Interview with Penelope Bloom, author of Knocked Up by the Dom
20 Sep 2017
What can you tell us about your new release, Knocked Up by the Dom?
Knocked up by the Dom is my latest BDSM romance. If you’ve followed my work in the past, you’ve probably noticed that I tend to bounce between lighter-hearted books and then inevitably come back to the smuttier, darker side as well. This book was one of the dirtiest I’ve written, and I’m not ashamed to say I had a blast writing it. I don’t want to get into too many details about what happens in the book, because it starts off fast, and I don’t want to spoil anything!
What or who inspired you to become an author?
I’ve always enjoyed entertaining people–whether it’s telling stories or trying to get a laugh, it brings a side out of me like nothing else can. It may sound a little cheesy, but I was inspired to become an author because I feel like the best parts of me come out when I’m telling stories, so it became my passion to find a way to spend as much time as possible as I could doing exactly that.
Who is your favorite couple from literature?
This answer is maybe kind of lame, and maybe the former high school English teacher in me coming out, but I always found Hamlet and Ophelia really interesting. I was always intrigued by the way even the viewers of the play never truly knew how Hamlet and Ophelia felt for each other behind the scenes, maybe even they didn’t. Something about the secrecy despite all the attention the play has received over the years just seems so romantic to me.
What’s a typical day like for you?
I usually wake up around 5:45 A.M., take a long shower where I usually fall asleep a little bit (don’t ask how that happens, it just does). Then I grab breakfast and some coffee before I head upstairs to write. Around 8:30 A.M., I take a break to go exercise, whether it’s going to the gym or a tennis lesson, I feel like I kind of have to get out and hit the reset switch so I can come home, eat lunch, shower, and then get back into my last burst of writing energy. After 3 P.M. I go downstairs and enjoy my two beautiful baby girls (one year old and two years old) and my husband. Then once the girls go to bed, I’m usually so behind on whatever deadline I have that I sneak back into my office and try to work a little more.
If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, who would you choose and why?
My grandma. She was such a sweet and wonderful woman, but I feel like I never really told her that. It breaks my heart every time I think about it and I’d use the dinner as an excuse to tell her how amazing she was.
If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?
Playing around in photoshop and making book covers. I probably spend ten to fifteen hours on each of my book covers, and none of it ever feels like work. So I’d definitely just use the extra time as an excuse to play with my covers more!
What scene in Knocked Up by the Dom was your favorite to write?
I actually enjoyed the opening scene a lot. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the heroine basically is planning to go on a vacation to escape her day-to-day, and it seems like everything that can go wrong is going wrong. But one thing goes right, and that thing is a very very sexy man who has a taste for BDSM. It has been a while since I’ve had a book start as fast as this one does, but I just kind of let it rip and had a blast doing it. Thankfully, this was one of the times that when I went back for my re-reads, I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out.
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