Interview with Penelope Bloom, author of Knocked Up and Punished
30 Oct 2017
What can you tell us about your new release, Knocked Up and Punished?
Knocked Up and Punished is the third installment in my series of Knocked Up books. Each of them are standalones, but this book has a cameo appearance from Leo and Lysa (the hero and heroine from Knocked Up by the Master). Compared to the previous two books, I really felt like Knocked Up and Punished managed to stay with what made the first two so fun and dirty, but it also has some very unique elements that let it stand out on its own as well. What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
Name a book that you feel has impacted your life significantly. Why was it so impactful?
Oddly enough, it was The Picture of Dorian Gray. I was always very shy in school, and on a whim I started reading that book at the beginning of senior year. I forget exactly what the words were, but something in the book just made me come to a realization that time was fleeting and I wouldn’t have forever. It was such a strange and wonderful moment, like I had been in a daze for years without realizing it, and at that moment I just snapped out of it. I told myself I was going to introduce myself to this guy in my English class I had a crush on… So I did, and now it’s over ten years later and we’re married with two kids!
What fictional literary world would you most like to visit?
Call me a dork, but 100% I’d be sipping some butterbeer in the Harry Potter world. I would just lay on the greens outside Hogwarts and drink it all in every single day. Siggghhhhh. I wish.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
I’d want to talk to Harry Potter (hardly literary, I know) and ask him why the heck he went with Ginny! Why Ginny!? There was barely any chemistry there. Ugh!
Pretend you qualified for the Olympics. What sport would you compete in?
Tennis for sure! I used to coach tennis when I taught high school and I still play several times a week. I absolutely love it.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was really little because I loved animals. But I actually got a job as a vet tech after college and hated it. I love animals when they are healthy and happy, but I guess I’m too weak to see them in pain and suffering, which is when you see a lot of them working at a vet.
What scene in Knocked Up and Punished was your favorite to write?
I love the opening scene. Something about insta-lust and insta-love just really calls to me. I know it’s silly on some levels and seems kind of beyond-belief, but I really enjoy writing it in a way that to me feels believable–just creating characters and moments that come together so perfectly that you can believe the fantasy and dive in. That’s what really excited me in writing romance. I want to make the fantasy seem real, because we all need a little more fantasy in our lives.
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