Kinky Chat with Josephine Myles

Josephine Myles1

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Josephine Myles speaks out

 

Why did you begin writing BDSM novels?
I’d always loved reading BDSM, even before I knew anything about the lifestyle. I remember devouring Black Lace erotica—far-fetched stories about sex slaves in Ancient Rome and the like. But when I started writing BDSM myself, I was determined to write something realistic, as well as being humorous and romantic. A tall order, but it seemed like there weren’t many books like that out there. There’s a lot of angst in your typical BDSM novel, and I much prefer humour.

What’s the most unusual sex scene you’ve written?
It was either the threeway armpit frotting scene in The Hot Floor (not exactly a BDSM novel, but with a strong D/s dynamic), or perhaps the figging one in How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps. I’m a big fan of “domestic BDSM”—the kind that features repurposed household objects and a bit of imagination rather than fully kitted out dungeons. For example, I originally intended to write a scene featuring the olive fork and wooden spoon Jeff steals from the restaurant, but it never really fit in the story. Perhaps I’ll write it as an outtake one of these days!

Where would you like to see the BDSM genre head? How will it get there?
I’d love to see more light-hearted, realistic BDSM, with submissives who are happy rather than screwed up. I’m not a big fan of BDSM as therapy for psychological problems, and most of the BDSM practitioners I’ve met have been cheery, well-adjusted people. More recognition of BDSM as fun and normal would be great. And I’d love to see more unusual kinks and fetishes portrayed. Part of me is determined to write Furry porn one of these days!

What is the hardest part of writing How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps?
I wanted to make sure that Jeff was ultimately likeable so readers would root for him, but at the same time, he had a long way to go to get there. I was worried he wouldn’t be sympathetic enough at the start of the novel, but I very much wanted to keep his rough edges intact. Luckily some helpful feedback from my beta readers kept me on the right course, and I know he’s a favorite character for many of my readers. Phew!

English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.

Jo publishes regularly with Samhain and now has over ten novels and novellas under her belt. She has also been known to edit anthologies and self-publish on occasion, although she prefers to leave the “boring bits” of the ebook creation process to someone else. She loves to be busy, and is currently having fun trying to work out how she is going to fit in her love of writing, dressmaking and attending cabaret shows in fabulous clothing around the demands of a new baby.

 

 

 

 

 


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