Name Harper Bentley
Age A lady never tells her age 😉
Where are you from Oklahoma
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I was born in Oklahoma but grew up a military brat, living in Washington State, Alaska & California before coming back to Oklahoma. I have a degree in secondary English education from a college in Oklahoma where I played basketball on scholarship. I have a son in his twenties who’s employed at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and an eighteen-year-old daughter who’s playing basketball on scholarship at a college in Oklahoma (not the same one where I went) 😉
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’m still shocked about Gable hitting the USA Today Best Sellers list! That was a very pleasant surprise! And Loch, my latest, was a best seller on Amazon & Barnes & Noble!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started publishing two years ago. I think the reason I began writing is that I realized I’ve got tons of stories scrambling around inside my head that needed to be told. Once I started writing them down, I thought, why not share them? : )
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The second I hit “Publish”
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
A wonderful author friend of mine, Liv Morris, was the one who told me I needed to share my stories with the world. If not for her, I’d still be writing just not sharing them 😀
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m not sure if you’d call it a “style” but all of my stories contain humor. I love to laugh, I’m a perpetual smartass, and I guess it just makes sense that my characters share the same qualities
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Titles have come to me pretty easily. After my Powers series is finished, I’ve still got two series going, but I’ll be starting a third and that’s the only one that has me somewhat puzzled on the title right now. I’m sure something will come to me!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My books have HEAs so maybe I’m telling my readers never to give up on love : )
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I think all my books are realistic, from the story line to the characters’ reactions
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yes and yes lol
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I’ve read so many books, that it’d be tough to pick out just a few. But as for mentors, I love Kresley Cole & her characters a lot, so I’m sure I may have mimicked them in some form or another. Also, Kristen Ashley’s alpha males are just yummy and I write alpha males, so she’s influenced me also. My alphas aren’t nearly as controlling as hers, though (although I do love that about them) 😉
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Anne Mercier’s Whispered Truths. I used to read fairly fast but since I started publishing, it takes forever because I skip nights (sometimes many) because I’m focused on what I’m writing and find that when I read something else I kind of zone out & lose focus on my work
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Anne Mercier, TC Matson, Riley Edgewood, Michelle Lee, Sapphire Knight & Alexa Keith are some I’ve checked out recently & have really liked their work
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Currently, I’m working on Ryker (The Powers That Be, Book 4) which will be out at the end of December. I’m kind of sad since this is the last Powers book : (
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I’ve got the best friends ever. If it wasn’t for them, I don’t know if I could continue doing this. Writing is a very up-and-down undertaking. I have lots of highs and lows and I think it’s because I’m in my head so much, but my friends keep me grounded and in the here and now!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to write as a career. I love teaching, but if I could write full-time, I’d be in seventh heaven!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t think so. I like Loch & Simone and their story!
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Writing has always come pretty easily to me. I liked writing stories when I was little. I even have a book from kindergarten that has stories I wrote in it that are pretty crazy.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Here’s an excerpt from the first chapter of Ryker:
“I’m a whore.”
“I’m a big, humongous slut,” I groaned into my phone.
Finally an answer. “No, you’re not,” my best friend Sharee assured with a sleepy chuckle.
“I am,” I said with conviction. “I’m also a skank.”
“Frankie, it’s not that big a deal.”
“I’m a total hussy. A floozy. An absolute bimbo. A whore!” I dropped my head against the steering wheel and closed my eyes.
“Look, practically everyone’s had a one-night stand.”
“Not me,” I whispered. I heard her sigh before I added, “And not with the man of their dreams and all the while thinking it was special.”
God. What the hell had I been thinking? God!
I’d waited two years for him. Two years.
And it finally happened.
I’d finally had him.
And it had been everything I thought it’d be and more.
He’d kissed me like I’d never been kissed before.
Then he’d made love to me as if I’d been the most precious thing he’d ever held in his arms.
He’d lain next to me afterward still holding me as we drifted off, his lips at my temple giving me sweet kisses.
Then we’d awakened a few hours later and he’d fucked me. Hard.
It was hot.
It was dirty.
He’d given me so many orgasms I lost count.
And I loved it, every last minute of it.
It was everything I knew it’d be.
And I’d been completely and utterly happy.
Then afterward my bubble had burst.
“Thanks, darlin’. That was great. Gonna get a beer then I’ve gotta get some sleep. Leave your number on the fridge. I’ll give you a call.”
No temple kiss.
No squeeze of his arms.
I’d been dismissed.
Just… like… that.
He’d gotten out of bed and I’d stared at him in all his naked glory. Then he’d turned his back to me to pull a pair of boxer briefs from his dresser, and I’d found myself gaping at the tattoo emblazoned across his back, the one I’d always wanted to get a closer look at. And what I’d seen was a very scary grinning Grim Reaper. I’d studied the art for a moment seeing that there were two dead gladiators lying at the Reaper’s feet, their faces skeletons like the Reaper’s (yeesh), and he was battling yet another warrior whose face was just as scary and skeletal and intense as his.
