Today on the blog I am honored to be interviewing another one of my favorite independent authors. I discovered Ms. Bonnie Blythe through a short story I read last year called Melody’s Knight.
I fell in love with the story and was a little sad to see it end so soon. I believe I read it from beginning to end in one night. Since I couldn’t put it down, I looked for other books from Ms. Blythe and systematically downloaded and read all of them over the last year. Yes, ladies and gentlemen I literally mean I have read every short story or novel this woman has released in the Kindle format.
I’d like to welcome to the blog Ms. Bonnie Blythe!
Hello Bonnie! First I just want to say thank you so much for joining us today. For my readers who aren’t familiar with you and your work would you mind sharing a little about yourself and your writing style?
Thanks so much for having me, Shineka! Currently a Nashvillian, I’m originally from the West Coast and lived there my whole life. My family has been enjoying the transition to the genteel beauty of the Southeast. It’s not as slow as people say. We’re just as busy as ever! 🙂
As for my writing–like most writers I’m an avid reader and have been writing since I was young. I used to tuck romance novels in my school textbooks, so hey, I was committed. LOL I enjoy, and write, ‘pure romance’ where the main focus of the book is the unfolding relationship between the hero and heroine. Other genres that have only a smattering of romance just don’t hold my attention. I need all the mushy stuff. The other part of ‘pure romance’ is that the stories are clean and focus more on the emotional relationship than the physical.
Who or what would you say is your biggest influence in your writing?
Books. When I’m swept into a compelling story, I immediately want to figure out how to write like that. A few of my favorite authors are Francine Rivers, Camy Tang, Suzanne Collins, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, and Carla Capshaw.
I like how you have written in a few different genres i.e.: Chick Lit., Regency. Opposites Attract. Which would you say is your favorite genre to write in and why?
I think Opposites Attract. It’s fun to imagine the ups and downs and general grumpiness of characters finally acknowledging their feelings for each other.
The main reason I wanted to interview you for this post was because of your book Claire’s Not So Gothic Romance. What inspired this particular story and especially the zany cast of characters?
Fans of Gothic or historical romance can be so entrenched in their books that they can appear a little ‘off’ to others around them–especially for those who long for the days of yore and find modern life intimidating. That there is what I call a setup for a comedy. LOL I based Claire’s Not-So-Gothic Romance loosely on Jane Eyre. It was fun to give an ironic twist to the dripping melodrama of the original.
Out of this cast who would you say is your favorite and why?
I think I’m torn between Sam and Chip (oops, Darkwan LOL). Sam because it’s fun to imagine a sweet guy who’s left behind all the bad stuff in life, and who sees the truth in another person. And Chip because he too yearns for meaning in his own way–that and Claire’s mother’s cooking 🙂
I have got to talk to you about my absolute favorite scene in the book. It actually happens very near the beginning. The scene where Claire is in the emergency room. She has been given medication and is a little loopy then she meets Sam and, because she thinks she is dying, surprises him with a passionate, desperate kiss. Where did the idea for that scene come from?
A fun thing about writing a repressed character is that when they cut loose, they really make a job of it! For a super shy girl who isn’t experienced in kissing boys, it seemed that she’d want to make sure she’d indulged her fantasy before departing for the Other Side. From that point on, she’d then have to prove to Sam she wasn’t like ‘all the other girls’. 🙂
Another reason why I love your stories is because there is always a biblical message woven into the story lines. What would you say was the main message you wanted your readers to gain from this particular story?
Stay true to who you are and your beliefs. Even though Claire felt more comfortable in Jane’s world, when forced to deal with reality, she held onto her beliefs–much like Jane did when she fled Thornfield Hall.
Now this question is purely from me as a fan: Is there a possible sequel to this book in the future?
I haven’t thought about that! I’m wondering who would be more fun to write about:Shelly or maybe even Cedric?? Hey, everyone deserves a little romance in their lives!
One of the things I like to ask visiting authors is a personality question. I’ve noticed that a lot of your stories have at least one character with an odd personality trait that you wouldn’t necessarily expect them to have. What would you say is your quirky personality trait that no one would presume you to possess?
I carry on audible conversations with myself. It’s highly embarrassing because as I get older, I find myself doing it more and more in the presence of others. Doh! LOL
Bonnie it’s been great talking with you today. Before you leave is there any advice you would like to give to any aspiring writers out there?
With publishing so accessible these days it’s a great time to be a writer. I would encourage anyone in following that dream all the way to the end by learning the craft, making sure they have the best possible, polished story, and knowing there IS an audience for their work, regardless of what anyone–including agents and editors–have said. Jesus used stories to communicate truth, which is why stories resonate with us all. If a writer has a story that needs to be shared, then it should be shared!
Thanks again, Shineka, for allowing me to be a part of your blog. I look forward to following your posts. There are always new stories to discover!
Claire is your quintessential quiet, shy, and slightly repressed 24 yr old girl. Who, according to her mother, must marry a doctor so that she will have a life of luxury and not have to work as hard as her mother did to raise her.
Sam is the tall, handsome young man who just moved in across the street with a mysterious past he’s running from back in Tennessee.
What twist of fate will bring these two together!?!
You’ll have to read the book to find out!
For one lucky Romantic, Bonnie is giving away a free kindle copy of her book:
Just leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite Gothic, Regency, or Historical Romance is and why? The winner will be randomly selected next week!
What are you waiting for? Click on the above link and buy a copy today!
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I forgot one more thing!!!!!
Bonnie is releasing a compilation of her latest novel series!
Click on the above link to download this wonderful series!
I assure you, you won’t be disappointed!