When you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre?
Close your eyes and imagine that you’re back in a time before wifi. (Oh, wait. If you close your eyes, you won’t be able to read this interview. Damn.) I was going to try to set the scene for you, to paint the image of what the world was like when I first started writing smut.
Basically, in the pre-internet days of my youth, there were not a lot of choices as far as erotic titles. I devoured The Story of O, The Pearl, the Beauty Books, Justine, Anais Nin… and then I found Blue Moon’s interesting collection of edgy titles and read every one that Tower Records had in stock.
When I finally picked up a Bic and took a stab, I never thought of what I wrote as BDSM or kinky. I simply wrote what turned me on. Can I help that I’m a kinky motherfucker?
Do you write BDSM/kink erotica based on what you find interesting or sexy, or do you write more for your audience?
I hate to sound like a total sub (ha), but my characters call the shots. Last year, I wrote a story called The Perfect Girl for Harlequin. (This story is up for free on Harlequin’s web site: http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=1620&chapter=1)
In that novella, the main character had never done anything kinky before. But her new lover had his heart (and hand) set on spanking her. This fairly mild fetish became the focal point of the story, made new and fresh to me because the heroine was such a neophyte.
In other work, I’ve entered the dungeons, picked up the floggers, toyed with the handcuff keys, whispered a safeword—all based on how dark, deviant, or dangerous my characters wanted to be.
What is your favorite fetish? Why?
About a year ago, I spent every Friday on my blog chronicling a different fetish (yup, “Fetish Fridays”). I researched the number of internet sites devoted to each of the fetishes, found creative clips from popular erotica, and opened the conversation up to my readers.
I wish I could say I don’t play favorites, but long-time readers can nail mine in a second. I love spanking, bondage, discipline, dominance. But my all-time favorite fetish is discovering what turns other people on. I’m the ultimate eavesdropper, the quintessential snoop. Listening to other people discuss their fetishes—cross-dressing, candle wax, fishnets, latex, anal, or anything else—that’s my ultimate turn-on.
If someone new to your work is going to start with a story, which one would you recommend they read first?
Several of my shorts are up for free on different websites. I’m particularly proud of “Pierced,” which I wrote a few years ago for Bastard Life.
And I’m also pleased with Bachelor’s Dessert
The first is kinkier than the second, but both are shorts (1500 words) and would give readers a taste of my style.
For a collection of my spanking stories, “Blushers” is my current fave. This minibook features six reprints and one spanking-new story. I do love a good, hard spanking. Those readers who do, as well, will probably get a kick out of “Blushers.”
When you’re writing BDSM/kinky-related erotica, is there a particular movie or music that you might watch or listen to that helps you get in that frame of mind?
When writing is going the smoothest for me, I read, listen, and watch what my characters would enjoy. I fall into the people I write about, and I actually become a little obsessed. I mean, I’ve been known to buy articles of clothing that suit someone who only exists in my mind. I listened a lot to Portishead when I was writing one story, even though I’d never delved into their music before. And I once bought a boombox necklace because a deejay in the novel I was working on craved the glittery piece of jewelry.
But often I’m inspired by lines in my favorite songs. I listen to The Stones, The Cure, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground, Elvis, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beastie Boys, Bowie… pretty interchangeably. When I latch onto a CD, I will play the disc on repeat for a week before I move onto something new. (Although often old.)
What’s the most surprising piece of feedback you’ve ever received from a fan of your writing?
Some of my readers have been with me for years. (How cool is that?) So they know me, know my style, and apparently, know my characters. This is one of the finest comments I’ve received:
There he is again Alison – how is it that you can make him always so different, but yet, still the guy I want to get Lucky with? Thanks for another great one!
This note truly delighted me. I may dress up my doms differently from story to story, but at their core, they share similarities. How could they not? They all live in my head.
At this point in your career, do you think you’ll write more BDSM/kinky erotica?
My first BDSM anthology with Cleis was Best Bondage Erotica, which came out about a decade ago and has sold more than 22,000 copies. Here’s something exciting…. I just signed on with Cleis to edit two more bondage-themed collections in the next few months! So you will definitely be seeing more bondage in my future. But honestly, I don’t write straight, vanilla stories much. I have a dirty mind, filthy dreams, and a brutally sexy relationship with a man who knows how to push all of my kinky little buttons. How could I write anything else?
Who is your favorite BDSM/kinky author?
Everyone who knows me will be able to say this name aloud with me: Thomas Roche. The man rocks my naughty world on its axis. I’ve known Thomas for more than 15 years, and his stories still slip into my head, under my skin, between my sheets. He plays with words, images, scenes, and stretches them out taut, making them scream. (http://thomasroche.com/)
I’m also a long-time fan of Sommer Marsden’s writing. I appreciate her real-life scenarios and the way she blends kink in to committed long-term relationships. She has a style unlike any other writer I’ve met, and she’s one hell of a prolific beast. So if you like her, you get to like her whole backlist, which will impress the fuck out of you. (http://sommermarsden.blogspot.com/)
Website, links info, bio:
Called a “Trollop with a Laptop” by East Bay Express, a “Literary Siren” by Good Vibrations, and “over caffeinated” by her favorite local barista, Alison Tyler has made being naughty a full-time job. Her sultry short stories have appeared in more than 100 anthologies including Sex for America, Liaisons, and Purple Panties. In all things important, she remains faithful to her partner of 15-plus years, but she still can’t choose just one perfume. Find her 24/7 at alisontyler.blogspot.com.