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Monday, November 30, 2009
Interview with Bonnie Edwards
1) What is your favorite thing about being an author?
A: I love seeing my characters come to life on the page. And dialogue! I love great dialogue that makes me laugh or cry. And working in my pjs.
2) What is your least favorite thing about being an author?
A: Working in my pjs....my closet's full of clothes I never wear and I kind of like wearing nice clothes on occasion.
3) What is the most unique thing about you?
A: I think my 'earthy irreverence'. A friend told me about it once and I liked it so much I agreed. (I can find something funny in most every situation and be irreverent about it. And earthy...I'm very earthy)
4) What made you want to write in the first place?
A: I don't know, really. I can't recall seeing it as my greatest desire as a child or anything. I do remember writing a little stanza about Santa once and loving it...my parents shushed me because they were watching TV. My first rejection—HAH! I *knew* what I'd written was funny and if they didn't see it, too bad for them! (That attitude remains to this day...if I get a rejection I just dig in harder.)
5) How much time do you spend writing each day?
A: Depends on where I am deadline-wise...I can fritter way too much time away on Spider Solitaire and Twitter. But at least two hours...usually much more. I tend to try for a page count every day when I'm writing first drafts. I'm a four draft writer, btw...and I never see the end clearly.
6) Why do you write the particular genres you do?
A: Erotic romance chose me. I tend to believe strongly that a lot can be revealed in a love scene. Where a man can seem rough or difficult in the office or building a deck, when he's amorous his tenderness can be shown. The market swung toward extended love scenes and hotter, more intensely sexual books and I was already writing those.
7) What is the one genre you would never write and why?
A: Cozy mystery....they're cool and I write warm. This has nothing to do with hot or sexy. But POV in cozy mysteries is objective and cool and that's just not me.
8) What is one genre that you would like to try but haven't?
A: Paranormal romantic suspense....I've got a great series planned...wanna buy it?
9)What keeps you motivated?
A: Some days, it's just the readers. I can't tell you how often I've been bummed about the business end of publishing (yes, I still get rejections - I think every published author does) only to find a note from a reader in my inbox that brightens my entire week! (I love to hear from readers and I always respond...unless you're selling me something - LOL)
10) What is the most unusual thing you've ever done in the name of research?
A: I'd love to say I've jumped out of an airplane, but I haven't. I doubt I've done anything unusual or out-of-the-ordinary for research. I was going to research a business once, then realized they didn't want me anywhere near the place: rumor had it to be a gang-held business interest. UM, okay....I'll just leave you to it, then.
11) What is the silliest thing you've ever done in the name of research?
A: The method wasn't silly, because I used a search engine on the internet. But the silliest thing I researched turned out to be men's underwear. Sheesh! You think women have some silly contraptions! Body slings with/without cups...thongs. . . nets and just plain goofy-looking outfits that would make me howl with laughter if my man ever wore one. (Did I mention I'm earthy? AND irreverent?) Which is exactly why I can't write BDSM stories...I'd be laughing WAY too much to get any writing done. Sex is NOT that serious, okay? It's joyful, or at least, it should be.
12) Tell us about your latest release.
A: Breathless is an anthology of three novellas. Here's the back cover blurb:
“Let go. Let go for me...” It was a house of sizzling seduction, and satisfaction guaranteed. Now the notorious bordello Perdition House bares all its secrets—and ignites your wildest fantasies…
Blue McCann longs to feel desired…needed…wanted. Now, thanks to a mysterious corset, she’s a lush-bodied beauty back in 1913. And she’s going to reward the caring, oh-so-capable hands of Dr. Colt Stephens with all the pleasure he can take…
(To Die For) Tawny James has legs—and secrets—that won’t quit. And since she likes her men big and bad, private investigator Stack Hamilton is uncovering all her luscious desires…
(Body by Gibson) And when Mariel Gibson needs artistic inspiration, she calls hard-bodied carpenter Danny Glenn to work his masterpiece—over and over again. Because you can never, ever reveal too much…
I'm excited by this anthology because it contains another story of Perdition House, my haunted bordello. Those stories began in Midnight Confessions. (Chapter 1 of that book is at the end of this anthology.)
Then I took a chance on a more suspense-y story in To Die For. Stack Hamilton *is* a hero to die for. He's such a big guy that when he played football he "stacked" his opponents.
In Body by Gibson I explored artistic acceptance and self awareness. If you've ever been rejected or made to feel mediocre in a creative endeavor, you may find an echo here that helps. I hope so. Also, what's not to love about a man in jeans and a toolbelt hammering nails? Danny Glenn has been in lust with Mariel Gibson for months! And, it was a LOT of fun to write some of my dream scenes.
So, a question to you and your readers: Which do you prefer? A single title novel (I've got 2 more coming up!) Or an anthology like BREATHLESS which gives a variety of story types?
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