Author interview and giveaway with Josephine Myles
Part of the How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps Blog Tour
Remember the first official review on this website? Yes, that was Josephine’s book! Today it’s the official release day and we’re going to celebrate with an interview with the author and a giveaway. Give Jo a warm welcome!
Hiya Jo, welcome to the blog! We’re going to talk about your new book: How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps. Is this is your first book in BDSM? What made you write a book with BDSM as the main focus?
Thanks for having me over, Larissa! So exciting to see another new review blog on the scene 🙂
Actually, this is my second BDSM novel–Screwing the System was my first although I will admit it’s probably best classified as BDSM-lite. But over the years I’ve also written some BDSM short stories. And The Hot Floor, while not classified as a BDSM novel, did have some pretty kinky scenes. So writing kinky stories has always been an interest of mine, but it’s not something I’ve chosen to focus on at the exclusion of more vanilla erotic romance. Vanilla can be hot as hell too!
Can you tell us how Jeff and Eddie came about as characters? Were they easy to write?
I think Jeff was the initial character I developed, as I wanted to write the kind of hero I hadn’t often seen in m/m romance: a very working class, “straight” bloke who calls a spade a spade. I was worried readers would find him too obnoxious, to be honest, but so far everyone seems to love him.
Eddie was created as the perfect foil for Jeff. Different enough to add some spice (I love writing opposites attract romances!), but just the kind of nice, boy-next-door bloke to reassure Jeff that coming out doesn’t mean he has to abandon his masculine identity.
And if I mention that I was ever-so-slightly inspired by my boyfriend when it came to one of the characters, you’ll just have to guess which one!
You mentioned that this is your filthiest book to date. How did this book end up with more explicit smexy scenes than your previous books?
I think with every dirty book I publish, I gain the courage to push things a little farther. I’ve always had a filthy imagination so the inspiration for explicit scenes is no problem. It’s just sharing that on the page that takes guts. I think I’m getting past caring about people judging me, though. I have a dirty mind and I’m not afraid to use it!
At the UK Gay Romance Signing you told us a little how you did research for this book. Will you share that with us here as well?
Certainly! Aside from talking to kinky people (Doms and subs), I did go to a fetish club for some first hand research. Obviously I wouldn’t be allowed into a gay BDSM club, but since Jeff and Eddie visit a straight club, this was fine. And “straight” isn’t quite the right word for it–clubs like this are open to all gender pairings (and poly groups, of course). On my evening out I did spy some f/f couples, as well as a mixed group of men and women who all seemed to be sexually involved with each other in some way. What you don’t tend to see in clubs open to everyone, though, is much in the way of live sex. Not like you do in the gay BDSM clubs (so I hear, anyway!)
Jeff doesn’t define himself as gay or bisexual initially, yet this story doesn’t read as a gay for you. What were the reason(s) for writing Jeff as heterosexual at first?
You’re right–I think Jeff was always bi underneath it all, but had never considered that as an option because his identity was so wrapped up in being macho, like his father. I wanted to write him as straight, however, because I thought it would be fun to play with a character who despite desiring women, really didn’t understand them at all. Once he gets over his whole problem with the idea of being attracted to a man, it’s clear that Eddie is a much better match for him than any woman could have been.
What was the hardest part of writing How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps?
As always, it’s the final push to finish the first draft that was the biggest hurdle. The book itself flowed beautifully for the most part, but I always seem to get cold feet at around that “nearly done” point. I’m having the same problem with my work in progress at the moment. Curse you, muse!
Will you write more BDSM books?
I’m definitely going to write more BDSM erotic romance in the future. I’ve always loved writing long and elaborate sex scenes where the characters grow emotionally as well as getting their rocks off. BDSM scenes are perfect for this, and the relationship dynamics are fascinating and incredibly varied. So many different permutations to explore!
Can you share a fun tidbit about writing this book?
The vintage violet wand Eddie owns is based on one that I saw at the fetish club I visited. The man who owned it was “kind” enough to let me find out what it felt like on my arm. It didn’t hurt me in the slightest, but it was an interesting, tingling sort of sensation. Others seemed to find it far more painful, though, and I suppose if it was tried out on more sensitive parts of the body… Ouch!
Readers, any extra questions for Jo?
The How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps Blog Tour Giveaway!
I’m currently touring blog land, chatting about my latest Samhain Publishing release. Each post gives a unique insight into the book, and a lucky commenter will win a prize at every stop along the way. Winner’s choice of either:
- two of Jo’s backlist eBooks
- or a signed copy of Junk (or another backlist paperback, subject to availability) – shipping worldwide
Comment on this post for a chance to win today’s draw. The winning entry will be picked on October 1st by way of Random.org and the winner will be notified by email within 48 hours.
Check out the full Blog Tour itinerary here: http://josephinemyles.com/published-stories/novels-and-novellas/how-to-train-your-dom-in-five-easy-steps/blog-tour/
Sometimes the little head really does know best.
Jeff White’s needs are simple. All he wants is a submissive to help him explore the dominant side that his ex-girlfriend couldn’t handle. Problem is, inexperience in both dating and domming has resulted in a string of rejections.
What he needs is an experienced sub willing to show him the ins and outs of controlling a scene. Unfortunately, the only one willing to take him on is male, and Jeff is straight. One hundred percent, never-gonna-happen straight.
Easygoing painslut Eddie Powell doesn’t care that Jeff is younger, working class, and shorter. Eddie likes a bit of rough, and Jeff fits the bill perfectly. The trick will be convincing him to follow Eddie’s five-step training programme—which would be easy if Eddie wasn’t starting to have feelings for the rough-around-the-edges landscaper.
Once Jeff lays his hands on Eddie, things definitely get out of hand. But it’ll take more than hot, sweaty, kinky sex to persuade him to come out of the closet—especially to himself.
Warning: Contains a happy sub, a confused Dom, a high ratio of sex to plot, misuse of root ginger, and a suitcase of kink. Written in Jo’s usual exceedingly “English” English.
English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.
Jo publishes regularly with Samhain. She has also been known to edit anthologies and self-publish on occasion.
Website and blog: http://josephinemyles.com/