Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Interview with Author Jenna Petersen


The three faces of Jenna Petersen, is a good way to describe this talented author. So let’s meet her two other alter egos, shall we?

For funny urban fantasy, read Jesse Petersen. For erotic historical romance, read Jess Michaels. And for historical romance, read Jenna Peterson books!

Jenna has a degree in Psychology from the University of Washington that she only uses to torture her characters and make their lives a living hell. She is married to her best friend and lives in Tucson with their two cats. Some of her favorite things are traveling, winning her family football pool, reading, her two wonderful nephews and writing, of course!



Welcome Jenna, Jesse and Jess…J I want to thank all of you for taking the time out of what I’m sure is a very busy schedule to be here. I hope you don’t mind me poking a little fun. How about I call you JJ&J?


So JJ&J shall we begin?

Q. Can you tell us some of the pleasures and pitfalls of three pen names? Especially with your historical stories, does the erotic romance side ever cross over to into the non-erotic stories?

A: At this point, my Jenna Petersen name isn’t very active, so I’m really writing erotic historical romance and snarky urban fantasy, so there isn’t much overlap as far as stories between them. I always wrote very sexy stories as Jenna Petersen, but the sexual element is more built into the plot for Jess Michaels, so that always kept them separate. I’m sure if I write something new for the Jenna Petersen name that will help keep them separate again.



Q. Tell us about your latest erotic historical romance release For Desire Alone? (Alter ego Jess Michaels).

A: It’s the second book in my Mistress Matchmaker series (the first was the bestselling AN INTRODUCTION TO PLEASURE). In it, my heroine, Mariah has just lost her protector to a terrible accident and he has left her destitute. She must find a new gentleman to be her lover, but she is constantly thrown into the path of her former lover’s best friend, John. They’ve always had a powerful attraction and finally they cannot help but give in. However powerful, dangerous forces are working to keep them apart… and perhaps take Mariah’s life.


Q. Are there any other genres you like to explore?

A: I love writing erotic historical romance and urban fantasy and I’m contracted for books through next year in both, but if an idea struck me and I was in love with it enough to write it, I wouldn’t rule anything out! It’s all about compelling stories to me. 




Q. How do you cope emotionally with reviewers who seemed to have missed the point of your story completely?

A: You know, I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read a book and comment on it. I learned a long time ago that I can’t please everyone, so I write a book I love and I hope most readers will love and the rest of it is really out of my hands. Everyone has a right to their opinion and so I try not to let it bother me. 







Q. So what do you draw on as your muse to come up with all those colorful scenes you put together?

A: I don’t really believe in the idea of a muse. I write because that’s my job and I’m driven to do it, not necessarily because of some mysterious power that lets me do it. I try to write stories that fit the characters I’ve created. And that’s what drives me and interests me.



Q. How do you know when a written scene has produced the desired or intended result, sexually and otherwise?

A: I tend to just write, head down, on my first draft and then edit later. So by the time I’m analyzing “did the scene work?” I’ve been away from it for a while and I’m able to look at it with a more detached eye. 



Q. When you complete a novel, do you breathe a sigh of relief or do you feel sad the experience has ended?

A: Normally I’m excited to get the work done since that means I normally get a little break. But once a series is done, I tend to be a little sad. Although I’m almost always gearing up for my next book, so that also helps me to let go of a current project and move on. There’s a thrill to ending a book and a thrill to beginning a new one.


Q. What's your perfect ending when writing a series? 

A: I try to have an epilogue at the end of a series, especially, to give the readers a touch of all their favorite characters. I like to see the glimpse of the happily ever after we’ve all been working toward.


Q. Your ability to draw the reader into turbulent and sometimes disturbing moments is touched also by your aptitude to bring in humor at the most needed times. Are these planned or just your own wicked sense of wit coming through?

A: There isn’t as much humor in my erotic historicals; they tend to be very dark and sensual. But there are witty lines here and there, for sure. I think very few people are super dark and broody all the time; most everyone has some sense of humor.





Q. How risqué will you allow your characters to go when writing erotica? 

A: It’s really about what fits their characters. My innocent heroine in AN INTRODUCTION TO PLEASURE is very different than Mariah in FOR DESIRE ALONE. The heroes are different. But if something makes sense to them as a character, then I wouldn’t shy away from it.






Q. What is the most demeaning thing said about you as a writer?

A: I don’t really pay attention to that kind of stuff. If I hear unkind things, I tend to just move on to the next thing. I don’t keep a tally; it would just drive me crazy.

