We’re baaaack! It’s the continuation of our 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 formidable females. Here’s one:
Q: Where do you get the inspiration for some of the more unusual scenes in your work?
The depths of my subconscious, usually. Like Johnny Cash’s closet, it’s dark in there.
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Sorry, you were saying? Oh, yes. More unusual scenes. Well…. it’s complicated. In a nutshell, I am a twisted and warped individual, cleverly masquerading as a suburban stay at home mom in a small town in Central Florida. I occasionally scare my own family. It’s fun.
Sometimes, though, I do need to do a little research. For one writing project, I spent three days researching electro-stim play and the feasibility of using conductive paint to carry the charge (Answer? Not yet. Not until the conductive paints can carry a higher current. Good thing I was writing a science-fiction piece!) I’ve also been researching this absolutely fascinating boy’s reform school outside Harrisburg, North Carolina. It’s a ruin now, but it’s so amazingly gothic and creepy that it will be a great setting for something really sexy and Lovecraftian. (The funny thing is that I got this particular idea while driving past it six times in one day… while ferrying my nieces to and from church. Ah, irony!)
So, the more unusual ideas come from a combination of research and sheer, unmodified, giddy glee in the strange and bizarre.
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I borrow a lot from movies, television shows and comics, but a lot of my ideas are based on things I’ve actually seen or done.
I tend to have three major inspirations for any of my fiction.
First is my experience or relationship inspirations. For example, the “Beyond the Softness of His Fur” series came from some roleplaying that my slave and I did years ago. He identifies as a furry, and our roleplaying helped me understand some of his feelings and get a firmer grip on him as a person.
Second, I take inspiration from my years studying slavery in a wide range of human civilizations. As a trained ancient historian I have a lot of materials to draw from, and when I combine the historical facts with further studies into gender and sexuality I think it gives me a lot of genuine models that I can draw from.
Sometimes I just like to set challenges for myself. I’ll postpone a “what if” scenario, or someone might ask me a question or speculate about some situation or attitude that starts the wheels whirling in my mind.
Stay tuned for more Q&A as the tour progresses!