What should readers know about your books before they buy them?
Most reviewers feel they’re warmhearted and very hot! My editor tells me this is very unusual!
Are any of your books interrelated and do I have to read them in order?
Most of the stories in the anthologies are related a little, but you don’t have to read them in order. BUT, MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS should be read BEFORE MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS IIbut I think the title numbers make that clear.
Do your books have a HEA (Happily-Ever-After)?
Always always always
What are your heroes and heroines like?
I try to keep them very different for each book. That’s important to me because I don’t do mÃ©nage or bdsm. The sex must show the differences in the characters—a gentle man makes love differently than a ‘bad boy’ so that keeps the sex fresh and the characters interesting for me. A shy woman is different from a ‘party girl’ etc.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your books?
They tell me they sigh at the end and root for the characters all the way through the stories—they also say the stories are hot enough to keep them up all night!
What do you hope they will understand about romantic fiction and/or about you?
That as a reader they’ll always be warmed and touched by the romance as well as the hot sex.
When’s your next book coming out?
My next single title is BREATHLESS which is due in stores on November 24, 2009.
Where do you get your ideas?
I get ideas everywhere! From situations in life. In MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS I got to explore the lives of prostitutes in the early 1900’s. How they decided to go into the profession and then how they fall in love and leave the job for love (because they made good money and were independent so the love had to be real to be worth leaving for!)
How many books do you usually write a year?
Last year I wrote a single title and four novellas. So, I’d like to write about 2-3 books a year.
What do you like most about being a writer? The learning! The joy of creating the worlds and characters. It’s a challenge I can’t resist!
How much research do you do and how do you do it?
I research as I go. If I find I want to know something about a car or how to do something, I check very quickly and try to only put in a ‘flavor’ of the research rather than bog the story down in details. I hope it works the way I want it to.
Are you a Romance author or an Erotic Romance author?
Both! I’m heavily romantic.
Does reader’s feedback help you with your writing?
Is feedback something that is very important to you? Reader’s feedback is precious and helps me to keep going when I’m doubting myself. I’ve actually had to blink back tears when I’ve had some fan letters. I had no idea how my stories touch some people!
Any advice to aspiring writers?
KEEP GOING! Learn, learn, learn…set aside your ego and your ideas that you know what you’re doing, because if you don’t love the challenge of learning more (and really HARD things) then you’ll probably give up and the world will be less light because your stories aren’t being told.
How did you get started? How did you become a writer?
I was 29 with 2 children in diapers and my mind was going to mush. It was self-defense!
What made you choose romance/erotic romance as your genre?
I love LOVE. I believe that everyone wants their heart safe in a love relationship. What could be a better thing to write about?
What was your first story being published?
My first book was with Kensington’s Precious Gems way back in 2000 then I had to wait and work hard and learn more before being asked to launch the Aphrodisia line in the anthology THE HARD STUFF in January 2006. THE HARD STUFF is now in its THIRD printing…all the authors are thrilled!
Is Bonnie Edwards your real name?
Who is Bonnie Edwards? I am a mom, a wife, a sister, an aunt…I am most women! I fret about my health, my weight, my family. I love my pets and have a love affair with cars…and classic movies…you’ll ‘see’ some of that in my stories.
What kinds of books do you read and who are your favorites?
I love to read romance and suspense. I used to like political thrillers but not so much now. I have very little time for reading for pleasure, but among my faves are: EC Sheedy (Brava and Zebra romantic suspense) and Nancy Warren (Harlequin and Brava romantic comedy and lighthearted romance) and for vampires (which I generally don’t read) I love JR Ward’s series. (stories of the Black Dagger Brotherhood) I enjoy her vampires because of the characterization. I learn something all the time.
What do you do when you aren’t writing?
I walk a lot, do yoga, read and enjoy a lot of television. I know most writers don’t admit that, but I like to see good writing, good characters, good plots, you see? I get ideas everywhere—and am constantly trying to learn what works for people and what doesn’t.