Welcome Kallypso Masters to Delighted Reader! I am so excited to have her here!
I’m thrilled to be here! I don’t get out much. Okay, I actually do—maybe too much. But I love meeting readers face to face and talking about the books we love. So I am on a mission to get to every region of the US in the next few years, and then maybe take on Australia and Europe. Of course, I have to limit each year, or I’d never get any more books written.
Shari: For my readers who aren’t familiar with you, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m known as Kally to my readers and friends and I have been indie-published (proudly chose this career track and haven’t looked back) since August 2011 when Masters at Arms, the introduction to my Rescue Me series was published. I published two other books in the series that same year—Nobody’s Angel and Nobody’s Hero. After that book, the buzz started and just keeps growing.
I’d written Romance novels for 20 years while learning the craft. They were steamy, but not erotic. It wasn’t until I discovered the erotic romance genre that I was even able to finish a novel or novella, though. I don’t know why that is, but this genre just feels so much more free. In addition, being an indie author, I can break the conventional rules. For instance, I put out the “prequel” (really an introduction that included three prequels, but also a complete story within itself showing how the three men bonded) before I had several books published in the series. That’s just logical to me, but apparently not to New York publishers who tend to put out prequels years later. I also don’t have to tie up every loose end at the end of each book because I know the characters will be around and will be able to come back to work on those later. That frees me up to be able to put a book out without worrying that I left something undone. (I think that kept me from being able to finish a book, but most definitely kept me from being able to put my books out for people to read.)
I live in Kentucky, will turn 55 on April 24, have two grown children, and one adorable grandson who is 7 months old. I also have the most amazing and devoted fans. So, my life is full—and I am blessed.
Shari: I fell in love with Master at Arms, which was the first book I read of yours. What’s your most recent release and tells us a little about it?
As you know, the books I write in this series (my only series to date—and perhaps the only one for the length of my career) must be read in order because my characters don’t reach the end of the development arc within the pages of a single book. They’ll come back again and again to work on their issues, because they’re very complex (and have a LOT of issues). My fourth book came out last September—Nobody’s Perfect. This is the story of my heart if ever there will be one. It’s about an incest survivor who is shown as the strong woman she is, but who is stuck development-wise when it comes to connecting to her body and her sexuality. She’s been shut down for a very long time, since soon after a romantic interlude with the hero, Damián, in a beach cave in Masters at Arms. So, bringing her to a place where she is ready to tackle this head on with Damián (and a whip or whatever tools he has in his toy bag and imagination). The book is a departure from the earlier ones because the BDSM in this one is intended more for Savannah’s healing than to titillate the reader (or Savannah). And because of her trust issues, it takes her a long time to get to where she’ll even agree to try anything—and even longer before she begins to feel something again. I wanted to portray the story realistically, not like some Romance novels do that gloss over these serious topics. It takes a long time to move forward and sometimes survivors go back and have to retrace their steps a few times. As a survivor of child sexual abuse myself, I know this and wanted to write the book I wish I’d been able to read when I was going through therapy to move on myself. Hearing from so many fellow survivors who told me that, while it was hard to read and they sometimes had to put it down, getting to that Happily Ever After helped them heal, as well. THAT is why I write what I write. It’s not about the sex. It’s about healing and hope.
Shari: What do you like most about being an author of hot romantic men and women?
As I said earlier, writing erotic romances is freeing. My men and women are hot, but also wounded in some way, whether emotionally or physically. I think what I like most is getting letters from readers who told me my books got them back in the game of love when they didn’t think there was any hope. A Navy wife told me my books helped her and her veteran hubby become intimate again after he was severely injured in Iraq. Many readers have told me they have dipped their toes in the local BDSM community at safe and public munches and are exploring something they didn’t know about before reading my books, or that they felt is more accessible because I tell it in such a realistic way. It’s just part of a person’s being to have these needs met—and I love showing ways they can achieve meeting those needs to submit or dominate. But I always insist that they do their homework, then seek out experts who can teach what they need to know before trying anything they’ve read about. There’s inherent danger in much of what I write about and I do not want readers trying anything without full knowledge and a safe, sane, and consensual setting.
Shari: Do you have any quirky or recurring habits you perform while you are writing?
I’m an extrovert. After writing or editing for an hour or so, I need a fix. So I go to Facebook to connect with readers. I have my timeline, but also an author page, a discussion group for the series (Rescue Me Series Open Discussion) and other writer and reader groups I can connect in. They feed my need for human contact, then I’m recharged and can get back to work.
