Sindra van Yssel writes BDSM romance for Loose Id and Ellora’s Cave. Her latest book is Blonde and Owner, and her next book, coming out soon, is the fourth book in the Bondage Ranch Series: His Little Tart. ( Leave a comment and be entered to win an ebook from her backlist. How kick ass is that? Thanks Sindra! Hugs, Lucretia)
When you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre? Twenty years ago I thought I was going to write science fiction, and got some very kind notes from editors but that was about it. I tried my hand at fantasies and mysteries as well before writing kinky stuff, although I was still writing the occasional kinky short story for my own amusement on the side. I’ve written a little vanilla erotica, but not much.
Is there an area that is BDSM/kink-related that you haven’t written about yet that you’re interested in? Corsetry. Actually I’m fascinated by the crafts that go into BDSM, like making floggers and so forth, so corsets are another aspect of that. I’m not a very crafty person myself, and I have a lot of respect for people who take the time to perfect a highly specialized skill like corset making or whip making. Brett, who is a supporting character in Purple Passion and in Red Lust, my Valentine’s day release from Loose Id, is a corset maker and I look forward to telling his story someday.
Do you write BDSM/kink erotica based on what you find interesting or sexy, or do you write more for your audience? There’s a little of both, but if I don’t find it interesting or sexy, there’s just no way that I’m going to be able to make it sound good to the reader. Fortunately I have pretty broad tastes. I don’t want to deliver the same book over and over, so I follow my muse and hope readers will be intrigued, too. Dom and Domme, for instance, is about two dominants in love with each other. I really love that book, and it’s a bit different than your usual BDSM romance. In the Middle is about a switch who finds a Dom and a sub that suit her.
What have you written in the past that you think your BDSM/kink fans might find interesting? Everything I’ve published is at least somewhat kinky. But I’d point to Roped In, the first Bondage Ranch book and the first book I published, as something that I think still holds up, or Recipe for Submission, which combines BDSM with my love of food. I still smile when I think about the couple from that story.
At this point in your career, do you think you’ll write more BDSM/kinky erotica? Oh, definitely. As long as I can come up with a new set of characters that can have kinky fun together, I’ll keep writing BDSM romance.
What’s the most surprising piece of feedback you’ve ever received from a fan of your writing? There was one scene in Pushing Limits that I wasn’t sure about, and my editor wasn’t sure about, but I got it in after a little revision. Two weeks after the story was published, I got a letter from a fan telling me how she loved that scene, and it was the best thing in the book for her. I think that has a lot to do with an earlier question about writing for the reader. A lot of times if you worry too much about your audience, you get afraid to take risks, and then you miss out on a chance to really touch someone.
Who is your favorite BDSM/kinky author? Emma Holly. Not all her books are especially kinky, but when she is, she really knows how to turn up the heat, and it doesn’t feel like there’s any formula to her books, so I always want to find out how they’re going to turn out.
What is your favorite flavor ice cream? And since this interview is for BDSM Book Reviews, vanilla is not an option! I like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.