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S. J. Maylee

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We asked S.J. Maylee a few questions about writing BDSM erotica. Feel free to ask her a few of your own

 

 

At what point did you decide you wanted to write BDSM themed erotic romance?
I wasn’t compelled to write until I incorporated the dynamics of Dominance and submission into the lives of my characters. In this place of honesty, I can see my characters so clearly and get them to face their deepest desires. These are the stories that won’t leave me alone and inspire me.

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?
All of my stories have Dominance and submission. It’s an area I love to read and it naturally appears in my stories. The amount of strength and restraint a Dom must possess is breathtaking. A submissive’s role is not to be underestimated. It takes a tremendous amount of strength and bravery to give yourself to someone. It also takes a fine balance to build trust between my couples. When it happens, it’s magic. S.J. Maylee, kink, erotica, BDSM romance, bondage

Have you done research in BDSM to make your stories realistic?
Yes, at the beginning of my journey, I became friends with a Dom and we’ve had countless conversation about the dynamics. He helped me to understand how the safe, sane, and consensual rules aren’t just smart, but they play an essential role.

Although I write romantic fiction, I want my love stories to feel real and I recognize my responsibility with the genre and I’ve continued my studies.

What differences or difficulties, if any, do you see in writing D/s stories as opposed to your typical romance?
BDSM is a culture and needs to be respected, but I love that. I’m passionate about learning and this is an area I can really sink my teeth into. BDSM requires honesty and as a romance writer this is often where the heart of my stories are discovered. If a character is lying to themselves, they’ll certainly lie to each other. Breaking through personal barriers and finding their truth is a rewarding experience.

S.J. Maylee, kink, erotica, BDSM romance, bondageS.J. Maylee fell in love with storytelling at a young age and with it came a deep-seated desire for everyone to find their happily ever after. She’s finding the happy endings for her characters one steamy story at a time.

When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her caring for her garden, laughing with her two young sons, or dancing to her husband’s music. She’s a PMP (Project Management Professional), Nia instructor, and coffee addict.

As a writer she has a tendency to break hearts, but she always glues them back together.

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Lucy Felthouse

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Lucy Felthouse speaks out about writing BDSM

 

 

 

What got you interested in writing BDSM?
I actually resisted for a long time, as I didn’t even particularly enjoy reading BDSM stories. But the more I wrote, the more I wanted to experiment with different genres and sub-genres, so when I saw a call for submissions looking for BDSM stories, I gave it a go. The story was accepted, and I’ve never looked back!

What resource, if any, have you done into BDSM to make youLucy Felthouse, BDSM Romance, BDSM Writers, kink, slave, dominatrix, Domr stories realistic?
The beauty of writing fiction is there is no right or wrong – every single last person is different. What gets one person off doesn’t work for someone else. So, although I’ve done research – online and in books – it’s mainly all down to my fertile imagination.

What differences or difficulties, if any, do you see in writing D/s stories as opposed to your typical romance?
I don’t see difficulties. It’s just different, and that’s awesome. I like different – I write lots of different heat levels, pairings, genres, etc, and BDSM is just one of them. I sit down with a bunch of characters and see what story they want me to tell.

Which is your favorite out of all your BDSM books?
Ah, that would be Stately Pleasures. Mainly because it was the first full-length novel I wrote. For that reason it’ll always be special to me.
But it also encompasses lots of my favorite things – a curvy chick, sexy men, a country house, and turning everyday items into something kinky.

Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes.

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Adrianna Taylor

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My book is factual
not fiction!

What got you interested in writing about BDSM?

I am a Dominatrix, and have been for three years, so my book is based on real life accounts of my sessions. Initially I had no intention to write a book, but a man I met by chance (who is now my editor and business partner), said, when I told him what I did: “Adrianna, I bet you have some really interesting stories to tell about being a Dominatrix. I am sure people would love to read your real life account, as opposed to the fictional ones that are now so popular.” I thought about it for a week or so, then started writing. 6 months later, my book, The Story of Control is on sale on Amazon, both as a Kindle E-book, and as a paperback.

What research, if any, have you done into BDSM to make your stories realistic?

Being a Mistress, I can draw inspiration for my sessions. For example, if I have a client who has a very interesting persona, or is outlandish in their wishes, they make interesting characters to write about. Or if I try a new activity in my sessions, I can write about that too. I like to portray the realistic side of BDSM, as it is not all dungeons and PVC. My clients are real people who rely on my making their fantasy a reality, either for their sexual gratification, or  just to lay to rest a nagging fantasy.  What differences or difficulties, if any, do you see in writing D/S stories as opposed to your typical romance?
With my book, The Story of Control,  I have successfully Adrianna Taylor, Story of Control, BDSM Writers, Dominatric, non-fiction BDSMcombined enough of the BDSM kinky element, but have also added other threads, an important one being romance. In my opinion, if written well, romance and BDSM can go together. Everyone, whether they admit it or not, has a kinky side. But often they may just not know how to let out and satisfy it.
Do you get any sexual gratification from being a Dominatrix? From reading your book, it’s obvious that your clients do. But do you?
Personally I don’t get sexual grafication from dominating a client, I enjoy having control over someone but see it more as a strict boss-employee situation.
 
