Cherise, thank you so much for taking the time to sit down with the four of us and give us the inside scoop on your new SHADOWLANDS book, MAKE ME, SIR. You have quite the fan club over here at TRR.
Thank you for having me. I'll try hard to be a polite and proper guest. *kicks flogger farther back under chair*
Q: (Michelle) Gosh, I think I want to start off with this amazing series as a whole. What inspired you to write the Shadowlands series?
You know, I'm still amazed that it's a series. The first book, CLUB SHADOWLANDS, actually started off as a self-indulgent story I created just for myself when I was sick and feeling ugly and unfeminine. Writing about a woman who mistakenly wanders into a BDSM club somehow made me feel all better.
Once it was finished, I hated the thought of throwing it away. A crit partner, Amber Green, suggested sending to her publisher, and to my shock, Loose Id bought it and asked for more.
Q: (Rebecca) What type of research did you need to do to prepare for writing the Shadowlands series?
Well, I have a smidgen of experience ;-) but since I try to introduce new kinks with each book, I keep accumulating fun sources of information: books, websites, Fetlife groups, friends and readers in the lifestyle.
Of course, real life research is totally fun. For example, to figure out how to auction off submissives in LEAN ON ME, I dragged a friend to the San Francisco Citadel for Maestro Stephanos's Master's Den auction. (Poor Belinda)
And my husband never hesitates to volunteer...
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