Phee knows that girls like her don’t get the fairytale…
Falling for a man like Bryant Holbrook is just begging for heartbreak. Rich boys don’t look twice at waitresses from the fog, at least… not until now. One smart-mouthed taunt and his turquoise eyes are all over her. That cocky, bad boy grin tempting her with the impossible.
It should have stayed a one-night stand.
Now, it’s too late.
Phee is pulled into a world of danger and corruption where Bryant must put everything at risk to keep her safe, or risk losing her to keep his father’s dream alive.
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Jennifer Bene whose book Corrupt Desires captivated me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love romance but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Jennifer, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Jennifer will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Jennifer Bene!
Jennifer Bene is a USA Today bestselling author of dangerously sexy and deviously dark romance. From BDSM, to Suspense, Dark Romance, and Thrillers — she writes it all. Always delivering a twisty, spine-tingling journey with the promise of a happily-ever-after.
Now, how wonderful does Jennifer sound?! Jennifer is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Jennifer’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Jennifer, I hope that you enjoy Jennifer’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
Phee, the heroine in ‘Corrupt Desires’ is definitely a piece of myself. I think all writers weave aspects of ourselves (write what you know!) into our characters, and since I can remember I’ve always been lost in my own head. Daydreaming about fantastical situations, insane plots, magic and mayhem. All that stuff. When I first wrote about Phee in a boxset years ago (which is no longer available), I fell in love with her unapologetic nature and the way she loved the fantasy world in her head. Bryant was… honestly my response to all the asshole rich boys I was seeing in novels everywhere. Now, I’m as much of a sucker as the next girl for reading about a bad boy, but sometimes… I just want to read about a real hero. That’s what I wanted Bryant to be, and I think/hope he is. In fact, imho they’re both heroes in this book. Brave and unyielding in their beliefs for a better world, which is something I wanted to tap into in our current climate. That’s probably why I chose now to rewrite their story, add 30k words to the original, and release it. I tend to write very dark books, but I think my soul needed something better. Of course, I couldn’t resist having drama and suspense woven in, a few dark scenes that show the harsh realities of the world, but I try to always use those moments to bring the light into a sharper contrast. When you finally make it to their HEA, I hope you feel how I did writing it… completely filled with warmth and hope. Sometimes we all need that!
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
Sit down and write. I think I spent so many years scribbling down half-scenes and saving them in obscure files on my hard drive under things like “Lyrics” or “Recipes” just so someone wouldn’t accidentally look at them and mortify me… which meant I never really tried to go with the characters and just write it all down. The whole story, warts and all. Newsflash? We’re all terrible writers in the beginning. We don’t structure sentences right, we don’t make dialogue flow, we try to info-dump that backstory like we’re backing up a dump truck of “Here’s Your Life” to the reader’s doorstep. We. All. Suck. But the only way you get better is by writing. I recommend to every person who comes to me wanting to be an author to go write online first. I wrote on a site called Literotica (I know, haha…), and it brought me my earliest author friends (we all need a tribe), my earliest fans… and my earliest critiques. Those are never easy to read, but unless you’re posting on a fan fiction site or something similar, you’ll never get the kind of direct, in-the-moment feedback that you can get there. A review on Amazon is just a review of the whole already published book, but having people follow your story as you write it, chapter by chapter, giving praise and critique and genuine feedback – there is no better trial by fire. In fact, many of the authors you love today wrote under different names on sites like that to get their feet wet. SO! Don’t be afraid to write. Sit down and write that story that won’t stop rolling around in your head (kind of like Phee’s fantasy life), and put it out into the world. Know that your baby is going to get a few bumps and bruises on the way to being better, just like you will as an author. But… you’ll never know if people like the crazy in your head unless you share it, and I think every creative deserves their moment in the sun when they get their first fan message of someone telling them just how much they love their characters / story / plot / writing. I promise, it will change your life!
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
Yikes… this is a hard question, Aimee! I think it’s all about making me feel with the characters. If I’m not sucked into them, whole-heartedly grabbed by them and dragged through the story… I just don’t fall in love with it. I’ve read a lot of books that I enjoyed, even recommended to others, that have a good story and great lines, but they never took me by the soul and just shook me. Powerful characters that pull me in are what make the difference between a book that haunts me for years, that begs me to pick it up and read it again (even though my TBR could crush a small village)… and a book that I just enjoyed. Not sure if that’s the “right” answer, but it’s mine!
