Name B.B. Blaque
Where are you from: All over—military brat/gypsy parents (what a combination!)
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I have two books that were nominated for the Golden Flogger Award for Best BDSM Romance of 2014 (the first two in the Not Even Death series-Eternally Your Master & Still Your Master.)
I’m also sent the first in the “Angel to Butterfly” series “Golden Doll” to the BDSMWriters Con in NYC and it was a finalist (top six.) It’s since been released (09-29-2015) and will be a limited edition release until Halloween/November 1st 2015. http://www.angeltobutterfly.com is the website for this book.
Last, but certainly not least (it is at the top of my pile) is my BDSM M.C. (Motorcycle Club) Erotic Romance. I’m so deeply twisted in with these characters I forget where they stop and reality begins. Their website is http://www.themastersmc.com They also have a FB page.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing in grade school, probably because they gave me a crayon or pencil.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve considered myself a writer since high school or before. I only recently began to look at myself as an author.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Although I’d written other books, the first I consider is “Angel to Butterfly #1-Golden Doll”
I was sort of cajoled into writing it, in response to FSOG. I live the lifestyle and also know many who do. From a B.D.S.M. lifestyle perspective, (E.L. James) was way off base. (From a relationship standpoint it would be more plausible.)
I was entertained, but annoyed at the same time. I felt it shamed and tainted a life I know can be (and is) so much more. (Granted, with some B.D.S.M. relationships it can be so much less as well.)
It began with concepts and ideas of many people I know and my own relationships and transformed from there.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I’ve been called poetic, lyrical and unique. I tend toward third person, but enjoy the sass I can impart in first, so I tend to write a bit of both.
I describe my writing as painting with words. My goal is for the reader to see, feel and relate to the characters.
I also seem to be drawn to writing about journeys, which has become my mission statement. It’s about the journey to finding yourself and love, learning to surrender to who you are at your core. In most cases it’s been about the journey to that core and embracing it warmly (eventually.)
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
(Still speaking of “Angel to Butterfly #1-Golden Doll”. Its one of three series I am currently working on.)
I wanted to write about transformation in its truest form—from one thing to something similar but entirely different. I really labored over the title—for over a year or so—finally I found it! A golden doll is a pupa of a butterfly; it also fits Liberty (main character) because she is blond. (She fights the doll part kicking and screaming though.) The remainder of the series will be stages of a butterfly’s transformation.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Always.
I write about journeys and transformation so the basic message will be there and obvious.
I write BDSM, romance, erotica (in that order.) One of the biggest lessons is to notice the dominance that doesn’t have to do with the toys or kinky fuckery. The dominance is what makes him able to inspire the submission in the first place and it is constant in my characters, not a disguise they throw on for play. They aren’t perfect but they are always dominant (and it’s always a good thing!) I write from actual first-hand knowledge and though there are many ways to do things I try to keep fundamental elements intact.
Keep an eye on the butterflies in “Angel to Butterfly #1-Golden Doll” and watch what they do and how they change through the story. They are very significant.
The biggest message is to embrace who you are—your sexuality—your desires—and make peace with it and help it manifest. You won’t ever be perfect but your pieces will fit perfectly with someone elses. Find them—love them and allow them to love you.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Most, if not all of it, comes from something similar in my life or in the life of someone I know. Of course they’re fictionalized accounts of realistic events. I tried to paint the stories with a little more panache than reality would’ve had. At some point, as usual, the story and characters take on a life of their own and become what they choose—the original story becomes a chalk outline that fades into the canvas. This is when it gets fun. I’m no longer bound by my inspirations and I can imagine and create.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
They’re a combination of things I’ve done, or things people I know have done. Many people are mixed together to create each character. The character Tuesday in the biker story is loosely a combination of my best friend and me but as with anything morphed, she isn’t exactly a perfect combination. Ultimately, they become who they are meant to be. I let them lead me.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I wish I had more time to read. I have a few books I’m in the process of reading but writing and the rest of life take up the majority of my time. I write some seriously alpha men and they don’t take kindly to being put on the back burner while I court other people’s alphas.
That being said, I’m in the process of reading BSM Stoneking’s “The Vampires Ange De La Mort” and have a pile of Reed James’ books I need to jump into. I’ve also been working on “The Heroine Diaries” by Nikki Sixx (forever.)
I try not to read in my genre too much. I don’t want to unintentionally change my style or ideas because of another author’s style.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Definitely the two above mentioned authors, BSM Stoneking and Reed James. BSM writes fantastic erotica and puts a great spin on things. I love vampires and she has ‘em. I love the idea of a threesome M/F/M and she has those too. She has a rock star and BDSM on the way. What’s not to love about her? Reed James writes some of the wildest erotica out there and he’s a machine. He tackles it all and from a male perspective, so I enjoy the twist. Both are great at their craft. Another I adore is Jessika Klide. I really need to check out her books!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I began the fourth installment of the Not Even Death series, Forever Your Master. This is challenging since I’m pulling my character out of the B.D.S.M. world to find what it means to live vanilla. I think Calico (my character) and I are both venturing into unknown territory and both a little nervous. It needs to be part of her journey, so she can truly have the choice.
