SM Johnson


SM Johnson hibernates in northern Wisconsin, where she writes darkly erotic fiction about things that go "naughty" in the night. SM lives with one husband, one child, one dog and one cat.

Life is messy, let's play in it!

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
Aw, man, the story behind my latest novel, Jeremiah Quick, could fill a book itself.

Jeremiah Quick came about because I met someone who challenges me in a similar way as my old friend did, and it was almost like waking up a ghost. And I admire this other person's work so much, the fact that he puts so much heart and soul into his art - that I almost feel ashamed to call myself an artist in his presence. (He goes by "19" btw, and if you want to know more, look for his book, Schadenfreude here on Smashwords and elsewhere).

I mean, don't get me wrong, I am a kick-ass erotica writer - but I give you stories that just... they've got smokin' hot sex scenes and the kind of love that could hold up the world - but my characters also slam into real life brick walls, and really don't tend to behave the way romance characters are expected to. Which is why I keep telling people that I am not a romance writer. If you read me expecting the things you expect from a romance, you'll probably be disappointed. And maybe even pissed off.

So, yeah, I do that. I'm a damn fine writer. I am. But as much as I adore Roman and Dare and Jeff and everybody in the Dungeon series - these are books that are delightful to write in that they require very little in the way of pulling from my own personal pain. They're "easy fluff" - relatively speaking.

So. This had to be fixed. I had this drive to... put my soul out there, (via fiction, of course) and write something that just bled onto the page, something that HURT to create and will hurt others when they read it. And while the events of Jeremiah Quick are certainly fictional, there's a spirit to the book that's dead on true. (And needless to say, it's not exactly selling madly, but again, this is a book I had to write for ME).

Jeremiah Quick.

Buy it.

it will hurt you.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There's this part of writing a story when my rational brain skips town and the words feel like they are flowing into me from somewhere outside myself, and it's all my fingers can do to keep up the pace. This is id. This is... the space in which I feel the most like ME, and what unfolds, what my brain, my imagination, my creativity, or some ghost somewhere is feeding me is truly unexpected and unplanned. I don't know where it's coming from or even sometimes where it's heading to - it's just this magical well of THIS THIS THIS, YES!

Like an orgasm.

What's not to like about that?
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Where to find SM Johnson online


The Story of Hawk and Boy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,740. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Can Hawk and boy ever live the BDSM fantasy of their dreams, or will boy's physical problem ruin everything?
Dare in the Dungeon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,020. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Kneeling for Thomas is like skirting the edge of a fatal fall, and Dare wonders what he's gotten himself into. He wants to trust Thomas and stop pretending, but how much pain and humiliation can one Ivy League kid handle before he comes apart?
Jeremiah Quick
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,390. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery
Pretty wants to fix Jeremiah. But Jeremiah Quick will break her, remake her, and talk her into doing something terrible.
Three in the Dungeon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,990. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Is love enough to forsake power exchange? Roman and Jeff are building a new life in Minnesota, even though Jeff's been insisting since the accident that he just wants to be vanilla. A funny thing, though, Jeff's BDSM erotic fiction is quickly becoming the latest Amazon Indie success story, which makes Roman wonder… if Jeff is still kinky in his head, what about his heart?
Above the Dungeon
Price: Free! Words: 70,570. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Above the Dungeon - 70,000 words, erotic fiction (M/M, BDSM) Roman's interest in Dare, the newest bartender at Above the Dungeon, challenges Dare's lifelong perception of his own sexuality. Dare wanted something different than his pre-planned, predictable life, but is Roman asking too much?
18 Dead
Price: Free! Words: 7,170. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
A Killer is a killer is a killer - right? Especially if he smiled...
Out of the Dungeon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,450. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Reality interferes with fantasy... When Jeff is injured in an accident, there's no time for dungeon play. Traction is like non-consensual bondage, and Jeff calls "red." Roman's love for Jeff is as strong as Roman himself, but how much can a man lose before he gives up everything?

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Smashwords book reviews by SM Johnson

  • I'm George, mwm, 52 on Dec. 06, 2011

    The inside of George's head is a non-linear thought process that ambles its way around many issues and ultimately comes around to a startling revelation. In the beginning, George discovers that his wife of 24 years has had an affair. But George's internal reaction is not what you'd expect, it's better. The way the narrator examines the "what ifs" and "maybe this or maybe that" is exactly the way my brain works - creating detailed explanations that change continually, based on what new information is discovered. The author completely nails many aspects of what it's like to be married for 24 years to the same person. I found myself laughing out loud and reading passages to my husband. We totally get it. I hope to see more from this writer. He has a wonderful talent of making an enjoyable read feel like a long conversation with a new friend.
  • Divine Wine on Dec. 22, 2011

    If you love a nasty vampire, you won't be disappointed with Divine Wine.
  • Take Control - Erotica Romance Short Story on Dec. 23, 2011

    Not very creative, so it didn't work for me, but guys might like it.
  • Brianna on Dec. 23, 2011