What is your writing process like?
I’m a single mom with a day job, so my writing process usually starts around 9pm after she’s in bed. I give myself some wind down time to catch up on all the business sides of being an author, skim social media, catch up on messages, and then I dive back in and write until my eyes cross. I’m a complete pantser (plotting will kill a book for me!) and so I usually re-read the last chapter or half-chapter to get back into the flow and then I keep going. The voices wake up in my head and I write. Currently, writing takes place on my couch, or in a chair in my living room, with my macbook on my lap and a large glass of red wine beside me (but I just got approved for a house and I can’t wait to move!). I always listen to music when I write, and actually post a favorite on my website for #MusicMonday (almost) every week. My author friends will tell you that I can’t write a short book to save my life, but I blame my characters. It’s not my fault they needed 12k words to work out their emotional shit before they could get to the bedroom! I completely blame the voices in my head for that.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I never research before a book, which I guess makes since because I’m a pantser! I never know where the heck I’m going when I start, lol. But google is my BFF during writing! I try to never write something ridiculous / impossible, and over the years I’ve become a pretty solid searcher, and I’ve also built up some amazing connections through readers so I have people to reach out to. I’ve got an ex-ski patrol EMT for emergency medical questions, I’ve had one reader give me French translations for a book, and another give me the Dutch for another (never ever trust google translate!), and probably fifty other examples I’m forgetting because I’m filling this out at 11pm! I do think that every genre (except maybe sci-fi?) has their pitfalls where we can mess up. Historicals have all the historians, and contemporary writers have to treat every city with respect. SOMEONE who reads your book lives wherever you just named, and if you screw it up… you’re going to get an email. HA! So, trust me, it’s worth it to find out if that park is really one you’d want your characters doing a romantic stroll through.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
Due to the whole day job / single mom thing, it’s more about finding the time to write. I still have the dream that I’ll be able to go full-time, hopefully next year, but until then it’s about staying awake long enough to get that next chapter written down. I’ve got so many stories in my head all the time that inspiration has never really been an issue – knock on wood – and I hope that if I get to go full-time that it will stay the same!
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I wishhhhh I could read more! I feel like one of the hardest things when you become an author is you become even more aware of the amazing authors available… so you want to read everything, but you have no time because of your own deadlines. My kindle is out of control with the unread books, and I am always promising myself I’ll take a day and just read… but I end up writing. It takes an act of pure willpower (or a serious addiction to a series/author) to get me to pry myself away from all of my responsibilities and do something selfish like read a book that I don’t owe an editorial review, feedback, etc. on! If I’ve absolutely got to name some addictions, I’ll choose two that I don’t know personally but I’m always dying for the next book: JR Ward and Jim Butcher.
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
I have quite a few things in the works through the end of the year, but I’ve learned that with as chaotic as my life is I will only jinx myself if I name a date. However, I do promise that the next new release will be ‘Inheritance’ (Book 2 of the Fragile Ties series) which catches up with David and Lianna as they try to figure out how to build a relationship from the ashes at the end of ‘Destruction’, where they were only left with each other. However, in Inheritance, Lianna will discover that she’s not alone in the world. Her father’s family wants to see her, to know her, but where there is hope, there is also danger, and David has no plans to let anyone hurt Lianna again (well, other than him). Ha!
Corrupt Desires is probably one of the “lightest” full-length romances I’ve ever written. I tend to write much darker, and it’s what I’m mostly known for among my readers, but it’s because I think that the goodness in people, the inherent strength, and the light of hope and love burns all the brighter when we see the dark sides first. If you’re someone who likes to dip into the dark side, I’d love to connect! Don’t hesitate to reach out to me on social media, or through email, because I’m always happy to chat. It just may take me a bit to respond with the kiddo and the day job! But, I always will, and I appreciate my readers more than I can possibly say. Thank you, lovelies, for taking the time to read this, and thank you, Aimee, for the invitation!
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Jennifer! If you have liked what you have read about Jennifer and are interested in learning more about Jennifer and reading Jennifer’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,