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On The Hush: Interview With Author Shonell Bacon

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This week I’m conversing about guilty pleasures, orgasms and naughty girls with Saying No to the Big O Author Shonell Bacon. If you’re blushing – it’s good for soul or that’s my axiom.

Saying No to the Big O1. If you got it flaunt it – as the adage goes. Your heroine, Daphne Collins loves sex and she doesn’t mind expressing it whenever and wherever, but does that deem her the title of being a ‘freak’ in your opinion?

Oh, Daph is most definitely a freak! Now, I don’t think she’s a freak just because she loves sex and doesn’t mind expressing it. I think this freaky side is a part of her personality, too. There is this mischievous gleam in her eyes while she’s participating in her sexual escapades that add that “freak” label to Daph.

2. Your heroine, Daphne Collins, is an interesting mix of strength and vulnerability with her take-charge persona. Did you find her a challenge to write, especially since she is a sensualistic diva?

Actually, Daph was probably my easiest character to write. Now what does that say about ME? LOL I think she was easier partially because I was ready to tackle a different type of character, the sexually-liberated one. And I think she’s very real. In my life, I’ve encountered many women who think and act like Daph does, so that, too, made it easier for me to write her.

3. What would you say is your sexy motto?

Hmmm. It’s a short and sweet one: DO YOU. Just those two words imply SO much and can lead you down some intriguing and awfully sexy roads.

4. Undoubtedly, Daphne is one with her femininity; do you feel that expression of sexual freedom is used as an excuse these days to avoid emotional responsibility?

I think there are many excuses for why someone might avoid emotional responsibility; expression of sexual freedom is one… and not just “these days” but in general, too. I like the term “emotional responsibility,” especially the “responsibility” part as it illustrates a factor that is NEEDED in building a relationship. I might also add, however, that the emotional responsibility is often a subset of a bigger issue, like having dealt with so many losers and heart-breakers that you refuse to put your emotions into a sexual situation. In the end, that emotional responsibility plummets, but so does “freedom of sexual freedom” because you’re claiming this freedom and it’s not really a freedom; it’s an effect of your decision to not put all of you into a situation. I could probably write a good long bit about this question, Samara! LOL

5. How did your views on sexiness influence your creation of Daphne Collins and what are your thoughts about erotic sensationalism expressed in today’s fiction?

Lord, getting all personal, sheesh! LOL Honestly, my views were not in this at all. Trust me. Which is why the story was a pleasure to write. Got to break outside of “me” and create a character that has views I DON’T have.

As for today’s fiction, I only have one thing really to say. I’m all for eroticism with a purpose. If it’s there just to be there, not only is that lazy writing, but often, it hinders on being more about “porn” than being about “erotic.”

6. Though sexual shame is a view usually experienced earlier in life, Daphne wasn’t ashamed of her sexuality and was judged as being fast, reckless and loose. If your main character had been a man would your story have unfolded differently or how would you have handled it?

If Daph had been David, the story would have definitely changed up, I think. For one, his boys would have probably been all for it… except for one good dude that would be his sounding board for when he started to change and consider WHY he did what he did.

In the story, Daph’s family and friends, even someone who works for her have opinions on how she lives her life. In one short scene with her family, we see how things differ when you compare her life to say her brother’s life. Society judges men and women differently when it comes to say, so I think by default, the characters surrounding a male main character would not only be different but they would also affect the main character differently.

7. What emotions do you try to evoke in readers through your stories?

I try to evoke more “senses” than “emotions,” and through that sensory experience, emotions can be revealed. I want readers to travel the spaces, situations, and feelings of the characters and feel as if they are a part of the story, so description becomes important. Bringing readers in via setting, character’s thoughts, what they see, taste, touch, smell, and hear is one way to bring the reader in and have him/her expose those emotions.

8. Do you think that the double standard when it comes to sex will ever be leveled?

Short answer: nope.
Longer answer: there are too many people with too many differences and too many reasons (in their own heads, mind you) to not change for this ever to occur in my opinion.

9. What’s the one message you would like readers to take away from Saying No to the Big O?

I think it ties back to the “sexy motto” from earlier: DO YOU. And that motto isn’t just about expressing sexual freedom; it’s about being connected with yourself enough that you can be all that you want to be. Sometimes, we only show a facet of ourselves to others when we really want people to know ALL about us. The only way that kind of knowledge can happen is for us to come to ourselves honestly, realize who we are and what we want, and express accordingly.

10. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

At my Website, http://shonellbacon.com. There, readers can check out synopses of my books, see trailers, and take in some other treats. Thanks for having me, Samara! I’ve enjoyed this.

Writing romance fiction has been a part of Samara’s world since her days of sneaking to the back of the library with a love story in tow; soon after, she wrote her own! She is a 2011 Poet of the Year Nominee by African Americans On The Move Book Club and a member of The Romance Writers of America (Kiss of Death, Passionate Ink and Sisters IN Crime Inc.) Samara has penned stories for Total E Bound, Cobblestone Press, Loose Id, and sexy mobile reads for Ether Books. She also writes under her co-produced self-publishing imprint, Crimson Whispers. Her first poetry collection, The Ebony Kryptonite was well received and is to be followed by her next spoken word project, The Naked The Bare. To find out more about Samara’s poetic endeavors visit: http://reverbnation.com/samaraking or listeners may also find her on Spotify! Currently, Samara is hard at work on her next series!
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