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Jan Graham

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 Join us as we interview Jan Graham. Below are a few questions we had for her. I’m sure you have a few of your own. Feel free to ask her anything.

 

What sort of books do you write? I write contemporary erotic romance and erotic romantic suspense with elements of BDSM incorporated into the storyline.jan graham, BDSM Writers, fetishes, kink, BDSM romance

Why did you choose to write erotic romance?The choice was a natural one for me. I like to read erotic romance, so I chose to write what I like to read

Do you practice BDSM or just write about it? I’ve been a member of the kink community for over 15 years now, so including aspect of the lifestyle in my writing is something I love to do. I love showing readers that kink can be part of a “normal” persons everyday life.

Jan Graham, BDSM Writers, BDSM romance, fetishes, spanking, kink, boondageDo you fall in love with the characters you write?Just like in real life, it often starts with falling in lust with my characters (mostly the male ones) and then moves to love. I have also been known to fall in love with my villains. I know, I know, they’re the bad guys. *slaps wrist*

 

Jan Graham describes herself in many ways. She is a full time writer, friend, submissive, orphan, widow, aunt, and sometimes, a wild child. Despite any hiccups the universe may throw at her, she believes in experiencing everything life has to offer and being the best person Jan Graham, BDSM Writers, Bondage, kink, BDSM romanceshe can be. Jan lives in Newcastle, Australia, where she spends her time writing erotic romance. Her writing falls under a variety of genres including BDSM, contemporary romance, romantic suspense and paranormal romance. Jan has often been quoted as saying:”I am glad to finally give the characters that swirl around my head on a constant basis, the opportunity to put themselves down on paper and I hope they entertain my readers as much as they amuse me.”

 

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Cherie Noel

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Cherie Noel is a military Veteran and 2013 Rainbow Awards Finalist for her interracial M/M romance, Changeless.

Below we posed a few questions to help you get to know Cherie Noel better.  Feel free to pose a few of your own.

 

Why did you decide to attend BDSM Writers Con?
Because I have several characters who’ve shown interest in exploring BDSM… and I want to make sure I write it properly. I want my characters to get the safe, sane, and consensual fun that they are looking for, not some gung-ho but dangerous and poorly informed play that could get someone permanently hurt. Both my characters and my readers deserve better. So I’m going to have my mind, eyes, and ears wide open, and my pen always at the ready.

What inspires my passion for writing, or why do I write?Cherie Noel, BDSM Writers Con, kink, BDSM romance
I write because in the still hours of the night, looking into my own heart I find I can do nothing else.I write because my characters are bloody bossy wankers who won’t let me do anything else. I write because I’m a subversive rabble-rouser who knows that the most lasting way to change the world is to reach the hearts and minds of the people show them what could be, and then let them effect the change for themselves.

Are any of my characters inspired by people I know in real life?
Ha ha ha. Of course. They all are. Or, you know, at least bits and pieces of each of them.

Cherie Noel, BDSM Writers Con, kink, BDSM romanceAre any of my characters based on me?
*sly wink* but of course.

What am I working on right now?
I’m working on a plethora of projects. Revising the first three Akanti series stories and finishing off the fourth. Rescue Twinks story four. A steamy m/f story set in Rome and it’s two sequels. Geez. You want projects? I gots ’em. No, seriously.

Cherie Noel has lived all over the place, from the eastern coast of Florida to the right in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge as well as various other pCherie Noel, BDSM Writers Con, kink, BDSM romanceoints around the globe *cough-Germany-is-cool-cough*. She loves writing about the world(s) she would like to live in, making people laugh, and giving her characters sizzling hot romance and a guaranteed happily-ever-after. She won the Rainbow Awards Finalist in 2013 for my interracial m/m romance, Changeless.

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Marie Tuhart

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Below are a few questions to help you get to know author, Marie Tuhart. Please feel free to ask her a few of your own.

 

Why do you write erotic romance?
I’d been writing romance for a while, but I was finding it hard to have my alpha male heroes fit into some of the traditional romance roles. I’d take a class with an erotic romance author and found that I liked writing the spicier stuff. So I wrote my first erotic romance, it was years before it was published. And I do stay a little more toward the lighter side of BDSM, but I’m evolving as an author.