What does your partner think about you being a Dominatrix, and seeing men without clothes on, and spanking their bare bottoms?
Most of my clients are a lot older than myself and certainly not what I would consider attractive. My partner has always been very supportive of me and is completely fine with me seeing clients, and on occassions has also watched a session on request by a client
Adrianne has been a mistress for three years. At the age of 23, disillusioned with the world of modelling, I entered the world of BDSM. Being a young Mistress wasn’t always easy, as I would often be scrutinised by older Mistresses, and older potential clients. Some said I was too young to understand corporal punishment, as could not understand how a person would feel being summoned up for the cane. I agreed to an extent, but I knew what fear felt like, growing up with an abusive father and walking on eggshells, never sure which character would be coming home at the end of the day was something I feared. I liked acting, and I enjoyed taking on characters and giving them my own twist, as the strict school mistress or head girl. I was certainly not your typical mistress; an older matron type, or a raven-haired PVC-clad beauty working from a dungeon, I was small, blonde, and busty, working from a domestic setting with a hockey bag of implements and the knowledge and skill to create a character and improvise a setting. But I was a hit.
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Laura Antoniou

Laura Antoniou
Laura Antonious  talks frankly about BDSM and the vast misconceptions most individuals have about those who embrace this erotic lifestyle.

Feel free to pose a few of your own questions for her below.

What is your aim when it comes to writing about BDSM? What do you hope people get out of reading your books?
I want to write a good story, and I hope readers get a ripping good read! I hope they enjoy the characters and the trouble they get into and the emotional and philosophical decisions they have to make. And I hope they like the fantasy world I created and enjoy imagining what it would be like to adventure in a world like that, whether they like the idea of being served or serving or just being the occasional bystander.

What are some popular misconceptions about people who participate in BDSM?
That we’re intrinsically or situationally damaged – either we’re born injured or handicapped or cursed by these desires, or that we are made kinky by bad experiences. Sadly, Fifty Shades of GreyLaura Antoniou, BDSM Writers Con, fetishes, bondage, Charley Ferrer does support the “only damaged people do SM” meme. But studies within the scene have revealed we are no more or less likely to be emotionally challenged or disabled than the rest of the human population. Which is sad because I really wanted the study to show we’re more creative, saner and smarter. Ahh, well.

What about this idea that you have to be damaged in some way to like it: do you think that’s true?
See the above question. That some kinky people have had bad sexual or emotional experiences only reflects that MANY people experience these things. Frankly, it’s very hard to admit past abuse issues when you’re into SM, because so many people leap to the conclusion, “Oh, that’s why you like to be tied up! Your father called you stupid when you were seven!” It’s nonsense. You might as well conclude that people like to play football because they drank milk as babies. Correlation does not imply causation. There are far too many variables.

But because so many people have experienced some form of abuse or neglect, they can sometimes find a sense of power and security in enacting consensual dramas as adults. They might not want to relive past pain, but instead find ways to create greater trust and intimacy by sharing what scared or hurt them and finding ways for their lovers to help them to feel safe, or powerful, cherished and respected. And there is nothing more empowering to a past abuse survivor than the feeling of negotiating exactly what they want and getting it, completely able to stop anything that isn’t working. It’s not therapy – people who need professional help should get it. But it can be very rewarding and pleasurable.

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What about the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon? Is it good that more people know about BDSM through that, or does it paint a very misguided view of BDSM by perpetuating that only those who are damaged in some way will enjoy it?
The main thing people need to realize about Fifty Shades of Grey is that it’s a romance. This is not a portrayal of the modern BDSM scene any more than a romance book about a sexy doctor is about the National Health Service. In fact, the kinky scene doesn’t even exist in those books – other than the damaged romantic hero commenting that she’d be amazed at what she could find on the internet, and suggesting Wikipedia for her research purposes. And this in Seattle, one of the most influential cities for the BDSM community in the US!

Don’t get me started.

Anyway! Most people who read those books have zero interest in doing anything kinky. They are romance readers! They read for escapism, not life modeling. If romance readers read and then ran out to find what they read about, the beaches and docks would be full of women waiting to be picked up by pirates.

And the damaged hero is nothing more than part of the standard romantic trope of “virginal woman secures the love of a bad boy through her virtue.” He is only bad because he had a dark past. Poor, poor billionaire Christian, with the 6-pack abs and the concert-level piano skills, flying his personal helicopter and buying his girlfriend cars and homes! He was abused and neglected as a child, and therefore beats women who look like his mum. But in the end, true love redeems him, and the kinky sex, which he once used to distance himself from women, becomes merely another way he and his wife – and mother of his children – can enjoy their frequent and mutually satisfying sex life. And they live happily ever after, assuming no more of his former girlfriends come after them with guns.
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This is not good for people like me, who aren’t much into romance novels. But it means almost nothing to people who actually have kinky sex. Sure, a few people will read the books, goggle a few terms, and unlike Anastasia, they will find us! And some of them will come out, buy a sex toy, attend a workshop or a party, maybe even buy one of my books. And of them, a few will stay for a while. But we’re talking very small numbers.

