Please welcome the Author Who Dabbles In Erotica, and my good friend Stephanie Williams. Steph thanks for answering these questions today about your latest book Lectures In Discipline and telling the readers what they want to know. Ready? Here we go.
1. Lectures In Discipline ventures into a new area for you. Can you tell the readers a little about why you decided to write a story in the BDSM genre?
Wow. To be perfectly honest, the more books I read, the more fascinated I got about the whole world of BDSM. It’s something how these couples put so much trust into each other that they engage in things that you and I might consider a bit—out of the norm.
Now, some of us engage in some sort for of BDSM, for example playing cops and robbers and using handcuff. That’s role-play. But BDSM can take it a bit further and ironically it’s called ‘play’. So the more I read, the more I wanted to write my own story. I wanted to challenge myself and see if I could successfully write about an unconventional relationship in a loving and honest way.
2. Did you do any research? The truth. We want to know. lol
LOL. Like I mentioned earlier. I read a lot of books. Some were hardcore BDSM, others were softer, a bit tamer you might say. I looked at sites on the Internet too. I asked a couple that’s in the life, in fact I make a dedication to them. Come to think of it, I was a lot like Tina in the book. Curious and looking for answers. LOL.
3. Peter was a very interesting Dom. A nerdy professor on the outside but behind closed doors he was well...something entirely different. Who was your inspiration for him?
Now that is real interesting. He’s actually a professor I know. I went to a lecture of his years ago. He was nerdy looking, but yet sexy. And I would sit there and wonder: “Yeah, he looks like a nerd, but I bet he’s Batman at night, or he’s tying up women in his basement. LOL.
It’s the classic, it’s the ones that you don’t suspect that are the freaks! LOL!
I so plead the 5th. LOL
5. Tina was also an interesting character. Did you have a muse for her too?
She is a composite of a lot of women. I think somewhere deep inside, women like the man that beats his chest and says: “Me man, you woman.” So she has that need, but takes it to another level with the BDSM aspect.
She’s a woman in power, she owns her own business and goes back to school after a long hiatus, but she wants that Masters because she wants to teach. She has a lot on her plate and she’s willing to give up some sort of control behind closed doors.
6. Tina in her everyday life doesn't come off as a submissive. Do you think women are just by nature submissive?
Like I said earlier, I think it’s primal. Especially now in this day and age. We as women have more on our plate. We have an ‘S’ on our chest and so many people depend on us. So I think it’s natural that we want to give up some control and have someone to take some of that control.
7. Can you explain a little about the dom/sub relationship for those who don't have a clue?
Whoa. I don’t think I’m a scholar on that subject, but I’ll try to explain what it’s not.
It’s not one person beating someone into submission. It’s not humiliation for humiliation sake. It’s not having someone being a slave 24/7. It’s not making one fear the other and making them do things out of that fear.
What it is, is a loving, trusting relationship where consenting adults engage in play and feed off each other. One giving over control and the other taking that control but not abusing the trust.
Does it include spanking and paddling? Yes. It also includes, needle play, medical play, and wax play. One can take it as far as they want, but that agreement is between the parties involved and it’s understood, not to stray unless they have a meeting of the minds.
8. Have you ever been to a BDSM Club?
No, but I have read about them, and some people that are in the life have told me about them. I do plan to make a trip to one, however.
9. Chains or Rope?
Chains. Rope makes me itch. LOL!
10. Anything else you'd like to let us know, like your next work?
Well, first, Peter and Tina are planning on giving individual interviews. So look out for them, I’ll announce them on my Facebook page. Also, Lectures In Discipline is part of the Freaky Geek Series. My next book is titled Office Play. It’s about that IT guy in the office. This one’s not the geek you think he is either. LOL
11. Where can you fans reach you?
Lectures in Discipline
There’s something dark and dangerous lurking beneath the nerdy exterior of Professor Peter Greenly, and Tina Kelly has a need a man like that could fulfill, but graduation comes and goes without him noticing the willing co-ed in his Sociology class.
Returning to Piedmont College as an associate professor, Tina takes her destiny in hand and lets her former teacher know she’s interested in learning a whole new subject. One she’s only read about in books and on the Internet.
Professor Greenly has waited two and a half years for this, and agrees to her request, but if Tina wants this Dom’s private tutoring, she’s going to have to go far outside her comfort zone. His kind of teaching cannot be found on any college syllabus. But will he take her too far?
“I like your necklace. As usual, it’s a bit over the top.” He reached over and flicked the chains. They bounced heavily on her collarbone.
“Thanks. I bought it this weekend.”
He ran his hand up and over the piece. He seemed to be studying it; committing it to memory. His fingers then made contact with her skin. She sucked in her breath as his fingers sent electricity to her flesh.
His voice took on that deep huskiness that made her panties wet every time. All she could do was nod.
“Good.” He walked around to the other side of her desk. Hands on his hips as he looked down at her.
She was shaking. “Um…I picked this up to match a few outfits I have.” Damn! Why couldn’t she just come right out and say she bought it for him? For him to admire on her neck; an offering of herself to him as it were.
“I see. Strange choice of jewelry. But who am I to critique women’s fashion.” He turned up the wattage on that smile.
She laughed nervously and turned back to her computer. “Have fun at your conference. I’m scheduled to go next week, so you can give me a—”
“I like that padlock. Does it have a key?”
Her hands froze over her keyboard. “Ex…excuse me?”
“You heard me.”
Not taking her eyes off his steely gaze, she reached down for her purse, and then got the key out of her cosmetic case.
Without a word, he stuck out his hand and she gently placed it in his palm. He took it without looking at it and put it in his pocket.
“I take great notes, so I got you covered. These meetings are very boring, they usually go over the next quarters’ agenda.”
He didn’t skip a beat. Instead of saying something, she just went along with the conversation. “They start this early talking about next quarter?”
“Yep, in fact, by the end of this week, you should have the schedule for the classes you’re teaching emailed to you. You can get a hard copy, plus other materials from the office later.”
“Wow. Okay then.”
He smiled at her, then turned to leave. Once he got to the door he stopped and turned around to face her one more time. “By they way. Don’t wear that collar again until Friday.”