How did you come up for the idea for the Quick Silver Ranch series?
Marie Tuhart, BDSM Writers Con, Doctor Charley Ferrer, cowboy romance, erotica, kink It was just one of those story lines that evolved from me just sitting and pondering what I was going to write. I’d just signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press when they put out a call for books in a new line called “Cowboy Kink”. It wasn’t until several months later, after I finished the book under contract that I started to think about writing for “Cowboy Kink”.

I wanted something unique and different and thought about a ranch, but instead of a normal dude ranch, this one would be for consenting couples who are trying to spice up their love life with some kink. Quick Silver Ranch was born, a place for couples to take classes and explore their sexual lives. Originally there was just the first book: Roped & Ready, but my editor and senior editor asked me to write Jared’s story, which I did, and Saddle Up was born. I had lots of fun with both books.

Which characters have been the hardest to write?
That’s a hard one. Vicki, in In Plain Sight, was pretty difficult, I think because she was my first heroine to explore her kinky side.

Jared, in Saddle Up, was by far my hardest hero. I wanted him to be one way and he fought me after about 14,000 words I finally figured out who he was (why don’t men like to talk) and I had to throw out most of what I’d written and start all over.

Marie Tuhart, romance, BDSM Writers Con, Doctor Charley Ferrer, kink Which characters have been the easiest to write?
Most of them. So far, Kasim, from Claimed by the Sheikh (Sybarite Seductions) he knew what he wanted and went after it. Although most my hero’s do.

As for my heroines, Cassie from His For The Weekend (The Wild Rose Press) was the most complicated to write, but also the easiest because I knew her story well.

What’s next?
Well, hopefully this year I’ll have several books. Claimed by the Sheikh (Sybarite Seductions) will be out this fall. I have The Red Club Project (The Wild Rose Press) in progress now. Then there’s Movie Magic (Sybarite Seductions) which has a character from Silver Screen Dom (Romancing the Stars – Sybarite Seductions), plus I have others planned to come out from The Wild Rose Press this year.Marie Tuhart, BDSM Writers Con, erotic romance, Doctor Charley Ferrer

Marie Tuhart can’t remember a time when she didn’t like to make things up. Her overactive imagination comes in hand as an authors. At the age of sixteen she wrote her first short story and never looked back. At nineteen she wrote her first novel. Now she’s a published author of seven novels and 3 short stories. Born and raised in California, after 30 years in the corporate world she retired and moved to the Pacific Northwest to write full time. When not writing Marie loves to read, travel, and spend time with her family. Marie currently writes for The Wild Rose Press and Sybarite Seductions. Marie is an Amazon bestselling author

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Marie Tuhart, Featured Author during BDSM Writers Con 2014

Lydia Hill

LiseHorton1It’s a pleasure to introduce you to Lydia Hill also writing as Lise Horton. I first met Lise during last year’s BDSM for Writers 3-Day Intensive Workshop (the precursor of BDSM Writers Con.) With her fun playful nature, she was a pleasure to be around. She brings that same playful nature and wickedly devious mind to her novels.

Below are a few questions we have for Lise. You’re welcome to ask her a few of your own.

How did you get started writing erotica and erotic romance with BDSM and why do you enjoy this niche sub-genre so much?
I love this question because the genres were such a discovery for me as a reader and a writer! I love complex, dramatic stories and the heightened nature of ménage, BDSM and kink makes for great conflict and intense characters. The more I read of the kinkier romances, the more I found myself pushing the envelope of sex in my stories. Now I’m pretty much at the outer limits of heat and graphic and gritty – but I never lose sight of the fact that I want a happy ending (which just happens to sometimes include a paddling)! Under my pseudonym, Lydia Hill I write erotica, an equally enticing genre because it allows me to really explore human sexuality outside of the vanilla world. Sex is a powerful part of human life and kink has always been around. Taboo, but always there. Without the constraints of a happy ending, you can write stories of how far we’ll go to satisfy our darkest desires and cravings. Writing erotica allows me to fantasize on paper. So what could be bad?

