Publisher's Note: While primarily a male/male love story, this book contains one or more instances of male/female interaction. It also contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: exhibitionism/sex in public, male/male sexual practices, violence.
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About Belinda McBride
Award winning author Belinda McBride lives in far Northern California with her family and a pack of lazy Siberian Huskies. Belinda writes erotic romance in multiple genres, but is best know for science fiction and paranormal. When she's not writing, or thinking about writing, she's taking one of the beasts to a dog show, traveling to romance conventions or dabbling around with various crafts. Oh, and she reads...she loves to read!
An Uncommon Whore
An Uncommon Whore 2: When I Fall
Doms of Dark Haven (Educating Evangeline)
Doms of Dark Haven 2: Western Night (Hunting Holly)
The Imperative Series
The Black Planet Series
Last Call Europe Series
Final Cut Miami Series
Passion In Print/MLR:
Lucky In Red: Dos Lunas
Gift of the Maggie
An Interview with Belinda McBride
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is The Bacchi. Where did you get the idea for this emotionally-engaging story?
BM: Thanks for having me here today! The Bacchi actually had its origins long ago, right after I wrote Belle Starr. I featured two alien species in the book: the Valoran and the Somian. In order to develop those species, I did a couple little shorts featuring them interacting with humans. At some point, I thought that pairing these two species would be perfect, because they are so different than each other, yet so similar. I started it as I was writing An Uncommon Whore.
HH: What do you like best about Lefi and why do you think readers will relate to him?
BM: Beneath the sensual beauty and seductive behavior, Lefi is an incredibly intelligent, compassionate man. He sees the beauty in everyone and is very kind. He also finds such joy in small, everyday things, like a silk robe or a cinnamon roll. But make no mistake about it…he’s a naughty boy and I love him for it!
HH: What do you like best about Afton and why will readers love him?
BM: Afton is pragmatic. He is faced with the revelation that his feelings toward Lefi are very taboo for his culture. He is shaken by the knowledge, but ultimately accepts and embraces his nature and his love. Afton is fearless and noble and sees through Lefi’s carefully constructed veneer. To me, he’s a wonderful, if unorthodox hero.
HH: What makes your characters unique?
BM: Well, they aren’t human so I was able to explore sexuality and gender in an offbeat fashion. Afton is intersexed, yet perceives of himself as a male. Lefi is truly pansexual, and is also a prostitute, which in his world, is a completely honorable and legitimate profession. Lefi is a twin orphan, I used mythology related to Native Americans and some Asian cultures to create the complex dependency the Somian have with their other halves. (their twin).
HH: How did you go about creating the world where their story takes place?
BM: While The Bacchi is set in the Coalition Universe (which also hosts Belle Starr and An Uncommon Whore) I created a new environment for these two in the Landis System. While they are part of a greater whole, their environment is a cosmopolitan city, which is far different than the settlement of the Am Were and the tiny city of Neo Domus in the other books. I start with a general overall environment…the planet. What does it look like? What sort of weather do they have? Is the city planned or did it develop spontaneously? What are the native plants and what were imported? There are dozens, if not hundreds of small details that go into development, but may never show up in the book.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
BM: My current WIP is Cry, Wolf which is a Doms of Dark Haven/Truckee Wolves stand alone. It’s the story of Destiny, the cute little naked receptionist who has appeared in every single story so far. J Its time she gets her chance to shine! After that, I’ll regroup and re-evaluate my queue. There will certainly be another Uncommon Whore book coming.
HH: How long have you been a writer and what keeps you writing?
BM: I got my start professionally in the early ‘90s when I was contracted to co-write a play for a theatre festival. It was hugely successful but a very stressful process. I started technical writing in a later job, and in 2005 got my first laptop. That triggered me into writing for pleasure, which led to submitting my first book, Imperative: Missing You. That was 2008. I keep writing because I have a very busy brain and I get into a lot of trouble if I don’t have an outlet.
HH: What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?
BM: Goals tend to be fluid. When I started, I planned to e-publish, then get an agent and cross over to mainstream, while remaining in independent publishing. I gave myself about a 5 year time frame. Given the rapid, unexpected changes in the publishing industry, as well as upheavals in my personal life, I feel a bit behind in my timeframe. I did just sign with an agent…literally just a few days ago! LOL! That’s 4 years in so in spite of a few readjustments in what I want to do, I seem to be on track.
HH: What do you enjoy reading?
BM: I love a lot of genres and authors. I recently read Broken Wing by Judith James. It’s a historical that’s a bit out of the box and was so poignant. I enjoy m/m contemporary, which is odd, since I don’t write contemporary! Of course, I love urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
HH: What are you most looking forward to before the year's end?
BM: I’m really excited about going to the Gay Rom Lit reader/author retreat in New Mexico. It’s an amazing convention and I’m counting down the days!
HH: Thank you!
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