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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Saturday Storyteller Interview: Bianca Giovanni

What’s your name and where do you come from?
Bianca Giovanni, from Denver, Colorado.
Tell us a bit about your latest release.
Captured, the second book in my Vice, Virtue & Video series was released in April, and the third book should be out in late summer/early fall. It’s the story of James and Lola, childhood best friends who slowly start to realize their true feelings. The major difference between this and other friends-to-lovers stories is that James just so happens to be a porn superstar.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get inspired by movies, TV, and books—with a little music thrown in there too. If there’s a character, scene, or song that really sticks with me, it can spark a story idea.
How do you go about creating the perfect "Swoon" worthy man?
I just try to combine all the qualities that I find most attractive, both physically and in terms of personality. A good sense of humor is huge for me, so I knew James was going to be funny, but every good book boyfriend is also panty-dropping hot, so I took a lot of inspiration from Jason Momoa. Basically, my ideal man would be a combination of Jason Momoa and Louis C.K., so I tried to put those traits into James.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
I was a film studies major, so I’ve always loved movies. If I couldn’t write books, I think I’d give screenwriting a shot. I love telling stories, and I would always want to do that, whether it be through books, movies, or any other form of media.
Do you have a favourite character from your books? Why are they your favourite?
I obviously love James and Lola, but I’ve really enjoyed writing Stacey from Captured. She’s so different from me that it’s been a great writing exercise to get into her head. She appears in four out of five Vice, Virtue & Video books, and I’ve definitely considered writing more about her in the future. I’m also a huge fan of Chad and Alejandro, and it’s a delight to write their scenes. Those two are so supportive and kind, but also very funny and insightful, and they definitely represent a few people in my life.
How do you decide how hot or not your book is going to be?
When I first started the Vice, Virtue & Video series, I didn’t really have any intention of publishing it. The nice part about that was that I didn’t have to worry about people thinking the scenes were too graphic, and I could let them evolve organically. I always try to utilize the emotions behind a sex scene, but it’s definitely important to give some steamy details. I’ve read really explicit scenes that were super hot, and I’ve read very tame scenes that were super hot, so it all depends on context. I’m a big fan of the tease, and I like a lot of sexual tension between characters because I think it makes the payoff better.
Is there any erotic scenarios you wouldn’t write about?
Everyone has a different opinion of what’s sexy, so I’m glad there are all different kinds of erotica out there. Personally, I’m not at all into rape fantasies, so I’m probably never going to write anything that glamorizes sexual violence or non-consent.
Is the stuff you write about from experience or mostly imagination?
The vast majority of it is pure fiction, but I’ve borrowed a few characteristics from people I know. I have a lot of guy friends, so the decision to write from the male POV was definitely influenced by my relationships with them.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
In my other job, I’m a film critic, so I’m usually watching movies and working on reviews. Even when I’m not working on books, I’m usually still writing something. It’s my passion, and I’ll never escape it.
Author bio:
Bianca Giovanni was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She grew up with a single mother and Italian grandmother, who was an avid reader. She has had a love of writing since childhood, but self-published her first short stories in 2012. Bianca’s strong female characters and witty dialogue have struck a chord with readers and led to her popularity on self-publishing platforms.
In 2013, Bianca signed with Omnific Publishing to bring the Vice, Virtue & Video series to readers. The series contains First Dance (free introductory short story), Revealed (book #1), Letting Go (book #1.5), Captured (book #2) and three more novels to be released in 2014.
She currently resides in Denver, Colorado, where she can often be found jotting down story ideas in a notebook.

Synopsis of Captured:
Lifelong best friends James Laird and Lola Caraway are reunited when Lola moves to LA after college. Lola is starting her new life, new job, and a new romance with a successful lawyer--a relationship which forces James to question the nature of his feelings for Lola.
Meanwhile James' agent has him making BDSM films, though to him it's all an act. Unfortunately, these films have brought him the attention of hardcore producer Eva Satana, who wants James to be a ruthless Dominant -for real- in her brutal and extreme scenes. James soon finds himself caught in a contract he cannot break and compelled by threats to the girl who's stood by him through everything.
James can't stand the thought of anyone else with his sweet, virginal best friend. But they are just friends...aren't they? Can their friendship survive so much desire and deception?
Their decisions will decide who will be free and who will be CAPTURED.

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