Q. What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?

A: Mostly a recognition that once the book is finished with the editorial process and is coming out, there isn’t any control I have over its performance anymore. That’s something I still work on with every book.







Q. Do you believe a good life is attainable? Or is it something that is out of our control i.e. subject to luck etc.

A: I absolutely believe a good life is attainable. I have a great life and it’s based mostly on decisions my husband and I have made. You have to work for your happiness and choose it, it very rarely falls into your lap out of some kind of ‘luck’.





Q. Before recognizing writing was your calling what other avenues did you try?

A: Actually, writing is the only ‘grown-up’ job I’ve ever had. I worked in retail in college and intended to go back to school for a degree in counseling, but I never pursued that since I started writing full-time at that point. Writing is what I’ve done as my ‘real job’ my entire adult life.






I always like to end my interviews with a question “Just For Fun”.  And Jenna this is the question I choose for you.

Q. As a liberated woman, would you nevertheless prefer to have been born a man?

A: No, I don’t think so. I like being a woman. I don’t feel like being female is any kind of disadvantage to anyone, I’ve certainly never felt like ‘gosh, it would be easier if I were a man’. Plus, I like my husband, so if I were a guy we wouldn’t be together. That would be a bummer.




And that brings me to the end of my interview with the talented Author Jenna Petersen. 

Thank you again, Jenna for this opportunity to interview you. I hope you had fun.

I would also like to thank those who stop by. Hope you enjoyed this interview too!!

Jenna and I would love to hear from you. So don’t be shy, leave a comment and say Hi!!

Be sure to check out Jenna Petersen to learn more about her http://www.authorjessmichaels.com   









Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tara Fox Hall's The Chalet

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Thank you so much to Risqué Reviews for having me here today to talk about The Chalet!

As a thank you to my fans—and to encourage new ones—I recently published this 33 page novella with Beau to Beau books for 99cents.


 




Where did the idea come from for The Chalet? What inspired this story?

A dream I had that was part nightmare and part longing inspired this story. At first, I thought I was back at Latham's Landing for another visit (a haunted isle mansion featured in "Origin of Fear," Spellbound 2011, and the recently published "All That Remains," Bedtime Shadows). Then realized this mansion was not on an island, but in the deep woods. The huge oak doors were intimidating, yet beautiful. I kept being pulled forward through the house toward the master bedroom by my mom, who was oddly an African American (I'm Caucasian). I knew something terrible waited there. Many of the scenes from the story are from the dream, like the ghosts dancing in celebration near the end.

What genre does The Chalet fall under?

Gothic horror/suspense in the genre of The Chalet. You might say it’s truly a tale where horror and romance come together, which is my author slogan :)

What is a one-sentence synopsis of The Chalet?

When Madeline honors her mother's dying wish, and returns to The Chalet, she discovers the true secret of the old mansion; a seductive spirit whose undying love has waited decades to claim her for its own. 

Will The Chalet be self-published or represented by an agency?

Beau to Beau Books is putting out this story. They are a new publisher for me that will be putting out shorter stories for a low price, both to thank fans who like my longer works and are waiting for series books, and also to entice new readers.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Counting the lags of time when I didn't work on it? (laughs) The Chalet took about three days or 24 hours to complete, done over two months here and there, when I had time.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
My mom said the character of Madeline reminded her of Stephen King's ghostly singer in Bag of Bones. While this is true (and likely where the dream character came from), Madeline the ghost is only a bit player in The Chalet, not the main one. There are similarities to my short novella Return to Me, but this has a lot more suspense and scares, and much more of a seductive quality to it.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

In creating the supernatural force that haunts the Chalet, I wanted something that was immortal, but also vulnerable; something that had some aspects of the vampire, but without all the traditional trappings of the vampire, like the blood drinking. If people enjoy this short story enough, I'll write more about this particular "monster," and this time it will be a novel. So if you like The Chalet please let me know!

Excerpt:

I came back again with Jackie when she was forty. This time, I went inside. From the first, I could tell something was off.
 

Light worked in some places, when they shouldn’t have. No one had paid the bills there in a good twenty years. Yet as we went from room to room, the lights she flicked on came on above, wan light flooding the big room, chasing away the shadows even as it made the dust and decay surrounding us that more apparent.
 

