\My interest in s/m started because of a middle-school project. I was researching ways to tie different knots for a project. I don't remember much about that, but what I found while searching stayed with me. Some of the things I saw frightened me, yet, even then, I was able to mute some of the cruelty aspects because... I knew what it could be, for me. Dominance that's affectionate, firm without being cruel, warm yet controlled, and submission that can, eventually, be offered fully, as a very good Dominant deserves.
Submission isn't something that's forced from a submissive. It's given willingly, from trust and respect. Yet also from the innate knowledge that the Dominant appreciates the level of control they're given.
It took me a long time before I found someone who could help me learn about my submissive side. And then I learned it's not so much a 'side.' It's there all the time for him, and I'm glad I waited for someone I could truly trust. If this story helps new submissives wait for safe dominance, in lieu of satisfying desires recklessly... then, the story's done it's job.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing well. Energy burns, words appear, and hours fly by. Then I realize the sun's up. That's a fantastic writing night. I live for those.
What are you working on next?
The second part to 'Subfrenzy.' A vampire series. A fantasy-historical s/m series.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the first story I've ever read. There have been several authors that have left incredible impacts.
I was drowning in a dissatisfied frenzy when I found Hunter S. Thompson. He helped me find Ayn Rand, the Beat writers, and whole new 'worlds' from there. Instead of wanting to be out and around, I barricaded myself inside with their books for... two years. Three? When I woke from absorbing all of that information, I was graduating. Haha. It might have saved me. Those, so far, were the most intense years.
Other books that left huge impacts- The Little Prince, for whatever reason. Anne Rice's vampire series. A N. Roquelaure, the Marquis, Classicists, and Aran Ashe helped form my standards for s/m.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a nice neighborhood, surrounded by an urban environment. It helped writing because... I stayed inside a lot. Haha. Needing to write has always been with me, though. If I wasn't writing, I was reading. I've always loved books.
What is your writing process?
I get a new pack of cigarettes, a lighter that isn't annoying, and I settle in to write. My best writing day was over fifteen hours. The worst, I stare at the screen, play games online, or WoW, or watch things that I hope will spark energy.
How do you approach cover design?
I procrastinated, procrastinated some more, and then committed to doing it in a day. I took pictures, arranged them, and had the Cover Design on Amazon help. For the second book, or the second book series I'm writing, I hope to get some artist friends to help out... =)
What are your five favorite books, and why?
- The Proud Highway- Hunter S. Thompson I went through a HST phase (that's still on-going), and found a book of letters, his correspondence with... everyone: Actors, actresses, readers, people in politics, sports players, women he dated, etc. It drew me in, which brought me to 'Fear and Loathing in America,' and I craved more after I was done with that. It's the best way, I think, for readers to gain insight into what made HST such an incredible writer/journalist/author.
- Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates- Tom Robbins I've never read writing like this before. Ever. It stunned me. The sentence structure had me laugh aloud from pleasure.
- House of Leaves- Mark Z. Danielewski - It's absolutely twisted.
- The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers- Margaret George It was fantastic. I've had a voracious need to know about the Tudors. This book was the best I read on Henry VIII.
- Crimson Petal and the White- Michael Faber - The writing style was completely unique. I started reading and didn't stop.
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