Here’s an author interview from [intlink id=”1964″ type=”post”]BL Bonita[/intlink].
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
I wrote poetry and short stories at a young age, but when I picked up my first romance novel as a teenager something inside me came alive. Call it whatever you want: intuition, drive, instinct; I wanted to write my own romance. It wasn’t until several years ago I learned I hail from a family of writers from the nineteenth century in Finland. So that’s cool, and it answered some questions about this need I’ve always had to get my thoughts onto paper. Anyway, in my twenties and pregnant I wrote my first erotic novella and I’ve been at it ever since. Could be those added hormones in me that instigated the naughty side. *grins*
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Everyone and everything. I people watch. Keep up with the news. I also believe our emotions guide us through the writing process. If I’m having a bad day, most likely I’ll write a good suspense scene. That may not be inspiring, but it’s productive. LOL
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
At my desk is best, although I do like to bring the ole laptop outside on the deck and let nature inspire me. Most of my stories are set in the wilderness, although a cityscape sometimes squeezes into my settings.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
That would be Avery Samms from my upcoming release, Savage Sun, a Historical Western Interracial Romance. Avery is loosely based on my boyfriend, who is a strong black man. After hearing stories of his family and what they endured in the past, I felt a deep need to write a romance where interracial love was forbidden in the old west. The story is deeply emotional, adventurous, and highly sensual. Savage Sun will be available February 14th at Embrace Books. http://www.embracebooks.co.uk
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
They weren’t surprised. I’m the black sheep of the family and I’ve never been shy or quiet about my view on life and love and everything in between. My mother is quick to brag about me, but when people ask what I write that’s when she blushes and struggles to answer. She reads all of my work, but skips over the naughty scenes. *grins*
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
I wanted to be an architect. One day I might design my own home, and if not, I’m proud to say my best friend is living the dream. I’m sure she wouldn’t mind helping me in that department. *grins*
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Write whatever you want and to hell with anyone who doubts you.
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
Historical is my all-time fav. There’s something intriguing and titillating about the polite strictures of the times and the scandalous heroes and heroines who break the mold.
- What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on several pieces. My long-term project is a Historical series about four bastard brothers who meet (each with their own story) after their Sea Captain father dies. I’m also working on an action/adventure based in the Canadian Rockies in the 70’s.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
I’m actually in the midst of writing my boyfriend’s biography. He’s a gangster turned US Marine, and has quite the dangerous, horrific life story. It’s going to be one of those books you cannot put down. It will make you cry, make you laugh, and it will answer many questions of what life is really like behind a gun. His story will undoubtedly be my biggest challenge, and I’m ready for it.
It was a pleasure to be interviewed by you, Lucy. Thank you!