It’s probably no secret that I read a lot of B.B. Reid books. I have read both her Broken Love and The Bandit series, and some books in them more times than I can count (*ahem ahem* Fear Me), and while I haven’t loved all of them (also no secret), there are some of them (namely The Bandit, and Fear Me) that get me so fucking hot that it totally makes up for the books I did not like.
So as it happens, about the time when The Knight released, I had contacted Bebe, and we got to talking, and in classic me fashion, I asked her out on an interview. Because duh! That woman wrote Kieran and Bishop! I needed access into that mind dammit! So yeah, I sent her the questions and we both got busy with life and completely forgot about it. Three months later, she sends me those answers with an apology, and a proclamation of being a closet asshole, which dun dun dun- I never saw. For three more months.
Yes people, I completely missed her email, and just found it the day before yesterday when I was cleaning my mailbox. So I did what most girls do when all is lost, and asked her if I could move in with her in her closet.
So here we are at last, with an interview that I’d decided to post some six months ago lol. I hope you enjoy her answers as much as I did.
PS: She forgave me, and we bonded over how outdated the entire emailing system is haha.
B. B. Reid
B.B., also known as Bebe, found her passion for romance when she read her first romance novel by Susan Johnson at a young age. She would sneak into her mother’s closet for books and even sometimes the attic. It soon became a hobby, and later an addiction, influencing her life in a positive way.
Bebe has always wondered about the existence of her talent. When she finally decided to pick up a metaphorical pen and start writing, she found a new way to embrace her passion.
She favors a romance that isn’t always easy on the eyes or heart, and loves to see characters grow–characters who are seemingly doomed from the start but find love anyway.
Bebe resides in North Carolina with dreams of leaving as soon as possible. She graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration – Finance.
Hello little lady! Why don’t we start with something ridiculous about yourself? Go on, go ahead, why don’t you tell us about something terribly weird you have done, or wish you could do.. like something from a bucket list of all those creepily funny inner thoughts. Just one, if you want.
B: I want to be on the set of a porno one day. I don’t want to be in it or anything, but I’d like to see how one directs a sex scene.
Before we go on to the proverbial heavy questions, why don’t we talk about your inspirations first? Are you one of those recluse writers who closes themselves in their sinister writing cave, or one of those fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants ones, who always caries a writing pad for whenever the inspiration strikes?
B: I definitely fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to writing and life. When I started, I carried about a mini notebook for whenever an idea struck but now I’ve upgraded to an app. The only time I actually close myself in the cave is usually when my deadline is around the corner. I find inspiration everywhere which most of the time occurs when I’m driving which is kind of annoying. I can’t exactly plot and drive, can I?
What is the one book that pretty much killed you to write, but was a story that needed to be told? Surely there is one, right?
B: Most people would expect me to say Fear Me, but I have to admit as dark as Keiran was and as frustrating as Lake could be, I had so much fun writing the first leg of their story. Fearless was the hardest because for the first time I had to say goodbye to characters and not to mention it was the last chance I had to redeem Keiran. Readers wanted that HEA, and I did too. It had to be done right so the pressure was definitely on.
So far, I have read 6 books by you, and the male lead is pretty much the same- alpha asshole anti-heroes (except for Dash in Breaking Love). What inspires them? Is that the kind of man you really have or hope to have, or the kind of man you fantasize about, because it’s not the one you want in reality? I mean we all have our fantasies, no judgement here.
B: I get asked this question all the time. There’s no way in hell. I will admit I do fantasize about bad guys with great abs being obsessed with me. I also love an alpha male in real life and in books, but my guys (the fictional ones) crossed lines I’d never put up with in real life.
Let’s talk about Kieran and Lake for a moment- their relationship was very complex, and some might even say completely unhealthy. Where did the idea for such a demented story line come from? And say there is some girl out there like Lake, what would you tell her to do? Suffer the bullying, or fight for herself from a very young age? (Just so you know, I love the book, I just want to know your thoughts on that situation).