"You don’t need to be worried," Jackie said to me lovingly. "Mad wants us here. We won’t disappear like those others, honey."
I stuck to her like glue with wide eyes, trying to watch everything around me and not trip over the debris in places. While The Chalet as a whole was in pretty good shape under all that dust, some portions of the ceiling had come down in places. Also, some of the furniture was knocked over, like there had been a fight of some kind here. It was then I noticed a shoe sticking out from beneath an upturned couch. There was something in it that resembled a withered white stick…

"Through here, child."
 

I followed my mom, averting my eyes, telling myself that that couldn’t have been a leg bone.

The police would have found the body, if it had been. It was my imagination.
 

We went on, lights going on behind us as we walked the dusty halls, then up the large staircase, and then down another hall. There were so many doors on either side, almost like a hotel. The further we went, the more the surety settled on me that we would never find our way out again. And what if the lights gave out suddenly? We hadn’t brought a flashlight.
 

"Can we go now?" I said, clutching her hand, hating how I sounded like a grade-schooler instead of a teenager.
 

"You stop being a baby," my mom said crossly. "Mad isn’t going to hurt us. We’re family. She told me to come back here. I’ve got to get something." She stopped suddenly before a door close to the end of the hallway. "There it is."

I looked, but this door was another door like all the other’s we’d passed. There was not ever a number on it to tell me what significance it held.
"You stay here," she said eagerly. "I’ll be right back."
 

"No, I don’t want to—!"
 

A ringing slap numbed my face, and silenced my protest. I put my hand to my cheek and rubbed the smarting flesh, looking at my mom with large scared eyes.
 

"You do what I tell you," Jackie said angrily. "Lately all you want to do is sass, and act like you know everything. You’re a teen, not a woman yet, Madeline Saunders."
 

As her words echoed in the long hall, a presence formed, some unseen heavy feeling settling down around us, as if the house were listening, attentive to us, waiting on our next action.


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Thank you so much Tara, for sharing The Chalet with us! 

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

HEAR ME by Skye Warren

 
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HEAR ME by Skye Warren


Thanks so much for having me on Reviewer Extraordinaire! I’m Skye Warren, author of the Kindle bestselling Dark Erotica series. I’m here to share with you guys my latest release, Hear Me, which early reviewers are calling “disturbingly arousing” and “beautifully written.”

If you like enigmatic heroes, heartfelt heroines and dark themes, take a look…
 
She doesn’t remember her past, only her training. She can’t talk, not that a good slave should speak out of turn. None of that matters when she wakes up in the warm, rustic room. Her new master is distant but kind. There’s only one problem: he doesn’t want her.
Longing for the shackles of safety, she pulls from the last dregs of her will to prove her worth as a slave. It seems to be working. He responds first to her body and next to her submission. The secrets of his past haunt the cabin, fraying the tightening bond between Master and slave, but it is her own memories that may finally unravel it.
This book contains a bonus short story Escape, set in the same dark erotica world.

WARNING:
This book contains explicit scenes of sex, including dubious consent and captivity situations. The BDSM does not conform to literary conventions, making it sometimes more realistic, and other times not. This is a work of fiction not appropriate for anyone uncomfortable with these situations or anyone under the age of eighteen.


Excerpt

Even the earth conspired to keep her. Branches grabbed at her skin like talons; the beach was quicksand, dragging her down. Hope was too abstract to compete with the sound of men shouting behind her. Even her fear was drowned by the ragged beat of her heart.

"Melody!" The voice sounded closer than the thrashing of leaves and branches.

Run, run away, don’t look back.

Her eyes, already stunted by lack of food, filled with grit and precious moisture. If she made it to the water, she could float away. Even if only to drift down to the bottom, entombed in sand castles and chained by seaweed. They would take her prisoner; they would keep her safe.

A battered person was cracked soil, but dreams were like weeds. She could survive this. That was the goal she set for herself, huddled in the cold, damp cell. She had clung to it as they touched her, beat her. Trained her.

The line of frothy water was in her sights, but disappointment seared her. She was too far away, the sand too thick.

An extra burst of energy propelled her two more stumbling steps. Her legs gave out. She clenched and released fistfuls of sand, not even sure she was actually crawling forward.


Coolness lapped at her fingertips, surprising her. Her mind, tired and rusty, turned that information over. She had made it. Water. Safety? No, freedom.
A slow, steady thwapping noise drew her gaze upward. A small green boat bobbed in the shallow water. Gentle waves flicked its hull, almost soothing, like the caress of a flogger. The rhythm thrummed through her. Even without the sting of impact, her mind began the slide.

No. Subspace meant security but not today. Right now it meant death, and she refused to die.

