USA TODAY & WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR
BINK CUMMINGS was born and raised part of a bike and
classic car-addicted family. When she's not crafting steamy fiction
in her home office, Bink enjoys spending quality time with her
nerdy husband, taking care of her kids and two French bulldogs,
reading smut, feeding her sock and Funko addiction, and
cooking large meals- including her infamous chocolate chip cookies.
Q: When did you get into reading?
A: I hated reading as a child. No one in my family cared much about school, and nobody read books, apart from the car and bike manuals my father had lying around the house or my Great Aunt Mary and her stack of Harlequin Romances on her kitchen table next to her magnifying glass. It wasn't until high school that I started to expand my horizons. I vividly remember the day of sophomore year when I picked up A Child Called It and finished in a single day. It was a huge accomplishment for my teenage self.
Q: What made you want to become an author?
A: In my Junior year of High School, we were supposed to write a story about a pivotal moment in our lives. It was the first time I'd written anything of depth, and it was about the day my father died-- the same breakdown and details you get in the scene of Hopelessly Shattered when Kat wakes up and there's a police officer at her door. That's what happened to me. My English teacher gave it a glowing review, and I remember reading her notes sitting on my living room floor in front of the TV, wondering what it would be like to write an actual book.
Fast forward more than a decade, and I'm waking up from vivid dreams of stories I felt should be told. This went on for months until I finally broke down and attempted to write anything of substance.
Q: Are the MC Chronicles based on your real life?
A: No. They're not. There are parts of them gleaned from my life. But they're not my life. When I broke down and decided to write and then publish this series, I couldn't decide on a name for my heroine. I'd already known I wanted to publish as Bink. Since the name holds so much meaning in my life. It somehow felt right to write myself into the book as a fictional character and use the same name. The series has never been marketed as non-fiction. Only romance.
Q: Are any of your book characters people in real life?
A: Aspects of them are. Yes. Many of them, actually. Jez and Pix are/or were friends in my real life at the time of writing MC Chronicles. They picked their character names and looks. Their personalities are wholly based on them. Big Dick is fashioned after my now ex. His personality traits and such. The same goes for Bink and Kat. They're a healthy mix of me, minus their lack of tattoos.
And that's just to name a few.
Q: Does your daughter really go by Leech?
A: Sometimes, yes. That name was bestowed on her young in life. Not birth, like in the books, but as a toddler. She's fifteen now and would be the first to admit she's clingy, hence the name. Not much has changed in that department.
Q: Why do you write biker romances?
A: Oh. This has quite the story. We were sitting outside one night around a small fire, sipping on homemade Apple Pie Moonshine with a group of girlfriends. The conversation lapsed into books, their tropes, and what everyone had been reading, which somehow led to our family's history in the biker world. Someone drunk off her ass grabbed my shoulder and outright said I should write biker romances. It was a lightbulb moment, and the rest is history.
Q: Why did you branch out to write m/m romances?
A: I'm a huge m/m romance reader. I'd say more than 50% of all the books I read are m/m. It only made sense to try my hand at writing it. Had His Boy bombed and done poorly, that might have been the nail in the proverbial m/m writing coffin. Thankfully, that wasn't the case, and the risk showed me I could successfully write m/m romance. Sometimes you never know what you're good at until you try.
Q: What was your hardest book to write?
A: That's a hard one to answer. Either MC Chronicles Vol 1, since it was my first of that series, or 23 Hours. I'm gonna say 23 Hours. It took years to complete. After getting out of an unhealthy long-term relationship and finding myself again after so long, I took a hiatus from writing. Mostly because I was a hot mess, and my mental health was all over the place. I'd pick the book up, write a little, convince myself I was the world's worst writer, and put it down again. The rollercoaster was immensely taxing. It wasn't until I got with my now husband, faced a whole slew of issues I never addressed, and fought for myself and my creativity that I was finally able to complete the book. Even then, it took months. Which makes sense since it's the second-longest book I've ever written. Still, it was a feat, and one I'm hoping pays off.
Q: What do you think is the best book you’ve written?
A: One day, I'll say it's 23 Hours. The next, Wrecked & Restless. Who knows. I think it depends on my mood and how much I feel like self-reflecting to give a valid answer. Wrecked & Restless is the only book I've written that left me bereft. Probably because so much of the darkness the book evokes brings out real-life experiences I've gone through.
Q: How many incomplete manuscripts do you currently have saved?
A: Without looking, I'd say somewhere in the 5-8 book range. Most of them are in various stages of completion. The majority are m/m romances. I get a good idea, write for a while, lose momentum, and move on to something else. I am very much a "Feel-Like-It" author. I can't force something to come if it doesn't want to.