Cara Bristol came up with this topic and I thought it was interesting. How have your spanking stories evolved since you began writing?
The funny thing is I don't even think I would have been able to answer this question a few months ago. I am still sort of a newbie at writing. My one year publishing anniversary was this past April, but I have been writing spanking stories in my head since... well, forever.
There was one distinct difference when I sat down and thought about it. In my head my stories run wild. They just happen. When I sit down and write, especially something I know will be published, I feel like I need to justify it. I need to have good reasons. I need to make the reader convinced that this should be happening. I want to be liked!!!
That is until recently...
I remember writing my first spanking story. I had read a lot of them, but really, I had no idea what I was doing. It turned out novel length. I wrote it with passion and heart. I also had no idea what the hell I was talking about. I really hadn't even been spanked at that point. I was talking to one of my other author friends about how you can tell in someone's writing if they have never really been spanked because the spankings seem kind of wimpy. And I am sure that is what all the spankings seem like in this first book I wrote, I am a little embarrassed by it (I am not even mentioning the name of it, as if this thing called the internet and google do not exist).
The spankings weren't even the hardest things to write. Oh God, the sex scenes. I sat in a darkened room with my laptop blushing furiously as I tried to think of racier words for penis and vagina.
Today? I wrote an enema punishment scene while my husband watched sports highlights on the television four feet behind me. Yep, this is my life now.
I never thought I would write anything like that. How dirty! How inappropriate! People will surely be outraged!
Chances are they won't be, but that is how I used to think.
Even up until a few months ago I felt like I needed to justify every spanking. I needed to explain to my dear readers why these characters were engaging in this. I needed them to know that my heroines were still strong women with brains and feminist values, even while submitting to the men they loved.
I would almost drive myself crazy with the back and forth. And then I just decided to write. Not justify. Hey, you're already reading it, you can justify it to yourself.
In fact, I had two author friends- whom I love- both tell me that the hero in my most recent book is kind of mean at one point. He redeems himself mind you, but he is sort of mean in the beginning. Something like that would have torn me up and I would have rewritten it before, but this time I just let him be mean. Because you know what? Not everyone is nice 100% of the time in real life.
Sometimes a girl likes to get kinky. Sometimes she wants to be spanked and put in her place. Sometimes she wants her will bent by the alpha male she's involved with. I don't think anyone should justify that. It just is.
This is how I believe I have changed in the last year and couple months. I have stopped apologizing for what I find hot. If I find it hot someone else will too, and they won't need a justification.
Cara posed a lot of awesome questions and I think I answered most of them above.
I have a question for you readers, and authors (because you all read too): What do you like in a spanking romance, do you need a little justification for the spankings going on? A clarification on the relationship dynamic, or is it okay if it just happens?
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