What do you feel is the most important aspect of writing BDSM erotica and Erotic romance?
Super important to me is portraying the lifestyle as realistically as possible (it’s not fiction, after all!), Equipment. Terminology, etc. Whether it is an erotic short story, or an erotic romance novel, I want my characters in romance to be real people with honest hungers and desires. I want my readers to understand them and empathize with those carnal needs, even if the act in question is something a reader never considered. (For example, I’d never considered a breath play scene until I read a super hot one by Laurell K. Hamilton in Affliction).LiseHortonSlaveCvr

I do everything I can to remind readers about the BDSM community creed of “safe, sane and consensual”. I also try to convey the subtly of power exchange, the levels of trust involved and that these activities are mutually enjoyable and desired by both (or all) parties. There’s no abuse, and it’s definitely a matter of “whatever blows your skirt up”. Erotica permits writers a bit more leeway as romance publishers have some hard and fast lines about acts they won’t permit. For example, Daddy/little girl role play, golden showers and other water sports and serious humiliation play are not accepted by romance publishers (I’d love to hear of exceptions!). Lucky for me erotica embraces all flavors of kink because I am still pushing that particular envelope and having a spanking good time at it.

How do you research such kinky activities?
All romance writers get asked this question sooner or later, and BDSM erotica authors probably more than most. This is where opportunities like BDSM WRITERS CON comes in. Hands on research isn’t just invaluable – it’s a heck of a lot of fun. The community members who participate are awesome at sharing inside knowledge. But there is also a wonderful canon of non-fiction written about this lifestyle. I’ve read a number of books, including Dr. Charley’s “BDSM for Writers”, and they give great insight. There are also on-line organizations like FetLife, and in NYC we have The Eulenspiegel Society and Dom/sub Friends and our local BDSM club, Paddles. And I’m not embarrassed to admit that I have experimented myself (both with a willing partner, and on my own!). I have a lovely kinky toy box and there’s a lot a curious gal can do to find out what nipple clamps feel like, or a cane or flogger, since there are always pervertables to play with! I’m sure my local grocer wonders why I buy so many wooden clothespins…. and trust me, I don’t look at a zucchini quite the same way anymore.

Are there any “hard limits” that you, as an author, feel strongly about not putting in a book?
In erotic romance, I’m pretty much at the outer extremes these days. I use the raunchy words some might find off-putting, and I include D/s play in even my non-BDSM writing (Dominating Alpha males just make me want to bend over and drop my frilly panties!). But as mentioned, romance houses have hard and fast limits they won’t touch. In erotica I don’t believe I’ll ever get into knife or blood pLiseHortonLustCvrlay or some other edgy practices, and I’m sure every erotica writer out there has come across some act that just made them scratch their heads and say “What’s sexy about that?” Nothing I feel strongly about from an ethical perspective, just stuff that doesn’t get me all hot and bothered. On the other hand, I’m a gal who’ll never say never.

Do you get turned on by your own writing?
Hell Yes! And I hope that all my readers do too! Whether it’s a couple experimenting with a hot Dominance and submission scene such as I wrote in my debut, Words of Lust, or the darker, edgier and more serious play that you can read in my Ravenous Romance anthologies, or my recently released Cleis Press anthology short story, “My Master’s Mark” in Slave Girls, this genre most definitely lights my fire. I’ve written a ton of short fiction for my blog, Lust in the Afternoon, and over time was drawn more and more to the dark and intense appeal of BDSM. I often see a submission call and my mind immediately conjures up all manner of nasty perversions to visit upon my characters. And fortunately for me they’re all exhibitionists and they let me watch! Feel free to drop on by and join in the naughty fun!

Lise Horton’s debut erotic (with a touch of kink) romance, Words of Lust, was released in September 2013 by Carina Press. Writing under her erotica pseudonym, Lydia Hill, her short story, “My Master’s Mark” was included in the May 2014 Cleis Press anthology “Slave Girls” edited by D. L. King. Prior to embarking on a career writing erotica and erotic romance, she was a theatrical performer and award winning cabaret vocalist. She is a past president of the NYC Chapter of Romance Writers of America, and frequent workshop presenter. She firmly believes that kinky love and romance can happily co-exist.

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Lydia Hill, Featured Author at BDSM Writers Con 2014

Lise Horton

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It’s a pleasure to introduce you to Lise Horton also writing as Lydia Hill. I first met Lise during last year’s BDSM for Writers 3-Day Intensive Workshop (the precursor of BDSM Writers Con.) With her fun playful nature, she was a pleasure to be around. She brings that same playful nature and wickedly devious mind to her novels.

Below are a few questions we have for Lise. You’re welcome to ask her a few of your own.

