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Posted March 27, 2013 by Nightstand Novels in Author Interviews
 
 

My Body Trilogy

 

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My Body Trilogy
Blakely Bennett

 

 

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*Genre: Erotic Suspense

*Publisher: Fanny Press

*ISBN: 978-1-60381-523-9

*Word Count: 74,000

*Page Count: 246

*Cover Artist: Sabrina Sun

Book Blurb

Jane Stiles is successful in business but bored with her socially mundane existence. One night at a party, she meets an intense and compelling stranger named Luke. This fateful encounter prompts her predictable life path to veer into uncharted territory, sweeping her along on a frightening erotic journey into the world of bondage, domination and submission.

Jane had never experienced genuine desire, and now passion consumes her life, robbing her of free will. Her new lifestyle creates an emotional chasm between her and her old friends. Will they understand why she has abandoned her high ideals and long-term plans for a traditional wedding? What society considers right or wrong no longer matters.

Prepared to surrender everything to Luke, she wonders if her everything will be enough. She now needs his discipline as much as she craves his love and approval. How far down this dark path is she willing to go? Jane’s pilgrimage into domination and discipline has created a war between her mind and her body, and her body is claiming victory.

 

 

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*Genre: Erotic Suspense

*Publisher: Fanny Press

*ISBN: 978-1-60381-525-3

*Word Count: 76,000

*Page Count: 264

*Cover Artist: Sabrina Sun

Book Blurb
Jane Stiles has embarked on an intense odyssey into the world of domination and submission. She no longer recognizes herself. She has quit her job, surrendered her possessions and agreed to a wedding where she is the only one naked, all for the sake of the elusive Luke—a man so compelling, she can deny him nothing.

Now there is no going back. Her new life will revolve around Luke, 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. She is drawn to his power, his masculinity, and the challenge he represents, even though she fears and dislikes him. After Luke discovers that Jane has breached one of his many “rules,” he sends her to Marcello for punishment and lessons in Dom/sub culture. What happens there will change her forever.

Jane and Luke reconcile, and even find a rhythm that includes not only bondage and punishment but genuine love-making. Just when Jane is convinced that the happiness and devotion she has always craved is within reach, Luke pushes her beyond endurance, and she rebels in a way her harsh husband cannot forgive. From there, her life spins out of control. But Jane has a strong spirit, and she will prevail. My Body-His (Marcello) is Book 2 in the My Body Trilogy.

Author Interview

Blakely Bennett

 

 
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Hello Blakely, welcome to Nightstand Novels…we are so glad to have you join us today. Congrats on your first trilogy … how has the experience been?

First off, thanks for having me. You have the most provocative list of question I have seen thus far. ☺

The experience of being published had been exciting, interesting, and challenging at times. My Body-His (Marcello), the second book in the My Body Trilogy has just been released and the reviews have been great so far. I’m enjoying the process overall and look forward to writing more.

nnninterviewHow did you get started writing and why erotica…what is it about the genre, and more specifically BDSM that attracts you?

I have been writing for years and it has always been a timeless activity, whether writing in my journal or crafting a story. I read all kinds of novels but mostly erotica and romance and I wanted to create a story edgier than I had read. I’m fascinated by the control dynamics in relationships and sex and BDSM was an avenue to explore that.

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Who is your favorite author and is your writing style similar to theirs?

 

I don’t have one favorite author, more like several and all for different reasons. I don’t find my style to be like one particular story teller. Killing Me Softly by Nicci French kept me on the edge of my seat and I wanted to do the same with my series. In Stephen King’s Duma Key, he tells the story after the fact and reminds you of that along the way. I loved that technique and used that in the trilogy.

 

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How did the My Body His Trilogy come about?

 

Jane, the main female character in the trilogy and the narrator of the story, was with me for a while before I put the first words to the page. Once it took off, the story went in many directions I had never anticipated. I tried years earlier to get an agent to represent My Body-His without success. My husband encouraged me to leave my stressful corporate job and try again to get my novels published. We decided to try to find a publisher directly and Catherine from Fanny Press fell in love with the story. She asked me to split the novel into two books (it was rather long) and to write a third. I had always planned to write a sequel so that’s how the trilogy came into existence.

 

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We are so glad that you took your husband’s advice.Did you do any research for this book? and if so what?

