Hi All. Today at Author Stalker we have the brilliant B.B. Reid. She is an author of seven new adult and romantic suspense novels, including her hit, Fear Me. Her character, Keiran, is a masterpiece and I have gotten into some squabbles with friends over him. If you haven’t already, please check out B.B.’s books because they are simply awesome.
Me: How do you come up with such characters? What is your inspiration?
BB: It’s sort of like casting a role for a movie. First, you get the script and then you hold auditions to find the perfect actor/actress to play the role. I get an idea for a story and then my imagination crafts the perfect characters to play the roles. I always create a character’s personality from scratch which often changes as I write to suit the story’s needs. Sometimes I’ll have a celebrity or model in mind for physical attributes but mostly they’re imagined.
Me: Do you see yourself in any of your characters? If yes, who and why?
BB: Each of them has a little bit of me: my flaws, quirks, sense of humor, and sometimes even physical attributes. For instance, Lake has my height and the lucky charm belly ring I was wearing at the time I wrote Fear Me.
Me: How does it feel like your characters? Do they pressure you to go a certain way? Do you see an end result when you start writing a book?
BB: Oh, yes! They’re all assholes like that. They lead me down a path I don’t necessarily agree with, but I always give in. Storytelling makes me a bit more daring and open than I am in real life.
Me: Have you had an inspiration strike you at the oddest places or most inopportune times? In the shower? During sex (sorry)? If you did, did you start writing it down immediately? Please tell us for which book.
BB: Sometimes ideas come like a vision would a clairvoyant. It just happens spontaneously, and anything can trigger it. I’ve gotten my best ideas while driving, pooping, cleaning, etc. Amazing things happen when the mind is clear. I used to carry around a notebook, but now I jot them down in the notepad app on my phone.
Me: A friend of mine goes ballistic on me every time I misspell Keiran’s name. How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose names based on liking how they sound or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing sources you recommend?
BB: LOL! Yes, his name is often misspelled as Kieran but in your and everyone else’s defense that is the correct way. I changed the spelling because I liked it better. Same with Mian. I’m sure people pronounce it Mee-an but for my character it’s actually pronounced Ma-yan. I liked the spelling of Mian but the pronunciation of Myan. Can you tell that I like to make shit unnecessarily difficult?
Baby Center, Nameberry, and Babble are a few sites that I browse.
Me: Have you ever experienced any backlash from the topics that you write in your books? If yes, how did you handle them?
BB: Absolutely. Not as often as before but occasionally I’ll get an email from a reader expressing their displeasure. I usually take a while to answer those so that I don’t risk giving rash responses. Most of the time they merely perceived a scene in a way I didn’t intend. I always welcome the chance to explain as long as they’re polite. They usually are not.
Me: Are there any topics that you would never write?
BB: That’s an easy one. I like to blur lines but bestiality, necrophilia, and kiddie porn are lines I’ll never cross.
Me: What is the craziest fan moment that happened to you?
BB: I don’t think I have one! I get just as excited to meet readers, so I don’t see anything they do as crazy. I’m sure they’ll have stories about me though. I’m a pretty awkward being. Once a reader said that she was about to faint, so I told her to eat some of the candy I had if she’s hungry. I didn’t realize she was talking about fainting from meeting me. Like most things, it went right over my head.
Me: In all your books, what was the hardest scene to write? If given the opportunity to do it all over again, would you change anything in your books?
BB: I don’t think any of them were notably hard. Usually, I’m wearing a shit-eating grin even while writing scenes designed to rip readers hearts out. As much as that makes me sound like a sociopath, it’s undeniably true.
Me: If you can co-write a book with another author, one dead and one alive, who would it be and why?
BB: Penelope Douglas and Sarah J Maas. Readers compare Pen and I a lot, and I can’t deny we share a style but we also each have a uniqueness to our writing that I think would be explosive on paper together. Sarah J Maas is just a freaking genius. I fell in love with her writing in 2016. I’m a plot whore, and her books feed my addiction. When it all comes together…mind-blowing. I would love to climb inside her head and never leave.
Me: What are your two favorite book covers of all time?
BB: Two of my own favorites no one has seen yet. That’s Q’s cover and Lucas and Anna’s cover. I’ve had them for over a year now and can’t wait to share them! “Of all time” sounds so final! Lol. I’m way too mercurial to ever say that, but I will say Sparrow by L.J. Shen and The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon are on my list of favorites.
Me: Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
BB: I used to read bad reviews, but I realized they weren’t doing me any good. I’d argue any point a reader made, and so I realized no one’s opinion would ever make me change my own. I know that I gave each book my best or it wouldn’t have published in the first place. The long overdue The Peer and the Puppet is a testament to that. I’m never going to release what I can’t stand by. I never respond to bad reviews either. Like enjoying the book in question that’s a satisfaction they won’t be getting from me. LOL! I only read good reviews that I’ve been tagged to see on social media. Since they took the time to review and make sure that I see it I’ll take the time to read that review.
My advice on dealing with bad reviews is that you don’t. You can’t do anything about a bad review, and a disgruntled reader can’t change the fact that your novel is out there for people to discover. Negative reviews sell books just as positive reviews do. Before buying a book, I only read bad reviews. It’s not because I don’t think good reviews are trustworthy. I’m not one of the geniuses who believe the author found five hundred friends to leave good reviews. Come on. Really? I read bad reviews because there isn’t much that offends me, and I can always count on a bad review to give me the juicy stuff (hopefully without spoilers). The reviewer usually provides a grocery list of reasons why you shouldn’t buy the book while being confident they’ll succeed. For some, it never crosses their mind that they’re actually selling the book. On the other hand, if a like-minded person heeds the review, then congratulations. Your ratings have just been saved.
Me: What is your least favorite part of publishing/writing process?
BB: Promoting. God, I’m lazy and just plain uninformed. I really just want to write, hit publish, and leave it up to fate but since this is now my bread and butter I can’t do that.
Me: Are you still in the National Guard? Thank you for your service, BTW. How do you balance between your writing career and other obligations?
BB: Thank you! I’ve been out of the Guard for a year now as of four days ago! I was part-time, so it wasn’t hard although it did cost me at times. My unit being activated back to back in 2016 is the reason why The Bandit became a duet instead of a standalone. I try to push myself a little each day, so if something were to come up, I’m ahead and prepared for delays. For instance, if my goal for the day is to write five pages, I’ll push myself to write seven or even ten. Try is a crucial word though. It doesn’t always work out since life does interfere. In fact, it almost insists on it.
Me: What do you want your tombstone to say?
BB: Here lies the sexiest motherfucker alive.
Me: Can you tell us about any new books/projects you are working on?
BB: The Peer and the Puppet, The Moth and the Flame, and Douchebag’s Gonna Be a Daddy. I feel like I should explain. My readers don’t know this, but part of the delay getting The Peer and the Puppet out is that I’m getting a head start on the second novel in the series. One of my frustrations for my past series was coming up with fantastic ideas later in the series but not being able to follow through because of what occurred in previous novels or details I gave away too soon. I want this series to be perfect. To outdo even Broken Love which three years later is still my biggest seller. Douchebag’s Gonna Be a Daddy is a raunchy standalone I work on when the characters from When Rivals Play just won’t talk to me.
Me: Any last thoughts for readers?
BB: I love you so fucking much! Thank you for giving me this opportunity. Anyone can publish these days, but not everyone is lucky enough to have someone reading their work and even anticipating as excitedly as you do for what comes next. From the bottom of my heart thank you.
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