Interview: BL Wilde
This week I sat down and talked with BL Wilde, an author who wouldn’t be where she is today without her sister believing in her so much that she submitted a piece of BL’s work without telling her! Join us as we talk about how music inspires her, why ugly crying is important, and how much she loves the Indie community!
CJ: So let’s start with you telling us a little about yourself.
BL: Okay, well, I’ve been publishing stories for about eight years now. I started out by writing Twilight FanFic 10 years ago. When I read the books back in 2008, they unleashed something inside me and I haven’t stopped writing since. I write romance with a lot of steam.
CJ: You have several books published. Are they standalone or series?
BL: I have two series out. The Seductors Series is by far my hottest books that tell the story of Jade who uses sex to steal off her targets. She’s a bit like a female James Bond. The Steel Roses Series is about a Rock Star and his PA Nat and their love-hate relationship. Colourblind is a standalone and my only non-erotic book at the present. Then I have my first release Roadside Service that is standalone. The title explains the story too.
CJ: What was your inspiration for your stories?
BL: Music is a massive muse for me. I came up with The Seductors Series while I listened to ‘When we were young’ by the Killers. My rock star series was a little different. I’ve had these characters in my head since I was fifteen, so they are very developed and feel like lifelong friends. I’ve always been a rock chick, so I created my own imaginary rocker.
CJ: What is it about the music that inspires you? Is it the tune or words or something else?
BL: It’s always the words for me. The song has to tell a story though, and then before I know it I’ve made up an entire story based on one verse. It helps if the song has a great guitar solo, though.
CJ: I can definitely feel that. What made you decide to write romance and erotica?
BL: I’ve always been a sucker for romance. As a reader, the book has to have that element to engage me. I love to write suspenseful stories and you can get so much emotion from romance and erotica.
CJ: I know the standard demarcation between romance and erotica, but what defines the line for you? At what point in your stories do you decide that the story is now erotica? If that’s even a conscious decision.
BL: It very much depends on my characters. Some need the erotica element to help tell their story. Jade from The Seductors for example… her entire story is about using sex so the erotica side helped to progress the story. Other characters are softer like in my book, Colourblind. Summer is an artist and has a troubled past, so she doesn’t trust people. Sex to her isn’t easy, so the book turned into a romance. I don’t always know when I start a book what genre it will be in. I just let my characters do the talking.
CJ: I find that makes a great story when written well. I love a character-driven story. What makes a good story for you?
BL: I like an ugly cry book. I’ve yet to write one myself, but I love it when an author tugs at your heartstrings and you watch the characters develop together and overcome impossible obstacles. There is nothing better than knowing that the author put their heart and soul into a book and shared it with the whole world.
CJ: Oh, yes. I’m a sucker for an ugly cry! Don’t tell anyone though
BL: Your secret is safe with me.
CJ: Thanks! Are you one of the lucky ones who can spend their entire day writing if you wanted? Or do you have a day job?
BL: Sadly, I have a day job. LOL. I’m very lucky to have a supportive partner, though. He gives me time to write and I get out and about to think about plot bunnies while we walk our two dalmatians.
CJ: That’s amazing that you have someone who supports you. Few people have that, and I think it has the tendency to reflect in their writing.
BL: Yes, I haven’t always had the support from previous partners. My editor even says that my writing flows even better these days. I was very lucky to find him, plus I get to marry him next year. Yay!
CJ: Congratulations! That’s an exciting time. Out of curiosity, do you find it fills your stories with more “happier” romance because of how you’re feeling? Or does this place that you’re at emotionally allow for a more diverse storyline?
BL: I would say my stories are definitely happier. Maybe it’s because I believe in love more these days, but if I need to get into a darker place while I write I have music playlists that help a little. I have playlists for every mood.
CJ: What does success look like to you as an author?
BL: A single five-star review makes my day. I’m not one of these authors that is reaching for the New York Times bestseller list. I love to write and tell stories. If a few of my readers message me to tell me how much they enjoyed my book to me, that is a success. I think I’d still write, even if no one read them.
CJ: I adore getting reviews. They always make my day. Have you self-published all of your stories?
BL: My first book was traditionally published under a different pen name. That was a pure romance book. I didn’t like the lack of control over my own words and found out about indie publishing and haven’t looked back since.
CJ: What were some major differences that you noticed between the different types of publishing?
BL: The marketing mainly. With Indie it’s a lot of hard work because you have to do it all yourself, but you get the benefit of speaking to people in the indie world and making amazing friends. The indie community definitely gives back more than the traditional one. I would also say that my indie books are more ‘me’ because everything was my decision.
CJ: I love everything about the Indie community. Almost everyone is so super supportive of each other. I don’t think I would have written or published as much as I have if I hadn’t been a part of it.
BL: Oh, I totally agree. I love pimping out my author friends, finding them new readers. Proofreading is always great too. You get to read a great story before anyone else.
CJ: Have you always wanted to be a writer?
BL: This is going to sound so cliche, but I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a young age. I used to make up stories before I could even write. They were about my toys and teddy bears, but I still used to make the stories up.
CJ: Was there a moment in your life when you looked around and realized you just had to be an author? Or was it more of an ever-present idea since you were a child that you just naturally fell into?
BL: It was definitely a natural progression. I started with poems (not very good ones, I might add) then moved to short stories, but by the time I was a teenager I was writing full-length novels. I didn’t always have the dream to share them, though. It was my sister that made me send them off to publishers.
CJ: How did she get you to do that?
BL: She sent one of my manuscripts off without telling me. When I got an offer letter from the publisher, I was very confused.
CJ: Oh my gosh, I can imagine. I bet you wanted to strangle and hug her at the same time.
BL: I did. It was an amazing thing she did, though. I’ll always be thankful that she had more faith in me than I did.
CJ: I’m so glad you had someone push you like that. If she hadn’t, do you think you still would have published?
BL: That’s a difficult one. I think I would have tried somewhere down the line. I might have written fanfic for a little longer before taking the plunge, but I sure I always would have published.
CJ: Thank you so much for sitting with me today. I’ve enjoyed our conversation.
BL: No, thank you. I can’t believe how quickly the time went by.