The Story Behind Her Cherry by Penelope Bloom

27 Aug 2018

By Penelope Bloom

Her Cherry is my newest novel and the second installment in my admittedly bizarre erotic food-themed series. A little over a month ago, I lost my mind and released a romance book with nothing but some words and a banana on a stark-white background for my cover. It was also a little over a month ago when I learned that I wasn’t the only person with a ridiculous sense of humor, because His Banana became my bestselling novel ever.

Aside from the crazy cover, His Banana was a firm step in the rom-com direction for me. Anyone who knows me in real life would probably tell you that I’m an absolute goof and always trying (sometimes failing) to make people laugh. Since I started writing, it was actually frustrating and a little strange that it felt so hard to transfer that side of my personality into my books. It just never felt like it meshed, so I held it back. With His Banana, I finally found a way to do it. I still held some back, but I let some silliness seep into the book, because I thought with a cover like that, this book had at least better make you laugh.

Again, crazily enough, readers surprised me and actually thought it was funny. Usually, I’m the biggest fan of my own jokes, so I wasn’t sure how they’d go over with my readers. And in the true spirit of, “you asked for it,” I wrote another book in the same spirit that just went live a couple days ago. Her Cherry is the story of William (Bruce’s twin brother from His Banana).

I always try to set out a goal for myself before I start a book, and for Her Cherry, my goal was to really identify what people were enjoying so much in His Banana and then ratchet it up as much as I could. I also had another goal, which was the one I focused on for His Banana as well: don’t lose the story for the sake of the humor. I know I’ve never personally been a huge fan of romantic comedy in general because so many books and movies completely neglect the story and characters. It’s just about contrived, crazy situations that make for easy laughs. The jury is still out on whether I succeeded in avoiding the same pitfall, but I know I tried my hardest to make sure all the characters are people you really can relate to, but also people who will have you laughing out loud.

I hope you’ll give the book a shot, and if you’re a fan of this series, I currently have at least two more planned, so keep an eye out for those erotic food items in your local romance section!

Penelope Bloom is the author of the new book Her Cherry

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