The Phantom of the Opera is there!
Can you tell I’m channeling Andrew Lloyd Webber? I am. Why? I write for many publishing houses, both as Wendi Zwaduk and my pen name Megan Slayer. One of the perks of writing for many houses is getting opportunities to do new things. Total-E-Bound contacted me to take part in the Clandestine Classics line of books. But which book to choose! I mean, there are a lot of cool classics to select from. I chose The Phantom of the Opera. I’m glad I did.
Why Phantom? I grew up with the whole Andrew Lloyd Weber phenomenon. Phantom on Broadway was/is BIG. All through school we practiced the music for band productions. We read through the play for speech and theatre classes. Oh, and we read the actual text for English Lit. There wasn’t much getting away from it.
I wanted to be a part of the romance of the story. Who doesn’t see the play and wonder exactly what happened down beneath the Opera House? In my head, I didn’t just see Phantom and Christine singing duets. I saw them getting down to business. When Raoul follows Christine out to the grave yard at the Sunset Inn, did they have a heated session afterwards? I wanted to know. I’m that person who wants to throw the bedroom door open and let the reader know who did what with whom. Yep, that’s me. I tried to write sweet and the characters didn’t want to play that way. Who am I to argue with them?
So in the midst of all the romance, there’s a lot of heat. I wanted to bring that to the forefront and I think I did pretty well. Not all readers will appreciate the added sex. “Don’t meddle in the classics, they are classics for a reason,” is a very good argument. I meddled, I did, but I didn’t actually change the text. What Leroux wrote is there. My words were woven in to his.
All in all, I’m glad I got to be a part of the Phantom phenomenon. The story is striking and the characters beg to be let loose. I hope the passion I felt when writing the additions shines through for the reader. Maybe a little of the zeal in the music will show up and engage the readers. What do you think? Great idea? Want to read it? Can’t wait to get your hands on it? I’d love to know.
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?
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!