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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

AUTHOR INTERVIEW BERENGARIA BROWN

Today I've got the lovely author, Berengaria Brown @ BRB! I'm not going to waste time, so let's get on with the interview. Welcome Berengaria, tell us about yourself.
Berengaria is a multi-published author of erotic romance: contemporary, paranormal (ghosts, vampires, fairies and werewolves) and Regency-set historical. She loves to read all different kinds of romance so that is what she writes: one man/one woman; two women; two men; two men/one woman; three men, two women/one man…. Whatever the characters need for their very hot happily-ever-after, Berengaria makes sure they get it.

When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
I’ve always been a reader, but one day I ran out of books to read. None of my favorite authors had written any new books, so I decided to write a book. The rest, as they say, is history.

Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel?
See above.

Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
Everyday life. I believe ordinary people deserve their own happy ever after, so all my characters are normal people with flaws and hopes and dreams.

What made you chose to write erotic romance, most commonly ménage and contemporary, but also MM, and FF, and paranormal literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?
I read everything from sweet to extremely kinky, but I do like to know what happens inside the bedroom, so that’s what I tend to write. I actually have one sweet romance published – with just a kiss.  I also write across genres: paranormal, contemporary, historical.

Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?
The characters. They just turn up in my head and start talking to me, demanding I write their story. The title can be very hard to find.

What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
The middle. You have to keep the characters engaging, and the plot moving forward, but without rushing it, or leaving important things out, and also without slowing down, and getting boring. It’s a difficult thing to balance and get right.

Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?
None of my heroines are me. (None of my heroes are either!)

Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?
All my sex scenes are role-played first, so that helps me have all the body parts in the correct place. I find this is especially important when writing ménages. But each sex scene has to add to the story, either furthering the plot, or telling the reader something new about the characters. That can be hard to achieve.

Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?
The characters dictate it. They tell me how hot and heavy the scene will be. With “Bookish Arousal” there were three characters in my head, so I thought I was writing a ménage. But one of the men was just there to help his friend get the woman of his dreams. So the book turned out to be MF.

Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?
No character is ever based on a particular person, but sometimes facets of a character are drawn from real life. The heroine of “Complexity”, Tia, has life-threatening asthma. She came to me after I’d spent time with a family member who has chronic asthma. I thought, “Why shouldn’t an asthmatic have a happily ever after, too?”

Who is your favorite character, which you’ve created? And why?
It’s always the person I’m currently writing. They’re in my head and I’m absorbed in their story.

Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis.

“Bookish Arousal”

Blurb:
Audrey has no trouble achieving orgasms reading erotic romance novels alone in her bed at night. Whether with her fingers or her favorite plastic friend, orgasms are assured. But her last boyfriend labeled her frigid when she failed to be aroused by sex with him.

Now she is madly in lust with a truly delicious work colleague, Yanni. But when they go to bed, nothing happens—she’s devastated that, despite her lust for him, her body refuses to be aroused.

Yanni is determined to romance her until her body cooperates. Maybe some dirty sex talk—and other assistance—will get her aroused!

Excerpt:
Dammit what’s wrong with me? Was Joe right? Am I just a useless, frigid bitch? No, that can’t be true. I have lots of orgasms at home in my bed. Yeah, alone! Shut up!

Deliberately Audrey relaxed her tense muscles, running her fingers through Yanni’s soft black curls. Damn, I’d kill for hair like that!

She stroked her palms lower, over the ripped muscles of his back, as his mouth worked on her nipples. He was rolling them so much better than she could touch them herself. With just the perfect amount of suction from his mouth to stretch them and tease them. So why aren’t I wet? I should be flooded with moisture by now, he’s so damn good at this.

Audrey felt her body grow tense again and tears filled her eyes. What’s wrong with me? The best-looking man at work, the man I’ve lusted over for months, takes me to bed and nothing’s happening downstairs. He’s perfect and I’m useless. I’m a failure! Tears fell in earnest down her face now, and Audrey panicked. She pushed Yanni’s head off her breasts and scrambled clumsily from the bed.

Yanni sat back on his heels and looked up at her, confusion and hurt mingled in his face. His huge, liquid brown eyes, eyes she had likened to the finest chocolate, stared at her in dismay. “Audrey? Precious? Am I doing something wrong? I thought—”

Audrey threw her skirt and sweater on, shoved her underwear into her purse and thrust her bare feet into her pumps. “No, no it’s me. You’re perfect and wonderful. I—” Her voice broke as she realized exactly how stupid and ungrateful she must appear to the man who’d been an ideal companion all evening.

“I’m sorry, so very sorry.” Blinded by tears, she ran from the room, down the hallway and out of his apartment, almost falling down the stairs in her unseeing rush.

She drove home, her face tear-stained and the occasional sob breaking forth despite her determined efforts to control her feelings. Arrived at her place she slammed her door, ran to her bedroom and fell flat on the bed, shattering sobs breaking loose as she gripped the bedding and thought of the hurt on Yanni’s face and her own inability to be aroused when the kindest, sweetest, most delicious man she knew wanted to fuck her.

Joe’s cruel words ran through her mind over and over. You’re a useless, frigid bitch, Audrey. No man will ever want a cold, worthless cunt like you.


What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?
By the time you read this, “Were the Hell?” will have released at Torquere. This is a Male/Male werewolf shifter story. I wrote a werewolf shifter for Halloween last year, and so many readers liked the world I decided to write this story.

How many novels do you have, that are currently published? Please list all the publishers, so the readers can locate you.
“Were the Hell?” will be book #35. All my books are on my website. Click on the cover and it takes you to blurbs and excerpts.

My main publishers are Siren BookStrand:
Torquere Books:
Elloras Cave:
Or find me at All Romance ebooks:

Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
The New York Times best seller list of course!

Berengaria Brown

Thanks for the great interview, Berengaria! It was great to have you. I wish you all the best for the future. On June 10th I'll be posting here @ home and @ RLJ! http://redlipstickjournals.blogspot.com/ Plus I have posted at IRM today - I hope you enjoy it! http://rainingmenamen.blogspot.com/
Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne ^_^!!


4 comments:

  1. Great interview. B is my hero...

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  2. I must confess, I've never read any of her novels, but this latest one has caused some intrigue.

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  3. I enjoyed Lady Caroline's Reward. I liked the period and that Lady Caroline was strong and knew what she wanted and what she didn't want. It's one of the few f/f romances that I liked. Good interview.

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  4. Hi Rawiya, Thank you for dropping by, and for your kind words.You're building a nice backlist yourself, now.
    Hi Blak, Thank you for inviting me over and asking such awesome questions.
    Hi She, I'm glad you enjoyed Lady Caroline's Reward. Thank you for coming by and commenting.
    Berengaria

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