I’m delighted today, to have the fabulous Cassandre Dayne, author of too many books to mention :). We have a fascinating interview and the info on Dirty Little Secrets: Whips & Chains.
Welcome, Cassandre :). Grab yourself a comfy chair and we’ll get on with the questions.
How did you get started writing erotica?
Well I’m always written something very sensual since I was a teenager. As I grew into adulthood I grew bored with reading the basic romance story – boy meets girl, falls in love and live happily ever after. White picket fence and two Golden Retrievers added for good measure. I picked up a book on a Barnes & Noble one day that not only had sexy werewolves but some steamy sex and I was hooked as a reader. I thought – hmmm, I can write that and about three years ago I sat down to do just that.
What was the best piece of writing advice you received?
Just write. Don’t ever allow any critics or your own life to stop you. Write for you and no one else but write. Period.
What do you think makes good BDSM erotica?
The truth which means either damn good research or talking with others in the lifestyle if you don’t yourself. I am sick to death of the handcuffs and flogger usage. Really? Can we finally move off Fifty Shades? There honestly are very few true BDSM books out there, my own included. I have a couple I would say go damn close, but the more I learn the more I realize I have a hell of a lot to learn.
Where do you get your ideas and your characters from?
Everywhere and anywhere. They come to me at night because I’ve always had a vivid imagination. I can also make an erotic story out of anything – and I do mean that. Challenge me LOL.
Following on from that, where did you get the idea for Dirty Little Secrets – Whips & Chains?
Well, I have a love of vampires already, but not the truly romantic kind, and I really like mixing certain levels of violence in my books. I write a lot of m/m and so much has been done to death. I caught a snippet on Mixed Martial Arts and loved the challenge of the sport, wondering if I could write it well. I also love the thought of a man dominating another in an entirely different manner than we continue to see. So, I mixed the combination together.
What do you think makes a good sex scene?
Reality of what the scene entails – whether it’s the literal scenery or the angst the characters are feeling. I think you have to convey emotion and not just “oh baby your cock feels good”. If it didn’t then you have the wrong partner! I also like being creative with my sex. Let’s face it, sex has been done to death. There is little left to do that doesn’t drag us into all the kink we really aren’t allowed to write about. Well… I do like breaking the rules, now don’t I?
How do you research your books?
Hmmm – of course some on the Internet but you have to be very careful what you think you’re learning. There’s a lot of misinformation out there. I tend to gravitate toward forums so that I can talk with people. Basic research on travel locations etc sadly must be by reading. One day I’ll get to visit all my tropical sights. Just need that rich Dom to drag me along with him.
I know you’re interested in the BDSM lifestyle. How do you think that informs your writing?
I have complete respect for people who actually live the lifestyle. I am amazed every day how much I learn from people who allow me a true insight. Are there falsehoods? You bet but the genuine lifestylers are incredible people. What I have learned is to make certain what information I do include in my books is accurate and always shows the level of trust and respect involved. There are too many authors who candy coat BDSM and people can and will be disillusioned or even hurt.
You have written such a lot of books. How do you keep your ideas fresh?
There’s so much to think about and enjoy – from food, wine, music, kink, tropical islands, hot men, snazzy clubs. How can you lose verve?
You write a wide variety of stories, from paranormal erotica, to M M erotica, to science fiction. Do you ever find it difficult to swap from one type of story to another?
No. The truth is writing in different genres I think keeps me fresh. If I feel even a little bit stale in one story I go to another one. I also have much more fun that way.
Do you have a writing routine? Do you need absolute quiet to write or background music/noise?
Since I work full time I fit writing in when I can and always write every day. The weekends are generally devoted. And I need noise. I tend to write with heady music in the background. The wild beats fuel the wild girl side of me.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if so, how do you get over it?
I have never in my life and I think that’s because I do write more than one book at a time.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Both – depending on the story. The thrillers I tend to plot out.
What do you like most about being a writer?
The freedom to explore different lifestyles, whether only through research and my naughty visions.
Out of all your books, do you think you could pick a favourite and why?
Hmmm – Treats in a Plain Brown Wrapper comes to mind and I think because it’s my first – it’s also interracial and pretty darn kinky. What’s not to love? But if I had to say one for me personally I’d say On Becoming His – a woman’s emotional journey moving into a D/s lifestyle. This one touches me very personally and for those who know me they know why.
What’s next for you?
Oh I have about twenty books in my head in the works including a collaboration with a male author that is allowing a very different side to show – he and I are stretching the boundaries to the very edge. I also have several m/m pieces and a new collection called Sin City – which should be HOT.
Thank you so much for having me!
You are very welcome, Cassandre :). Now, here is the info on Cassandre’s book, Dirty Little Secrets: Whips & Chains:
DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS
WHIPS & CHAINS
Born of Fire… Ending in Fire…
Sakima Mato was wealthy and highly respected within the ranks of Mixed Martial Arts. His American Indian heritage kept him spiritual, yet a fire burned deep within his soul. Well known for his signature techniques within the brutal, his methodologies of training were considered savage. His mysterious aura was the darling of tabloid fodder, but few knew the real man behind the mask and fewer still could handle the brooding creature underneath the sensuous persona. If his dirty little secret was ever revealed, he would be hunted like the monster he’d become all those centuries before. After all, he was a vampire, scouring the streets for blood and sex, and for a human companion to ease the loneliness, what some called destiny. But he knew, one forged in savagery. A curse followed him and had since his transformation into a monster, one that offered him a chance to become very human, if he believed.
Caldre Parker was a fireman by day, a martial arts fighter by night, hiding his penchant for violence from all who knew him. His standings stalled at the bottom of the heap, he needed a new mentor or his second career would tank before it even started. Dark and angry whispers about his destiny trailed behind him, torturing until he was left a shell of a man. Fighting eased the pain. After meeting Sakima, he was intrigued by the seemingly haunted man. The attraction was instant and they fell into a heated tryst, one involving pain as well as discipline. As his fighting career became headlines news, Caldre was forced to learn the ugly details about his lover. Demons of his own haunted his every waking moment as an unknown illness plagued him, driving him into near madness. Suddenly everything he respected and held dear about human life was called into question and he was forced to choose – life or soulless immortality.
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