Q: What made you decide to write BDSM romance?
A: While it’s become more acceptable in mainstream culture, there are still a lot of misconceptions about bondage and domination/submission among the general public. I wanted to spread the message that people can be very normal and mainstream, mentally healthy, yet still be into varying levels of kink. Anyone you run into during your day could go home and tie up—or be tied up by—their partner.
Q: When do you find time to write?
A: My commute is very long (about 75 minutes) but I take the train, so it’s pretty easy to sit down, open up my tiny little laptop (which doesn’t even have a web browser), and spend the trip to and from work writing.
Q: In Captured Hunter, both of your characters are fairly ordinary people, rather than the billionaires and the princesses that are often in romance novels. Why?
A: While I respect the idea that readers want to escape into a fantasy of meeting a billionaire who just happens to be gorgeous and into their sexual desires, that’s obviously pretty rare. My characters are pretty much people you meet in real life, and they aren’t über-confident about what they want. They work very hard to overcome their flaws and foibles and make a relationship work—just like in real life.
Q: How do you develop your plot and your characters? Do you draw a story outline, or write a bio about the individuals, or something else?
A: I used to make these enormous and highly-detailed outlines from start to finish, and I never once finished a book that originated from these outlines. As the type of person who likes everything in its place and all loose ends tied up neatly, I found that an outline took the human element—that is, our penchant to screw up, do selfish things, behave boorishly, or any other of a thousand character flaws—and made for stories with robots who never made bad decisions. Once I learned to let my characters tell me what they wanted to do based on their personalities and backgrounds, I became a much better writer.
Q: What is the hardest part of writing?
A: Well, it’s several things, but they all come back to finding the time to write. I still work a full-time job and have to take care of a household, so exhaustion is a big one. Sometimes I’m just too tired to form the words. I’ll try very hard—I’ll force myself to sit in front of the computer, but soon my mind will drift and I’ll be totally out of the story. Or, if I had a really bad day at the office and I’m angry, my characters will shift into a very dark, evil mode, one that doesn’t really fit the person or the scene.
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