How did you get started writing erotica and erotic romance with BDSM and why do you enjoy this niche sub-genre so much?
I love this question because the genres were such a discovery for me as a reader and a writer! I love complex, dramatic stories and the heightened nature of ménage, BDSM and kink makes for great conflict and intense characters. The more I read of the kinkier romances, the more I found myself pushing the envelope of sex in my stories. Now I’m pretty much at the outer limits of heat and graphic and gritty – but I never lose sight of the fact that I want a happy ending (which just happens to sometimes include a paddling)! Under my pseudonym, Lydia Hill I write erotica, an equally enticing genre because it allows me to really explore human sexuality outside of the vanilla world. Sex is a powerful part of human life and kink has always been around. Taboo, but always there. Without the constraints of a happy ending, you can write stories of how far we’ll go to satisfy our darkest desires and cravings. Writing erotica allows me to fantasize on paper. So what could be bad?

What do you feel is the most important aspect of writing BDSM erotica and Erotic romance?
Super important to me is portraying the lifestyle as realistically as possible (it’s not fiction, after all!), Equipment. Terminology, etc. Whether it is an erotic short story, or an erotic romance novel, I want my characters in romance to be real people with honest hungers and desires. I want my readers to understand them and empathize with those carnal needs, even if the act in question is something a reader never considered. (For example, I’d never considered a breath play scene until I read a super hot one by Laurell K. Hamilton in Affliction).LiseHortonSlaveCvr

I do everything I can to remind readers about the BDSM community creed of “safe, sane and consensual”. I also try to convey the subtly of power exchange, the levels of trust involved and that these activities are mutually enjoyable and desired by both (or all) parties. There’s no abuse, and it’s definitely a matter of “whatever blows your skirt up”. Erotica permits writers a bit more leeway as romance publishers have some hard and fast lines about acts they won’t permit. For example, Daddy/little girl role play, golden showers and other water sports and serious humiliation play are not accepted by romance publishers (I’d love to hear of exceptions!). Lucky for me erotica embraces all flavors of kink because I am still pushing that particular envelope and having a spanking good time at it.

How do you research such kinky activities?
All romance writers get asked this question sooner or later, and BDSM erotica authors probably more than most. This is where opportunities like BDSM WRITERS CON comes in. Hands on research isn’t just invaluable – it’s a heck of a lot of fun. The community members who participate are awesome at sharing inside knowledge. But there is also a wonderful canon of non-fiction written about this lifestyle. I’ve read a number of books, including Dr. Charley’s “BDSM for Writers”, and they give great insight. There are also on-line organizations like FetLife, and in NYC we have The Eulenspiegel Society and Dom/sub Friends and our local BDSM club, Paddles. And I’m not embarrassed to admit that I have experimented myself (both with a willing partner, and on my own!). I have a lovely kinky toy box and there’s a lot a curious gal can do to find out what nipple clamps feel like, or a cane or flogger, since there are always pervertables to play with! I’m sure my local grocer wonders why I buy so many wooden clothespins…. and trust me, I don’t look at a zucchini quite the same way anymore.

Are there any “hard limits” that you, as an author, feel strongly about not putting in a book?
In erotic romance, I’m pretty much at the outer extremes these days. I use the raunchy words some might find off-putting, and I include D/s play in even my non-BDSM writing (Dominating Alpha males just make me want to bend over and drop my frilly panties!). But as mentioned, romance houses have hard and fast limits they won’t touch. In erotica I don’t believe I’ll ever get into knife or blood pLiseHortonLustCvrlay or some other edgy practices, and I’m sure every erotica writer out there has come across some act that just made them scratch their heads and say “What’s sexy about that?” Nothing I feel strongly about from an ethical perspective, just stuff that doesn’t get me all hot and bothered. On the other hand, I’m a gal who’ll never say never.

Do you get turned on by your own writing?
Hell Yes! And I hope that all my readers do too! Whether it’s a couple experimenting with a hot Dominance and submission scene such as I wrote in my debut, Words of Lust, or the darker, edgier and more serious play that you can read in my Ravenous Romance anthologies, or my recently released Cleis Press anthology short story, “My Master’s Mark” in Slave Girls, this genre most definitely lights my fire. I’ve written a ton of short fiction for my blog, Lust in the Afternoon, and over time was drawn more and more to the dark and intense appeal of BDSM. I often see a submission call and my mind immediately conjures up all manner of nasty perversions to visit upon my characters. And fortunately for me they’re all exhibitionists and they let me watch! Feel free to drop on by and join in the naughty fun!

