CONTEST TODAY!!! One commenter wins a copy of Heidi's "Tangled Up in Love" courtesy of Mistress Heidi!
Becke Davis:What do you like most about “Loves Me, Loves Me Knot?”
Heidi Betts: Probably the same thing I love about all of my “Chicks with Sticks” books—how funny and sexy they are. My editor gave me total freedom over these stories, telling me to go as funny and sexy and edgy as I wanted. I was able to use some very adult language and put characters into some very funny, sometimes questionable situations that you can’t get away with everywhere.
BD: A crucial scene in the book between Jenna and Gage, the hero and heroine of LMLMK could be controversial. Did that concern you?
HB: Ah, yes, the tie-me-up-and-have-your-wicked-way-with-me scene. I have actually gotten a bit of flak for that. Thankfully, the number of readers responding positively to it is much higher than those who have responded negatively. I knew it would be something readers would either accept and enjoy … or find hugely offensive and hate with a fiery passion.
I needed to be true to Jenna and Gage and their story. I was careful about how I handled the scene, making sure nothing was truly against anyone’s will and that nothing came of it in the end … if you know what I mean.
BD: Who or what inspired “Loves Me, Loves Me Knot?”
HB: My own sweet, darling Dwayne Johnson (yes, he’s mine; back off, ladies, or you will get cut) was very inspiring. I kept telling my editor that Gage was going to be big, extremely built and buff – finally I sent her a picture of Dwayne in some form of half-nakedness. To which she responded, “Oh, now I get it!”
BD: Who’s the most heroic person you know?
HB: That would be my mother. She’s been through a lot in her life and handled it all like a trouper. Most recently, she battled breast cancer, treating it like no more than the common cold. She’s taught me by example how to keep my chin up, stay positive, and be strong through adversity.
BD: Who’s your romance hero: dark, brooding bad boy, or white knight in shining armor?
HB: Hmm—can’t he be both? I’m picturing a dark, brooding bad boy turned knight on shining Harley, riding in to whisk me away. I think it’s the inside that counts—integrity, compassion, a sense of humor—and not necessarily what the outside package looks like. Although I never complain about a nice … um, package.
BD: What do you think triggered the craze in knit-lit books?
HB: I’m not sure I know what triggers any trend or craze. I have this vision of women suddenly realizing that all those things their grandmothers have knit over the years are really kind of cool. With the rush-rush and super-technology of modern living, there are simpler, very charming skills out there that are being lost, and it’s nice if they can be carried forward for generations to come.
Ironically, my mother taught me to knit so that I could sell some handmade items while I worked toward publication. So when my editor said she was looking for knitting romances – really sexy and really funny—I said, “I’m your girl!”
BD: Speaking of funny and sexy, I have to ask: Did Mistress Heidi -- your alter ego at your popular WIPsAndChains blog -- bring her fuzzy-pink handcuffs for this visit to RBTB?
HB: Ha! Well, Mistress Heidi always comes prepared, so of course she has her fuzzy pink handcuffs with her…along with a few other fun toys.
Heidi Betts and her pals from WIPsAndChains visit today to talk "Chicks with Sticks," more Jenna and Gage and the fun and deliciously naughty goin's on with Mistress Heidi!
Tomorrow: Catch Becke's Take on "Loves Me, Loves Me Knot!"