Dark Angel Reviews

Interview with Bonnie Rose Leigh

Hello Bonnie and welcome to Dark Angel Reviews. Thank you so much for taking time out of your very busy schedule to spend some time with us today.


First of all, how do we find out about your previous and upcoming releases?


I don’t have a coming soon page yet on my website—just another thing I need to get to. I do however update my blog several times a week and update the News page on my website at least every couple months. All new releases are placed on the front page of my website and all my available titles are listed on the books page.


Also, readers are more than welcome to email me at any time with questions about my upcoming releases, suggestions and other questions. I’m more than happy to answer reader emails.





What book(s) are you working on now?


I’m working on three books right now… Finishing up edits on Sheltering Abby, and working on Sex Me At Last and Mikel’s Wrath.


Do the things your fans or other authors write to you ever influence the way you write your stories? Or do their letters help influence upcoming characters and storylines?


Sometimes. I’d love to make all my readers happy, but that just isn’t possible. However, I’m more than happy to listen to my readers when they want to know what story I’ll work on next. If I get lots of requests for a certain story, I’ll put the other manuscripts to the side and work on the story that the readers request most. Other times though, if I know I don’t have the time to work on a certain story because of other deadlines, the story I really want to work on will have to be put off, to get the story that needs to get done written first, whether the characters are screaming at me to tell their story or not.


When did you start writing? Did you plan to make it into a career?


I first started writing in 2003 because I couldn’t find enough to read. At that point I was reading 30+ books a week. My DH suggested writing my own stories to keep my mind occupied and the rest is history. I’m not sure I ever thought it would become a career, but that’s what’s happened. It amazes and humbles me every time a book comes out that people are reading something I wrote.


You choose to write different genres from time to time. What is your favorite genre to write? What makes you lean towards this genre so often?


My absolutely favorite genre has to be shapeshifter stories. It’s that whole Apha Male thing that it has going for it, I think. Also, with shapeshifters you can create your own worlds, your own mythologies based on anything from old legends to an author’s complete imagination. I like that there really aren’t hard and fast rules about this genre other than creating a make-believe world that your readers can escape to.


Who are some of your favorite authors?


Oh wow… there are so many, but here are my auto-buy authors. Let’s see… Kay Hooper, Janet Chapman, Linda Howard, Nora Roberts, Lauren Dane, Jory Strong, Maya Banks, Nalini Singh, Yasmine Galenorn, Kate Douglas, Bianca D’arc, Tianna Xander, Christine Feehan, Lora Leigh, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Catherine Coulter (Her FBI Series)


What are some of your favorite books?


Man, this is a hard question too… I’m such an avid reader I can’t possibly list them all, but here are some of my favorite series… J


Christine Feehan’s Dark Series

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Series

Nalini Singh’s Psi/Changeling series

Lauren Dane’s Cascadia Wolves series

Janet Chapman’s Highlanders of Maine series

Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed Series

Lora Leigh’s Breed series




Is there a special someone in Bonnie Rose Leigh's life? How do they feel about your writing?


Yes, my DH Chris. Even though he’d rather get his teeth pulled without Novocain rather than read, my hubby is completely supportive of me. He talks up all the women at the doc’s office, at vendors who stop by his job, even the hair stylist’s office, pimping my books and giving out pens, bookmarks and business cards.


Which of your characters was the most fun to write about? What stuck out to you so much about this character?


I think I had the most fun writing about Zoe in Tempering Zoe. Not only is it a shapeshifter ménage, but I hardly ever see pregnant woman as heroines in a novel. I thought she represented a great deal of the female population. Besides a pregnant woman, alone and finding love when she least expects it has a feel good theme and I enjoy writing those HEA’s.


Do you have a specific cover artist you use for your books? Who is it?


Well, Martine Jardin has done all of my covers for my eXtasy Books releases and Sable Grey has done the cover art work for my two Cobblestone Press releases.


If you could have any superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it?


Superspeed, so I could do all my housework and errands superfast so that I can have more time to write. Besides, if I could type more than 40 words a minute, imagine how many books I could write every month…LOL


What are the three most important things a story needs for readers to become hooked?


A great opening sentence/paragraph

Engaging, believable characters

And a story that doesn’t slow down from the first page to the last…


If you became stranded on an island, what three things would be "must haves" for you?


My laptop with a never-ending battery charge…

My DH… I would go nuts without having him nearby to snuggle with and talk to.

Toilet paper. I so would not want to wipe my bottom with leaves and whatnot…lol



What are the three words that people use to describe you that make you blush?


Prudish (in real life despite by writing style)





A genie pops up behind you on the street. He offers you three wishes, but there are, of course, a few catches. You cannot use the wishes for anyone else. You cannot wish for more wishes. What would you wish for?


A huge house, completely paid for on a few acres of land, decked out with a monstrous library and office.


Tickets for two to travel around the world.


Perfect health…


Bonnie this was so much fun. I always love talking to you. It's been a blast getting to know you better and I hope to see more amazing stories from you very soon. Thank you so much for spending time with us today!onnie