English Translation of Interview for Romanticas Magazine
As I always start my interviews in this section, can you both explain a little bit what novels do you have and what are they about? This way Spanish readers—and publishers—can know you a little bit better!
Kass: Absolutely! We’d be glad to. We’re both authors of Erotica with Horny Devil Publishing (HDP). Edward in is the process of writing a BDSM series as well as a couple of stand alone books. Ed’s The Pit Series is about three ‘brothers’, Cameron, Harvey and Hamilton, who own an exclusive BDSM club. There are six books total, two for each Dom. The three men are all quite different, each bringing a different take on things. Cam is looking for his perfect sub without any success until he meets Tilly by accident. Harvey isn’t looking for anyone, in fact he’s avoiding relationships completely, even to the point of only doing ménages. Ham has very hard edges and will be interesting to put out there. In addition to that series, he has a stand alone, ready to come out in the next weeks, The Ten O’Clock Club, which is pure erotica, very sexy.
Ed: Kassandra also is in the process of writing a BDSM series. Her Doctor’s Orders Series centers around a particular hospital where the main characters work or are affiliated. It also contains six books, two around each main pair. Doctor, Doctor focuses on Mia, a Domme and patient advocate and Joel, a submissive physician who struggles with his submissive sexual nature. Doctor Dom which is currently in the works focuses on a Dom physician. The third is still in the planning stage. Her second series, also ongoing is MenageMates which is based on matchmaking ménage play.
Both: In addition, we have co authored two books so far with plans to continue. The first is Splinter’s Heart, a hot, sexy vampire true mates tale, which started as a stand alone but will likely become a series. The second is Host 911 which is part paranormal and part Comerotica, our publisher’s term for comical erotic books. We were both also featured in the HDP Christmas Anthology, Naughty Not Nice with short and very naughty tales. Ed’s Christmas tale was an erotic rewrite of Hansel and Gretel and Kass’ was an after hours tale, Caroline’s Christmas Surprise. We both have plenty more to come both individuals and together.
Why did you guys choose writing about BDSM and erotica in general? It’s a matter of liking it? Or it’s just you find it easier to write?
Ed: I was thrown into writing really. It all started from a Role Play site I visited that was run by another author. I visited the site to have fun and passed comments on the threads with the other role players and was approached and asked to write. I have always been fascinated with BDSM and when I was given the opportunity to write, things just seemed to fall into place. That was where I first met Kass.
Kass: My story is quite similar to Ed’s. I was also drawn to the role play site of a favorite author. What started as reading and banter with the role players eventually turned to role playing myself. That’s where I met Ed. We were often paired and wrote opposite each other, encouraging each other’s writing. I, too, am fascinated by BDSM and love writing erotica. Once I started writing role play, it felt right. Honestly, it just flows and is very comfortable for me to write. I’ve always loved reading it and it’s a whole new high to write it as well.
I know the topic is just being repetitive, I know, but how do you feel about the 50 Shades phenomenon and the term “Mommy porn”?
Kass: I think it’s fantastic that the 50 Shades phenomenon brought this erotic form of edgy writing into the mainstream. It’s not as if it didn’t exist, but the 50 Shades books made it somehow more open and acceptable to discuss and enjoy. I like the term “Mommy Porn”. It makes me chuckle. That’s exactly what it is.
Ed: Mommy Porn is cool. After all, women have been falling in love with fictional characters since the word dot. To move that up a level to an acceptable girly porn is awesome. And what author wouldn't want to be EL James. She wrote a bold fresh series that caught the imagination of millions. I feel the motives that went behind Mr. Grey's BDSM life style were controversial, but EL James tackled the subject well.
From your books, and the book you guys co-authored, what do you think readers like the most? Is there anything in your stories that stand out from the others in the genre?
Ed: I feel writing naughty novels from a male perspective is unusual, and maybe a little bit unique. The Pit series is featured around the city of London and that also adds to the book’s mystique. Our co authored books seem to work well as Kass and I both have an understanding of each other’s strengths and we feel that comes through in our writing. Even back to our role play days, the fans used to ask for us to post together.Kass: I wanted to start my BDSM series with a Domme rather than the traditional male Dom so I think that’s a little different. In the Menage Mates, the ménage is used as a matchmaking ploy where one of the three is setting the other two up. I tried for something different there, also. As far as our co authored books, I agree with Ed on our writing together and it gives a really nice “he said, she said” twist to the stories. We have a writing chemistry that we enjoy very much and it started in our early role playing days. It’s been fun carrying it through to books as well.
Now let’s talk about your career. Was it difficult to finally get published? Did you try for a long time?
Kass: Honestly, it was a matter of being in the right place at the right time. We were there as HDP was getting off the ground. We submitted and got accepted right off the bat.
Ed: We were dead lucky for sure. We signed with HDP who were new to the business and looking for authors in our genre, so we count ourselves lucky.
One thing I love about your books is the covers. What about your characters, or the stories in general, you love the most?
Ed: I love creating the characters and seeing where their stories take me. I don't really plan a story. I know I should but I kind of wing it. I find that works for me until I get near the end, then I’m like, ‘ok so now what’.Kass: The talented Dee Allen is responsible for our covers. They are sexy and fun and I love them too. I love it all. I enjoy developing the character and get very attached to them, hoping others do as well. The story building around them is also a great deal of fun as well. I love the collaboration with Ed as well. We seem to build upon each other’s ideas and it makes a more rounded story, I think.
Does that have anything to do with the message you want to send the readers? Or you just write what you feel inside?
Ed: Like I said earlier, the characters just seem to flow as I write, so I guess I write from the heart. Fan feedback has a role for sure. Take Splinters Heart for example; the fans want more, so we’ll give it to them. Kass and I will talk about the direction and the characters and hopefully continue with it as a series.
And finally, I can’t leave without asking you one last question. What would you tell the Spanish publishers and readers if you had them in front of you? (Yes… this is the moment to sell yourselves!)
Ed: I guess I would tell them to give this bloke a try, as guys can write erotica too. I would tell them that we are learning this art with every written word and have plenty more on the back burner. Kass and I have some excellent work coming up both as individual authors and co authors, so lay back in the sun, pour a glass of Rioja and find us on your e-readers.
Kass: I think Ed said it perfectly. Check us out on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, AllRomance. Kobo, Smashwords or Itunes. Give our stories a try and you won’t be disappointed. If you want to know a little more about us personally, visit our websites:
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-Alright, thank you both, Kassandra and Edward! It’s been a pleasure!
Thank you! We enjoyed it and appreciate the support!