1. Tell us about your new book Dommemoir.
Many of the characters in the book were influenced by real people I have met as a FemDom. But the primary inspiration was to change the perception that happiness is one man in charge and one woman swept away by his charms. For many men and women, that paradigm guarantees they'll never find satisfaction and passion in their relationships. If you aren’t true to your own nature, you’ll only make yourself and everyone around you miserable.2. Where did your inspiration come from for the book?
I've written books in a variety of genres, but the first fiction story I sold was erotica. Even though, at first, I continued to write and submit in other genres, I consistently had success with erotica. I enjoy it, I have the opportunity to tell interesting stories, and I've pretty much specialized in erotica for the last decade or so.
3. When did your realise you had a flair for erotic writing?
I don't. Women have always enjoyed reading titillating fiction. Romance readers consume more books than in any other genre and many romance lines were pretty steamy early on. The only thing that's changed is media awareness. It's a phase that seems to reoccur periodically -- "OMG, women enjoy smut!" By the time the concept comes around again, the reporters making this "discovery" never read earlier reports.
4. Why do you think that women are becoming more engrossed in erotica more so than ever before?
I think reading is important, whatever the genre, it gives people a chance to explore worlds and situations they might otherwise never experience. Reading erotica allows people to learn and think about other sexuality options -- some things they might want to try or, just as importantly, some things that will never work for them.
5. How important do you think it is for men and women to read erotica?
I write a variety of erotica for a variety of audiences so the feedback differs as well. I've had reviewers blast my books for not meeting their expectations (which had nothing to do with the book itself), complain that a book made them feel uncomfortable when that was its intention (and I put warnings in the front of every book and on the sale pages). I've also had readers tell me they love my books and some buy everything I write as soon as it's published. But, the highest compliment I've received from readers is that my books made them think -- above love, about life, about sexuality, about consent, about gender. That, more than anything else, keeps me writing.
6. What feedback do you get from your books?
I've been fortunate to have many excellent writing teachers and read so very many books. That combined with a lifetime writing as a professional and my own experience as a FemDom, has combined to influence my writing along with my passion for freedom and equality.
7. Who have been your main influences in your writing?
I enjoy reading a variety of genres, everything from high fantasy to contemporary paranormal to historical intrigue to many different types of erotica.
8. What do you enjoy reading?