Scribal Love Welcomes Berengaria Brown
Berengaria Brown is an author of erotic romance, mainly ménage, male/male and lesbian. Her only one man/one woman book is available from Breathless Press.
What is the name of this book? And how did you come up with the title?
“Dinner Delights” is a short story that begins at a formal, boring work dinner, then moves to Krystal’s apartment afterward, so the name seemed to encapsulate the story.
What is this book about? And what genre is this book in?
This is a contemporary short story.
Two workmates. A boring dinner function. An explosion of lust. Will it lead to love?
Krystal is thrilled when Troy asks her to be his seatmate at a boring work dinner. He is a totally yummy hunk, whom she has loved forever.
When they dance, their passions combust and they rush back to her apartment to take their relationship to the next level: from friends to lovers.
Their night together is better than anything Krystal had ever imagined. But can it last? What will happen tomorrow?
Who is/are the main characters? And why did you choose them?
Krystal and Troy. My characters always choose themselves, they just turn up in my head, demanding their story be told.
What is the coolest or best part about your book? (Any Favorite scenes, the world-building etc.
Troy is a yummy hunk. Everyone would like a date with him. Krystal is an ordinary woman, a little overweight, a little socially inept. But she adores Troy who is her very best friend at the office. The fact that Troy chooses her as his partner for the dinner encourages every ordinary woman to believe that there will be a romance for her.
Do you have a favorite character in the book? If so, why?
Because it is such a short story, really only the hero and heroine are fully developed characters. And I wouldn’t dare choose between them.
Is this book part of a series? If so? What can we expect in future books?
“Dinner Delights” is the first of my three books at Breathless Press. Each book explores a different genre. “Loving Lydia” is an erotic lesbian short story, designed for people who have never read that genre before. “Carnal Connections” is a ménage with three men, again, a short story aimed at people interested in exploring different genres.
If not? Are you considering expanding it?
Because “Dinner Delights” is so short there are no secondary characters crying out for their own book.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
These short stories are purposely designed to give readers a taste of a genre. They are not meant as full-length books with a lot of plot and world building. They are brief tastes to see if the reader would like to try a full-length book. If you do decide to embrace erotic romance I have longer books at other publishers.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
It is very hard to write a short book. Every word has to add to the story. With longer books the author has more space to play around with ideas.
Do you have a publisher? And if so, why did you choose them?
I write for several different publishers, with each genre at a publisher that specializes in that genre.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Jaid Black introduced me to erotic romance, Georgette Heyer to historicals.
What books are you reading now?
Tracy Cooper Posey, “Blue Knight”; Anny Cook, “Blue Paradise; Penn Halligan, “Who Dares Sins”; and a holiday anthology, “Twas a Dark and Delicious Christmas”.
What are the current writing projects that you are working on?
I have just contracted a series with Amarinda Jones called “Sex Odyssey” about people on vacation who meet at a fictitious town. Amarinda wrote three of the books in the series and I wrote the other three.
Do you write full time? If not, do you hope to do so one day?
I think every author dreams of being on the New York Times best seller list and writing all day. Unfortunately, like most authors, the day job is a reality for me.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I read a lot of books all the time. At one stage there were no new books that interested me and I was tired of re-reading my favorites, so I sat down and decided to write a book. I took writing seriously, treated it as a job, and researched publishers carefully. I tried very hard to submit my book as they had asked and to follow their guidelines. Apparently it worked, because my books were accepted and by the end of 2010 I will have 20 published books.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Always for me the plot is the most difficult part. It is clear in my head, but harder to ensure there are no inconsistencies or plot holes on paper.
Do you have any advice for other writers seeking to get published for the first time?
Keep reading. Keep writing. Keep submitting. But also research the publishers and submit your book to houses that publish books similar to yours. Follow the submission guidelines as best you can. And good luck.
Thank you Berengaria for Dropping by!
You can find Berengaria on the web at:
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