When you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre?
I started writing erotica 25 years ago after several abortive attempts to write mainstream fiction. Prior to my first erotic novel, I would never have imagined writing erotica, let alone erotica becoming a long term career. I’m still hoping that my muse will give me that one great mainstream story begging to be written, but not so far. I have, however, written several personal memoirs, along with my late husband on the subjects of finding personal power, relationships, realness and healing. I have several more projects of that sort in the formative stages. In the meantime I’m still writing erotica, and plan to do so as long as my muse continues to give me stories I enjoy.
Are you actively involved in BDSM? If so how do you identify yourself? Dom(me)/sub? Top/bottom? Switch?
Yes, I have been active in the BDSM lifestyle for many years, as a submissive.
At what point did you decide you wanted to write BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?
I don’t recall making a specific decision to write erotica, let alone BDSM erotica. Who I am as a sexual being seemed to choose that path for me. My first book was a therapeutic experiment, intended to “get my crazy sexual fantasies out of my head.” I’m afraid that novel didn’t exorcise the demon. Once the first book was down on paper, other fantasies swiftly crowded in demanding to be written. My muse was happy and I couldn’t stop. When that first book sold in record time to a paperback publisher in 1989, I realized that I may have stumbled on a career that would work for a stay-at-home mom, as well as give me a great deal of personal pleasure.
Was there something that happened to you in your life or career that made you want to begin thinking about writing BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?
That story is a long one that began for me at an early age. It wasn’t until I was in my thirties, after years of self-judgment about sex and all related matters, that I finally started to accept that my natural sexuality was just plain kinky, and that was okay! That process was not easy, my judgments were deeply embedded, but so too was that naughty, kinky side of me. It took several years of self awareness work to lift the veil and become more open-minded about sex and sexual expression. After so many years of sexual repression, writing erotica has been a beautifully liberating experience.
Is there one area of BDSM that you tend to write about more? Why do you think that area creeps into your writing more than some others?
Central to all my writing (with the exception of a few Lesbian titles) is the relationship between the Dominant male and the female submissive. I’m always fascinated with what is developing between my characters, not just sexually, but mentally, emotionally, and even, at times, spiritually. This makes character development in my books a very important piece. The theme of sexual acceptance tends to also be present in my work, this emphasis a natural byproduct of my personal experience.
Do you do any “hands-on” research when you’re writing BDSM/kinky themed erotica?
That’s a pretty loaded question. But to answer simply…my personal life has given me a close familiarity with the BDSM lifestyle, both in the bedroom and at local fetish parties and events, which gives me plenty of “hands-on” research, factual information, as well as inspiration.
What is your favorite fetish? Why?
Favorite fetish? Hard to say. I’m generally into whipping, flogging, spanking, punishment and discipline. These are subjects that most generally appear in my fantasy life so they regularly make it to the pages of my books.
If someone new to your work is going to start with a story, which one would you recommend they read first?
I’d recommend readers check through my books descriptions and choose a story that appeals to them. Reading an excerpt would be useful, too. Readers can also start with a specific genre or fetish, such as spanking romance, either historical or contemporary; likewise, historical, contemporary or futurist fantasy BDSM.
What is your favorite flavor ice cream? And since this interview is for BDSM Book Reviews, vanilla is not an option!
Just about anything chocolate…add mint, nuts, caramel, pretty much anything, though not necessarily all at once.
June 2013: The Alexandra Series: BDSM and Spanking Erotica
Includes the five Alexandra books in one volume.
With an updated and expanded version of Lizbeth’s first erotic novel, Alexandra’s Awakening.
Available in paperback from Pink Flamingo Publications and Amazon
September 2013: You’ll Answer To Me, BDSM Erotica
Available in paperback and ebook from Pink Flamingo Publications
Ebook versions available at ebooks sites throughout the Internet
Website, links info…
Blog: Erotica Author Lizbeth Dusseau: www.lizbethdusseau.blogspot.com/
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