every single time – everything is better in a storm.
It’s that who-the-hell-cares-if-we-get-soaked I-can’t-wait-another-second-to-tell-you-I-love-you feeling. Gets me every time.
Maybe my own love of storms is why I keep trying to drown my characters in deluges in my books. The poor hero and heroine of The Sexorcist got drenched more often in two hundred pages than some people do in a lifetime – by causes both natural and demonic. By the end of the book, they were probably about ready to begin construction on an arc.
In my next lion-shifter story, the fittingly named Serengeti Lightning (Samhain, Sept 2010), I came pretty darn close to electrocuting my hero & heroine when they got caught up with each other and caught out in a storm. I love the active metaphor of a tempestuous relationship in a tempest. (Cuz I’m a nerd like that.)
What about you? What’s your favorite scene from a book or movie that takes place in the middle of a storm? Do you, like me, think it amplifies the passion of the moment? Or would you rather they just use their freaking common sense and get out of the weather already?
Vivi Andrews was born and raised in Alaska and still lives in the Last Frontier when she isn’t busy indulging her travel addiction. She writes fun and flirty paranormal romances as well as smoldering shapeshifter stories. For more about Vivi and her books, please visit www.viviandrews.com. Also on her website, you can find details regarding Vivi’s “Have a Heart” promotion, supporting the Children’s Heart Foundation.
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