 

I read a ton of BDSM stories, spoke to full-time dominants and submissives but mostly Jane told me what happened in my imagination.

 

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Did you include or any real life experiences in the books and if so care to share?

I didn’t use any real life experiences in my novels but I did use emotion and the feelings that come with attraction that I have personally experienced. For instance, I describe what a great kiss feels like based on what feels good to me but the specific scenarios Jane gets herself into never happened to me.

 

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What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I don’t like sitting at a desk to write and I love to have loud music playing. Picture me sitting on the couch with my legs up on the ottoman and my computer on my lap desk.

 

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Who is your favorite Dom/character?

I’m rather fond of Marcello who my readers first meet in My Body-His (Marcello), book two of the trilogy. He is an acquired taste and he grows on you. ;)

 

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Yes, We found ourselves warming up to Marcello too. Let’s hope he remains in our good graces come book three. lol What book is currently on your nightstand?

Honestly, My Body-His. LOL! I’ve just recently finished the first two drafts of My Body-Mine, the last book of the trilogy and so I’m rereading the first two books for continuity. I have a hard time reading when I’m in the throes of creating. I’m looking forward to reading a ton as soon as I have finished MBM.

 

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Do you hear from your readers much and if so what kinds of things do they say?

Social media is a wonderful avenue to connect. Most tell me how much they felt the story. Many mention how they are torn between loving and hating Luke. A few men have said they aren’t sure if they want to be Luke or to punch him. ☺

 

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Has social networking impacted your life as a writer? and in what way?

Social networking has had a huge impact on my life. As part of my contract with the publisher I’m obligated to promote myself and my novels. Right now I mostly use Facebook and Twitter but am currently exploring tumblr and New Yorker Times. I plan to check out Pinterest when I have more time to add to my social media.

 

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Are your family and friends aware that you write erotica, are they supportive?

I have not hidden it from anyone. I am not ashamed of what I have chosen to do for a living or what I have written. They have all been surprisingly very supportive. I do think it might have changed the way some of my friends see me but that’s okay too.

 

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Has your family and friends read your books and if so what was their reaction?

Some of my family and friends have read it and most have thought the story intense, gripping and well written. People seem amazed at how much they “feel” the story.

 

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What is the toughest part about writing sex scenes?

Making sure there is variety and I’m presenting something new and different than before.

 

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Where do you get the inspiration for your sex scenes, are they purely based on fantasy or is there a little real life experience thrown in?

Like I wrote above I have experiences in sex that I use, I’m not a nun by any means so I have had sex before … shocking, I know! However, the more rough BDSM scenarios are from my imagination. Imagination is a wonderful thing!

 

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Do you ever get embarrasses by some of your sexier scenes?

 

I think timing is everything. A few years ago when I first tried to get my story published, I had a hard time talking about what I wrote. I worried what people would think about me. Fortunately I have grown and matured since then and I do not get embarrassed. Sex is definitely one of the best parts of life and I think it should be celebrated.

 

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What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?

It’s still a work in progress for me. Here is what I learned so far:
1. Some days writing feels like pulling teeth but I still get good work done. Other days it can feel like an avalanche that I can barely stay ahead of and it can last for days and days (it’s an oh so fabulous feeling).
2. Writers write, so it’s important to make that a priority over social media.
3. Things don’t have to be perfect but just close enough.
4. Don’t read bad reviews when you aren’t feeling well and read reviews on something other than your work to get perspective (movies, shows, TV, books, etc.). There is always negative and positive regarding any creative venture.
5. Tomorrow is another day.

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And lastly, does sex sell?

I don’t think the billion dollar porn industry can be wrong. So yes, sex sells. However, I hope what readers take away from the My Body Trilogy is more than mere titillation. My hope is that readers enjoy the ride of Jane’s arc through her ordeal to ultimate self-empowerment.

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Thank you Blakely for Stopping by, It’s been a pleasure speaking with you today!

 

 
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Blakely Bennett grew up in Southeast Florida and has been residing in the great Northwest for over seven 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. You can find Blakely on the Web at:

Author Blog| Facebook| Twitter| Goodreads

 

 

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    blakelybennett

    Thanks again for the great questions and for hosting me on your blog.
     
    Blakely





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