Shari: How much investigation goes into getting all the details correct when doing an intense scene? From emotions to toys, to the way a scene moves along.
I rely heavily on subject experts, especially for military information, BDSM toys and play scenes, and psychological/medical issues. Some are my beta readers and others just read specific scenes to give me feedback and help me get it right. One of my experts is a Dom who has worked with subs who had been abused in the past. He helped me plan out the scenes Damián would use to help Savannah redirect negative messages she had internalized and how to help her reconnect and feel her body again. The results were explosive and one of the hottest scenes I’ve ever written (even if it did take a long time to get her there)!
Shari: Do authors need aftercare when writing intense emotional and physical scenes?
Oh, my, yes. I had such a hard time writing Nobody’s Perfect because I had to go to those dark places and deal with feelings I had tamped down for decades, figuring I’d worked on that and it was time to move on. A lot of healing had to happen for me to get to the end of that book. And those who were fans early on know that the release date was a moving target as I would keep getting hung up. One of the scenes that I just couldn’t write was near the end of Nobody’s Perfect. I just had a meltdown every time I tried and finally just said I can’t. I got messages from a sub and my Dom subject expert that finally broke through whatever that block was and I was able to write the scene. They were there for me afterwards and it was so cathartic. I felt giddy. Of course, that was the day before the book was supposed to come out with yet another of those wrong release dates. So I had to frantically finish the book and that’s when I could get to that happily ever after that I may never top again. I also have my hubby who gives me hugs and back rubs when I’ve had an intense writing session (and my books are terribly emotional, so these happy all the time, just not to the level of the one I just mentioned). And usually I write late at night, so I can just go snuggle in bed with him after to get a hug. (Or jump his bones, if it was intense in a sexual way. )
Shari: How many times have you attended Authors After Dark? What keeps bring you back each year?
My first AAD was in New Orleans in 2012. It was my third conference ever (behind Romantic Times Booklovers and Lori Foster’s RAGT) and by far my favorite. I wasn’t even a featured author, but so many of the authors wrote erotic romance, too. And the readers were fabulous. I remember bringing my roommate to the registration table and while there, one of the awesome volunteers, Carolline, just happened to look at my name and screamed “Kallypso Masters!” She jumped up and hugged me and it was so amazing—first to have someone know who I was, but to be so enthusiastic. And after the BDSM panel in which I was in the audience, another reader brought a fan over who meet me. She screamed “It’s Kallypso Masters!” to her friend across the room, and soon I was surrounded by six fans. Holy cow. A mob of fans for a newbie like me! I had to move us out to the hallway so we wouldn’t disturb the next panel session.
I love that AAD just puts authors on a panel in front of readers and lets the readers ask questions. There is no need to prepare a speech, class, or presentation (like at Romantic Times). And readers ask really intelligent questions, too, so hearing the response (and fantasizing how I would have answered the question if I were on the panel) was great fun.
So, in Savannah this August, I can’t wait to get back to AAD. As a featured author this time, I’ll have lots of opportunities to connect with readers in large and more intimate gatherings (including having lunch with the above-mentioned Carolline who bid more than $250 in a charity auction for the opportunity to join me for a meal. I’ll also be able to reconnect with some of my earliest fans who I had met at earlier conventions in 2012 or even over lunch in one-on-one or two settings. It will be like coming home again.
Shari: For the readers attending Authors After Dark, where can they find you in Savannah?
Well, I’m co-hosting two events–BDSM BINGO (Friday) and a celebration of Indie (self-published) books on Thursday. I’m also on several of the awesome author panels (Self-publishing, BDSM for the Healthy Mind, and The Kink is In). Of course, I’ll be signing at the Saturday signing, open to locals, as well as conference attendees. And I’ll also be roaming the hallways and maybe even chilling in the lobby. I do NOT mind having someone come up to say hello if they see me. If I’m on my way to something I can’t be late for, I’ll just invite you along, if it’s open to all.
Shari: For readers not attending Authors After Dark, can you tell them about your virtual signing?
