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Julia Talbot: When your work surprises you
Thursday, February 12th, 2015

When an author sets out to write a book, even a pantser like me, they have an end result in mind. For instance, when I set out to write my newest release from Dreamspinner press. Drive Your Truck, I intended to write a contemporary romance about a Navy SEAL and a closeted deputy in Colorado. I wanted it to be a hot, not terribly angst-filled, and full of adrenaline-junkie stunts.

What I got was a couple of guys who met over a grief-filled moment, and a slow exploration of how two men change their lives so they can be together and live as they want to. The whole progression turned out a little darker than I expected, the guys’ relationship far more complex. This was no simple sex to love relationship; it was about both men realizing they had to give up certain unhealthy behaviors, and about them setting aside preconceived notions.

As a writer, I love it when my characters surprise me. Sometimes it delights me, sometimes it challenges me, but I always want to see where the ride takes me.

The title, incidentally, comes from a Lee Brice song of the same name, which was also a surprise. When I first heard the lyrics, I didn’t love the song, thinking it was a bit like emotional blackmail. Let’s combine all these clichés to receive a conditioned response. Then I saw the video, and it turned around my whole view of the song. The singer I already love. Check out how naughty he can be on his song Carolina Boys.

Thanks so much for letting me jabber today as a guest on Delilah’s blog! Here is all the information on Drive Your Truck, which has been on the Dreamspinner bestseller list for two weeks now!


Home on compassionate leave for his brother’s funeral, Navy SEAL Garrison Matthews needs to blow off a lot of stress and grief before he returns to active duty. In honor of his brother, he takes Bettie, the brothers’ souped-up vintage truck, out for a spin. A bit of an adrenaline junkie, Garrison has no problem finding trouble. This time trouble’s named Walt, and he happens to be Garrison’s sister-in-law’s brother.

Neither man expects their fun to amount to anything else, but after an injury sends Garrison home for good, he turns to Walt, hoping to start a new life. Walt is a closeted sheriff’s deputy, and while he adores Garrison, he isn’t sure he’s ready to come out… or for such a big commitment. Being fresh out of the service isn’t easy on Garrison either. To find their happy ending, Walt and Garrison must overcome their trust issues and get ready to settle down together. (Buy link)


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One comment to “Julia Talbot: When your work surprises you”

  1. ButtonsMom2003
    · February 14th, 2015 at 8:34 pm · Link

    This sounds like a really good book. I’ve added it to my TBR list.

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