When you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre?
Following the ‘write what you know’ instructions, I started out writing in the genre. I’d love to transition to Urban Fantasy at some point, but for now I’m having a lot of fun with the Safeword series.
Do you use a pen name? If yes (or no), why?
Yes. I have elementary and middle school aged children and don’t want them to be judged based on what I write. Not to mention the fact they don’t need to know what I write, either. Kids really don’t want to know those kinds of things about their parents.
Are you actively involved in BDSM? If so how do you identify yourself? Dom(me)/sub? Top/bottom? Switch?
I have a pretty demanding career, and no one at work would believe I have a submissive bone in my body. However, for my husband? I pretty much belong to him. We dated several years before marriage, and were married five years before we had kids. We played around with some pretty heavy-duty TPE for years, but these days our daily life looks pretty normal. We’re still 24/7, but we only play at night now, after the kiddos are asleep.
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?
I’m a pretty heavy-duty masochist and my husband is an extreme sadist. All of my books have heavy S&M in them, though they seem to have varying degrees of D/s.
Do you write BDSM/kink erotica based on what you find interesting or sexy, or do you write more for your audience?
I write what interests me. My interests seem to be a bit more extreme than most people’s, but I work to show the emotional impact as well as the physical, and so far my writing seems to speak to people. My latest, Safeword: Quinacridone, focuses on objectification and explores some of my darkest subject matter yet. In some ways it’s less intense than my other books, as there is very little D/s, yet it explores how deep some couples can take objectification. How far can you safely take a fantasy?
Do you do any “hands-on” research when you’re writing BDSM/kinky themed erotica?
I occasionally ask my husband if we can do something in particular if I know I’m about to write it. More recently, instead of asking for it I can just tell him I’m about to write a scene about something in particular, and he’ll incorporate it in our play. He used the TENS on me quite a bit while I was writing the Davenport books, and we played around with chemical play and fisting more while I was writing Safeword: Quinacridone. We’ve done it all in the past but it’s kind of a refresher, to help me find the right words to describe the sensations.
What’s the most surprising piece of feedback you’ve ever received from a fan of your writing?
A fan who, for health reasons, needed help from her husband with enemas. She’d never understood how he could enjoy giving them to her until she read the two Davenport books. She’d felt bad about needing his help, not believing he could find the job pleasant. She saw bits of her husband’s attitude in the story, and finally understood he was being honest and not just trying to make her feel better.
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?
Oh yes, I get those emails quite a bit. We also have discussions on some of the Goodreads groups, where people talk about trying things in the various books. I try to stress how important it is to research safety advice on any activity before trying it. While I’ve experienced just about everything I write, I’m creating fiction and not a how-to manual, so you shouldn’t assume I cover everything you’d need to know to be safe.
What is your favorite flavor ice cream? And since this interview is for BDSM Book Reviews, vanilla is not an option!
Mint chocolate chip with hot fudge syrup. Put a warm brownie under it and it’s even better. Mmmmm.
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