I write in a dark fantasy land that has no place in reality. It’s fantastic that my readers think it does. I’ve had reviews on Goodreads that berate me for creating a place that would have it’s owner sued out of commission if he/she were discovered. They also tell me that my establishment would be liable for prosecution in the US.
Hell, do they think having a pony-girl farm full of sex slaves that haven’t signed up to be there is legal in ENGLAND? Ahem. I’ve got news for you.
Now, I live in England and I can tell you this, I haven’t seen any farms full of naked sex slaves lately (oh woe is me!!!) – but if anyone does find some, let me know at your earliest possible convenience 😉
I am firm believer in safe, sane and consensual sex. If you’re in a D/s relationship then you make sure you play safe. This is real life. You have real sex in real life and you only get to live once.
In fantasy fiction land, however, anything goes and I write for my titillation as much as anyone else’s. So I write dark, depraved and nasty. To give it a touch of realism here and there, I’ll add little safety snippets and precautions – but I won’t bog the story down with them. I have bullies in my books, I have sadists and, the odd good guy (ish) if you can find him. It’s erotic suspense. I want butterflies that will drop your stomach down fifty stories, I want drama and I want tears. It’s an emotional journey.
You don’t read superman and expect to be able to fly off skyscrapers, right? You don’t read Stephen King and expect that everything he writes is a common everyday occurrence in the world. You don’t read about fairies and witches and then go in search of spell 101, love potion for downright dashing millionaires, please? Fiction is fantasy, hence the term. Non-fiction is reality. Check the label 😉
If I can write something that is so out-there in fantasy land and have people believe it’s almost real – well, I guess that is one of the greatest compliments I could ever be paid – and I really do appreciate all the reviews – good or bad because they all help make the next book a little bit better.
Can I just say this though? Safe, sane & consensual please. Sex – yes please and lots of it 🙂