Today I am excited to welcome Candace Blevins to Delighted Reader!
Q: What draws you to writing about sadists that can also be loving and caring? Aren’t those contradicting terms 🙂
Write what you know? I’m married to a loving man who adores me, and who happens to be a sadist. Lucky me, I’m a masochist, so it works out well.
So many have this idea of sadists as being harsh and uncaring, and it’s just not the case. Sure, he can appear that way in a scene, but that’s what we both want. The rest of the time? He cooks my favorite foods when I’m tired or I’ve had a bad day, he massages my neck when I have a headache. He takes care of me. We’ve been married fourteen years, and he’s my soul mate.
Q: Do you have any quirky or re-curring habits you perform when you are writing?
I don’t think so. I have headphones in case my husband is watching TV, so I can block it out. I usually listen to Bach or Mozart, as I need something without words that my brain sees as background music.
Q: If you could Top a pizza…what toppings would you choose?
Artichokes, spinach, eggplant, onions, roasted garlic, smoky blue cheese, broccoli. Mmmm.
Q: In Safeword: Davenport & Safewords: Davenport & Chiffon, the Dom, Zach, loves electricity. How comfortable were you in writing those scenes, as they were slightly painful to read about 🙂
We have a TENS unit that sees frequent use, but it’s been more than fifteen years since I experienced straight electricity, as it was someone other than my husband who subjected me to it. I’m not a huge fan of electricity, but I remember the feeling. I was comfortable writing it, knowing I was getting across how it feels to have the current flowing through various parts of your body. The TENS parts were a piece of cake to write, as I asked my husband for a session the night before I wrote the first big scene. I double-checked some of my facts and safety bits with a Dom who plays with electricity to be sure I had those parts accurate.
Q: Do you have any limits on activities you won’t write about in the BDSM world into your stories?
I don’t plan to write non-consensual activities, though I haven’t so much limited myself as decided it’s not something I’m interested in writing. At least not at this time.
I doubt I’ll ever include scat, and I’ll never involve children. Everything else is probably open for exploration, though.
Q: What is your favorite characteristic of Zach? Why?
He’s honest about who he is, and what turns him on. He’s found a way to balance the harsh and the gentle. He doesn’t apologize for his wants and needs. He uses his mind to invent new technology, and to come up with ingenious ways to torture the woman he loves.
Q: What is your favorite characteristic of Dana? Why?
She’s strong, and while she may not be sure of her wants and needs, she’s not afraid to explore and figure it out. Submissive doesn’t equal weak, and Dana is proof of this. She loves Zach, but she doesn’t let him treat her as less than special. He has to treat her right if he wants her in his life. Dana won’t accept any less.
Q: What’s next in the Safeword series? Do you see many more books in this series?
Up next is Safeword: Quinacridone, which won’t have much D/s, and will deal with strong objectification themes. Following that will be a sequel to Safeword: Matte, so perhaps I can be forgiven for not including the honeymoon in the original. I have lots of ideas for other stories, but I may branch off into Urban Fantasy at that point. We’ll have to see where the muse wants to go when I get there.
Q: What’s your favorite color?
Q: Is there a writer’s space like sub’s space? If so, do you think you have ever gotten into writer’s space?
I don’t think I’d compare it to subspace, but once the kids are asleep and my husband is occupied with his own projects so I can be left alone, sometimes I’ll write for four or five hours and barely realize any time has passed.
I had a blast today! Thank you for stopping by Delighted Reader today!
Thanks for having me, it’s been fun 🙂
Safeword series, Book 5. (All are standalone books with the exception of the two Davenport novels)
Genre: BDSM Romance, Erotica
Number of pages: 166
Word Count: 69,000
Dana is ready to submit to Zach, but she’s going to be surprised by the depth of her submission. She’s comfortable Dominating Jacob, but how will the four of them form a unit?
Zach thought he’d worked through his issues, and he was patient with Dana as she worked through hers, but a painful reminder of the past makes him question whether he can accept Dana’s submission. Will he be able to handle being completely vulnerable once again?
Safewords: Davenport and Chiffon is the continuation of a story begun in Safeword: Davenport.
Warning: This title contains graphic language, consensual BDSM, bondage, extreme electrical play, and the use of toys including clamps, canes, plugs, cages, paddles, whips, and floggers.
This is a heavy, hardcore BDSM story if you enjoy Annabel Joseph, Kitty Thomas, and Anneke Jacob you should be okay with these books
Scheduled for release: August 3, 2012
Candace Blevins is a southern girl who loves to travel the world.
She lives with her husband of 14 years and their two daughters. When not working or driving kids all over the place she can be found reading, writing, meditating, or swimming.
Candace writes romance books about characters who happen to have some extreme kinks. Relationships can be difficult enough without throwing power exchange into the mix, and her books show people who care enough about each other to fight to make the relationship work.
You can visit her on the web at candaceblevins.com and kinkyeverafter.com
Candace is graciously offering one ebook copy of Safewords: Davenport and Chiffon to one lucky commenter. Leave a comment or question for Candace below to be entered. Giveaway ends August 11, 2012 at 11:59 PM.