I volunteered for this Blog Hop when I heard about it from the fabulous K. Latham at Writing Before Dawn. I’d never heard of a Blog Hop before, but it sure sounded like fun. It’s like a chain letter, only it doesn’t contain some kind of crappy rhyme about friendship, it doesn’t cost any postage, no dollars come in the mail, and no one dies if I do it wrong. At least, I don’t think anyone dies. I’m sure that would have been in the fine print.
So here are ten interview questions about my novel. Be sure you check out the bottom of this post for more Blog Hop goodness!
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing
1. What is the working title of your book?
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
Purely Professional started life as my 2010 NaNoWriMo, which also happened to be my 10-year Nanoversary. I realized that I wanted to write something fun, something for the pure joy of writing, something to indulge my fantasies and kinks. I started listing all my ideas, and with a little finagling, this premise was born.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
It’s BDSM erotic romance.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
This has been asked of me several times, and I’ve given it quite a lot of thought. First off, no one would make a movie out of this because of its genre. But if they were going to do so anyway, here are my casting choices.
Bridget – Maria Thayer
Max – Hmm.. maybe Benedict Cumberbatch, Ewan McGregor or Matthew Morrison, even though the IMDB profile pictures for ALL of them look kind of… well, douchey.
(Note: This one was much harder for me. Max needs to be next-door-neighbor friendly, but sexy, a little dangerous, a little unpredictable. Got suggestions? Leave me a comment!
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A journalist explores the submissive side of her sexuality under the guidance of her Dominant neighbor.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My novel is being represented by Saritza Hernandez of the Corvisiero Literary Agency.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Well, it was a Nanowrimo novel, so I did the whole first draft within November 2010. Less than 30 days of crazed writing. I did some half-assed edits over the next few months. Finally, this past spring, I sat down and spent a good three months of devoted work time editing it so it would be ready for submission.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Honestly, I’m not sure. I’m going to wuss out on this question. The only “BDSM” book many people have heard of has a number and a color in its title, but that book is such a misrepresentation of BDSM lifestyle that I don’t consider it part of the genre. It’s been a gateway book to get people into reading erotica, though, and I don’t mind that.
9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Welp, that’s a heck of a question. I wrote this book before the number/color book was popular, so it wasn’t a response to that, or inspired by it or anything. Honestly, I wanted to present a book that involved BDSM but didn’t involve a full-time Dom/sub relationship. I wanted to create characters who had an equal relationship but hot Dom/sub bedroom action. I’m happy with how it’s turned out.
Also, it’s fun to write sex. I like reading sex, and writing sex is just as fun, because I get total control over what happens to my characters. So let’s just say this book is a manifestation of many of my kinks, and leave the rest to imagination.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Purely Professional is accessible to the reader who knows nothing about BDSM without insulting the lifestyle or its participants. I also have a penchant for writing both toys and bondage, so those “crop up” quite a bit.
All right, folks! Don’t forget to check out the following blogs next week on November 14th for more exciting Blog Hop action!
Books & Other Creative Adventures
A Medical Student and An Author
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