TNA: Thanks very much for joining us today, KC. Let’s chat a little bit about the new book. Did you do a good bit of research on D/s relationships before you began writing about them? If so, where did that research lead you? What are some things you’ve discovered that surprised you?
KC: Before I began writing the very first book in the series, An Unlocked Heart, I had a series of in depth conversations with a submissive, who became Alex. His input was invaluable, and I am grateful to Daniel Kaine for all the late night conversations where he talked and I took copious notes!
When it came to writing Trusting Thomas, I had then met the wonderful Max Vos, a man with a huge amount of experience. Here was someone who’d been Master to three boys, and who definitely knew what he was talking about. A Dance with Domination was written with his expert guidance. Max has always been interested in my writing, bless him, but with this one, he was there every step of the way. Andrew is a very different kind of Dom and it was important to get it right.
I also read background stuff. I have a couple of brilliant books on the subject, and they are wonderful reference material. I don’t watch BDSM videos online – they can be far too misleading.
I’m not sure anything surprised me. I am always mindful that there are many different types of D/s relationships. It all depends on what the participants require.
TNA: What is it about D/s relationship you find most compelling and led you to want to write them?
KC: I’m naturally submissive. It’s not a relationship that I’m about to pursue, but it was fascinating to write about the symbiotic relationship between Dom and sub. My interest was fired up by the Chris Owens and Jodi Payne Deviations series. I guess primarily I wanted to write about a D/s relationship where my Dom and sub fell in love. I suppose the Collars & Cuffs series are not so much BDSM stories, as love stories with added BDSM Love is always the key ingredient for me.
TNA: Do you find that you approach the writing of your BDSM books with a different mindset? Do you have to be in a particular frame of mind when writing dominant and submissive characters?
KC: I do have to think about it before I write. This is important, after all. I have to think about whether the Dom / sub would say or do a particular thing. I tend to ask myself a lot of questions.
And then once I’ve written it, I run it past Max. :)
I gave the fourth chapter of ADWD to a female sub. WOW. I wasn’t prepared for her response. That was when I discovered the difference between pansexual and gay BDSM clubs, and boy, was THAT an eye opener. It made me think that my readers might not know the difference either, so my Dom Andrew has a very interesting conversation with his supervisor on that very topic.
I’m waiting to see what the readers make of that one!
TNA: Which characters would you say are easier for you to write, the dominant or submissive? Or is there no difference, really?
KC: I don‘t really find one is more difficult to write than the other, to be honest. Yeah, boring answer, I know. :(
Author Bio: Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C.Wells always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.
K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, where the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings – writing about men in love was even hotter…
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career.
The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
Blurb: Recently returned to the UK after living in the States since he was eleven, Andrew Barrett is determined to keep busy and make a new life for himself. He works full time as a copywriter and strips at a club on Canal Street on weekends. But it still leaves him too much time to think. Then he finds the BDSM club, Collars & Cuffs, where at twenty-nine, he is their youngest Dom. Young doesn’t mean inexperienced, however. All this activity keeps him focused with no time to dwell on the past. But the past has a way of intruding on the present.
It’s been four long years since Gareth Michaels last set foot inside Collars & Cuffs. But when he finally summons his courage and steps back into his former world, he finds the man who drove him away is still a member, and what’s more, he wants Gareth back. Two men in pain need the freedom they find in each other, but it takes another man’s horrific plans to make them see it.
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