Lise Horton’s debut erotic (with a touch of kink) romance, Words of Lust, was released in September 2013 by Carina Press. Writing under her erotica pseudonym, Lydia Hill, her short story, “My Master’s Mark” was included in the May 2014 Cleis Press anthology “Slave Girls” edited by D. L. King. Prior to embarking on a career writing erotica and erotic romance, she was a theatrical performer and award winning cabaret vocalist. She is a past president of the NYC Chapter of Romance Writers of America, and frequent workshop presenter. She firmly believes that kinky love and romance can happily co-exist.

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Lise Horton, Featured Author BDSM Writers Con 2014

This is Lise’s second year attending BDSM Writers Con; what used to be known as BDSM for Writers 3-Day Intensive Workshop. Lise shows her dedication to her craft and her fans as she discovers more about the various nuances of Dominance and submission.

V. J. Summers

VJ_Summers_AuthorPhoto150x150 Since being unshackled from the EDJ, when not obsessing over whether her parents are getting enough to eat, obsessing that her kid is sexting the boyfriend, making coffee, drinking coffee, or feeding the three cats who allow her to live with them, VJ can be found reading or writing erotic romance – either solo as m/m author VJ Summers, or as the shorter, more quiet half of the “Violet Summers” writing team.

VJ loves to hear from readers! Email her at vj.summers@yahoo.com, find her on Facebook (Please! She needs all the friends she can get!) and visit her blog at http://www.vjsummersandsmut.wordpress.com.

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Featured Author during BDSM Writers Con 2014

Sorcha Black

It’s my pleasure to introduce to you Sorcha Black one of our BDSM WRITERS CON workshop presenters. I don’t know about you, but I think she looks like a young Angelina Jolie. Maybe they’re related? Who knows? What I do know is that Sorcha is sharing her knowledge and co-hosting a workshop during BDSM Writers Con 2014. To learn more, read below.

Sorcha Black author picSorcha Black is the co-author of the Badass Brats series and writes about kinky bisexual women in poly relationships. Originally a fantasy writer, she started writing romance after meeting two nefarious authors on the internet. Sorcha enjoys tattoos and foul language.

How did you get into writing BDSM romance?
I’m not really sure. There I was one day, writing a fantasy novel that had some kink scenes, when suddenly I was smacked over the head by two romance authors who demanded I co-author a book with them. They were mean! Evil! Relentless! Poor, innocent fantasy writer that I was, I had no way of fending off their nefarious influence. They told me that if I wanted to maintain at least some of my innocence, I would do what they said. So I wrote the book with them, and did crits for them, and beta read for them. Leia and Cari call me their writing sub, but they didn’t give me a safeword. This writing thing is dub con, at best. 😉

What is your favorite book and why?
One Fish, Two Fish by Dr. Seuss. I can recite most of it by heart, which is always a selling point in literature for me.

What is your writing process?
Well, I can’t drink coffee. That being said, usually I start by hiding – I have several children that I need to hide from if I’m going to write uninterrupted for even a few minutes. From there, I generally stare at the blank screen on my computer for a while, then switch to Facebook, where my friends entertain me, then I run out of time. I do that repeatedly, for a week or two, then suddenly I’ll write a 20 page sex scene over two days. It’s not the most effective way to get a book done, but it’s all I’ve got. I’ve also been known to write brilliant sentences on scraps of paper at red lights. Occasionally getting honked at makes me feel pretty.

Why do you write so many books with co-authors?
Writing is like sex to me, in that respect. It’s more fun with a partner. Oh wait! And they make me! Yeah. *blinks innocently.

What books do you have planned for the future?
Currently, I’m working on the next Badass Brats book, The Dom with the Sex Zombies. I’m also in edits for my first fantasy novel, Ein, which features a poly BDSM relationship. After those are done, I have several other projects clamoring for my attention.

To learn more about Sorcha Black visit her website.

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Shannon West

It’s time to get up close and personal with Shannon West. Discover why she writers M/M romances and her personal feelings about Dominance and submission as well as much more. Feel free to ask questions and leave your comments. We’ll be selecting a winner or two for a few ebook.

Do you use a pen name? If yes (or no), why?
Yes. In the beginning I was still working at a day job and one where my love for M/M and BDSM wouldn’t have been appreciated. So I found a pen name.

