I love hanging out with my pal Nichelle Gregory and when she asked me if I wanted to talk about my Clandestine Classic, well, I couldn’t say no! How are you my main gal?
NG: I'm good. I'm so glad to have you on to talk about your latest and greatest, Wendi!
WZ: I’m thrilled to be here!
So the Clandestine Classics. Talk about a ton of hoopla! Total-E-Bound chose to take classic books and give them a sexy makeover. The story is the same, but what the characters do between the sheets gets a whole lot spicier. When the subject came up, I jumped at the opportunity to take part. I thought, who doesn’t want to find out what happens when the door closes? I know I did.
I was given a list. Choose a story and make it hot! There were lots of stories to choose from, but the one that really spoke to me was The Phantom of the Opera. Why? I’d loved the story as a younger person and even though I’d never actually read the Gaston Leroux text, I knew enough about it from the Andrew Lloyd Webber show to know there was a lot of potential for heat. And plus, seeing Gerard Butler, one of my many crushes, playing the Phantom... well, that’s what I wanted.
Before I started to play with the heat level, I got a copy of the actual Gaston Leroux text and read through it a bunch of times. Leroux writes totally different from me, so I had to get into his mindset. I had to really learn the characters as well. It’s hard to twiddle with characters the author doesn’t know. The other HUGE thing I had to do was get used to the terminology and the clothing of the time. I couldn’t say he pulled her panties down, or ripped her thong when they didn’t have such things back then. I also couldn’t say he unzipped her gown when they didn’t have zippers in them at the time. So yeah, a lot of research went into my version.
I took my time and wove the sex into the story the way I thought it would go. I hope you agree. Grin. But in addition to the hardships of keeping with the author’s voice and the clothing, there was another issue that came into play. Did I change the text?
No. The Gaston Leroux story is all there. It just got hotter. How? And did I fiddle with the ending? I’ve had a lot of people ask me if the Phantom gets to play in my version. I didn’t change the ultimate outcome of the story. Why? Gaston Leroux, to my knowledge, didn’t write alternate endings, so I couldn’t either. But I did get the chance to give the characters, even some secondary ones, time to play. My favorite one to write was the scene where Carlotta gets the letter warning her not to perform. Instead of being a diva eating chocolates in her bedroom, she’s eating chocolates and having her man servant eating her out! It’s a saucy little twist that doesn’t change the text of her getting/reading the note, but it makes it hotter!
Are you interested? Want to know more about the Clandestine Classic version?
Well, here’s a little about The Phantom of the Opera:
The Classics Exposed…
A chance sighting at the Opera, fated love, and three lives in turmoil.
One man pledges to own her, while another wants her heart. The Opera sets the stage for romance and intrigue. In the catacombs below the building lives a man rife with sorrow and passion. The Phantom. But he’s not content to live alone. He wants to possess the one woman who can set him free.
Viscount Raoul de Chagny doesn’t believe the rumours of a Ghost living below the Opera. He only has eyes for Christine, his childhood friend and first love. Together they embark on a sensual journey of discovery and fiery desire.
But she can only have one man. Will love raise her up or tear their world apart?
Phantom of the Opera is available now!
Want to know more about Wendi Zwaduk? Here you go:
I always dreamt of writing the stories in my head. Tall, dark, and handsome heroes are my favorites, as long as he has an independent woman keeping him in line. I earned a BA in education at Kent State University and currently hold a Masters in Education with Nova Southeastern University.
I love NASCAR, romance, books in general, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, and my menagerie of animals. I also write under the pen name of Megan Slayer. I’m published with Total-E-Bound, Changeling Press, Liquid Silver Books, Turquoise Morning Press, Decadent Publishing and The Wild Rose Press. Come join me for this fantastic journey!
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