She blinked away the salt in her eyes and clawed through the water to the boat. With a strength that surprised her, she climbed over the edge, tumbling into the grimy bottom. It rocked gently with her weight then settled back into the gentle bob.
The boat wasn’t tied down anywhere, but there wasn’t an oar. Not that she had the strength to use one or a place to go.

Never mind. Her wish had been granted. She would drift out to sea, like a message in a bottle.
Her head lolled against the rim of the boat. She breathed in the pungent smell of earth and moss. Her last thought before she drifted off to sleep was fanciful. She imagined a giant plucking her from the water, unfurling her like a scroll, and reading the lines slashed into her skin.
She wondered what they would say.

 
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Monday, November 5, 2012

Interview with D.L King, Queen of Dangerously Kinky Erotic Stories



As I was doing my research to learn more about D.L King for my interview with her, I started with her website. She has this on her Home Page:
"What’s here and what makes this site worth my valuable time?" I was knocked on my ass by the answer… Hot, kinky, dangerous, smutty, erotic stories—stories that will give you ideas... make you wet... make you hard... make you hard and wet.
I’d say that pretty much sums up what D.L King’s writing is all about in a nut shell. She writes Erotica, not to be confused with Erotic Romance. While some of her stories center on romances with happy endings, the majority of what she writes don’t always come with rose colored glasses. But come they do, one way or another…


How does she know about all this stuff? Who cares!

Hi D. L., I’m so happy to have you join us. Thank you!

Hi Barbara, thanks so much for having me!

Shall we begin?


Q. Can you explain to those who may not understand the difference between writing Erotica vs. Erotica Romance?

Sure.  There’s a basic, fundamental difference between erotica and erotic romance.  All erotic romance is about a love story.  Regardless how much sex is on the page, the story really has to be about the two (or more) people involved.  It’s about boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, they experience insurmountable problems, boy loses girl, they find each other again and overcome their problems and then wind up living happily every after.  Oh, and if it’s an erotic romance, you’ll find explicit sex in the story.

Erotica is more about the sex than the underlying love.  I’m not saying boy and girl (and I use the terms loosely – they could just as easily be boy and boy or girl and girl or boy and girl and girl, etc – and that goes for romance, as well as erotica) can’t be in love.  They absolutely can be.  But the story is more about the sex than the love story.

In romance, the relationship is the reason for the story’s existence.  In Erotica, the sex is the reason for the story’s existence.  In an erotic romance, you could take out all the sex and the story would still hold up.  But if you took all the sex out of a piece of erotica, you’d be left with nothing.  That’s the real difference. 

A lot of people were calling E L James’ 50 Shades books erotica because there was so much sex.  They’re not erotica; they’re erotic romance.  You can take the sex out and you’ll be left with the story (it’ll be short and boring, but it’ll be there).  If you were to take all the sex out of The Melinoe Project, you’d be left with a bunch of characters in search of a plot, but no real story.  In my Melinoe books, the sex is the story.

But, let me just warn you now, if you’re interested in finding out more about them, they’re definitely not erotic romances (even though there’s a love story) and they’re definitely not for the ‘faint of heart’.  Now you’ve been warned!




 


 
Q. When you sit down to write, what do you draw on as your muse to create those vivid scenes you put together? (Let me make it clear I’m not asking how you know about what you write, just how you bring it to life).
Actually, I don’t have a muse.  Not the way a lot of writers talk about them.  It’s not very romantic, but really I’m all business when it comes to writing.  I usually write to specific calls for submission.  Calls for submission are when an editor tells the writing community what kind of story he or she is looking for.  It might be a call for anal sex stories, like in Alison Tyler’s anthology, Luscious (I have a story in that book) or for steampunk erotica, like in my Carnal Machines anthology, but it’s fairly specific, at least in theme.  If it sounds like something I might be interested in, I think about it until I get an idea.  I can get ideas while on the subway, coming home from work or when I’m in that half-awake, half-asleep state in the morning, or maybe I see something on TV or somebody walking down the street that gives me an idea.  I don’t ascribe those ideas to a muse, but to serendipity.
Then, I get to work.  I sit down and start to write.  I have to work out the characters and the plot.  There has to be some exposition before the sex.  The idea I got from out of the blue is usually about the characters and the kind of sex they have, but I have to flesh that out, so to speak. 
Interestingly, and it’s always the same for me, when I get to the sex…I stand up and walk away from the computer.  Yep, I always take a break before beginning to write the sex.  I don’t know why that is, but it’s always the same.  I might have been writing for three hours, or I might have been writing for twenty minutes.  Still, I have to stop.  It’s not like I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I can’t continue on without a break.  And no, it’s not that I’m reticent to write a bunch of steaming, hot sex.  Maybe it’s a neurotic need to come at the main reason for the story with a clear mind.  I’ve no idea; I’m a geek, not a psychologist.






