Hi, Kinky Ever After readers. First I want to thank Annabel, Anneke, and Candace for inviting me to join them here. What an impressive, thoughtful, and entertaining set of posts they’ve been making! I’ve been catching up reading them and it’s been a lot of fun. I held back some comments because if I went that route, I’d run out of time for writing a post of my own.
I’ve been mulling lately about the line between fantasy and reality in BDSM romances. I’ve generally tried to stay realistic, and part of what I mean by that is that play in my books is usually very safe, sane, and consensual. The relationships develop a bit fast, because of the limitations of a book, but even in the two books I wrote with vampires everyone has a safe word. The Doms are Doms you might meet in a club, or at a play party. They feel like people I know -- not like any individual, but they’d fit in with people I’ve met in the BDSM scene. A few reviewers have called my books good introductory BDSM books, and I’m pleased by that. There’s at least more good information in them than misinformation.
My next book coming out doesn’t really fit that mode. It’s a ménage, and that alone doesn’t necessarily cross the line. I have seen relationships with more than two people work. I don’t remember seeing a relationship with two dominants and one sub work past a scene or two, but I wouldn’t rule that out. However, my dominants are twins, and that, from my point of view, is verging into pure fantasy territory. But it’s hot, and it lets me do some fun things with the plot. The book coming out after that is a fantasy in the Lord of the Rings sense, so the hero doesn’t come from the kind of society that can debate the virtues of SSC vs. RACK. Or safe sex. If anyone is getting their ideas about what BDSM is like from those two books -- well, hopefully people won’t take them that seriously, and just enjoy what I hope is a pleasurable ride.
So what are you looking for when you pick up a BDSM romance? A book that shows the real world of BDSM, or a flight of fancy?