The project that keeps calling to me—like the scent of Cajun spices wafting through New Orleans—is “The Masters M.C #1.-Property Of”. The feel is much different than my other books. It’s more raw and gritty. I’m still “painting” with my words, but the colors are darker, the brush is coarser and the strokes are a different style. The female (Tuesday) is from outside New Orleans and has a sassy, southern fried Cajun feel. The hero, (“Colt”) is from Brooklyn, NY. Talk about a combustible combination!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely! It’s a calling but I hope it will become a career. I wasted too much time not making it a career. It’s time to switch gears.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’ll answer definitively no, but I’ve got so many irons in the fire it’s hard to speak to any of them in particular.
I answer no because if I’d wanted to make them different I would have. If I have an idea that could’ve fit, it can find a home elsewhere. That’s where writing fiction is better than life. No worries about “do overs.” I can breathe life into someone else’s journey on another go round.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
No, it just sort of happened. In first or second grade they’d give us a “prompt” of some sort. I would always just roll with mine and create something. Adults would get all excited about it. At the time, I was just doing what came naturally.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
It would be easier to give links to where it can be read or listened to. To narrow it down would be difficult, like picking a favorite child.
“the Masters M.C. #1-Property Of Prologue + is here http://www.themastersmc.com/propertyof.html It’s been edited some since that early draft.
(There is also a more recent audio file of this, which really should be heard, on my FB.)
“Golden Doll” also has a website, http://www.angeltobutterfly.com and has some snippets and an audio clip. It also has some pre-publishing reviews. (Which I’m humbled and grateful for.)
http://www.bbblaque.com is my main website and there are Author’s Choice Samples for the Not Even Death series there.
My FB pages also have audio clips. I’m considering making audio sneak peeks a regular thing on most of my social media pages.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The agony of trying to write without a soundtrack is a vile little cocktail. I need music and Not Even Death grew out of a distraction (some would say the best distraction I ever had.) It didn’t have a predetermined soundtrack. I realized in the midst of writing—it’s integral for my process and I won’t try that again. The books would’ve come much more easily if there’d been music to pull me through.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Anne Rice. Atmosphere.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I travel to research my books, to immerse myself in what I’m writing. I look forward to more travel in the future. Next time, after sliding through the Big Easy (New Orleans) I’ll take in the mountains of the Carolinas and Tennessee. My M.C. has lots of roots and I intend to explore them all.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
So far, I’ve done all my own graphics. I come from that background and enjoy doing it. When I can’t find my words I do graphics (some days are just that way.)
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
With any of them, it’s learning to let them go. Also, for some reason, I hate doing the blurb. I know it sounds absurd, but by the time I’m done, I’m spent—I’ve left my heart and mind on the pages—I need some aftercare and a cuddle.
I’ve even conceptualized the blurb beforehand, but then the story will take a different turn and I’ll be stuck doing it at the end.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That is truly beyond the scope of this interview. I learned so much, I was a new author and everything was learning. I know now to edit as I go (but that’s miniscule in the spectrum of what I’ve learned/am learning.)
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers? Write and keep writing. If you’re stuck, step back and look at it later with new vision to propel things forward.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I write everything I do on a few different levels and in layers. Read through and enjoy the first go round for the obvious things, then, go back and look for the Easter eggs I’ve hidden throughout. Some things make sense after everything is done and you’ve taken the character’s journey with her.
Remember looking back on “Sixth Sense” and “Fight Club” once you knew what was going on? It’s sort of like that (look for the red sprinkled throughout for the deeper story.)
Nothing I write, none of the words I choose are accidental.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read? The Bible probably (and everything written by Warner when I was in grade school.)
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry? I have a warped sense of humor and love it dry and sarcastic. I love to laugh and do so without too much provocation.
Crying because someone opened an envelope “just right” is a favorite each month (lol). I’m also a super sap and movies that are heartfelt make me cry (sometimes to the point of sobbing.) Good/bad memories can choke me up. Speaking of being choked up, a good BDSM scene with my Master is the best if my endorphins flood me to the point of tears.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ? Finally there was a battle she couldn’t win. The only time she didn’t stand up again after being knocked down. Through all the battles she never stopped loving.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ? Listening to live music, hanging out at biker bars, watching sunsets and picking wildflowers.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
T.V.-I love anything that makes me think. Criminal Minds, Sons of Anarchy, Law & Order (any of them.); Grey’s Anatomy
Movies-Fight Club, Armageddon and Secretary are in my tops. I also adore Interview With The Vampire and the Underworld series.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
My favorite foods are cheeseburgers with an insane amount of condiments on them; Guacamole and Pesto Hummus.
I love blues, metallic red, pink and yellow. Black is my favorite shade.
Music depends on my mood—rock of some sort. I usually listen to southern rock—it’s the closest to my soul.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Graphics is my other love and I have done/do that.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Amazon authors page http://www.amazon.com/B.B.-Blaque/e/B00ML2FBMC/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1