Q. What influenced you to focus your writing on Erotica?

I don’t really know, to be honest.  I’ve never written anything else.  The day after Thanksgiving, about ten or twelve years ago, I sat down at the computer to try my hand at writing a novel and erotica is what came out; my first novel, The Melinoe Project, to be precise.  Now that I’ve been writing it for so long, not only do I have a difficult time fitting into polite society, but I can’t seem to write anything else.  I have a very hard time keeping sex out of more mainstream stories.  If I ever write the Great America Novel, you can bet there’ll be explicit sex in it.




Q. I see a lot of subject matter in your work where men are submissive; however, one would never accuse these men as weak, as more so “unaware”. How do you bring a strong man to his knees when writing a story like that?

You’re right, I’m not much for weak men.  My personal preference is for sensitive, masculine men who find their true value and happiness in submitting to a woman.  And if that man also loves a little bit of pain (or maybe more than a little bit), even better.  Obviously, not all men are submissive, just as all women are not submissive (yeah, I can attest to that…).  The men in my stories find joy in submission, but not in groveling.  They aren’t all unaware; many of them found their kink and embraced it long ago.  But the ones just discovering what makes them the happiest and most complete might be called unaware, at least in the beginning. 
The thing is that men are brought to their knees the same way women are brought to their knees.  It’s all in the realization of who they are and what they need.  By the way, the best subs in real life are strong, confident people, regardless of gender.  You can usually tell a story that rings true from one that is total fantasy.  I try hard to get their feelings, emotions and experiences right and I’ve been told I do a pretty good job.  I pay attention to men; I watch their responses and I ask lots of questions.  Good communication and attention to detail makes for good writing as well as good relationships.





Q. We all know how much men enjoy the fantasy of F/F interaction. What has been some of the responses from your fans that are straight women, in regards to your work with F/F interaction?

I’m pretty pleased to find that both straight and queer women seem to enjoy my lesbian erotica.  Like with my latest anthology, The Harder She Comes: Butch/Femme Erotica.  I think a lot of it has to do with the universality of power play, as well as the shared experience of being female-gendered.  Plus, the stuff is just hot! I don’t think it’s the kind of thing most straight women share with their husbands or boyfriends, though.

Unlike M/M fiction, which is mainly written by women, for women, my lesbian erotica isn’t written for men.  I’m not saying there aren’t straight men who enjoy it, but those stories are written specifically for women, whether straight, bi, gender queer or lesbian.  But, make no mistake; most of my stuff is tailored to power exchange and BDSM.  Women who aren’t into that sort of thing, lesbian or not, won’t be into most of my work. 





Q. What do you think is more acceptable to readers, emotional domination or physical pain?

I think that depends on the reader.  Personally, I enjoy writing about physicality, in terms of domination, more than emotional domination.  I think that’s because I prefer people to be strong and in charge of themselves and their emotions.  I don’t like milquetoasts or weak-willed partners.  There’s a difference between being submissive and being a doormat.  The submissives and bottoms in my stories are never doormats.  They know what they want (or find out what they want) and they actively seek it.

That doesn’t mean that a little humiliation can’t be fun but I’m not one for seeing submissives as inferior or writing about shrewish dominants.  Others might find that sexy, but I don’t.




Q. Can you tell us some of the pleasures and pitfalls of writing serious Erotica?

Hmm, let me see.  Well, it’s fun to think very deep thoughts about sex and pleasure, but then, I’m kind of geeky and analytical.  And, that said, I love the research.  I do a lot of research when I’m writing about something I don’t have first-hand knowledge of.  Sometimes, even if I am familiar with something, I do research to check that I got the name of the toy right, or the type of rope correct, etc.

Research can be a great way to waste time (although, it’s not a waste of time if it makes your story better) and writers are notorious for wasting time.  OK, well, I don’t suppose I should generalize; I’m sure there are some of us who never waste time…  Anyway, research is fun, especially when it requires spending lots of time on various porn sites or sex toy sites.  Hey, I’ve found some of my best toys that way…

I also find pleasure in a story well-told and well-written.  If, after it’s been finally edited and it still gets me hot, I can be fairly certain it will get someone else hot, as well, and that’s what it’s all about for me.

