Please welcome the fabulous Bonnie Edwards!
Please tell us about your books.
Thanks Jennifer! For hosting all of us on your blog. These days have been fascinating! I so appreciate the chance to come and talk about my books with you.
My first title with Aphrodisia, a novella (Bodywork) in THE HARD STUFF anthology was one of the launch titles. The Hard Stuff is now in its fourth printing! Which is fabulous for an anthology, considering the three different authors have different voices and different styles. (Yes this is going back two years…but if you keep reading you’ll see why – LOL)
In my next novella Slow Hand in PURE SEX I added a little woo-woo in that I explored the idea of love at first touch. It’s the curse of the McKay men. They kind of spark when they first touch the love of their lives…Jared denies the whole thing, which made Slow Hand a lot of fun to write!
Having enjoyed the touch of paranormal whimsy in Slow Hand, I took it further and created Perdition House…a haunted brothel, still inhabited by the long-dead madam, Belle Grantham. Her great (4 times) grand niece inherits the house and discovers there’s a lot of rocking fun going on in the mansion. That was my March ’07 release MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS. In July ’07 I followed up with more ghost stories in MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS II.
I had such a fun time with Jared from Slow Hand that I realized his brother needed a story. And I really wanted to revisit some characters from my MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS books, so I combined the ideas and brought Jared’s brother, Jake McKay to the haunted mansion in the August ’07 release BUILT. My novella in that anthology was called Rock Solid.
Which brings me to my next release THIGH HIGH (Jan 29), an anthology of 3 novellas linked by underwear. Yes, sigh, underwear. Not the same piece of underwear you understand. One story’s got some fish net thigh high stockings, another has a diamond studded thong (oooh, ouch!) And then there’s a hunk in a pair of red silk boxers (in Perdition House…my haunted mansion again…go figure!)
What inspired THIGH HIGH?
Well, for one thing, I used to sell lingerie by party plan, and had a LOT of fun. The items were high quality, beautifully sewn. No toys, no lotions or potions or battery operated gizmos. Just lovely romantic lingerie. In sizes from petite to 3X. The money was good and paid for my obsession to write!
What is your favorite part of being a writer?
I absolutely love it when a piece of the story unfolds perfectly, like smooth, yummy Belgian chocolate…you just *know* in your soul it’s working for you…the words flow…the brain’s firing on all cylinders and the creativity is electric. It’s also really nice to have all this while dressed in my pjs. (Which are NOT romantic in the least)
I would say waiting to hear on projects, wondering what the sales figures are like, how the public is receiving the work. That kind of thing. Writers have no idea whether their work is appreciated, or even understood by readers until/unless we get a message or see a good review. I’m in that waiting stage right now, wondering if readers will see the fun in the stories I worked so hard on in THIGH HIGH.
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
Never give up. I got to within 30 seconds of walking away (literally leaving a conference room – dejected and tired of trying) when my editor saw me and said she had a wonderful novella from me. Oh! JOY! Oh! BLISS! That story ended up in THE HARD STUFF and helped launch the whole Aphrodisia line. Two years later and here I am! (The Hard Stuff is into its 4th printing!)
Which of your characters is most like you?
Oh, tough one. Truly, I think each one has a bit of me. People are so complex that it’s easy for me to find a small part of myself to put on the page. Sometimes, I’m earthy, sometimes irreverent, sometimes I’m even a prude! (I’ve even written a hooker heroine with a moral dilemma in Midnight Confessions II).
What do you like to read?
I enjoy romantic suspense immensely. Hot, sexy romances. I’m really into Alexis Morgan’s Paladins right now and looking forward to the next JR Ward.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Sincere, smart and funny. Funny, mostly because other people tell me I am. It never takes much to make people laugh, though, so who knows?
Is there anything you’d like to ask readers?
How many people go to only one review site or source? And which one is it? Or do people go to several review sites to read different opinions on a book?
Thank you Bonnie for that great interview!
You can learn more about Bonnie and her books by visiting her website at: www.bonnieedwards.com
And remember to check back tomorrow for a fun and creative contest that Bonnie has planned!
And don’t forget to check all of the Aphrodisia guest posts for giveaways…I will be announcing those winners tomorrow night so time is running out to get entered!
In the meantime, how about answering Bonnie’s questions she mentioned above?