I’ve been working on Maisy’s Keeper for a long time. An excessively, obnoxiously long time.  Persistent ill-health and various careers (sensible and otherwise) got in the way, but I kept coming back to the manuscript.

Even when it was a sprawling mess of pages and notes, I knew I’d finish this book one day. It was a book I had to write.

Things are different now it’s done. I know I can write the next novel and write it fast.  Why? Well, I did it before, didn’t I? Novel writing isn’t a great unknown anymore, it’s something I can do. (That’s a weird thing to type after all this time, believe you me.)

William’s book is getting every ounce of my energy and attention now because I feel the same way about this one as I always have about Maisy’s Keeper, but why do these smoochy books mean so much to me in the first place?

Born This Way

Most obvious thing first – I’m a kinkster. I write about BDSM and D/s in particular because these relationship dynamics are an essential part of my identity.  I know that sounds a bit strange from the outside, but for me being a submissive is as much a part of my identity as being bisexual or a woman or a feminist. I’m just born this way.

That’s not to suggest that my lifestyle approach is the only way to do things; there are a lot of equally valid ways to interact with BDSM and power exchange in particular. For me personally though, kink is a part of who I am.

Writing these stories is fun! They’re entertaining. There’s laughter, friendships, and hot as hell sex scenes, but this is also a creative way of expressing who I am.

My whole reason for writing these stories when I began was simple:

I wanted to show the side of BDSM I haven’t always seen in fiction. The ordinary side. The laughter, the communication, the occasional lows, the earth shattering highs – just the messy brilliant humanness of it all.

Cherise Sinclair & Sunstone

And the only reason I knew I could do that is because I’d seen it done elsewhere!

I’m going to be writing about these brilliant things another time, so I won’t go into detail now. What I need to say here is I got the confidence to write my style of enthusiastic consent focused, occasionally goofy, SSC, BDSM love story from reading other people’s excellent stuff in a similar vein.

The first things that leap to mind are 1) Most things by Cherise Sinclair and 2) Stjepan Šejić’s superlative graphic novel Sunstone.

There are others I want to write about and others I’m yet to discover, but right now I just want to mention those two shining examples to make a point.

I’m sure plenty of people, including myself and my character Maisy, find their first paths into BDSM through fiction.

When desires you don’t quite understand yet are put on paper in a form that’s not only entertaining, but humanising, it can be life changing.

Essentially, when you’re trying to understand where you fit in the kinky world and you pick up a book to find that yes, these characters (who are likeable and normal and a bit like you) are having desires like yours and it’s all totally fine, it’s a big deal!

What’s more, these authors are showing stuff that keeps people safe without compromising the entertainment factor. That’s valuable and something I aspire to. I don’t know who my books are going to reach, but if I one day teach a newbie kinkster what a safe word is I’ll consider myself a happy author.

Community

Truth is, I consider myself a happy author already. Ahead of the April 15th launch I gave the novel to a wide variety of friends and acquaintances and although I’m grateful for all the feedback I’ve received, there’s a certain group of readers who’ve validated my little book beyond anything I could have hoped for.

People in the scene, subs and Doms and Dommes and switches, have given me feedback that makes me feel like I’m successfully mirroring more than my own experience. That right there is worth all the late nights.

I’ve been to munches, I’ve got lots of kinky friends online and off, but this is how I really want to be a part of our community –  I want to tell these stories, I want them to be accessible to anyone, and I want to make people like me feel something.

BDSM EROTIC ROMANCE

Opening to New Readers April 15th