Hemel’s erotic novelist whose work is inspired by her mum’s sex life

An erotic novelist from Hemel Hempstead who describes her work as “saucy with a twist” has revealed that her characters are inspired by friends and family – including her mother.

Bronwyn ‘Bibi’ Paterson, 40, began writing her erotic fiction while living with her parents in 2013. She had just returned to England after some time in Perth, Australia.

“I needed something to keep me sane,” Bibi told HertsLive.

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“My daughter was young but she was in a daycare. I was like: ‘Wow. I’m never going to get this opportunity again. Why not take this time and see how I go?’”

A confessional from Bibi’s mother also helped light the spark to get her writing.

“I’d moved back to England after living in Perth for a while and she called me up to confess about her proclivities in the bedroom,” she said.

“Her reasoning was that if they had an accident with their BDSM gear or they were to suddenly die, they didn’t want their kids to be surprised.”

With that, Bibi began writing her first erotic novel: Thirty Days. It tells the steamy tale of Abigail, a quietly charming data analyst who dreams of opening a café, and the enigmatic business-owner who sweeps her off her feet.

“I was quite astounded,” Bibi said.

“I thought it was going to be really hard.”

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But the writer found that the words flowed effortlessly, and she felt immersed in the passion.

As soon as she was finished, she gave the novel to her mother to read.

“My mum is the kind of person who would tell me if it was absolute rubbish,” she added.

“But she said: ‘I think you’ve got something here.’”

‘My mum is such a strong, independent person’

Bibi has also taken inspiration from her family members’ romantic and sex lives
Bibi has also taken inspiration from her family members’ romantic and sex lives
(Image: Bibi Paterson)

Bibi and her mother went back and forth with editing the book, going through it with a fine tooth comb. Bibi’s mother is dyslexic, but the novelist says she will notice mistakes more often than professional editors.

When it was ready, Bibi decided to self-publish her work.

“I’m a bit of a control freak,” she explained. “I liked the idea of self publishing.”

Thirty Days went on to become a four-part series, and Bibi sometimes found herself caught up in the narrative.

“These characters were driving me mad,” she added.

“My husband at the time said I was literally away with the fairies because I had all this stuff going on in my head.”

Asked about where she gets the inspiration for her characters, Bibi said: “They are such an amalgamation of the people around me.

“Often, I’ll have a friend with one character trait and somebody else will inspire another trait that will go into the same character.”

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Writing from the first-person perspective of her female characters, Bibi is keen to create protagonists who are strong, independent women.

“That really comes from my mum,” Bibi added.

“She is such a strong, independent person. She’s always encouraged me.

“She taught me how to change a lightbulb and wire a plug, because she says you don’t need to worry about having a man in the house to do that.”

‘I love my parents dearly, but sometimes they’re oversharers’

Bibi's book Tied To You
Bibi’s book Tied To You
(Image: Bibi Paterson)

Beyond their personalities, Bibi has also taken inspiration from her family members’ romantic and sex lives.

“My baby sister’s gay and we went through quite a lot of confusion together,” Bibi said.

“We’ve always dealt with things as a family. It’s quite unusual to have that dynamic.”

The author added: “At one stage, after coming out as gay and being in the club scenes, she got into the fetish scene.”

Bibi’s sister was open about her personal life and would share stories.

“That got my parents interested in the scene and it went from there,” she continued. “I love my parents dearly, but sometimes they’re oversharers.”

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The novelist grew up with her family in South Africa, where she discovered a love of books, particularly the Enid Blyton stories.

Oddly enough, Bibi credits Blyton as one of the most important inspirations for her writing because the writing is so vivid.

“Whenever I read a book, I actually feel like I’m there,” Bibi remarked. “I have an image in my head.”

When she writes, Bibi goes through the same process, picturing the places and people with evocative colour.

She adores writing because she is transported to her characters’ lives.

“It’s escapism,” Bibi said. “It’s going to a different world.”

HertsLive – Hemel Hempstead