The Next Big Thing: Breaking the rules

I’m going to be honest, I didn’t realise the pun of this blog title until I’d formulated its content. The Next Big Thing is hopping around author blogs at the moment and I’ve been tagged by the incomparable Maggie Nash to post this week, and have failed the task dismally.

The rules of this little game are that I’m supposed to post on a Wednesday (hmmm...yesterday...broke that rule), then pass the baton on to 5 other writers so they can tell you about their Next Big Thing (only got 4, broke that rule too). However, as I said to my ‘baton taking authors’ below, I don’t mind breaking the odd rule here and there. In fact, I rather enjoy it. It gives my inner ‘rebel without a clue’ a bit of a run around the block. And given the time of year, and how monumentally exhausted I am as I write this post, I have already forgiven myself for letting the team down.

It was only as I was vacuuming (for the fourth time in four days) yesterday morning did I realise the irony – my Next Big Thing is titled ‘Breaking the Rules’ – and what better way of participating in The Next Big Thing than doing just that.

Thus, with all the rules soundly broken, let me tell you about my NEXT BIG THING...

1)    What is the working title of your next book?

Breaking the Rules (surprise!) and Bloom. They are the first two in a series to be released 30 January, but you can preorder them now if you like (buy links on the 'Erotic fiction by Kate Belle' page).

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’ve had a crush on the perfect imaginary man since falling in love with the Prince in my Snow White story book at 6 years of age. I thought it was time to share this gorgeous metaphorical creature with woman kind (I’m not the jealous type) – and introduce Ramon Mendez, the hot-blooded, Prince-like Spaniard at the centre of my stories, to the world.

I also became a bit jaded by the traditional alpha heroes who need to be rescued from their own hang-ups (I’m speaking of the Crossfire/50 Shades variety). I wanted to create the consummate lover – a man who is wise, considerate and has masterful hands; a man who adores women and loves to give them pleasure, not pain.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Erotic fiction. No bones about it. Not recommended for public transport reading.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

There’s probably younger equivalents, but Antonio Banderas would rock it.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Grace has complete control over her life and career until Ramon Mendez walks into her office.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I’m delighted and proud that Breaking the Rules and Bloom will be two of five e-books to be released under Random House’s new romantic digital imprint – Random Romance.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Four weeks. while I worked my day job and juggled my family. I worked damned hard, people.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Not sure. My books tell the story of a modern Don Juan. They are romantic and zesty. They do have happy endings, but perhaps not quite the one you expect. I think they are a little different to the standard romantic fare.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I was a little tired of the traditional heroes. I had a dream that a romantic hero could be an inherently good person, an intelligent man who knows how to treat women well, and still be very masculine and desirable. I wanted to write for women like myself, who want female characters they can identify with.

I love to write erotic fiction featuring mature women struggling with real life issues. My women are very feminine and find empowerment through sexual awakening. Ramon is a very desirable hero who respects and loves women for who they are. I didn’t want him to be arrogant, possessive, or controlling. He is elusive and incredibly sexy, which makes him irresistible – especially, I hope, to readers.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

In each book there are some hints about what makes Ramon tick. He’s delightful, but mysterious. He makes it clear he doesn’t want a relationship, but never explains why. Will there be a woman who finally captures his elusive heart? You’ll have to keep reading to find out.

And now (cue drum roll) I hand the baton to the lovely Kath Ledson (wait till you read her Erica – she’s a cracker!), the delightful Margareta Osborn (the First Lady of bush romance), cheeky Willson Rowe and sweet Bianca Sarble.

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