1. When you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre?
When I first started, I honestly didn’t think other people had the same kinks… boy was I wrong. The more I got out there and read, the more I realized that a lot of people enjoy kinks. Honestly, though, my kink is part of the characterization rather than just having BDSM as my genre. Tom from Blowback adores getting tied up in bed, but he couldn’t switch if you paid him and he doesn’t like pain. Ferro from “Shepherd, Slave, and Vow” loves bondage in and out of bed, and a little pain is just a bonus. Vinnie from Gathering Storm will kill for a good whipping while Paige from Insistent Hunger likes to be in control, but I don’t think she even realizes that she has a kinkier side. However, the sexual appetites are part of their character, not the genre. The genre covers the gamut from science fiction and fantasy to mystery to drama. And not all my couples are kinky. In my science fiction series Desert World, Shan and Temar are so vanilla that they would be totally bewildered by the idea of kink.
3. Are you actively involved in BDSM? If so how do you identify yourself? Dom(me)/sub? Top/bottom? Switch?
I have gone to play parties, but I’m really most interested in voyeurism in real life. I have a few trust issues, but I adore watching. However, when I do play, I’m a bit of a switch. I may love playing with the boys– dominating a really strong man is a rush and a half– but when it comes to women, there is nothing I like more than a strong woman. Subbing for some confident, powerful woman is a pure joy. I think that comes out pretty clearly in my writing, and it’s probably why I write both gay and het romances… because I truly find both genders sexy. I guess I am surprised how many people write BDSM who have never seen any of it. The Internet is a wonderful tool, so find a local group and you’ll meet some incredibly welcoming and open folk.
4. At what point did you decide you wanted to write BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?
I was reading a piece of amateur fiction that featured a scene in which a character was suspended from the ceiling using standard cuffs (not suspension cuffs) and the Dom kept his partner up there for hours. I couldn’t enjoy it because I kept thinking 1) with regular cuffs the wrists won’t last. You’re looking at a trip to the hospital for damaged ligaments and 2) hanging someone from their arms will lead to restricted breathing, and not in the good way. So, I complained to a friend. She told me that was nothing and she sent me a whole file of professional fiction that had scenes that scared me. I mean, I’ve watched bloodplay and whippings without flinching (actually, they were hot), but the scenes in these books made me cringe. My friend has been an active Domme for years and she challenged me to write something hot and edgy and dangerous… but something that wouldn’t leave people hospitalized. I ended up writing Out of Balance, which is still my hardest core BDSM title.
6. 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?
My favorite kink has to be a truly strong submissive. I think it takes a lot of strength to yield to another person, and I love watching a strong character, like Tom, lay down that strength for someone else. In Out of Balance, Jeremy is deeply submissive and struggles without a dominant, but he’s not weak. He carries out a complex revenge plot and is a dangerous man in his own right. It’s only once he has his dominant that he becomes willing to sit at his master’s feet and let that strength be tamed. Tom from Blowback would happily wade into any fight with a gun and a load of grenades. Oh, wait, he actually does do that. However, give him a strong woman that he can trust and love, and he yields gracefully. I love the idea of the absolute trust implied by submission, and watching that trust returned by a dominant who respects the submission is truly amazing.
7. Is there an area that is BDSM/kink-related that you haven’t written about yet that you’re interested in?
I would love to do something with Aristotle’s perversion. According to history, Aristotle loved to have his wife ride him like a horse. For years I’ve had this idea of a very dominant man—a police officer who is riding too close to the edge and making some bad calls. He’s ordered into therapy to evaluate his mental state, and the therapist recognizes that this man can’t trust anyone. His inability to trust and his deep-set belief he always has to be in control is sending him over the edge, so his therapist suggests that he learn to trust others by putting himself in a position where he has to trust. I haven’t written it yet, but I would love to delve into puppy play or pony play with this strong man who would be a strong, wild, difficult to tame submissive, and taking on the persona of an animal would allow him to do this without feeling like he was submitting, it would be a role he was playing, only he’d find the role was more comfortable than he expected. I also like to sketch. Mind you, I don’t know that I’m particularly good, but I’d like to do something with my art. I have a number of sketches with a curly-haired dominant and his collared slave. One day, I hope to have a story to match the images.
8. Do you write BDSM/kink erotica based on what you find interesting or sexy, or do you write more for your audience?
I definitely write for myself. My women are strong, my men are equally strong, but willing to bend to their lover’s whims. I know femdom isn’t as popular as the alpha-male centered story, but that’s what I find hot. Now, I will decide which of two ideas to write depending on which I think more people might enjoy. I wrote the paranormal Insistent Hunger while my pony play piece is stuck in my head, so I do keep audience in mind. However, I couldn’t write a piece that I didn’t find titillating.
11. What is your favorite fetish? Why?
Submitting. That’s it. Watching someone strong lay down that strength for a partner they trust is the hottest thing in the world. Beyond that, every couple is different. Tom has to be tied down to really let himself stop fighting. Brady doesn’t need to be tied down, but he does need Paige to step up and really take charge, and Jeremy… that boy pretty much needs every toy in the book. He wants pain with that submission. Like I said, every character has a personality and a backstory that has to match which kinks that character indulges in. I like watching characters find their own kinks.
20. Who is your favorite BDSM/kinky author? Movie?
While this is a little off-topic, I have to mention that I *swear* the Dukes of Hazard warped my sexual identity. When I was a girl, I adored that show, and not because the plots were any good (I recognized bad writing even back then). However, did anyone else notice how often Bo Duke got tied up by women? The car-jacking women tied him to their Jeep. The pretty daughters of the moonshiner who lived in the swamp caught him in a net… and then later he went back to visit them and they had him tied up in their boat. I swear, that man spent more time tied up than he did driving his car… either that or I really just remember to good parts. I still have fond fantasies of a tied up Bo Duke. In terms of books, I like Jane Davitt and Veronica Leigh Marquette and Lady Blade who wrote my own favorite guilty pleasure: The Hostage.
Lyn Gala, author of Out of Balance and “Shepherd, Slave, and Vow,” both BDSM romances, and any number of other novels with characters who love to indulge in a little bondage, erotic whipping or rope play while they solve the mystery of the week or fight aliens.
Author Website: http://litgal.org/ficoriginal.htm