    Lots of telling, not much showing.
  • Hannah's Choice (An Erotic /Erotica Short) on Dec. 23, 2011

    Short, but a fairly hot read.
  • Hysteria on Dec. 23, 2011

    Quite nice.
  • A Fresh Taste on Dec. 23, 2011

    Some good stories.
  • Rhiannon's New School on Dec. 23, 2011

    Just when it was getting good, it was over.
  • Connections (A Short Erotic / Erotica Romance) on Dec. 23, 2011

    This is a very nice little story.
  • Sex With A Lingering Kiss on Dec. 23, 2011

    Very sweet. I enjoyed Sex with a Lingering Kiss very much.
  • Jungle Heat on Dec. 23, 2011

    Well-written, but it's more of a brief fantasy than a complete story.
  • BOUND (#1 in The Crystor Series) on Jan. 06, 2012

    I wish I could pinpoint why this book couldn't hold my attention. The sentence structures are fine, there weren't any typos, and there were curious hints of "otherworldly" things and quite a lot of action right at the beginning. Yet for some reason the narrative was flat and in 35 pages I just never connected with any of the characters. My best guess is that the author perhaps is telling more than showing the story. I wish I could be more specific than that. There isn't anything specifically wrong with Bound, and this isn't meant to be a negative review - so I would certainly tell readers to take a chance on this writer and come to their own conclusions.
  • Dancing in Heaven — a sister's memoir on Jan. 06, 2012

    This is a beautiful memoir and tribute to the author's sister, with a nice back and forth flow between the story's current crises and what it was like growing up with a severely disable sibling. Annie lived to be 51 years old, and stayed in the care of her parents her entire life - Dancing in Heaven is an amazing story of devotion and love. I read it in one sitting, and shed a few tears, too! Thank you Christine M. Grote for sharing Annie with the world!
  • Nate Rocks the World on Jan. 11, 2012

    I read this myself, and now it's on my list to read with my 8 year old daughter. She likes reading on my e-reader, and I love knowing I have a surprise read for her. Nate was just so much fun - I love his imagination, and how in his daydreams he's always the hero. Give Nate Rocks the World to your kids working on Silent Self Reading - I think they'll like it! I read a Kindle edition, but I'm pretty sure I've seen this title on the shelves at major retailers, too - and trust, it deserves the shelf space!
  • In Leah's Wake on Jan. 14, 2012

    Pacing was slow and depressing, without much redemption, with pages and pages of background/prose that had little to do with the plot.
  • Open Your Legs For Me on Jan. 14, 2012

    Ack. Lame.
  • For Love on Jan. 14, 2012

    Interesting premise, but the narrative was not very engaging. Forced dialogue. Lots of exclamation points so I (the reader) would know the characters really meant what they were saying! The author just needs to log more writing hours and improve her craft. Brave subject matter - kudos on that.
  • Heart Spell on April 05, 2012

    Short but sweet. Cora Zane has a refreshingly straightforward style.
  • Marriage by Mistake on April 08, 2012

    Actually, Marriage by Mistake was two romance stories for the price of FREE. I don't normally choose light romance as reading materiel, but I do love to find out about new writers through a free read. So - that being said, I'm probably not the target audience. And yet, I enjoyed this book so much that the number of 1 and 2 star reviews here on Amazon actually surprises me. Yes, the initial set-up requires some suspension of belief - that Kelly and Dean met, fell in love, and got married all in two days in Las Vegas while Dean was under hypnotic influence. Once I bought in to that, the rest was easy. The secondary romance was a pleasant surprise. In fact, I was delighted that the female antagonist, a self-proclaimed Ice Queen who had hoped to marry Dean - went completely off stereotype and wasn't nasty to the female protagonist. Talk about refreshing. Very nice. I think readers of light, comic romance would enjoy this story.
  • Hostile Witness, A Josie Bates Thriller on April 10, 2012

    Hostile Witness was exactly what I look for in a legal/psychological thriller - a flawed attorney, a damaged client, and a story in which the truth is elusive. Whenever I was forced (by life) put this book down, I couldn't wait to pick it up again. The number of 1-star reviews here really surprises me - I didn't notice excessive profanity, and only took note of a few grammatical/editing erros. I will definitely be adding the rest of the series to my reading list.
  • Small Mistakes on Aug. 23, 2012

    This is a great collection of four short stories, some with thematic shades of Gothic horror and others with the type of irony reminiscent of the Twilight Zone. The entire volume was a satisfying "waiting room" length read, the writing is good, and some of the stories will linger like the fumes of a creepy fairy tale.
  • Ravaged (A Twisted Tale) on Aug. 23, 2012

    Ravaged is a rather nasty little tale, and I mean that in the nicest way. It's well-written, without noticeable typos or editing issues. The price is a bit steep for the word count, but I enjoyed the story and was startled by the twisted ending.
  • My Stepfather, My Dom (Taboo BDSM Erotica Series, #1) on Aug. 23, 2012

