At what point did you decide you wanted to write BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?
I started reading it first. When I found the appeal for myself personally I knew I had to write it.
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?
Bondage and domination. Mostly because that is what appeals to me personally. I like a man who takes control in the bedroom and frankly, tying me up probably wouldn’t hurt my feelings any.
Is there an area that is BDSM/kink-related that you haven’t written about yet that you’re interested in?
Not so much an area, but I am toying with a Domme for a heroine and a submissive hero…it might be part of The Market Series. But I haven’t fully decided.
At this point in your career, do you think you’ll write more BDSM/kinky erotica?
Oh yeah. I enjoy the test of wills that comes with the power dynamics. Because BDSM can be so empowering it is a lot of fun to write strong women who love giving up control.
If someone new to your work is going to start with a story, which one would you recommend they read first?
Oh start at the beginning of the series. Love Revealed, then read Love Redeemed (although it isn’t really kinky much), and then hit up Love Reclaimed, but in truth you could read the first two in any order. It’s really the third one that should come last.
Who is your favorite BDSM/kinky author? Movie?
I love. Love. LOVE. Cherise Sinclair. Her Shadowlands books are all so freaking hot. I can’t get enough of them. I may or may not have reread them. Multiple times. Okay, I lost count. *Glances around innocently*
Love Revealed by Sorcha Mowbray
Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5
Lady Katherine Drummond plays by society’s rules, even after the Ton turns on her. Shunned by her peers, she keeps up appearances by day but allows her true self out in the privacy of The Market. There, in the arms of one man, she comes alive. So much so, she signs a contract to be his for six months. Despite never having seen his face and knowing him only as Sir, she fears losing her heart to the man who breaks through her defenses.
Lord Raymond Tarkenton, the Earl of Heathington, despises being one of the most sought after bachelors of the Ton. He could never ask a woman of his circle to submit to his sexual needs, and a mistress would never be an option. For now, one masked woman at The Market holds his undivided attention. When he realizes that his masked lover and Lady Katherine Drummond are one and the same, he must find a way to convince her that they are bound together by more than the straps at her wrists and the contract they signed. He must reveal himself and his love to her. But will she accept him for more than a sexual escape.
Research is the crux of any good historical romance, unless of course you have firsthand knowledge. If you do, we need to talk because I have a ton of questions! Anyhoo, even for a history lover like myself, research is important. Here’s the thing, it goes way beyond the basics of dates and events. We’re talking about knowing what kind of fabric was popular for dresses, menswear, or housewares. Knowing about societal rules and expectations that govern a character’s actions and even basics like what did they eat, how did they bathe, or use the restroom, etc.
I’ve lost days clicking around the interwebz doing research, but nothing prepared me for researching historical sex. The research was fascinating and…uh…stimulating. *grins* Who knew sex toys have been around for centuries? I never thought about it much until I started asking questions as I wrote. If you’re interested I did a whole post on this topic on my site.
But what really fascinated me is the Victorian roots of BDSM. Now, many of the practices associated with BDSM have been around for centuries. Spanking, flogging, etc. aren’t new. I think we all know the Greeks and Romans too decadence and pleasure to all new heights. But the widespread practice of BDSM is solidly rooted in the Victorian era. With sexual repression, along with all the other repressive behavior of this era, at a peak it is not surprising to find strong roots here.
Since men were pushed to refrain from masturbation in order to save their souls, prostitution was rampant. Women who were not part of the sex industry were a non-entity. There was no cautioning about masturbation because it was assumed they had no sex drive. They were simply the conduits for reproduction. A vessel to be filled. So you can see how this environment was ripe for some secret kink to develop.