One more time! We round the final corner and find the end 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 Women-In-Command. Here’s one more:
Q: Have you ever written something that surprised yourself?
The entire scene with William and Samantha, when she has him in her clutches after the dinner party (trying not to put in spoilers). I wrote that entire scene stream of consciousness. Nothing was planned. The scene was in the outline, so I knew that it was going to be really sort of dub-con, but not actually what was going to happen there. I put my hands on the keyboard and just went, not knowing what was going to come out of it. When it was done, I kind of sat and stared at the screen for a few minutes. I think there was some shaking involved. A dear friend of mine who just recently read it said that she read that scene with one eye closed and her reader held at arm’s length. She said it was sort of like watching a horror movie and peeking through your fingers because you couldn’t look away.
It happens all the time. Many writers will tell you that some characters have a life of their own. In the second Viscountess book I was building up to a scene where a woman got a well-deserved punishment, but when I wrote it the Viscountess unexpectedly forgave her. When I re-read the book the new scene worked better than what I planned.
Oh, yes. I tend to push the envelope, sometimes on purpose, but often times I push because it is a logical flow of the characters, setting, and plot that I’ve created.
In my novel “Servants of Destiny,” there is a scene where a character’s death happens. There are reasons for it, and after I wrote it I tried to think of ways to avoid it. It couldn’t be avoided; it had to happen; it was required by the flow of events, by the logic of the magical system in that book. I set it aside for half a week and mourned the death, then I figured out how to deal with it in the story.
In one of my longer science fiction stories, “Salvage,” and in my two fantasy stories, “Punishment for the Crime” and its sequel “Justice,” there are some horrific actions that the main male submissive did in his past, either to survive or out of anger. At first I wasn’t sure I should show the submissive character like that, but then I realized that to ignore the horror any person can commit was to be dishonest about human nature and the world I’d created.
The entire “Beyond the Softness of His Fur” series is pushing the envelope for me, because ten years ago I couldn’t have written this; I wasn’t comfortable enough with the basic ideas of a genetically created sex slave or lifeform to write in what I hope is an honest fashion.
That’s all for this one, folks! But don’t go far– we’ve always got something interesting cooking over here at Circlet.