Author Interview: Candace Blevins, author of the Safeword Series

Posted August 6, 2012 by Shari in Book Tour / 11 Comments

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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  🙂


Safewords: Davenport and Chiffon
By Candace Blevins

Safeword series, Book 5. (All are standalone books with the exception of the two Davenport novels)

Genre:  BDSM Romance, Erotica
Publisher: Excessica

Number of pages: 166
Word Count: 69,000

Blurb/Book Description:

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

BUY LINK: Amazon | Excessica | BookStrand | Smashwords | ARe | Books on Board

Author Bio:

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 and

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9 years ago

Does your husband read your books and offer feedback!

Love your books!

books4me67 at ymail dot com

9 years ago

Great interview! This series sounds really good! Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

Mel Bourn
Mel Bourn
9 years ago

Great interview! I really liked what you said about the character being a caring sadist. So true!
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Candace Blevins
9 years ago

books4me — my husband isn’t a reader. He reads lots of tech manuals, but that’s about it. He’s asked that I send him the scenes I write, but he doesn’t read the whole book.

He helps me with plotting when I ask for it, and he listens as I work through any plot problems out loud, so he generally has a good idea of who the characters are and the basics of the story when he reads the scenes.

Mel – yeah, you’ve gotta have the caring parts to go with the sadistic parts. Or, I do, anyway 🙂

9 years ago

I am going to have to read these, I have a TENs unit for my back, but have never used it in any fun way, lol. Maybe this story will give me some ideas.
Congrats on the new release.
manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

9 years ago

Great interview. Candace is a new author for me. I learned about Candace’s books when I had a chance to win Safeword: Matte. I didn’t win but I had fun. I am so intrigued by these books and I can’t wait to read them.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

Kelsey S.
Kelsey S.
9 years ago

I have been wanting to read this series for a while. Everytime I buy a book through Amazon one of the Safeword books comes up on suggestions.

9 years ago

woo, this sounds really good, loved the post and can’t wait to read it:)
Thank you for the chance.

9 years ago

Nice interview. The book sounds intriguing.

Candace Blevins
9 years ago

June – there are some websites that show placement for where to put the pads. Before you start though, write down where everything is for your back (or better yet, take a picture of the settings so you can get it back to the same place) and then put the pads around your fun bits and play around with wave length and pulse frequency, and whether it’s on burst or continuous mode (or a combination, if yours does that). Use the regular electrode pads to start with, but if you want more intensity later you can cut the outer edges… Read more »