A Conversation With Becky Komant author of The Controlled
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Today, Bookpleasures.com is pleased to have as our guest, Becky Komant author of The Controlled.
Good day Becky and thanks for participating in our interview
Please tell our readers a little bit about your personal and professional background.
I am a mother to four
awesome kids, two girls and two boys.
Actually, I shouldn't call
them "kids" because they are teens now, and
as they are dealing with all of the things teens go through, I find my
days filled with jumping from one teen challenge to the next!
I am not busy with them, I am busy with my clients. I am a life
fitness coach and truly love helping people. I ventured into the world
of writing a few years ago and here I am with my first novel, The
Controlled. In my spare time I enjoy the pleasures of the outdoors --
sports, sun, sand.
How did you decide you were ready to write The Controlled?
I had a chance
meeting with a client at an airport. We chatted
briefly (he is an author) and while talking to him, I had an epiphany.
I shared with him some of the storyline idea I had for my fiction and
when he encouraged me to go for it I knew in my heart it was time to
Why have you been drawn to erotica? Does it have a particular form?
The storyline that
was brewing in my mind had elements of
erotica in it.
Controlled deals with some of the darker sides to
human nature when it comes to sex and control.
The timing was perfect because
50 Shades of Grey really opened up Erotica to the world.
just happened to coincide with it, so I've just gone with the
flow. I don't think The Controlled has a form, it’s just sexy.
Erotica can be harsh or a little softer -- depending on which
direction the author goes.
How difficult or easy was it for you to create the sex scenes in The Controlled?
I didn’t find it
difficult at all, but they were scenes that I
had to put a lot of thought into.
I wanted them to be tasteful, but yet very
real so the reader could connect with the emotions.
Sex and control
can go hand-in-hand. And it can become twisted so quickly.
a major element of the plot. There are sex scenes from one end
of the spectrum to another. I never wanted to say too much or be too
repetitive. I think I found a good balance making them very real to
the reader... or at least I have been told!
Where do you get your information or ideas for your book?
My book ideas evolved for
a few years. Originally I wanted to
write a health and wellness book. Well, got a little sidetracked from
The plot gets a lot of its punch from real life issues that
have seen people deal with directly and indirectly. The people are
fictional, but their emotions and actions are real. I wanted to make
it not only entertaining but a story that people can relate to on
How did you create the characters of Sarah Ruiz, her husband Alex and Gabe Benoit? Are they based on anyone you know? Did you use a set formula?
I took some of the
elements of my own life (fitness
competitor, mom of a few kids) and used them as Sarah's foundation.
She is a mom and has 5 kids.
Some of her dialogue and witticisms are
things I probably would say. From there, though, the rest is fiction
and all developed according to how the story needed her to be. Alex
was birthed straight out of the plot, as was Gabe.
You could say the plot
drove the character development, I didn't model them on anyone.
They took on a life of their own and it was obvious how I needed to
write about them once I knew the storyline.
What would you say is the best reason to recommend someone to read The Controlled?
The Controlled is a book
that not only entertains with its
crazy plot, it has many real life issues that people can relate to.
It was a featured read at a
book club and I was told it was the most
talked about book they have ever read -- having so many different
elements that they discussed. That was a great compliment -- knowing
that it stirred up emotion. Being able to bring the reader into the
story It is erotic, along with being full of intrigue. You have no
idea where it’s going, you can’t comprehend how far the players will
go! It will definitely leave you wanting more.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Writing The Controlled was
a huge learning experience for me
on many levels. First off, I realized how much work writing and
publishing a book is.
I had no idea. Writing takes time, discipline,planning, creativity, thinking about things on a different level.
different kind of hard work with attention to details
that I didn't know existed! And the PR to get the book out there on
shelves and into the hands of readers is even more hard work.
In fiction as well as in non-fiction, writers very often take liberties with their material to tell a good story or make a point. But how much is too much?
I think you can take more
liberties in fiction than in non-fiction.
With The Controlled, I
can push the story and its characters to their
limits. When I am writing an article in my life coaching or training
realm, I have to be more cautious and diligent because someone is
taking my words and using them to better their life. I have a
responsibility as an authority or teacher to be sure what I put out
there is based in truth and solid principles.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I love the feedback
I have been getting from my readers, and
there has been a LOT of it! I am actually overwhelmed by that part.
The number one thing I
am asked is, "When is the sequel coming out?"
That’s a positive for me because it means they want more! Most of
them tell me it is a book they couldn’t put down. I have been blamed
for more than a few sleepless nights. They like the fact that they
never really know what is next. One reader told me he is normally all
about reading history books, but he read The Controlled. He loved it.
That was so great to hear.
Are you working on any books/projects that you would like to share with us? (We would love to hear all about them!)
Currently I am working on
the sequel to The Controlled. I am
super excited on the direction the storyline is going. I am also
working towards having The Controlled go from print to the big screen.
Who knows -- maybe a mini series. Fun stuff and lots of work.
Where can our readers find out more about you and The Controlled?
As this interview draws to a close what one question would you have liked me to ask you? Please share your answer.
Who is your biggest supporter?
Most definitely my biggest supporter is not just one person, it’s my entire family. Even though my kids are too young to read The Controlled, they support me so much. They are always excited when they hear me on radio interviews and see my book on the shelf of a bookstore when we walk by. It’s really sweet. I tell them they can’t read it until they’re 25!
Thanks once again and good luck with all of your future endeavors