Interview with Meg Benjamin

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. How does your day go? What keeps you writing?

I used to live in South Texas—in fact, I lived there for over twenty years until my husband’s new job required a move. Now I live in the foothill suburbs of Denver, which means most days are sunny and gorgeous, even in winter. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on whether you’re in the mood for gorgeous—believe me, some days it’s annoying. On the whole, though, living in one of the most beautiful parts of the US is a joy. Usually I do errands and pesky stuff in the morning and write in the afternoon, unless I’ve got either a deadline or a really neat idea. I’m still so amazed at my luck in being able to do something I love and actually get paid for it that it’s not a problem for me to keep writing. Plus, like a lot of romance writers, I love to tell stories about my characters. And I love my characters, which makes it easy to spend time with them.


2.What brought you to writing erotica? What do you love about it?

I think of what I write as romance rather than erotica because I’m equally as interested in the process of falling in love—the attraction, the insecurity, the longing—as I am in the sexual part of things. I ended up reading and writing romance when I finally figured out it was the relationship between the heroine and her Significant Other that always interested me more than anything else in a book (and books that didn’t have that relationship were really, really hard for me to get through). Since relationship stories were what always interested me, it follows that they’d be the ones I really wanted to tell. I remember when I started my first Konigsburg book—Venus In Blue Jeans. The story just seemed to roll out without much prodding, which was really enjoyable. Since then I’ve become more of a plotter (what can I say: I’m a Type A), but the stories still seem to just roll along.


3. What are you working on now?

My seventh (!) Konigsburg book, Fearless Love, will be coming out later this year. This one was a lot of fun to write since it took me into two subjects I really love, good cooking and the Texas music scene. My hero is a sexy chef named Joe LeBlanc (he first appeared in Don’t Forget Me) and my heroine, MG Carmody, is a struggling singer/songwriter. I’m also really excited about my first paranormal, a ghost story called Medium Well that will be published by Berkley Intermix next year. It’s set in San Antonio’s King William district, one of the spookiest places in Texas. And I’ve got other books in various stages of being ready to go, with crossed fingers about quite a few.


4. What is your—or your character’s—favorite erotic book? Sexy movie? Sex toy?

Again, I’ll have to go with romantic rather than erotic since I think all romance has an erotic element. I love Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels for its humor and the way it sets Regency conventions on their heads. I’m a huge Nora Roberts fan, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Dream a Little Dream is the first book I stayed up all night to read since I pulled an all-nighter with Bambi at age nine. And then there’s Jennifer Crusie, whose Welcome to Temptation still cracks me up. In terms of movies, I still think The Big Easy has the best sex scene ever, and I’m a huge Timothy Olyphant fan thanks to Justified. As for sex toys, my imagination works better without props!


5. What’s the one thing you’ve always wanted to do? The top thing on your personal bucket list?

I love to travel, but I really love driving around rather than flying (not much on heights, plus one bag? Are you freakin’ kidding me?). I’ve always wanted to go to all the Anasazi sites around the southwest—Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, Canyon de Chelly, and all the others, plus the Canyon Lands in Utah. Maybe I’ll figure out a way to work them into a romance. Then I’d have to go visit my settings, right?


6. What’s your personal romantic fantasy?

Wine country please, a balcony or (even better) a private patio. Evening with a warm temperature and a cool breeze. The scent of flowers and pine. And a nice padded chaise. I’ll take it from there!



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One Response to Interview with Meg Benjamin

  1. Josee Renard says:

    Meg, thanks so much for stopping by. I’ve been fascinated by the Anasazi for years – maybe because it’s almost as far – not in space but in every other way – from the rainforests of southern British Columbia as it’s possible to be.

    I’d love to do that trip as well.


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