SM Johnson


SM Johnson lives in northern Wisconsin with one husband, one child, one dog and one cat. The kid is cool, but the cat is shady. She writes not-quite romance stories with characters who aren't exactly mainstream and don't do what's expected of them. Her favorite winter activity is hibernating with a great book.

Life is messy, let's play in it!

Smashwords Interview

What's going on with the Dungeon series?
The Dungeon series is evolving. As a reader, the books I most enjoy reading have narrators and point of view characters who are fun to get to know on a deeper, more personal level. I wanted to spend more time exploring romantic pairings between couples (and/or triads), and try my hand at writing in one point of view in a more linear fashion, rather than juggling multiple points of view and multiple pairings in each book.

BDSM communities tend to be closely connected through clubs and other play spaces, and because I still want to catch up with boys from the past now and then, it was a pretty simple concept to work with the new manager, Doc, to build the club into a meeting place. It's still a kinky bar all week long, but on Member's Only nights the scenes are more naked, more intense, and more story-driven. The Dungeon is a place where the new characters readers are just getting to know have a chance to interact with the boys you already know and love.

The previous installment of the Dungeon series, Aftermath, which is technically book 5, was somewhat of a transition book. Roman and Jeff were still finding their feet in Minnesota, while Dare was trying to get settled in his triad relationship with Zach and Dom Thomas. I also introduced Doc and Tristan and the changes at the club. I divided the book into three sections - each one devoted to a pairing or a triad. I did this somewhat for my own convenience, as juggling and filtering scenes from multiple points of view to build a full picture out of puzzle pieces takes me a REALLY long time, and it was frustrating to keep pushing the publish date back. I actually arranged the book into three sections as an editing exercise, so I could see more clearly what was missing from each storyline. In the process of editing, I discovered I enjoyed the stories in this more linear fashion. It did turn a fairly long book into what felt like three shorter books, and I'm afraid some readers weren't in love with it.

In Nervous (release date 10.01.17) readers will meet competent Avery Phoenix and nervous Julian Sparks. This book is really their story. Avery is a dominant and a member of the Dungeon, and it's here at the club Julian meets some of the boys from earlier books in the series. Nervous definitely has some explicit scenes, but the arc of the story is a slow-burn romance, told mostly from Julian's point of view. I have fallen in love with Julian and Avery, and I hope readers will too!
Why do you find writing about power exchange so interesting?
Going back to school made me interested in incorporating more psychological struggles into my work, which you'll definitely see in Nervous. I used to write about power exchange as a very intentional but recreational activity, healing sometimes, but that was almost a side-effect. In Nervous I show you a kind of power exchange that pushes toward individual growth and competence. Still hot, yeah, but there's also an external purpose to the kind of power exchange the characters are engage in, which leads to a deeper value and meaning.

Working with youth has changed my view of the world, which has definitely changed the lens through which I view power exchange and even sexuality itself.

Life is a messy journey, and I am living it and loving it.
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Where to find SM Johnson online


Dungeon series
Roman and the boys are like any men you might meet in a gay club anywhere. Except Roman owns a club called Above the Dungeon, and as the regulars like to say, Roman's dungeon is legendary. Open the door and come on in. The Dungeon series is an emotional roller-coaster of romance and joy, trouble and pain. And hella personal growth, and isn't that the point?
Above the Dungeon
Price: Free!
Out of the Dungeon
Price: $2.99 USD.
Three in the Dungeon
Price: $2.99 USD.
Dare in the Dungeon
Price: $3.99 USD.


Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,480. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Julian can't believe this is his life, or that Avery Phoenix, who makes everyone else nervous, actually makes him feel calmer than he's ever felt before. He's falling for Avery in a big way, but Avery has some pretty big secrets, maybe big enough to send Julian scurrying for home.
Aftermath: The New Dungeon
Series: Dungeon series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,440. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Aftermath is a bit different. Oh, don’t worry, Jeff still talks to us in first person, and Roman is still very Roman… but all these guys are in wildly different relationship stages, with Dare, Zach, and Thomas in a maintenance stage, Doc and Tristan in a new relationship, and Roman and Jeff deepening their commitment to one another. Enjoy!
DeVante's Coven (Revamped)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,860. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
DeVante's little coven needs his protection, but loving them makes him weak when he most needs to be strong. Book 2 of the Vampire DeVante series by SM Johnson. 90,000 words, paranormal M/M romance
Collected Novels from the Dungeon
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 310,730. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
You are about to experience SM Johnson's M/M BDSM Dungeon series from beginning to end, including Above the Dungeon, Out of the Dungeon, Three in the Dungeon, Dare in the Dungeon, and the bonus short story, The Story of Hawk and boy. More than 900 pages of M/M erotic romance!
DeVante's Curse: Katarina's Castle
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,060. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Growing up in Katarina's castle changed a boy named Ernesto into a cold-hearted creature who calls himself DeVante. But which came first, the monster or the man? DeVante's Curse is a 10,000 word companion story to the Vampire DeVante series.
DeVante's Children (Revamped)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,590. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(5.00 from 1 review)
When Daniel discovers his boyfriend is a vampire, he realizes the night has more secrets than he ever knew, and the world more monsters than he's ever imagined. And he thought being gay was weird. 93,000 words. Gay paranormal erotic romance.
The Story of Hawk and Boy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,720. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Can Hawk and boy ever live the BDSM fantasy of their dreams, or will boy's physical problem ruin everything?
Dare in the Dungeon
Series: Dungeon series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,020. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,350. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
Pretty wants to fix Jeremiah. But Jeremiah Quick will break her, remake her, and talk her into doing something terrible.
Three in the Dungeon
Series: Dungeon series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,990. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
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
Series: Dungeon series. Price: Free! Words: 70,570. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
(4.25 from 8 reviews)
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: 7,070. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
(5.00 from 1 review)
A Killer is a killer is a killer - right? Especially if he smiled...
Out of the Dungeon
Series: Dungeon series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,670. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
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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SM Johnson's favorite authors on Smashwords

Latest book: Hero's Torch.
Published December 20, 2014. (5.00 from 1 review)
Emanuel Xavier
Latest book: Christ Like.
Published May 7, 2019.

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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Kingdom of Heaven on April 27, 2014

    This book (sigh). This is a difficult review to write, because this is a book that will break your heart. But it's an Important Book - it's what would happen if... and I promise you, there's an inherent and terrible Truth to be learned here, a truth that needs to be known. I don't want to say more, because this is a book that needs to be experienced by your heart, and saying too much might ruin that experience. Eat this book, then feed it to your friends. I think you'll be glad you did.
  • 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.