At what point did you decide you wanted to write BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?
After I’d read a few books on the subject. I found it really appealing but didn’t completely understand. I kept reading and studying to find the answers I was looking for and only when I felt ready did I venture to write anything. This was only after reading a HUGE amount of books and watching videos and doing research.TheEducationofNicholas_Draft 3 (2)

Was there something that happened to you in your life or career that made you want to begin thinking about writing BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?
Truthfully, there’s always been an interest, but I didn’t know what to call it. Since I was very young, I had this, but didn’t know what to do with it. I had a partner who was also interested, and we explored some areas of it, but neither of us knew much about it.

Is there one area of BDSM that you tend to write about more? Why do you think that area creeps into your writing more than some others?
Bondage and control, more than anything. No idea why, but it definitely appeals to me. Humiliation play is also a huge turn-on for me, but balanced with care and love.

LT3What have you written in the past that you think your BDSM/kink fans might find interesting?
Taken in Hand, and Taken Firmly in Hand. The Education of Nicholas. And the latest is Love Taps, my current release.

What is your favorite fetish? Why?
Spanking. It combines a lot of my hot buttons—control, submission and humiliation play. My latest novel Love Taps explores that a bit.

Do you attend BDSM, kink, or fetish conferences? Or do you attend any other http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-muscled-man-bound-rope-image15338745“vanilla” type of conferences? Attending any in the near future you want to mention?
I’ll be in New York in August 2014 at the BDSM Writer’s Conference there. I attend other conferences like GayRomLit in October of each year and the upcoming Rainbow Conference in Tampa.

For more information visit Shannon’s website

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Featured Author during BDSM Writers Con 2014

Scarlet Hawthorne

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Scarlet this week. She’s been writing for several years and living the lifestyle with her Master (husband). Scarlet will be presenting a workshop on “creating contracts” in your D/s relationships. If she hasn’t answered your question below, be sure to ask her as she’ll be available for comments.

Scarlet HawthorneScarlet, when you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre?
I wrote my first short story when I was eight, so I certainly didn’t then! When I began pursuing writing seriously as an adult, I didn’t even anticipate being a romance writer, let alone including BDSM in them. I had been working on a metaphysical novel, which – although it does contain a great deal of sex and some bondage – definitely is not a romance novel. I don’t want to be trapped in to always having to end with a “happily ever after.”

Was there something that happened to you in your life or career that made you want to begin thinking about writing BDSM/kinky themed erotica?
I just got tired of the negative portrayal of BDSM in the media, particularly in TV shows and movies. We aren’t perverts or freaks just because we are Doms or subs or whatever. Penn State covered up Sundusky’s pedophilia for years, and the Catholic Church played musical parishes with their priests for decades, if not longer. In one of those monolithic non-denom churches here in Louisiana, the (married) pastor had an affair with the church secretary, so the board sent her out of state with hush money. A new study found a correlation between BDSM and better mental health, but according to screenwriters, WE are the villains.

What is your favorite fetish? Why?
Being bound and blindfolded. I love surrendering complete control. During a scene, I escape all my responsibilities and focus only on the present; my worries fade from my consciousness. People not in the lifestyle don’t understand how liberating submission can be. I read once, “Sometimes not being in control is the most beautiful thing in the world,” and it’s true. There is freedom in submission!

Is there one area of BDSM that you tend to write about more? Why do you think that area creeps into your writing more than some others?
Bondage, discipline, Dominance and submission. I write what I know.

Do you do any “hands-on” research when you’re writing BDSM/kinky themed erotica?
Often for a scene, I will ask my husband (Master) to try it out with me to confirm it is logistically feasible. I don’t want readers rolling their eyes and thinking, “That’s not even possible!”
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Have you ever heard that a fan might have tried something from one of your stories and liked it?
Not yet, but I did include blindfolds in the goodie bags I gave out at a conference recently. I hope the ladies will take them home and try them out!

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Scarlet Hawthorne loves including elements of BDSM in her erotic romances because, as a 24/7 submissive in a DD household, she hopes to reverse the misinformation and negative stereotypes promulgated in the media. She has also published mainstream romances in a variety of genres, from paranormal to romantic suspense, under other pen names. Scarlet’s upcoming release is DEADLINE – a romantic suspense thriller with plenty of bondage thrown in for good behavior. Her current project is the M/M Romance, BETWEEN THE NOTES.  Visit her website for more information or find her on Facebook.

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