When you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre?
Well hello and thank you for having me on your delicious site I simply love what you’ve done with the décor – especially those chained lovelies against the wall. *studies intently* Perfect… absolutely perfect… Ah, now where was I? Did I ever think I’d be writing BDSM? I honestly didn’t ever think I’d be writing OR published, so to write in a genre is also incredibly new to me. I write about what fascinates me, what captures my imagination, what makes my heart race, what makes my mind want to explore and understand and question more and more. So, as I have always been completely entranced by D/s relationships, hypnotised by bondage situations, eventually it was all too much to hold in and Tess was born. I love researching my topics, my scenarios, they might not be happening to me in reality, but I can tell you, I certainly feel every last stroke, caress, kiss and heartache of my characters.
Is there an area that is BDSM/kink-related that you haven’t written about yet that you’re interested in?
Oh yes, the genre is so huge that I’m sure I’ll be exploring different aspects for years to come. The one facet burning deeply within me at the moment is a spark of a story called ‘The Genteel Domme’. I have a yearning to write about Lesbian and Bisexual encounters within the power exchange relationship, and my lady protagonist is whispering sweet nothings about the lovely things she has in mind to tell. Tess hasn’t quite completed her journey as yet, but my genteel Domme will have her say soon enough I’m sure! I wonder, will Tess experience her first same sex scene with my lady? Hmmmm now there’s a thought, and here’s everyone thinking Tess is such an innocent woman…
Do you write BDSM/kink erotica based on what you find interesting or sexy, or do you write more for your audience?
It’s going to sound incredibly selfish of me now, but I truly write for myself. For my own sanity if you will! When I sit and write, the emotions and thoughts that whizz around my mind just pour from me, what you read in my work is every intimate thought that I have at that moment in time. Not to say that the more that I learn and the more that I see won’t change that perception eventually, I never ever say never. I have a complete obsession with human interactions and human emotion, and I try to understand why sex is thought of so differently to the huge range of emotions that we all experience. What it is that has society labeling anything sexual as rude, lewd and to be avoided etc. Everyone has sex at least once in their life. So why do we frown so harshly on the breathtaking act which can bring intimate bonds of emotion, intellect and much, much more?
What might be something of interest to your fans that you don’t think they know about you?
I’ve mentioned my creative background a few times before in interviews, but it’s because it means a great deal to me. My first great love was composition, it was what filled most of my youth and early twenties, but I always seemed to have difficulty getting it all down quick enough and noted how I wanted it to be. I could hear what was supposed to be there, but when it was played back it just wasn’t right. So, something new? I adore astronomy. In fact anything to do with astrophysics and the like. I don’t understand a lot of it, but therein lies the fun. The learning, the expansion of understanding – I love thinking about the implications of say, bending time, or time travel, or indeed just how the universe began. Winter time is the best for observing the skies too, stargazing really is one of the most humbling things you can do to identify your place in the universe. Now, I suppose I’ll save my story about Aurora hunting in Iceland for another time.
At this point in your career, do you think you’ll write more BDSM/kinky erotica?
Definitely, as I write more and more, characters seem to want to have their stories heard! I started off with an idea, my Tess, and then Master Charles seemed to come to have thoughts of His own, and now my Domme, and well, I won’t spoil the surprise for the other characters I have waiting in the wings, and not all of them enjoy kink, even in the slightest…
What’s the most surprising piece of feedback you’ve ever received from a fan of your writing?
Wow, well, I’ve had some really lovely feedback from many surprising places, but the one that touched me the most was when a lady contacted me and said she felt she had finally read a story which related to her, that she could understand Tessa’s feelings and fears and thoughts and that she had felt that she wasn’t strange or weird anymore, but normal. We talked for a long time about various aspects of what she felt and how she thought society looked down on her for what she longed for, and my book had given her a release of emotion that she craved. To be honest, even thinking about that moves me now. I simply hope people enjoy what I create, but to know that it affects them so deeply – gives me yet more incentive to carry on writing.
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?
Music, music, music. Without music I can’t do anything! So, what genre do I listen to to write? Well, I love ChillDAB on the internet radio, plenty of amazing chillout tunes and very very little talking to distract me. But then, I also love ‘classical’ music, Philip Glass being a huge favourite, the minimalist music flowing like a river, carrying you along, it gives me shivers down my spine to listen to it. As an aside, everyone should give Einstein on the Beach, Knee Play 5 by Philip Glass a listen, the words, the music, just blank your mind, lie back and *listen* to everything that is going on. Trust me, you’ll never look at ‘classical’ music the same way again. Other than that, there is SO much music that I love, I would say give my YouTube channel a glance, I often put up my favourite videos and of course ANY music I reference in my books. Which funnily enough is all of my favourite music…
What is your favorite flavor ice cream? And since this interview is for BDSM Book Reviews, vanilla is not an option!
Pistachio! but then, how can you go wrong with a nice bitter chocolate gelato, hang on, I can’t miss Honeycomb out… oh but then, there’s a wonderful café just down on the beach from my house which sells the most amazing Turkish delight flavour. Sorry Lady Lucretia… do I really have to pick only one? *grins*
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Fans can keep up with Tessa Wanton and find buy links for her soon to be released e-books ‘Tickled Pink’ and ‘Tessa’s Dilemma’ on her Blog page: http://tessawanton.blogspot.com/ and also on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DesireDarkly on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tessa-Wanton/198545566882194 and on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TessaWanton where you can find the music and media that inspires her.