1. Tell us about your new release!Bad Slave is a BDSM love story set in a fantasy universe (the realm of Galataan) where the rule of the king is absolute. The current king, Lyam, just happens to have an appetite for pretty, male sex slaves, and what the king wants the king gets.
Jay and Alix, our heroes, become embroiled in the machinations of Lyam’s court, as a reluctant slave trainer and his slave respectively. The story explores the awakenings of their true desires as a Dom and his sub, while they learn to resist Lyam’s increasingly cruel demands and fall in love. Though, of course, defying the king is going to get them in a *lot* of trouble…
So, there’s a lot of spanking, bondage, dildos, sword fights and rescues, and a fair bit of angst… but ultimately it’s a romance. Jay and Alix both have a lot of heart, and I hope their story does too.
Just an aside on the title… Bad Slave. That was originally just the working title but a couple of people (one of whom might or might not have been J.A.Rock!) told me they’d like to read a book with that name… and hey, so did I. On realizing it wasn’t *just* me who liked it, I kept it!
WHO WOULD NOT READ A BOOK CALLED BAD SLAVE? Seriously?
2. I was lucky enough to get to beta read most of this one (I STILL DON’T KNOW HOW IT ENDS!!). It’s so fun! What sparked the idea? And what made you want to keep going with it? (Besides my incessant demands that you “Do the one about the librarian and the slave.” J)
I had to joggle my memory to remember this, but I first dreamed up the original scenario—a former warrior sent out to fetch a sex slave for his king and ending up picking the worst possible guy—walking home in the rain one night. It was over two years back and just a little daydream to cheer me up. I’d played with the characters in my head ever since.
Then after I’d told you (J.A.) the idea last year and you told me to write it—and, frankly, I like being told to do things —it was my love for the characters that kept me going. In fact, this was one of my most joyful writing experiences, probably because of that. I’m still in love with Alix and Jay, and would like to revisit them some day.
So why do I love them? I’ve compared Alix elsewhere to a modern speed freak…but, to be honest, that’s not really a comparison that needs to be made, because he *is* a speed freak. When we first meet him it in the book, he’s careering downhill at breakneck speed in one of his inventions in order to impress his mates…which all goes horribly wrong, of course. Being a pain slut is part and parcel of the same sense of adventure, though his thrill-seeking nature also means he’s constantly getting into trouble in the authoritarian world he lives in. And when he ends up as a royal sex slave… well, it’s only going to go badly till he finds the right Dom to take him in hand.
Oh, I’m waffling now. I’d better not go so much about Jay, apart from to say—what’s not to love about a warrior-turned-librarian-turned-reluctant!Dom?
Nothing. Nothing is not to love.
3. This one seems to have more of a formal BDSM element in it than your historicals. Was this harder or easier to write than the kink in your past books?
In some ways, it was a lot easier. As we’ve chatted about before on this blog, in most (though not all) historical cultures, shared knowledge of BDSM as an acceptable practice simply didn’t exist, so activities such as spanking for pleasure/pain have to evolve organically from the story and/or the chemistry between the characters. In my fantasy realm of Galataan, I could import some of the modern rules and practices of BDSM to the king’s court and harem— though Jay and Alix still have a fair bit to learn as they’re thrown in at the deep end.
4. If you could go back in time and do some ye olde BDSM, what era would you choose and what would be your pervertibles of choice?
Haha, I’d stay here, in the realm of roleplay, safewords, and clean and easily-available lube. I’m a coward.
But, if I was a little more adventurous… well, I’d fancy a bit of Victorian kink. Tightly-laced corsets and canes have a great appeal, and I’d love to have a snoop around Victorian England too. Mind you, fun back then might be pricey. Victorian dildos cost over £2, which is over $200 in modern money, though their sex manuals advise carriage candles can do a good job if funds are tight, and of course, you can use the rest of the box for some hot wax play. Hurrah!
Crog, bring me my time machine!
5. At one point while I was reading I compared the tone of BAD SLAVE to Dickens. It seemed to me to have that same kind of madcap dark humor combined with vivid characters and dastardly deeds, plus a real tenderness between the MCs. I hope that was a flattering comparison and that you don’t, like, hate Charles Dickens or anything. For future reference, what author would you most want to be compared to and why?
Oh, I’ll take Charles Dickens, thank you very much! I’m actually quite a fan, though like with the films of Steven Spielberg (er, yeah, I have a weird connection between those two in my head) I’m not always into the small boy POV and sometimes find the sentiment a bit mawkish. But otherwise, I like Dickens. His descriptions are breathtaking, and I like the humor usually. I’ve read his complete works, save Little Dorrit (long story, but I can’t be bothered with that one.)
Who else would I like to be compared to? At the risk of sounding a tad sycophantic—though I bloody well mean it—I’d love to be compared to Lisa Henry or J.A. Rock one day! There are several other fabby m/m writers I’d kill to be compared to as well. Sarah Waters or Hilary Mantel would be awesome too.
Holy crap, Sara Waters YES!! Would give anything to be compared to Sara.
6. You’ve written a few short stories as well as novels. What are the challenges of writing a short story versus a novel? Do you prefer one form over the other?
Overall, I prefer novels. I was terrified to write a short story till recently, as I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off. Fundamentally, you have to do the same things—character arc, conflict, beginning, middle, and end—in way less words, and that’s pretty damned tough. I hope in my couple of efforts so far, I’ve more or less pulled it off, but you have way less time to win over and satisfy a reader.
7. Finally, what’s on deck?
Plenty! I’m going to be announcing my second full-length novel of the year over at my blog pretty soon. All I can say for now is that it’s contracted to a publisher, and it’s about a merman and a pirate. It’s got less BDSM than my last few books, but plenty of captive kink. I’m also working on my first contemporary m/m story (no paranormal and no BDSM – sorry!) and when that’s done, I’ve got a sci-fi/shifter/prison story in the works, which I need to finish and that should be a lot of high-stress fun.
Merman, now, please. Need all of these!
If you folks enjoy Bad Slave, I’m brainstorming ideas for a sequel, which will focus on King Lyam and what happens to him after the events in the first story. Chances are, it will be darker than the first book and the BDSM might get a little more hardcore. I’d like to check in on Alix and Jay again too, but we’ll see how things go. So, basically, I’m flying off in lots of different directions, hopefully learning as I go about what readers want to read and improving in the art of delivering entertainment. I love to write, but I also love to please J
Thank you so much for being here, Kay! See below for details on BAD SLAVE and Kay’s giveaway!
Blurb: When the king commands former war hero Captain Jay Ghair to find him the perfect royal sex slave, Jay’s quiet new life as a librarian is shattered. Jay discovers the boy he’s looking for in Alix, a lowly miner and wannabe court scientist, whom Jay can’t help but secretly adore. However, teaching the rebellious Alix to be a docile slave is difficult. Alix will behave for just one man, and it isn’t the king. It’s Jay.
Standing by while the king’s treatment of Alix becomes cruel is torturous for Jay. He longs to return to his library, yet he can’t bear to leave Alix, or his people, unprotected. To rescue Alix—and save the realm from the increasingly tyrannical king—Jay must confront the demons of his military past and take up the sword again. But his most important battle must be won through returning Alix’s love and learning to master this bad slave who submits only for him.
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