Hi Bianca, thanks for agreeing to be interviewed.
Hey, Kelly! I really appreciate you inviting me to hang out and chat! :)
I originally found you by searching for Hockey Romance. Your Dartmouth Cobra Series was perfect to fill my need for hockey and hot romance.
1. It’s obvious that you love hockey. When did hockey begin to play an important part of your life?
For as long as I can remember. I’m from Montreal, and I say that all the time, but a lot of people don’t know what a big part of our culture hockey is. We pay more attention to our players than actors or singers as a whole.
As a small child, some of my best memories are of watching hockey with my dad or my grandfather. As an adult, I share that love with my youngest daughter—my eldest has no interest in sports, but she’s a readers so we share that.
2. What was your inspiration for the Dartmouth Cobra Series?
They say write what you know, which for me meant urban fantasy for the longest time since I’d read so much of it and always had an interest in vampires and other supernatural creatures. But then I considered what an amazing hero a hockey player would make. Recently, I saw an author say ‘Write the books you want to read’ and I think that’s exactly what happened. I wanted to read a book with all my favorite things, including BDSM and ménage. The characters stepped up to tell me their stories and the rest is history.
3. Did a particular team or player influence your character development?
The Montreal Canadiens (Habs) for sure. I love the guys and there’s been so many different personalities. The characters are all their own people, but without watching real players I wouldn’t be able to dive so deep into this world.
4. After reading your profile, I learned that you used to work in auto mechanics. That’s an interesting field. How did that come about?
Actually didn’t go so far as working in the field, but I spent a couple years learning to work on cars. My career as a writer was taking off and I had to make a choice between my love for cars and my passion for writing. I miss shaping metal and I still plan to start my own project restoring an old muscle car one day, but I don’t regret turning my focus to my books. :)
5. Next on my list is your new series Deadly Captive. Can you tell us a bit about it? It looks dark and enticing.
Very dark, with lots of triggers, which I’m not supposed to tell people NOT to read, but I often do. I love the books and the characters, but their story isn’t for the fainthearted. That said, if you can stomach your heroes suffering until they can find their freedom and triumph together, it might be the right book for you.
Also…Cyrus. I never expected the villain to be so popular, but people love him. The final book in the trilogy will give them as much of him as they can take. And maybe a bit more. ;)
6. The Dartmouth Cobra Series is a full on BDSM experience. How do you research for that? (Don’t answer if you don’t want to. I have many friends that practice the lifestyle.)
I don’t mind answering. I have experienced some of the same activities as the characters—which ones? I’ll let you guess!—and what I haven’t tried I research until I truly understand the appeal. Research involves visits to clubs, discussions with those deeply involved in the lifestyle, and reading anything I can get my hands on. I’ve found reading, then asking questions and observing, is the best way to really grasp what lovers can get out of a power exchange. But it’s a bit harder to have someone tell you what it feels like to be bound or hit with a flogger or a belt.
Not to say every BDSM author needs a taste of what they’re writing, but it certainly makes it easier to get the sensations across. And it can be a nice break, doing hands-on research rather than just sitting behind a desk.
7. When I first started writing, I found it hard to maintain a balance in my life. How do you juggle career and family?
It can be a struggle. I write full time and sometimes my hours are very very long. But I do make sure to set aside time to hang out with my girls. I’ve also learned to force myself to take breaks. The easiest way to burn-out is to stop taking care of yourself. Stopping for meals gives me quiet time to catch up with my girls. I also set aside one day a week—not usually a whole day, but most of one—to do an activity with my daughters. Whether it’s a movie or a museum or a drive out to the country, we get some quality time together. I think that’s the most important thing for any author to remember. You might not be able to give tons of time to your family, but make sure what you do spend with them counts.
8. Besides hockey what do you do for fun?
Read a lot, indulge in my obsession for comic book and action movies, and…well damn, you took out hockey so that doesn’t leave much! Lol! I work a lot, so unless I’m travelling, my free time goes to my girls and hockey. :)
9. If you could meet any author in the world, who would it be and what would you ask?
She’s not around anymore, but I’d have to say Octavia Butler. She was such an amazing woman and an incredible author.
What would I ask? I’d probably beg for more stories after Xenogenesis (renamed Lilith’s Brood). I reread the books every year and I love experiencing the world she created.
10. How can readers find out more about you? (twitter, FB, Pinterest, Etc.
Fan page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Im-No-Angel-Bianca-Sommerland/201933239834387
Thanks Bianca for taking the time to answer my questions.