Hi, Blakely. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Blakely: Thank you, Tricia, for hosting me on your website. I enjoyed answering your interview.
I’m a published author and currently have two erotic suspense novels out (My Body-His & My Body-His (Marcello)) with the third novel of the My Body Trilogy being released on July 15, 2013. Feel free to come over to my blog for more information: http://blakelybennett.fannypress.com
My husband and I have been together for 18 years and we are very happily married. We have been living in the Seattle area for 8 years and never get tired of the incredibly beautiful scenery surrounding us. We could use a little more sunshine during the winter but have acclimated to the weather. We are now those “crazy” people who exercise in the rain.
I’m a huge fan of social media which allows me to interact with my readers, fans, and blog followers.
Tricia: When did you begin writing?
Blakely: I started fairly early with journaling, poetry and short stories. It wasn’t until meeting my husband in my mid-twenties that I wrote my first full-length novel.
Tricia: Describe your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write?
Blakely: “Flying by the seat of my pants” is most definitively my writing style. More specifically, I identify with a character and follow their journey. I write sitting on the couch in our TV room, most of the time I sit with my legs up on the ottoman and the laptop on my lap. I usually write during the day but sometimes the story is flowing so fast, I write into the night.
Tricia: Can you tell us about your most recent releases?
Blakely: Here are short blurbs for all three books:
My Body-His, Book 1 in the My Body Trilogy, released November 15, 2012:
The trilogy begins one night at a party, when Jane meets an intense and compelling stranger named Luke. The fateful encounter prompts her predictable life path to veer into uncharted waters, sweeping her on a frightening erotic journey into bondage, domination and submission. How far down this dark, descending path is she willing to go?
Jane Stiles has embarked on an intense odyssey into the world of domination and submission. Her lover, Luke, encouraged her to quit her job and give up her possessions, so her life now revolves around him, his friends and clients. Hovering in the background is Luke’s best friend, Marcello, whose ego is as towering as his stature. Marcello has set his sights on Jane.
My Body-Mine, Book 3 in the My Body Trilogy, release date July 15, 2013:
Jane’s marriage to Luke, who drew her in to the dark side of BDSM, is over. She has taken refuge with Marcello, who insists that she submit to his demands or move on. When she meets Chase, a confident and flirtatious man outside of the lifestyle, she resists their intense chemistry. Can she find the kink she has come to desire without the full-time submission?
You can find longer blurbs on my blog.
Tricia: How did you get the idea for the books?
Blakely: I think you might need to ask my muse that. I felt Jane, the protagonist of the trilogy, with me for a while, poking me to tell her story. I have always been fascinated by the power dynamics in relationships and also the rub between what someone thinks should turn them on and what actually does.
Tricia: Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
Blakely: Jane is my favorite for sure. I have felt her fall in love, lose herself, almost lose her life, and most importantly survive and evolve into a strong woman. If you had asked me who my favorite Dom is, I would have had to say Marcello. I wish I could get one real bear hug from him. 🙂
Tricia: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
Blakely: When I was writing the first book, it went in many directions I never anticipated. At those times I sort of panicked but have since learned that is the very function that makes my stories unpredictable because they surprise me all the time. Occasionally having to pull out of the writing process to deal with real life can knock me out of the flow but I always find I can get back into it fairly quickly.
Tricia: Which authors inspire you?
Blakely: I think Anne Rice is brilliant with description and Stephen King is always unpredictable. Nicci French crafts amazing suspense and Audrey Niffenegger wrote an incredibly intricate story in Time Traveler’s Wife that just blew me away.
Tricia: What projects are you currently working on?
Blakely: I’m waiting to get the edits for My Body-Mine, the third book in the trilogy, back from my publisher. I’m currently editing a novel my husband and I wrote around 10 years ago call The Demarcation of Jack. I’m hoping to have it ready for test readers in a few weeks. I also write for my blog weekly and plan to host author interviews on Fridays starting soon. I just started writing for another blog as well. Social media is an ongoing project and I’ve been recently having fun working on my Pinterest. http://pinterest.com/blakelybennett/
Tricia: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Blakely: Connect with a story you can feel and then write the tale in such a way that other people can feel it via your words. I have also found that setting a writing goal is very helpful. When I wrote My Body-His, I committed to writing at least twenty-five pages a week, so five pages a day Monday-Friday. Taking time away when needed helps you be fresh to continue. Have your work professionally edited and think of writing as owning your own business. I learn new things all the time in the process so be open to honing your craft.
Tricia: Thank you, Blakely, for visiting with us today.