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We’re kicking off an exciting new blog tour, featuring the authors of three of our BDSM-themed novels:
We caught up with the three of them long enough to ask a few questions about their delicious Dommes. Here’s one:
Q. Each of your books is set somewhere fantastic, be it in a corporate future, a steampunk London, or a magical Dominion. How important is it that the dominance of your female characters fits — or fights — with the surrounding society?
My female characters tend to hide their dominance behind masks — Madame is outwardly a wealthy widow. Samantha is a debutante and heiress who is engaged to be married, and The Succubus… well, that’s a spoiler. Suffice it to say, there’s a mask there, too. Each of them uses their outward respectability (or anonymity) to hide the role they really play in society. Madame is quite possibly one of the most powerful people in London, with the ability to make or break any man she chooses. Samantha… well, again, spoilers.
In the Victorian world, woman were either angels or whores. That being said, some of the most famous women of the Victorian world — Sarah Bernhardt, Lily Langtry, Christina Rossetti, George Eliot, Isadora Duncan, Loie Fuller — were women who existed on the fringes of society. They were writers and artists and actresses and dancers (both of which were synonymous with whore in those days). But they were the exception, and they had something, be it wealth or sheer talent or enormous beauty, that helped them bridge the gap between the worlds. Most women didn’t have that, and guarded their positions most carefully. Hence, the masks on my ladies.
For me the most important thing is that the female character’s choices be respected. My heroine the Viscountess is a dominant woman, but she’s been submissive in the past and may choose to be submissive again. Some Dominions refuse to allow women to be dominant. These are places the Viscountess usually avoids.
With female characters you need to understand the lives of women — physically, socially, personally — without relying too much on stereotyping. One way to avoid that is to realize that each of us, whether we like to admit it or not, is a product of the world around us, to some degree we “buy into” the social expectations even if we hate them or feel they are unjust. So the dominance my female characters have can be either innate, a part of their personality that just is natural feeling, or it can be something they choose or even something they do for another person.
Depending on the society you are imagining, the dominance can be buying into the social expectations or a rebellion against it. You have to let the society you’ve decided to set your story in or the society you create for your story then dictate how female dominance (or any dominance for that matter) fits into it. I think the most honest answer is that each of us is a combination of acceptance and rebellion so in “Beyond the Softness of His Fur” I show Emily, our female-dominant character, working on how displaying her natural dominance in socially acceptable ways that build up to a carefully planned rebellion against one particular authority.
Stay tuned for more Q&A as the tour progresses!