Twice a year, I plan to hold a virtual signing at my web site (kallypsomasters.com). the only thing virtual is how we connect, but those who purchase the books will received signed print books (personalized inscriptions, if they tell me in their order whom to sign them to), along with a bag of available swag items. My first such signing began in mid February and (don’t tell anyone this ), it hasn’t ended, even though I said it would end March 3. I mailed more than 150 books and have a few more orders to fulfill now. You have to be patient with me, because I have to do it all myself, in addition to all the other things I do, but I love doing this for my readers who can’t get to the signings, conferences, and conventions I attend.
Shari: What are you working on next? When, when, when…please don’t make me wait!
I am about halfway through writing Somebody’s Angel, Marc and Angelina’s long-overdue happily ever after. They’re going through a bit of a rough patch right now, but Marc is FINALLY at a place where he knows he has to stop keeping so much inside and open up to Angelina and others in his life. Today while I was doing my Morning Pages (journaling, otherwise known as channeling my characters), he revealed to me the oh-so-romantic final chapter in this installment of his story, so I am anxious to get back to work—NOW!
Thanks so much for having me here!
We had a wonderful time Kallyspo! Thank you for stopping by!
Thanks for having me!
Masters at Arms begins the journey of three men, each on a quest for honor, acceptance, and to ease his unspoken pain. Their paths cross at one of the darkest points in their lives. As they try to come to terms with the aftermath–forging an unbreakable bond–will they ever truly become masters of their own fates? Or would fate become masters of them?
(Book One in the Rescue Me series about the men who own the Masters at Arms BDSM Club)
When Marc rescued Angelina from an abusive Dom at his fetish club, he never imagined she’d upend his safe, controlled life. But his SAR partner, Luke, a widower, thinks Angelina has been sent to him by his dead wife. Marc knows only he can fulfill her sexual needs, but won’t hurt his friend. When the abusive Dom stalks her, she turns to Marc for help and learns a submissive has power too.
Nobody’s Perfect (book #4)
by Kallypso Masters
Savannah Gentry, now Savi Baker, escaped the abuse, torture, and degradation forced upon her by a sadistic father for eleven years and has made a safe life for herself and her daughter. When her father threatens her peace of mind–and her daughter’s safety–Savi runs to Damian Orlando for protection. Eight years earlier, young Savannah shared one perfect day with Damian that changed both their young lives and resulted in a secret she can no longer hide. But being with Damian reawakens repressed memories and feelings she does want to keep hidden–buried. At Damian’s private Masters at Arms Club, she discovers that sexual healing might be achieved through BDSM (Bondage, Dominance/submission, sadomasochism)—specifically SM administered by a loving Service Top named Damian.
Damian, a wounded warrior, has had his own dragons to fight in life, but has never forgotten Savannah. He will lay down his life to protect Savi and her daughter, but doesn’t believe he can offer more than that. She deserves a whole man, something he can never be after a firefight in Iraq. Damian also has turned to SM to regain control of his life and emotions and fulfills the role of Service Top to “bottoms” in the club in need of catharsis by whipping or other SM practices he is skilled at delivering. But he could never deliver that level of pain to Savi, who needs someone gentle and loving, not the man he has become. But when Savi witnesses a cathartic whipping scene on her first night at the club–delivered by Damian–she begins to wonder if this Damian could also help her regain control of her life and reclaim her sexuality and identity.
CONTENT WARNING: Readers who have a history of past abuse (sexual, physical, and emotional) may be triggered by scenes in this story. Before reading this book, please be aware that it is primarily about an incest survivor dealing with the sexual aftermath of years of abuse. She has dealt with non-sexual issues in years of therapy, but has tamped down anything related to sex. In this story, she struggles to find healing through a trusting, consensual BDSM relationship. If you believe that reading about PTSD flashbacks of incest, whipping for catharsis, mindf**ks, and related topics might be triggering for you, but you still choose to read it, please make sure you only read this book in a safe environment with supportive people available to you.
The BDSM scenes in this book (some of them beginning and advanced sadomasochism techniques) are the result of many conversations with submissives and Dominants who have worked through similar abuse issues using activities in the BDSM community and lifestyle. Therefore, the BDSM is portrayed as healing rather than titillating. If you are looking for the latter only, this might not be an enjoyable read.
But if you want to delve into the roller-coaster journey of a young couple trying to work through intense issues in a compelling story that pulls you into the characters’ world and doesn’t let you go, then you might find healing and entertainment in this story. The author, also a child-sexual abuse survivor, has found that writing the story has provided catharsis for her, and hopes other survivors who read it will see that they are survivors, too, and no one is ever so wounded she or he can’t find love.
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