Characters become so real to authors and readers, why not interview them as if they are real? Today, I’m pleased to interview Violet Walker, the heronine of A Brush of Violet, a Corbin’s Bend novella by Corinne Alexander.
First, a bio: Violet Walker is a 26 years old woman who graduated with a Masters in Business Accounting. She has a high profile career. On her days off she enjoys immersing herself in her art and spending time with her fiancé, Charles Robinson. Violet lives in Cobin’s Bend, a fictitious housing co-op community in which all the residents practice spanking and/or domestic discipline.
Cara Bristol: Welcome, Violet.
Violet: Hi, Cara! Thank you for inviting me here today. You asked some great questions. They really made me dig deep.
What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?
Good question! My greatest strength would be that once I set a goal I will go to great lengths and will not stop until I achieve it. My greatest weakness would be that as tough as nails as I can be I have trouble saying no to other people. I’m learning though!
If you could live life over again, what you do differently?
If I could start over I would care less about what other people think of my decisions and care more about my own opinion. Up until recently I gave far too much credence to others opinions and expectations. If I had learned to set boundaries earlier I think I would have been a lot happier.
What is your idea of happiness?
Life as it is right now! I’m living in a community where I can be 100% myself all of the time, I have an amazing fiancé, I have the job of my dreams, I’m painting again, and I get to live just a few streets over from my best friend. If this isn’t happiness I don’t know what is!
The one thing you can’t live without is?
Hands down the answer to that are my paintbrushes. When I paint I am transported to another universe. My stress melts away and I am such a happier person. I had a long drought without them and I will never give them up again.
What do you dislike most?
Drama, I don’t understand it or the people who thrive on it.
Which living person do you most despise?
Oh this one’s easy, Cara. I probably shouldn’t say publicly so I won’t name any names, but I will say that it’s a former boss. He had a tendency to harass women in the workplace. Unfortunately, I was one of those women. It turned out well though. He was fired after I filed a complaint. As it turns out mine was not the first complaint launched against him. Imagine that. He had been disciplined for this behavior in the past. He is one person that I am glad I no longer have to deal with.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
I love a man who loves to laugh. A good sense of humor is very important to me. My fiancé has this quality. I find it incredibly sexy. I love the little laugh lines around his eyes.
Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
This is a hard one because I have so many. My most recent favorite is Aibeleen Clark from The Help. She was able to overcome her fear and as a result created enough waves to begin to change the oppressive perceptions and practices within her community. Some of my other favorite fictional hero’s are Claire Fraser (Outlander,) Tris Prior (Divergent,) & Dumbledore (Harry Potter.)
Which living person do you most admire?
Oprah Winfrey. She is a completely self made woman and came from absolutely nothing. I love everything she stands for.]
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I wish that I was bold enough to tell my family about the community I live in and the type of relationship I’m in. I wish I could tell my Mom that you really can have it all and that it’s okay to let your guard down once in awhile. I will probably never be able to do this, but if I could change anything it would be that.
A Brush of Violet Blurb
High powered business woman, Violet Walker, has long left her artistic days behind. That is until her best friend, Everleigh Harris, invites her to Corbin’s Bend for an art festival. What Everleigh doesn’t know is that Violet hasn’t been able to paint a single brush stroke since turning her back on her submissive desires and spanking needs in college. When she meets charismatic and drop dead gorgeous Charles her world is turned completely upside down. Will Violet, overworked, burnt out, and in denial of her deepest wants and desires, be able to surrender when love knocks on her door?
Charles Robinson, President of the discipline Board in Corbin’s Bend and longtime resident, adores the community he lives in and the freedom it provides for all who live there. Raised in a traditional family; love and discipline are a way of life for him. There’s nothing he wants more than a marriage just like his parents where spanking and romance go hand in hand, even if that means holding out for true love. Is Violet just the kind of woman he’s looking for?
Will Violet risk the life she’s built for herself in blood, sweat, and tears for the undeniable connection she has with Charles, the utter bliss and contentment she feels when she’s over his lap? Can Charles convince Violet she really can have it all? Will this trip be just what she needs to rekindle all that she has lost since joining the corporate world?
Corinne Alexander is an erotic spanking romance writer who loves nothing more than to snuggle up with a cup of coffee, a warm blanket, and a steaming hot erotic romance. She enjoys strong alphas, feisty heroines, and a good old fashioned spanking romance. A Brush of Violet (Corbin’s Bend) is her debut novella. Corinne’s favorite kind of day is when she can slip away into nature to get lost in her daydreams (spinning her fantasies) with the forest floor under her feet, the wind rustling through her hair, and sunbeams kissing her face.