The big change – the one that will count – is how many people will begin to see just how unthreatening the BDSM scene really is. Because right now, all over the world, people are telling their friends and family, “Oh, what I do is sort of like what’s in those books you just read in your book club. But without the stalking and we don’t use zip ties for bondage because they hurt too much.” And their friends are thinking, “Well, sheesh, what’s the big deal then?”

And that is all to the better. People will feel safer “coming out” as kinky when they know their grandma has those books on a shelf. And it will be harder to paint us as rare, dangerous deviants when everyone knows mum has those books on her kindle.

How does a book like 50 Shades differ from one of your books?
I do not write romances. My books are not about one couple, fated to get together and stay together forever in domestic bliss. Mine are about a larger cast of characters, with only a few staying from book to book – it’s more in the style of an old fashioned family saga. The setting is what matters, plus a few core characters and their arcs. There are romantic aspects to my books, but no happily ever afters. Just an occasional “happy for now.”

I also write for an audience that is more aware of sexuality and BDSM. Frankly, I find many of the sexual depictions in 50 Shades to be misleading at best or dangerous at worst. Hopefully, the type of people who look to fiction to teach them how to have sex have better examples to learn from. Of course anyone who thinks fiction is any way to learn anything is already operating from a handicap. You might as well read a Star Trek novel to learn jet propulsion.
Laura Antoniou’s publishing career began when she started writing gay men’s smut to promote safer sex practices during the early 90’s. Emboldened by getting paid to do this, she then edited the groundbreaking “Leatherwomen” series, highlighting tales of kinky women. This was rapidly followed by half a dozen other anthologies and the Marketplace series of erotic BDSM novels BDSM Writers Con, Laura Antoniou, Fetishes, kink, BDSM, Charley Ferrer which never reached the sales level of the 50 Shades books, but she’s not bitter. Instead, she wrote the 6th, titled The Inheritor, due to come out in 2015.

In 2013, Laura turned her mind to mysteries and came out with the Rainbow Book Award for Best LGBT Mystery, The Killer Wore Leather. Now that she has achieved almost mainstream success with it, she plans a sequel, to be released via Cleis Press. She is also the editor for Best Lesbian Erotica 2015 and is planning many other writing and editing projects in order to fulfill a lifelong dream of actually making a living on this sort of thing. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter or check her out at www.lantoniou.com

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Roz Lee

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Join us in welcoming Roz Lee. We had a few questions for Roz to help us get to know her better. Feel free to pose a few of your own below.

 

When you first started writing, what made you decide to write a novel?
Honestly? I never set out to be a writer, so it never occurred to me that I could write something else. I was a stay at home mom and an avid reader of romance. My daughters joked that I had read so many I could probably write my own. I took that as a challenge—and guess what? I found out that I could write one!

What research, if any, have you done into BDSM to make your stories realistic?
I’ve always been interested in the psychology of why people do what they do, so when I began doing research for writing sex scenes (yes, there is research involved!) my initial inquiries began with psychological texts. Not particularly fun, but interesting in a geeky sort of way. From there, I read non-fiction books on the lifestyle, and of course,
Dr. Charley’s book which is specifically for writers. That led me to virtual research via the internet. It’s truly amazing what you can find online. (When I die, please, someone erase my search history!)

Finally, I read every fiction book I could find that dealt with the lifestyle—everything from The Story of O and the Marquis de Sade to Anne Rice—and of course, I read contemporary romances too, since that was what I intended to write. Yes, I’m a geek. I admit it.

What differences or difficulties, if any, do you see in writing BDSM stories as opposed to your typical romance?
Everyone understands the basic human urge to have sex. That requires no explanation in a romance novel. However, not everyone understands the kinkier side of human sexuality. You can’t have your character whip out a flogger and go to town on another character without some explanation of why either one would be okay with that.

You don’t have to convert the reader to the lifestyle, but you have to convince them your character’s needs are valid and essential to their pleasure and happiness. If you can’t convince them of that, then you’ve lost them completely.

Roz Lee, BDSM Writers Con, kink, eroticaIf you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
I’d be a Science teacher. I love science so you would think I’d write in the paranormal, sci-fi or even steampunk genres, wouldn’t you? LOL I’d probably get lost in the research and forget to write, so I’ll leave that to others.

Award winning author Roz Lee has penned over a dozen erotic romances. The first, The Lust Boat, was born of an idea acquired while on a Caribbean cruise with her family and soon blossomed into a five book series published by Red Sage. Following her love of baseball, she turned her attention to sexy athletes in tight pants, writing the critically acclaimed Mustangs Baseball series. When Roz isn’t writing, she’s reading, or traipsing around the country on one adventure or another. No trip is too small, no tourist trap too cheesy, and no road unworthy of travel.

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Roz Lee was one of the Featured Authors of BDSM Writers Con 2014 and is returning for
BDSM Writers Con 2015

 

 

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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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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.

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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