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 first started writing sensual, but not erotic romances, having no idea I’d soon be writing BDSM/kinky books. For the past seven-eight years, I’ve written only erotic romances, many of which involve BDSM play and/or lifestyle.
At what point did you decide you wanted to write BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?
I was asked to write a BDSM contemporary for an Ellora’s Cave anthology with Jaid Black and Joey W. Hill. The psychology of domination and submission fascinated me, so since then I’ve incorporated themes about it in many of my books, not only contemporaries but also futuristics and urban fantasies.
Do you write BDSM/kink erotica based on what you find interesting or sexy, or do you write more for your audience?
I write mainly for my audience, so far as particular practices are concerned. Personally, I find the dynamics of domination and submission are what keeps me writing BDSM elements into my erotic romances.
What have you written in the past that you think your BDSM/kink fans might find interesting?
My Necessary Roughness series has four books, each of which has BDSM lifestyle characters who are into their own kinks: shaving, rope bondage, male chastity and total female domination. Pleasure Partners, a futuristic BDSM series, incorporates BDSM with kinky lifestyles common in a strange, futuristic world. I have two older contemporary series, also at Ellora’s Cave, that deal with the BDSM lifestyle: Heart of the West and Club Rio Brava, as well as my d’Argent Honor urban fantasy series. “Mastered”, originally in the Enchained anthology I mentioned above, was my first BDSM effort.
At this point in your career, do you think you’ll write more BDSM/kinky erotica?
Caden Kink, one of my two upcoming Ellora’s Cave series, has BDSM practitioners in a contemporary western setting. One of the books in my other upcoming series, Courthouse Connections, has hardcore BDSM practitioners as main characters. I can’t envision writing erotic stories that don’t have some elements of domination and submission, even if the BDSM lifestyle isn’t the primary focus of the story.
If someone new to your work is going to start with a story, which one would you recommend they read first?
It depends. If they’re new to BDSM, I’d suggest MASTERED or My Heart of the West series (Roped, Hitched and Lassoed). If they’re into real kink, the Necessary Roughness series (has two femdom heroines of the four books) might suit them better. The Pleasure Partners would be good for readers who like futuristic with their BDSM.
Do you attend BDSM, kink, or fetish conferences? Or do you attend any other “vanilla” type of conferences? Attending any in the near future you want to mention?
I’ve never attended a BDSM, kink or fetish conference, but I’d enjoy doing so sometime. I always attend Romanticon, and most of the times I go to the Romantic Times conference.
Who is your favorite BDSM/kinky author? Movie?
Joey W. Hill, my critique partner, is my favorite BDSM/kinky author. I love her Knights of the Boardroom series with Ellora’s Cave, and her vampire series with Berkley. I don’t think I’ve ever attended a BDSM movie–I’m not much of a moviegoer.
What is your favorite flavor ice cream? And since this interview is for BDSM Book Reviews, vanilla is not an option! Chocolate soft-served