As for pitfalls, well, here’s one: I spend all day at my day job, in front of a computer, and then I come home to spend the rest of the evening and night at another computer.  Take this past Sunday: I sat down at the computer in the morning, with my Diet Coke.  I got up to take the laundry to the Laundromat, again to go back to put the laundry in the dryer and again to pick it up and bring it home.  Somewhere along the way, I ate something and then, I looked up and it was after midnight.  Friends call and ask me to go out and I say I have a deadline.  I go on vacation, but it’s not really a vacation because it’s a writer’s conference or a book tour.  Not that those things aren’t fun, but sometimes I’d love to not be working. 


 

People ask me what I’d do if I had time to do whatever I wanted.  I tell them, truthfully, I’d like to lie around on the couch and watch TV.  Yeah.






Q. Besides children and bestiality, where in the sand is the line drawn to how risqué you will allow your characters to go?

There is nothing too risqué, as far as I’m concerned.  My characters can do whatever they want.  I like to think I can write about anything and make it hot.  That said, there are things that I’m not personally interested in or don’t think are particularly sexy, so they don’t usually end up in my stories, but it isn’t because I find them too risqué.  (And yes, I don’t really fit in polite society anymore.)




Q. How do you cope emotionally with reviewers who seemed to have missed the point of your story completely?

You know, that’s a thoughtful question.  It happens from time to time.  I used to get upset and want to correct them, but that’s always a bad idea.  Now, I just shake my head and say “OK.”  Bad reviews seldom upset me.  My thoughts are usually that the reviewer, as you say, missed the point of the story or that the story just wasn’t for them. 

 

If I were having a conversation with someone who had recently read something of mine, and it was obvious they missed the point or were confused about what happened, I’d be able to discuss it with them.  Those kinds of discussions are a lot of fun and usually end up being more about philosophy and sexual mores in the long run.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t work for published reviews.




Q. Is your fan base primary women?

Q. How about men? Are you experiencing men coming “out of closet”, to coin a phrase, in regards to reading Erotica?

I’m going to put these two questions together.  Yes, my fan base is primarily female, but men read me too.  I write and edit in a few different genres of erotica.  My lesbian erotica is about women, for women, and women are definitely the main audience, though I’m sure a small percentage are men.  My lesbian erotica isn’t written to be titillation for straight men.

Fem dom is my main genre and I know that quite a few submissive and switch men read my work and love it.  Granted, the percentage of female readers heavily outweighs the male but, in that particular genre, I know there are a lot of men reading me.

Fem dom is sort of the stepchild of BDSM erotica.  There’s a much larger audience for stories about female submissives and male dominants. There’s a lot less fem dom available.  I’m a dominant woman and I write, first, for myself.  I think people involved in the female-dominant side of BDSM like what I write because they see themselves.  No matter how crazy a scene might get, there’s always a bit of truth to both the physicality and emotionality so it tends to speak to the dominants and submissives, the masochists and sadists.  The audience is both male and female because submissive men seldom get a chance to read about themselves and their kinks, and neither do dominant women.  We might be a minority of the minority, but everyone likes to see themselves in the erotica they read.  Of course, not all of my readers have first-hand knowledge of BDSM, but they’re curious, they like the spice; it’s hot and that’s great! And by the way, speaking of fem dom, I’m really excited to finally have edited my very own anthology of fem dom erotica: Under Her Thumb!  It won’t be out until this spring but I predict my readers will have a good time.



I always like to end my interviews with a question "Just For Fun". This is the one I chose for you, D.L.

Q. What was your first sex toy? And how old were you?

Regardless of what you might think, I was a bit of a late bloomer, at least when it comes to sex toys.  My first sex toy was a vibrator.  I must have been in my mid-twenties.  My boyfriend, at the time, gave it to me.  He was a very sexy Canadian (you know how those Canadians are…) who was studying in America.  He gave it to me because he was going home for a few months.  Thoughtful.  It was a plain, ivory-colored hard-plastic, no frills vibrator with one speed.  I absolutely loved it.  In fact, about a year ago, I bought myself a reasonable facsimile of it in the Iconic Smoothy.  The original vibrator was actually ribbed, but you can’t have everything.



And that brings us to the end of my interview with Author, D.L King. Thank you again, D. L. for allowing me this chance to get to know you. I hope you had fun.

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Signing Off,

Barb~