Join us as we interview L.M. Somerton.
What qualifies you to write BDSM?
I am lucky enough to be a previous winner of the Pauline Reage novel award from the National Leather Association: International. The NLA:I is a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather community and their annual awards are given for excellence in literary works in SM/leather/fetish writing.
It wasn’t until I entered the awards that I researched a little about Pauline Reage. Fifty years ago, an extraordinary pornographic novel appeared in Paris. Story of O is described by British journalist John de St Jorre as portraying “explicit scenes of bondage and violent penetration in spare, elegant prose, the purity of the writing making the novel seem reticent even as it dealt with demonic desire, with whips, masks and chains.”
I can only imagine the reaction seventy years ago to such work. Pauline Reage, the author, was a pseudonym, and was thought by many to have been a man. The writer’s true identity was only revealed in the 1990’s when intellectual Dominique Aury (born Anne Desclos) acknowledged that the fantasies in the Story of O were hers.
I am often asked what qualifies me to write MM BDSM. I think Pauline Reage helps to answer that question. It doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, however demure and academic you might appear, there is no such thing as being ‘qualified’. As Pauline Reage recognized, the power of sex makes compelling reading and if I can get even a little of that power on to a page, I’ll be happy.
Can you tell us about your writing process; for example, do you write an outline first?
I carry a notepad around to scribble down plot ideas when they strike me. I rough out a plot line but don’t plan too rigidly because sometimes the story takes its own direction, but I usually have a firm ending in mind. I often write scenes several times before I’m happy with them and as a result, I’m painfully slow.
Do you write one novel at a time or do you move between works in progress?
I usually have two or three stories on the go and write where the mood takes me.
What motivates you to write?
It’s my relaxation and addiction. If I have a few spare minutes I can’t resist tapping out a few lines.
L M Somerton lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.
She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.