Interview with Madison Barry

What are you working on next?
I've recently published a new dark romance here on Smashwords, along with a novella. My next project is an erotic romance involving a hot millionaire. Because that's really my favorite place to play, in big mansions with hot, wealthy men. Well, to play in fiction anyway. I've never had the opportunity to play that way in real life, though I wouldn't rule it out if given the chance.
Who are your favorite authors?
I am a big fan of epic fantasy, especially Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time and Brandon Sanderson's work, including Mistborn and The Stormlight Archives.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a short story in elementary school about a girl who finds a gopher hole in her backyard and wants to keep the gopher from emerging, so she keeps putting more and more sheets of paper over the gopher hole until he can't get out.
What is your writing process?
I'm constantly thinking about the story: What will happen next? Who is this character and why does she behave this way? What twists and turns can I throw in? I do most of this thinking as I lie in bed trying to fall asleep and in the shower. Then I sit down to write the next scene or the next chapter, which I work on throughout the day, interspersed with my day job and caring for my kids. Sometimes, I write exactly what I came up with, and sometimes as I go along, the sequence of events takes me in a new direction. I do a lot of self-editing as I go.

My great downfall is that I usually have four or more novels and stories in the works at the same time, so I really have to nail down the one with the most promise and get all the way to the end. Sometimes, though, if I get stuck on one, switching to another story helps break down the block. Writing anything is better than not writing at all!
Describe your desk
I have a laptop connected to a larger monitor, so that I have two screens to work with. My desk is typically a bit of a mess, coffee mugs, bills, and mail scattered about, papers related to my work, pens and snacks and candy. Front and center, though, are keyboard and mouse, and woe to anyone who messes with my careful alignment.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I really enjoy getting inside my characters' heads and learning about them as people. They speak to me, and I start to think in their voices so that they come through as authentic on the page. Writing is every bit as imaginative a process as reading, a way of exploring the world and the people in it.
What do your fans mean to you?
Getting great feedback is such a high. I love hearing from my fans, because knowing people are reading and enjoying my work is what makes me want to keep writing. Every review, every retweet or comment, every follow on Twitter or instagram reminds me that I'm not writing in a vacuum.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do have a day job, so I spend several hours a day at that. I take care of my children, cook dinner. But, my second-favorite thing (after writing) is practicing my guitar. I've been playing for about five years, mostly self-taught, and it's a nice way to take a break from my computer.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for as long as I can remember. As a teenager, I wrote science fiction short stories and Star Trek fan fiction.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords makes it so easy to create and publish. Now that I've published quite a few books, the process is straightforward. I have a Word template all set up, and I just write the new book right in the template and upload when I'm ready. I really appreciate the flexibility Smashwords gives me as far as genre and content, and the Meatgrinder simplifies my life SO MUCH, because I don't have to worry about converting to various file formats.
Published 2019-03-18.
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Books by This Author