    This is a fun take on an almost-taboo type of Dom/sub relationship. Scarlett Nighte writes a good story. This one is short, but has enough back-story to flesh out the characters, and the tension between the Dom and sub crackles even before the actual BDSM scene.
  • Doctor's Orders Multipack (Gay Medical Erotica) on Aug. 24, 2012

    I'd already purchased Doctor's Orders 2 when I saw the multi-pack, which I mistakenly thought included Doctor's Orders 4. Apparently I lose the logic portion of my brain while reading naughty erotica. Ah well. Doctor's Orders is a nicely done "just this side of non-con" M/M medical fantasy. It's pure erotica, with a surprising amount of unusual kink.
  • Not His Kiss to Take on Feb. 20, 2013

    (excerpt from my blog post of Feb 21 2013) The other, lighter, favorite I read recently is Not His Kiss to Take by Finn Marlowe. This was a somewhat unusual book for me, not because of the older man/younger man pairing, but because it had medical kink, and it's sort of in the genre of "gay for you" - which usually I think is pretty lame. The kink isn't even what I loved about it. What I loved was Jamie's snappy attitude, how stubborn he was, and how he allowed Dr. Evan to manipulate him, knowing exactly how he was being manipulated. The other really great thing about this book is that it made me laugh out loud, frequently. I believe it was told in a traditional romance style - meaning from the point of views of each man in the romantic pairing, and it ended on a happily ever after premise. An erotic, sweet, happy and fun read. Loved it.
  • The Breaking (The Eternal Dungeon) on April 10, 2013

    There is no sex (nor torture) in these pages, but the writing is smooth and easy to read, the characters are fairly well-drawn, and it sets up a nice story world for future installments.
  • Schadenfreude on Sep. 04, 2013

    I don't even know how to begin a review of Schadenfreude. Yikes. I will never forget this book. I will never recover from this book. I have always and forever avoided stories (books and film) set in Nazi Germany - and particularly anything set at Auschwitz or other death camps. What I imagine people suffered there damages some part of my psyche. That being said... Schadenfreude will be inside me forever. The moment I finished reading it for the first time, I started reading it again, word for word, despite the fact that I was distinctly at odds with myself for enjoying it so much. How can something this terrible and tragic be so beautiful? How can I hope that Erich finds a way to return to Ahren in the end, when in the beginning I wished with with all my heart for Erich to escape? I don't know. The writing style... just softly and gently leads us into the complete and utter destruction of everything human about Erich - and then rebuilds him into, basically, Ahren's pet. This is not nice. It is not pretty. How can it be beautiful? I don't know that, either. I wish there was more. I want to know what happens, after.
  • How To Rape A Straight Guy on April 16, 2014

    How To Rape A Straight Guy has to be one of the strangest books that I've read, which is saying a lot, because I read a lot of off-the-wall stuff. The weird thing was, there was a point where I thought this would be a DNF for me. The narrator, Curt, is not a person I liked. I didn't like the way he talked, I didn't like that he was a total asshole to pretty much everyone, and I didn't like that he wasn't gay, but found enjoyment is, literally, raping straight guys. It was really hard to imagine how Curt could possibly redeem himself. I kept reading mostly because he found himself in a gigantic mess that hooked me hard, and in the middle of the mess he discovers an odd and unfamiliar compassion for others. So. Good characterization, an interesting conflict, and character growth. All the elements of a good book, and at the conclusion I felt that I'd invested my time in a satisfying read. This will be nothing like you expect, but sometimes one of the most charming things about reading is learning about someone who is very different from yourself.
  • Hero's Torch on Dec. 22, 2014

    Damn. Each book I read by XIX immediately becomes my favorite. The writing "voice," the way he uses language to tell you a story... just draws me in and holds me captive. I can almost hear him saying, "Let me tell you a nightmare, little girl..." He gives life and imagery to ideas that have long resided in my own dark corners, and I just adore him for it. Hero's Torch opens in dystopian future Earth, where religion and government have become a twisted mindfuck... either you embrace the mindset of the borg, or suffer months of reconditioning. Our protagonist, Leander Schaiden, is a bright and creative teen who cannot buy into the societal collective beliefs (Christianity-based) of post-apocalyptic Earth. He's been reconditioned once already, and it didn't work. When he's passed over by the Septarch, (in a ritualized child-reaping process that I'm not even going to try to simplify into a brief explanation)... Leander speaks out, "Wait," to the horror of his parents and everyone else. Being passed over is a relief, cause for joy. Calling attention to oneself, unheard of. Leander, the first to dare to speak to the Septarch in 200 years. And so Leander is taken, destined for a future of rape, torture, and death. But it's got to be better (and more honest) than spending the rest of his life on Earth being forced to worship a god he doesn't believe in. This work is gruesome and graphic, explicit, and unpretty. And that's a beautiful thing. Really. What I found most powerful in this story was the depiction of parental love, how Leander's father will go to any length to "rescue" Leander, to put Leander back into the borg-box where he "belongs," even if being in the box is the death of everything that is Leander about Leander. Powerful stuff, boys and girls. Take a risk. Enjoy the darkness.