B: Sometimes shit happens—an idea pops into my head and everything else falls into place. I knew I wanted to write a story about a guy obsessed with a girl. And then I knew I wanted him to be bad and her to be strong. Obviously, they would be rivals. Did you know Fear Me was originally a college romance and Willow was the leading lady? Once I wrote the prologue the tone changed. It was no longer about rivalry. Willow was too strong for Keiran, and I liked her very much, so I reinvented Lake (who was originally with Keenan).
As far as messages go, if I have to tell a woman who’s read Fear Me that a guy victimizing them is bad, then they weren’t mature enough to read it in the first place. The characters may be young, but Fear Me is an adult novel for a reason. Fight. Always fight. Most authors introduce their heroines as strong and fierce, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I wanted to do something different. I wanted readers to experience Lake’s transition from mouse to lion. Some people got that.
I knew I was screwed up when I first watched Fear with Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon, but I didn’t realize how much until Fear Me.
The plot line for Bandit was brilliant, and you already know my thoughts on it. One thing that really has me in a twist is that, if say Mian wants Z and Lucas, do you think Angel will share her with them? Or will he kill them all? Just curious. Another question- clearly Angel was very possessive of Mian, so much so that he doesn’t even let Z, and Lucas meet her before during all the time she lived with him. What allows him to share her after he captures her? Have those feelings somehow molded, and grown in the years they had been parted?
B: I think readers are forgetting that he didn’t kidnap her for love and romance. He does it because he she stole his legacy. When Mian wouldn’t talk, he used Lucas and Z to seduce answers from her. It wasn’t to get his rocks off. This was Angel separating whatever feelings lingered for her so he could do what needs to be done. To fulfill his duty, he probably would have had to kill her. Sharing her with his friends was just one step toward a harsh ending. Three years before, he was preparing to make her his, but then it was no longer possible when Arturo was murdered. Always remember, we know and hope there will be a happily-ever-after, but the characters don’t so the choices they make aren’t always based on them being together in the end.
I also don’t agree with the theory that if a man really loved a woman he wouldn’t share her. Like voyeurism and BDSM it’s a kink people share behind closed doors.
I really love your female protagonists- they are strong, take-no-shit, badass characters in their own way. But who according to you is the one character to look up to? Why?
B: They all have a quality I admire. Lake puts others before herself, Sheldon isn’t afraid to be vulnerable and understanding, Willow knows how to love herself and not let her circumstances define her, and Mian gets up no matter how many times she’s been kicked. It’s hard to choose just one.
OK straight up, who is more fucked up- Kieran or Angel?
B: They’re both so ruthless, but I have to say Keiran. He saw and did so much more at such a vulnerable age. At the same age, Angel was living a kid’s life.
So, you don’t really hold anything back in your novels- they are raw, dirty and gritty. But what is one taboo theme you haven’t explored yet, but really really want to?
B: Cheating and/or partner swapping. It’s a huge issue in the romance community, and if I ever wrote one I’m prepared for it to have horrible sales. When done right it can so hot though… it’s definitely happening.
Tell me, the release of which book were you most anxious about? I mean after so many books, does it get any easier?
B: After Fear Me I wasn’t that anxious until The Bandit. I was introducing a whole new set of characters, and I was back to hoping my readers would like them. Fear Me was easier though because I didn’t have readers to disappoint.
As a writer, what is the one thing you fear the most?
B: That I don’t write the stories I want because I’m afraid of rejection or bad sales.
OK, last question, let’s end this on a high note- what was the most hilarious negative thing someone has said about any of your books? Something that was supposed to be bad, but just ended up making you laugh.
B: Where do I start? The first time I read a negative review I cried my eyes out, and now I can find humor if there isn’t any useful criticism available. One review wrote that as a feminist they hope I never write a book again. I shed different kinds of tears that time.
Well that was certainly interesting. I have so many more questions I want answers to, but I figure I shouldn’t cause her more trouble, lest she bans me or something for being a creep lol.
Anyways, I have added her social links above in her bio, so go check her out, and show her some love, and get your hands on her books if you haven’t read them yet.