Slave of the Palace
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 35,540. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
At the Palace, wealthy men can indulge in their basest desires with specially trained young women. When the Governor meets the latest acquisition, he finds himself strangely enamored of her. Will he be able to leave her when their night together ends? Will she want him to go?
Conrad's Betrayal: An Island Sequel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,090. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Everything's falling apart on the Island. Everyone's angry. Conrad Sinclair puts his nose where it doesn't belong. Amy and Andrew make a huge mistake and piss off Sir. But worst of all, Sir is acting weird and no one knows why. The Island needs Sir's leadership, and no one knows how to fix it all. It will take something drastic to reorient Sir to what's important, but is it already too late?
Taken at the Mammoth Hunt
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,920. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical/Ancient, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
When Hani was a child, she was kidnapped from her family during a mammoth hunt. The man she learned to call "Father" spent ten years abusing her. Now, on another mammoth hunt, a friend from her old life discovers her and begs her to come home, but "Father" punishes her severely when he discovers them together. Hani yearns to be reunited with those who love her. Is this hunt her chance at freedom?
Sophie's Punishment
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 57,610. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Sophie is home after a year as a sex slave on the Island and asks therapist Tara to help her heal. Sophie tells Tara about her experiences, and Tara suggests that Sophie work with Roberto, a Dom, to reclaim her submissive side. As Sophie begins to learn about true BDSM, Sir, her former master, finds out Sophie has revealed the secrets of his Island and wants her punished for her betrayal.
Amelia's Escape
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,280. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery
Raised on a private island by a benefactor known as Master, Amelia is excited to finally be an adult. But she soon learns that she will now be required to allow men to use her body however they want or face punishment. She is desperate to escape, but Master is bent on forcing her to submit to him, and she finds herself on the brink of surrendering to him and his promise of a life of luxury.
In the Billionaire's Playroom
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,380. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
I was supposed to be there to take care of his kids, but it was hard not to dream of my hot, wealthy employer giving me more than just a paycheck. Then, one morning, I decided to explore the house, and when he found out I'd discovered his playroom, I wasn't sure if I was going to lose my innocence or my job!
Stories from The Island
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 50,270. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
In this collection of stories, set in the world of The Island, we get a glimpse into other characters in Sir's circle of influence. We meet Conrad Sinclair as a young man and learn about his introduction to slave training; we meet Hannah, a slave on the Island who had a forbidden love affair; and, we meet Caroline, Sir's lover before Amy arrived.
Cori's Submission: A BDSM Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,400. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
What happens when both husband and wife are kinky, but neither knows of the other's proclivities? Cori and Brandon are suffering in a boring and nearly-sexless marriage, but they don't have to be! Will they reconcile and find renewed passion in their mutual interest in kink, or will their individual explorations drive them apart for good?
The House: The Complete Series
Series: The House. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 333,720. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
At The House, submissive women are recruited to become temporary sex slaves to the masters there. One of The House's most important rules is against romantic relationships, because of the threat to the members' reputations. But when one of the masters falls in love with Lucy, a new slave at the House, his obsession with her sets off a chain of events that threatens the very existence of The House.
The Blue Room: A BDSM Murder Mystery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,850. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
(5.00 from 1 review)
Katie arrives at a BDSM club by accident, but she and the owner quickly fall in love as he begins to introduce her to the BDSM scene. Eight months later, she is found dead in a playroom just before a party. Possible motives range from jealousy to financial problems, but when 3 similar deaths at other dungeons are discovered, the possibility that a serial killer is at work must be considered.
The House Book Six: Sir Leo
Series: The House. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 67,860. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Years ago, Leo started a club for BDSM masters to train willing slaves. The House became Leo's life, but despite their rule against romantic involvements, even Leo has twice stayed with a former slave. Other masters, too, want a chance at love, and Leo knows the House must change or die out. Will the members accept his new vision, or will the change tear the community apart for good?
The House Book Five: Pet Alicia
Series: The House. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 54,260. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Alicia's sex life is dismal, and when she learns about BDSM, she realizes she is a born submissive. She becomes a slave at the House, desperately in love with her Master James. But James screws up, and Alicia is devastated to be removed from his care, a victim of growing conflicts among the House members. Will the House survive the internal threat? What will happen to Alicia when the dust settles?
The House Book Four: Master James
Series: The House. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 58,730. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
James has finally been granted a slave of his own, and he is thrilled with his lovely and playful Pet. But when James meets and becomes infatuated with a vanilla woman, he knows he must keep his Pet secret or cause problems at The House. What will happen when the girlfriend and the Pet finally cross paths? How will James sort out the mess that is sure to arise when his love triangle falls apart?
The House Book Three: Slave Tara
Series: The House. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 52,350. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Tara and her master are deeply in love, but he is unwilling to give up his work at The House to be with her. Their infrequent sessions are intense and satisfying, but Tara needs more from him, and he consistently puts The House before her. She becomes involved with another master, who insists she is more important than The House, but when a crisis strikes at The House, will he choose her or them?
The House Book Two: Master Michael
Series: The House. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 45,070. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Michael has fantasies of dominating a woman, calling himself a Dom without a sub. He joins the House, where he learns to train and discipline the women who come to them to become slaves. But when he falls in love with Lucy when he was only supposed to be training her, which is strictly against House rules, he must decide between his loyalty to the House and his love for Lucy.
The House Book One: Pet Lucy
Series: The House. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,690. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Lucy seems to always fail at having good sex. When she goes to a sex therapist for help, she is encouraged to apply to "The House," where a mysterious group of men train her to be their slave. She learns there is freedom in total submission, but she must let go of her pride, her shame, and her fears. Who will she become when she is released from Lucy's baggage and is remade into simply Pet?
Amy's Island
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,590. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Amy returns to the Island and Sir, only to find that it isn't quite what she'd dreamed of. When she runs into a former client in the bar, she begins to think that maybe there's a better option out there for her. At the same time, Mac and Andrew are causing problems, disrupting Sir's self control along with his control over his Island. When the dust settles, where will everyone end up?
Amy's Choice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,790. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
In this sequel, we reunite with Amy, who is home from the Island and adjusting to real life, dating and working. Meanwhile, a recent Island release named Julia has found work on a cruise ship as a stripper/prostitute. When Julia gets into trouble on the ship, Amy is asked to rescue her, where things quickly go south, and Amy is faced with a choice: Try to live a "normal" life, or return to Sir.
The Island
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 64,510. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
In this prequel to The Island Series, we meet the handsome and mysterious Sir. Assisted by two women and an expanding circle of men who possess unique skills, Sir embarks on an ambitious project. Using money, the force of his personality, his prowess in bed, and a mix of punishment and reward, Sir will recruit and train young, beautiful women to serve as elite sex slaves on a secret island.
Amy's Year
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 173,610. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
(3.25 from 4 reviews)
Amy would do almost anything to get out of the financial mess she's in. When she meets a strange man who promises to solve her problems in exchange for a year of service, she is whisked away on a private jet to a secret island. There, she meets the enigmatic, handsome, and compelling Sir, who teaches her to satisfy the every desire of his island’s wealthy clientele.