1. Tell us about your newest release.
My newest release is FALLEN ANGEL, the second novel in a series about a young New York lawyer who becomes a burlesque dancer, and how the burlesque scene creates challenges in her relationship with her boyfriend. This novel follows the same characters I introduced in the first novel, and introduces a new dancer, Violet, who I guess you could call the villainess.
2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?
One of my favorite scenes shows the villainess, Violet, in her “day” job as a dominatrix. When I was beginning this novel, I had just read a memoir called Whip Smart by a New York woman who became a dominatrix to make extra money, and it fascinated me. This character let me explore that subculture in a way that was very creative and fun for me as a writer. The scene I’m thinking of – in which she plays out the more outlandish fantasies of one of the other characters – is very sexual but also extremely comical.
3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always known. I literally can’t remember a time when I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer. By the time I was ten I was typing up novels in my bedroom. The first one I ever wrote was inspired by S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders but it was about two girl runaways.
4. Tell us a little about your daily writing routine. Are you a plotter or pantser?
I am a major plotter. I spend a month on it before each novel. The idea that some writers just sit down and go for it is incredible to me. I have to know the beginning, middle, and end, and I usually have the first five chapters fully outlined before I write the first line. I think the reason I do this is because I have always worked in book publishing (not as interesting a job as dominatrix, admittedly J ) and I have seen many promising writers tripped up by lack of narrative structure.
5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Sometimes, when I am blocked, I look through a magazine and try to find someone who looks like one of my characters. Then I start “feeling” it again.
6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
In researching my books, I spoke to a lot of burlesque performers in New York and a few in Los Angeles. One of the most interesting women I met was Jo Weldon, who runs the New York School of Burlesque. Apparently, quite a lot of women take burlesque classes just for fun and to stay in shape, the way some women take yoga!
7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
I grew up reading Judith Krantz and Jackie Collins, and I fell in love with their stories of strong women and great sex. Even in college, when I was an English major and reading all the great classics, all I wanted was to write like Judith Krantz.
8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
That’s an interesting question. I think they could do without all the sex scenes. My father hasn’t read any of my novels, and I think my brother might have made it through a chapter in the first book, Blue Angel. (My Uncle Paul, however, read Blue Angel in one sitting on the beach!)
9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
I love food, sex, and fashion. And not necessarily in that order J
10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?
The third burlesque novel, NAKED ANGEL, will publish in March. After that, I’d love to set an erotic novel either in Coco Chanel’s Paris or New York during prohibition. We’ll see.
11. How can readers connect with you online?
They can find me at http://www.loganbelle.com/ or on twitter @loganbelle.
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