When you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre?
First of all, thank you so much for interviewing me. No, when I first got published back in 2005, I had no idea I would be writing BDSM erotic romance, specifically interracial BDSM erotic romance. An author friend of mine, Laura Bacchi, shared with me that she was going to start writing BDSM erotic romance. I thought she was crazy, mainly because I didn’t understand the Lifestyle. She suggested I talk to people in my area in the Lifestyle. In my area of Virginia, I didn’t think any existed. Yes, I was that naive. After an Internet search, I found a local group who allowed me to join them for their munch. That’s been over ten years now, and we’re still friends. As a matter of fact, I convinced one Domme to write a nonfiction book about BDSM. Mistress Dama de Noche wrote and published The ABC’s of BDSM through Phaze Books, which I edited.
Do you write BDSM/kink erotica based on what you find interesting or sexy, or do you write more for your audience?
When I first started writing it, I wrote it because I found it interesting. Writing interracial BDSM is a huge risk. You push mores and challenge people’s beliefs and what they carry from history. I thought for sure when I published my first full-on BDSM interracial erotic romance, Corporate Seduction, that I would have gotten some backlash from it. I received maybe one or two negative comments. Overall, people dug it. So I continue writing it because it still challenges me and because my audience wants it, which is great.
Do you do any “hands-on” research when you’re writing BDSM/kinky themed erotica?
The local BDSM group I learn from push me to learn everything by doing it hands-on. So I have done wax play. I’ve flogged a submissive. I’ve caned and paddled a slave. The only thing I haven’t done, and that’s for safety reasons, is use a TENS unit and done needle play. However, I have seen both done.
What’s the most surprising piece of feedback you’ve ever received from a fan of your writing?
As I mentioned before, I write interracial BDSM erotic romance, mainly with white men and black women. I was so surprised that African-American readers e-mailed me to thank me for writing what they had been fantasizing about for a while.
Have you ever heard that a fan might have tried something from one of your stories and liked it? Did you take it as a compliment?
My friend and fellow author Alexis Ke tells people that after reading Fascination Street, that she shaved her pubic area clean of all hair. She said her husband loved it. So, yes, I take that as a compliment. I also love it when readers tell me that they tried some things, like light spankings or tying each other down, because of something they read in my works.
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?
Nine Inch Nails! Every time.
If someone new to your work is going to start with a story, which one would you recommend they read first?
Love My Way. The story is about a Dom searching for a submissive through a reality TV show. I affectionately call it “The Bachelor” with a whip. Because there are fourteen contestants, and there are reward challenges as well as elimination challenges, the Dom does a lot of BDSM play. Readers often comment that they learned a lot about BDSM through this book.
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?
Yes, I have attended a lot of BDSM, kink and fetish conferences like Leather Fet in North Carolina, Fetish Fair Flea Market both in Rhode Island and in North Carolina, Charm City Fetish Fair in Maryland, and I’ve sold my books at the Leather Flea Market and Play Party at The Crucible in Washington, D.C. For my readers who enjoy my work but can’t make it to one of the BDSM-themed events I go to, I also do “vanilla” type conferences. Next year, I’ll do Romance Slam Jam in May 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. I’ll also do an Interracial Romance Readers cruise in September 2014. And for my more delicate readers, I’ll be doing another Hot M.A.M.A. Fly Hat luncheon. We are still working out the details right now.
What is your favorite BDSM/kinky website that you have shopped at online?
It’s not really a website. There’s a store on the Etsy site called Deadly Curves Corsets. I’m a big girl so I need a corset that’s made well and will fit me. They do great plus-sized corsets and dresses. http://www.etsy.com/shop/DeadlyCurvesCorsets
Who is your favorite BDSM/kinky author? Movie?
My favorite BDSM movie is “Secretary” with James Spader. I love the subtlety of it.
New release: I’ll have a contemporary interracial BDSM erotic romance coming out on November 12, 2013 through Phaze Books called Licorice Whips. It’s the second book in a Decadent series along with author Yvette Hines. Her book is the first book in the series, and it’s called Red Hots. Her story is about the older brother, and my story features the younger brother. They both co-own a candy store called Decadent Treats, hence the candy-themed titles. For more information on Yvette’s book, go to her website at http://YvetteHines.com
Here’s the blurb: “Sweet” Hawkes is a BDSM dominant who has lost his smile. Although he loves the candy store called Decadent Treats that he co-owns with his brother, Masaun, he’s lost the passion he had for making treats for his customers.
After releasing his last submissive, Sweet decides to dive in head first into business and forget about love and disciplining. He wants to open up a second Decadent Treats and a store that would sell quality BDSM toys and apparel. Sweet never expects to find an obstacle outside his door.
Nikla Dearwood has made it her mission to picket outside of the Decadent Treats store to warn customers about eating too much sugar. Although as a Pilates and yoga instructor, it would seem as though her protests have to do with leading a healthy lifestyle, Nikla has other motives. Besides this protest, she wants to open up her own exercise studio in downtown Virginia Beach.
Nikla isn’t scared away from her picketing mission when a tall and sexy man from Decadent Treats tries to get her to stop. When she finds that same guy checking out an open storefront in downtown Virginia Beach that she also wants, she’s now interested in him.
The two check out each other’s businesses. Sweet subjects himself to a yoga class. When Nikla goes to Sweet’s candy store, she finds that the man has a different way of tempting her with candy.
When things get out of hand in the store, the two make a deal with each other: they’ll agree to play and have sex until a decision on the suites is made. After that, they agree to go their separate ways.
When Nikla starts to have feelings for Sweet, can she give up the fight for this man? Can Sweet open his heart enough to let the right woman in?
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