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Saturday, April 30, 2011
Author Interview: B.L. Bonita
Whipped Cream is pleased to welcome BL Bonita, who writes erotic romance in multiple sub-genres: contemporary, historical, and suspense/thriller. Her latest work, Sooth My Soul, was released by Noble Romance in March.
I asked her to tell us a little bit about it.
She doesn’t want a man, and he’ll do anything to make her surrender.
A lounge singer, haunted by the past, Nina Grey pours her soul into her music and her trysts with women. Trouble is, having a sexy roommate like Jordan, she's beginning to question her decision. Would one night together ease the tension, or complicate their friendship?
Jordan Martin views Nina like water to a thirsty man, yet two things stand in his way. Nina claims she’s only interested in women, and she doesn't know a thing about Jordan's jaded life. But when her past catches up to her, and secrets are revealed, Jordan is forced to show his true colors, or risk losing Nina forever.
BL told me she knows she's doing something right if she gets turned on by her own work.
"I do my best to create an engaging plot and characters—not cardboard cutouts or plots that revolve only around sex," she said. "In my work, the sex scenes could be left out and the story would still be engaging. I love a good mixture of a captivating story and titillating sex."
In fact, she started writing because she had read hundreds of romance novels and the love scenes—or lack thereof—instigated in her a need to write it for herself. She always knew her stories would, in her terms, "stimulate the southern regions."
She's actually tried writing non-erotic romance but told me she found it too hard.
"I can’t not write graphic sex," she explained. "Now, some of my work is more sensual than erotic, but in the end, there’s always one or more sex scene. It has to be done. My stories and sex are like bacon and fat; it doesn’t taste the same without it."
"What does your family think of your writing?" I asked. "Do they read it?"
"Most of my family does, actually, and I’m thankful for it. Sure, there are some that may skim through the naughty parts. I understand that, but never once have I been treated like I did anything wrong. Naturally, being the black sheep of the family, if they were ever embarrassed because of me it wouldn’t be anything new," she said with a snicker.
She recently wrote a scene where the hero was caught masturbating in the living room by his female roommate. He tried to stop the oncoming release, and ended up ejaculating on the bowl of pretzels in front of him.
"I ended up removing the scene because once the story was complete, it actually took away from the overall feel I wanted to create," she said, "though I must say, it was great fun writing it. I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes."
BL's mother is also a writer and poet, and BL has recently learned she has a long line of writers in her background from Finland, going back to the nineteenth century. She started writing at a young age and it came naturally to her her to put thoughts and visions onto paper.
"Getting published was the icing on my cupcake," she told me.
BL's favorite erotic author is Emma Wildes.
"She has a voice and style that thrusts me right into her scenes and I feel what the characters feel," BL explained. "She has a sexy way with words."
On a personal note, BL shared with me that her tongue is pierced, but she recently removed the stud after having it in for over ten years.
"I’d be afraid to get ‘er done down south, because no woman wants to lose feeling in that region," she said, cringing. "Otherwise, I think nipple piercings are pretty hot."
"What food do you consider best for eating off another person?" I wondered.
"Chocolate body paint and whiskey from any part."
I asked BL about her strangest habit.
"I’m a hair player, and I don’t mean while flirting as some women do. I have a technique where I twist my hair in and out of my fingers in a certain way and I do it constantly. My boyfriend says if I stopped playing with my hair I’d probably stop breathing."
She loves being outdoors, so when she's not writing that's normally where she can be found: gardening, shoveling the driveway, chopping wood, hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, camping. She loves it all.
She also thinks that toes should always look cute no matter where you are or what you're doing, so during all those outdoor activities, you will find her with painted toenails.
"If someone were to play you in a movie, what actor would it be and why?" I asked.
"Probably Reece Witherspoon because she’s quirky like me, short and blond (though I’m red at the moment)."
However, if she could be anyone she wanted to be, she would choose to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid.
"I want to see what the hell is living in the deep depths of the oceans," she said.
Finally, I asked her, "What advice to you give to authors who want to write erotica?"
"Above all, don’t be shy, and make sure your scenes are believable. I don’t know any man besides Peter North who that can shoot off across a room. Also, use frank language typical of the genre. Erotica has no room for purple prose. Keep it real, and especially make it hot."
You can keep up with BL on her blog, http://blbonita.blogspot.com.