I’d looked away and swallowed roughly, my throat hurting as I tried to keep the tears from coming. Then after he’d left, I’d gotten out of bed, dressed and slunk my way the hell out of his room, out of his house and into my car, not wanting to be noticed by anyone and not leaving my number.
Now I was in my car at five-thirty a.m. talking to Sharee.
“Where are you?” she asked.
“Parked on the street in front of his house after having just taken the walk of shame.”
She snorted. “It wasn’t a walk of shame. It was a walk of awesome, Frankie! You finally nailed Ryker Powers! You’ve wanted him forever!”
I sat back staring out at the rainy almost-dawn watching the rain sliding in rivulets down my windshield.
She just didn’t understand.
I choked on a sob. “Ree, you don’t get it. That’s the father of my future children probably lying asleep in there right now after having fucked my brains out all night long! We’re supposed to get married, have three children—two boys and a girl, the boys older than the girl so they can protect their sister of course—and then we’re gonna grow old together!” My voice caught but I kept going. “And I’ve screwed it all up by jumping the gun! We were supposed to have a meet cute like in the old movies! Like, run into each other at a coffee shop and both grab for the sugar at the same time. After that we’d trade numbers and flirt for, like, a week. Then I’d lure him in with my womanly wiles and fabulous personality until he knew I was the one! Then we’d go on lots of amazing dates until he finally proposes at the top of the Great Wheel and I scream, ‘Yes!’ so loudly everyone on the ground hears me and congratulates us when we get off it!” I sucked in several breaths then whispered, “Oh, my God. What have I done?” I dropped my head into my hand knowing I’d messed up royally.
“Come home, Frankie.”
She sounded a little put out which I’m sure she was. She was a realist. I was a dreamer. That’s why we were best friends, opposites attracting and all that. But I guess I’d pushed her too far this time.
My head came up and I wiped away the tears that were the result of a dream lost. “All right,” I mumbled as I put my Camry in drive. “You want me to pick up pastries?” I sniffed.
Pulling away from the cute little house where inside my dream future had died, I wiped away a few more tears that had somehow slipped by without my notice and drove off into the gray and dreary morning.
©2015 Harper Bentley
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Just that I jump the gun a little sometimes in publishing. I get so excited that I’m finished and want to get it “out there” that what I thought was a final edit really isn’t. So usually after I publish, I spend the next two days editing and re-editing and kicking myself for not waiting.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I love Kresley Cole so much. Her stories amaze me. She can write paranormal romance & regular romance without skipping a beat. Her worlds just carry readers away allowing us to escape for hours on end. That’s the mark of a great writer.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not physically but online I’ve circled the globe many times doing research 😉
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Jada D’Lee Designs has done all my covers and I love them and her! She’s so easy to work with and she just seems to know exactly what I want!
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I believe the hardest part of writing all my books is putting them out there and opening them up to scrutiny by others. I think every author loves their characters and when someone criticizes them, it makes us a little defensive because in an author’s mind, those characters are “real.” They’re like family and no one wants anyone to talk badly about their family. But then we realize not everyone’s going to like everything we write, so the mature adult eventually takes over and we move along to our next project 😉
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I’ve learned something from all my books. In my True Love trilogy, I learned tons about baseball and all about becoming a physical therapist. In my CEP series, I’ve learned a lot about bounty hunters and bodyguards (and strippers!). In my Serenity Point series, I’ve learned a lot about Navy SEALS, owning a business and firefighters. And in my Powers That Be series, I’ve learned about journalism, pro football and computer engineering. Now I’m learning about college wrestling : )
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Just keep writing! You’ll have days where you’ll question yourself but if this is what you love, don’t stop doing it!
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I want to thank my readers for loving my books! And I love when readers contact me. It makes it all worth it whenever someone says I made them laugh or they loved a character I wrote. That’s completely awesome!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I’ve read or been read to my entire life, but when I was in second grade, I read Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s book The Changeling which is the first book I remember impacting me in any way. It’s hard to explain, but as a reader you’ll understand. It was just one of those books that I knew I’d love forever.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My children do both
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I have several author friends I’d love to meet in person one day! I’ve never been able to answer this question lol
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Loving mother. My children are the most important people to me and I want to make sure they know how very much I love them.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Reading, of course, but I love hanging out with my kids, or watching college football & basketball (if these last two can be considered hobbies!)
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Modern Family cracks me up. I love How to Get Away With Murder a lot too!
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Favorite food: there are many… steak, seafood, Mexican, oh, & soups! I love a good broccoli-cheddar soup when it’s cold outside! 😉 Colors: Red is a favorite right now. Music: Classic & alternative rock, anything from The Rolling Stones to Red Sun Rising or Like a Storm or Foo Fighters or Theory of a Deadman. Gah! Too many to mention!
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I always wanted to live in a penthouse in NYC & be a bigwig on Wall Street : )
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?