Interview with Author Blakely Bennett

Published January 9, 2014 by glgiles

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“Blakely Bennett grew up in Southeast Florida and has been residing in the great Northwest for over eight years. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a degree in psychology, which accounts for her particular interest in crafting the personalities, struggles, and motivations of her characters. She is an avid reader of many genres of fiction, but especially erotica and romance. Writing has always been her bliss. She is attracted to stories of self-struggle and ultimate recovery.

Blakely is married to a wonderful, loving and supportive husband, also a writer, who helps to keep her grounded. She is a mother, a communitarian, a lover of music (always on while she is writing–thank you, Pandora), and a good friend. An advocate of love and female empowerment, she is a facilitator for a women’s group. She loves to walk and hike for exercise and finds that, since moving to Seattle, WA, she is now one of those “crazy” people who walk in the rain” (Amazon link:  http://www.amazon.com/Blakely-Bennett/e/B009LB3420/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1).

 

 

GL:  Who did you co-author “The Demarcation of Jack” with? Why did you decide to pair up for the book project?

 

BB:  Before I wrote novels on my own, my husband, Dana Bennett and I wrote novels together. Once I became published we decided to kick the dust off The Demarcation of Jack and rework and edit where needed.

 

GL:  What are some of the ways you’ve created narrative tension in your books?

 

BB:  Since I don’t know where the story is headed, neither does my reader and that makes for good suspense and tension. If you were looking for a more sophisticated answer, I don’t have one. Writing for me is about getting in the zone (essentially getting myself out of the way) and letting the characters take me on their journey.

 

GL:  Please tell readers some of the ways you’ve tackled tone shifts—with specific examples.

 

BB:  I don’t consciously tackle this at all. In the My Body Trilogy (My Body-His, My Body-His (Marcello), & My Body-Mine) the story is told from Jane’s viewpoint and from my perspective, the tone shifts as she gets further sucked into the dysfunction of her relationship with Luke and again in My Body-Mine when she starts really owning her life and her choices.

 

In The Demarcation of Jack the tonal change can be felt as Jenna lets go of some of her stored up anger and gets more in touch with her carefree self. Then, towards the end, there is a huge tonal shift when Jack meets up with his line of demarcation.

 

In my most current novel, Stuck In-Between, due out sometime in February, we follow Jacqs journey through her friends, family and love relationships. Each relationship reflects a different tone and overall Jacqs becomes more powerful throughout the story, even when in crisis.

 

GL:  What are some other devices you’ve used to pull readers into your storylines?

 

BB:  Showing, not telling and making the story compelling from the start. Short of that, I don’t have devices. I just tell a story I would want to read and follow my muse.

 

GL:  You’ve written dark erotic suspense, a contemporary romance, and erotic romance, but have you ever experimented with writing historical romances? And, why are you drawn to writing erotica?

 

BB:  I have not written an historical romance and don’t have any plans to on the horizon. Dana, my husband is getting ready to publish Jones Whitman, Time Traveler, Geared to the Present, which is a time travel historical romance and an awesome read.

 

I think sex is a really important part of any romantic relationship and I like being able to use sex to explore the developing dynamics. Plus, I love to read romance and erotica and part of that is getting turned on by the story. I hope to do the same for my readers.

 

GL:  You listen to music while you write, but do you choose different musical genres depending on whether you’re writing erotic scenes versus romantic ones? Please name some bands, etc. along with tracks and/or albums.

 

BB:  I definitely listen to music when I write and the type really depends more on the tone of the story I’m writing. For instance, while writing My Body-Mine, I predominantly listened to the Alex Clare station on Pandora. You can find the list of the bands I listened to under the acknowledgments. With my current novel, Stuck In-Between, I will have a soundtrack listed in the front of the book. I primarily listened to Pandora stations: Corinne Baily Rae, Florence + The Machine and John Legend. The music for the My Body Trilogy was harder and darker, just like the stories.

 

GL:  Now for a fun question:  Do you believe that it’s an example of ‘arrogant gifting’ to give friends and relatives copies of your books for holiday gifts? 

 

BB:  Arrogant gifting? I don’t know if I’d call it that, but I’d never do it. We go to a White Elephant party each year and some people were surprised this year that we didn’t use our novels as our contributing gifts. I figure if my friends and family want my books, I’ll either give it to them or they’ll buy them.

 

GL:  And, another fun one:  Besides the last question <LOL>, what’s the strangest interview question you’ve ever been asked?

 

BB:  “Please tell readers some of the ways you’ve tackled tone shifts—with specific examples.” 😉 Okay, maybe that’s not the strangest, just the hardest to answer.

 

The strangest one was what I had in the refrigerator that had the longest expired expiration date. LOL!

 

GL:  Touche! LOL! Great answers! Where can readers go to connect with you and your work?

 

BB:  Thanks for asking!

 

Amazon: http://goo.gl/CLLfZu

B&N: http://goo.gl/F2t3tL

Smashwords: http://goo.gl/DLyW0o

Kobo: http://goo.gl/iIeVsR

 

Facebook page 

Twitter

Goodreads 

Amazon Author page

Pinterest

 

Blakely’s website

 

 

GL:  What’s in the works for 2014?

 

BB:  Publish four more novels {Stuck In-Between – the first novel in the Bound by Your Love Series, Jenna’s Rubicon – sequel to The Demarcation of Jack and second book in the Fractured Fidelities Trilogy, Lainie’s Story (working title) – the second book in the Bound by Your Love Series, & the third and final book in the Fractured Fidelity Trilogy. Wish me/us luck!

 

In addition, we will be publishing Dana’s Geared to the Present in the next few months.

 

Thank you so much for hosting me. Your questions were very interesting and made me think. 🙂

 

GL:  Truly my pleasure, and I’d love to have you back.

 

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