Bio: Bianca Giovanni has been telling stories since she could talk. Writing was always her primary creative outlet, but she didn’t begin publishing her work until much later. She creates original, character-driven romance and erotica tales which typically feature her trademark realistic, witty dialogue. (via Smashwords.com)
- First Dance (Vice, Virtue & Video, #0.5)
- Revealed (Vice, Virtue & Video, #1)
- Letting Go (Vice, Virtue & Video #1.5)
- Captured (Vice, Virtue & Video, #2)
- Desired (Vice, Virtue, & Video #3)
- Devoted (Vice, Virtue, and Video #4)
1) Your series focuses on the pornography industry, which is not a sub-genre that is widely written about. How did you come up with the idea for the series?
I’ve read a lot of romance/erotica novels about billionaires, but I wanted something a little more grounded in reality. Basically, there are a lot more porn stars in the world than there are billionaires. I also noticed that many of these books spend pages and pages establishing that the guys are good in bed and have been with lots of women, so I figured making him a porn star would cover that and give me more room to focus on story.
2) How do you know so much about the Pornography Industry? What kind of research does a series like this entail?
When I was teenager, I watched Trey Parker’s Orgazmo, which is a great comedy about a Mormon who does porn, and that sort of sparked my fascination with the porn industry. I was a film studies major in college and the concept of porn as Hollywood’s black sheep cousin was always interesting to me. Where do we draw the line between porn and art? Who determines what is deemed offensive? I’ve watched several documentaries about the industry and performers, read bios like Jenna Jameson’s How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, and read a lot of mainstream articles as well as blog posts by actual performers. The industry is very diverse and it was a real learning experience.
3) The male and female characters in your series are extremely different. James is the male slut, and Lola, is the quintessential virgin, yet the two fit together so perfectly. How did you reconcile these two very different personalities to become one, which out loosing who they are as characters?
I think it really helped to have their long term friendship as the backbone of their romantic relationship. In childhood, we’re all pretty much the same. It’s only when we grow up and start making different life choices that we change. At the core, James and Lola are really quite similar, it’s just the decisions they’ve made that make them fall so far apart on the sexual experience scale. It was also very important to me that Lola be inexperienced, but not naive. It’s 2013 and unless you grew up very sheltered, you know at least a little bit about sex. I liked the idea that she had a sort of sexual encyclopedia in James and that she wasn’t blindly venturing into sexual experiences.
4) This series is filled with extremely well written sex scenes. What did you do to prepare to write them?
Lots of research 😉
5) The series address the negative association of BDSM and portrays the potential dark side of the industry. Is this a reality that you encounter in your research? And how is it being handled by the industry?
There is such a broad spectrum of porn from very light, glossy, soft-core to much rougher and darker stuff. I suppose it’s similar to Hollywood where you have something like The Notebook and also the Saw franchise—very different styles and subject matter within the same industry. Both industries are essentially focused on a sort of superficial aesthetic, film is a visual medium after all, so I think that always leaves room for potential exploitation. There’s a dark side to porn, yes, but there’s a dark side to Hollywood or modeling or pro sports or entertainment in general.
As far as BDSM in general, I’ve been told by my friends that I don’t have a submissive bone in my body, which probably influences my view of the types of BDSM portrayed in some of today’s biggest bestsellers. I completely understand that some people crave that lifestyle and find joy and freedom in it. I just also believe that it’s totally ok to not want to spank or be spanked by your significant other. I believe the phrase is “safe, sane and consensual” and if BDSM works for you then more power to you. It’s just not really my thing.
6) Can you give us a little hint of what is coming up next for two characters? Are any other stories in the works?
James and Lola will definitely have a happily ever after, I just love them too much to not end the series that way, but they’ll have to face some obstacles first. I recently signed with a publisher and I’m excited to continue their story beyond the books I’ve self-published. I’ve got another novel in the works, but it’s in a larva stage right now, so I don’t have any word on when that will be finished. I’m focusing on my hottie porn star and his lovely lady at the moment.
7) Who are your favorite Intellectual Porn authors and who inspires you?
There are several books that rank high up on my favorites list. My ultimate is Wallbanger by Alice Clayton because I love her dialogue and her mix of humor and romance. I don’t think there’s an author in this genre who isn’t influenced by Sylvia Day in one way or another and her Crossfire series is something I’ve read again and again. On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves was huge for me because it was the first time I’d really seen that back-and-forth narrative style. I adored Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster, Olivia Cunning’s Sinners on Tour series (that woman can write a hot sex scene!) and Laura Kaye’s Hearts in Darkness, which was one of the first books that I read in the genre. As far as non-romance/erotica, Chuck Palahniuk is a favorite of mine. I will confess, most of my top influences come from film and TV. I visualize my stories as I’m writing them and sometimes I can actually see cuts, closeups and even hear the score.