I want to start by saying that it's such a privilege to find myself among such talented, kinky authors. I've loved reading the interesting and thoughtful entries here. I'm so glad to be a part of it.
Now for the nitty gritty. I've gone back and forth about what to do for my first post here at Kinky Ever After and rather than doing a boring introduction, I figured I'd jump right in. You don't mind do you?
Lately, I've been thinking about what readers prefer when it comes to male dominants in fiction. Is it the tender and merciful dom who is always considerate of his submissive? Or is it the mean, sadistic dom who does things simply for his own pleasure? In reality, I like them brutal with a penchant for tender aftercare. As a reader I'm not much different. What can I say? I like 'em mean. You know, the type who deliver strict and exacting punishments, inflict pain because it pleases them, elicit tears and cries and whimpers for their own enjoyment, refer to their submissives using endearments like slut or whore... I could go on here, but I don't want to get too worked up.
Don't get me wrong; I've been known to take a liking to the more charming and amorous fictional doms. There's a lot to like about a man who can be fastidious and thoughtful. But honestly? They never get me as hot as the nasty ones do.
I've written doms who are more tender than cruel. Banner, the dom in Wrapped Around Your Finger, is far from rigid and much more into sensation play and emotional control than punishment and protocol. But when I began my latest project, I knew I wanted to write something different, a story about a dom who was strict, selfish and yes, mean. The problem I had was that I was sure there would be readers who wouldn't like him. I'd even considered softening him up a bit to make him more palatable for the masses. But no matter what my intentions were, his nastiness seemed to find its way to the page. Like a good little sub, I gave up fighting him and let him have his way. Needless to say, the story is flowing much better now.
So which do you prefer? Do you like your dominants harsh and exacting, merciful and romantic, or somewhere in between?