Monday, February 17, 2014

On Writing Spanking Romance

My friend Liv Honeywell asked me if I'd like to participate in a hop where authors talk about their writing process and I thought why not? It's good for me to not share just the sexy bits of my work. 

Wait, you're not going to stop reading now that I've said that, are you?

There are four questions to answer so here we go:

What am I working on now? At the moment of writing this, I have just submitted a manuscript for the next book in the Roark Brothers series as well as another piece I'd been working on for a while, a romantic suspense. I'm also editing a story the rights of which will return to me by the end of March that I will republish. More to come on that later.

How does my work differ from others of its genre? I like this question but also not. I think I work with a lot of very talented authors many of whom I also count as friends. I think the quality of erotica in general improves daily and spanking erotica is no different. 

How I feel I differ? Well, for me, the emotions of the characters and what goes on in their heads is the driver of my stories. This may not be all that different from others now that I've said it. One area that is different is that even though I would classify my work as spanking romance, the D/s aspect is central to my theme and exploration through my work. The more I write, the more I feel as though I take away another layer of myself. What I mean by that is that through the writing, I hone in on what it is that draws me to this.

On this note, my husband asked me the other day if I still find spanking sexy. I looked at him like he had three heads but then I thought of his question. The answer is yes, absolutely, spanking is what turns me on, but through the writing, I've become more specific, learning what it is about this whole thing that draws me, that has always drawn me, even when I didn't have a name for it.

Why do I write what I do? I started to write spanking romance to get the fantasies out of my head but it turned out to do the opposite. The more I wrote, the more I wanted and the more I learned about myself. 

Someone asked me a while back if I would write another genre soon. I think at the time they asked, I was a bit embarrassed about what I wrote (and they did not know it was spanking romance, just erotica). If they asked me that today, I'd tell them absolutely not. I love what I write, I'm proud of what I write and I think there are a lot of people who read these stories because they do not have the real life outlet and I am very happy to be a part of their escape. I feel like in a way, I help them (or I hope I help them) get beyond the shame and simply accept what is a part of us. There's nothing wrong with this kink and there's an entire community of people out here ready to open our arms to others who need embracing.

What is my writing process? It's actually very boring. I make coffee and I read my mail. I make more coffee and do some chatting on FB and some promotion. Then for the bulk of the day I sit alone in my kitchen and I write. Once my kids get home from school, it stops (for the most part) and in the evenings when my friends in the US are up, I chat some more. I don't plan out plots although I'd like to be able to at some point.

Thanks for being here and reading this. Next week, February 24th, Sheri Savill and Casey McKay will post about their own process. 

Casey McKay, author of Cursed Waters and Catch a Falling Star

Casey McKay enjoys fighting the boredom of her soul crushing day job by being a spanking fiction writer by night. Writing books she would like to read- not surprisingly they all become romance novels, with lots of spanking. She likes a good romance, with a little bit of comedy, a happy ending, and of course some spanking.

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Roz said...

I enjoyed reading this Natasha, thank you for sharing. I love your answer to questions 2 & 3 and found it interesting that it is through you writing that you are learning what draws you to spanking.


Cara Bristol said...

Great post, Natasha! It is a wonderful thing to be able to give freedom to one's passion.

katherinedeane said...

Great post, Natasha!
I love your books, and am so glad you are continuing what you love. I love it too!

Sheri Savill said...

"There's nothing wrong with this kink and there's an entire community of people out here ready to open our arms to others who need embracing." Well said, N. Great post and I'm excited to be tagged, thank you!

Tracey Horton said...

Nice post! I was/am one of those people that was able to live my fantasies through your books. Now, as you know, I actually can live some of them now!! But I still love this genre and these authors. I think more and more people are accepting of this genre. I for one am very glad that you are here and I look forward to your new books!!

Natasha Knight said...

Thank you Roz, I'm glad you enjoyed it. For me, that part about being here for others is key - it's the best part of this actually.

Natasha Knight said...

Thank you Cara and yes, absolutely!

Natasha Knight said...

Thank you dear! I feel the same about you.

Natasha Knight said...

:) My favorite part of this whole post...

Natasha Knight said...

Thank you Tracey! I think we started really talking over yoga and that conversation quickly went elsewhere...I'm really enjoying getting to know you and appreciate the compliment. The best part though are the connections.


Casey McKay said...

I love that you are getting your fantasies out! Keep getting them out, I love them :)

Normandie Alleman said...

Oh I stopped reading after that first paragraph. Nice Snippet. JK!

Thanks for sharing your process with us. BTW I think you just tagged two zombie afficionados, did you realize this? :)

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