Saturday, March 25, 2017

Writing Kink Me Honey

My main purpose in writing Kink Me Honey was to write an entertaining book, but I did also have something else in mind. I wanted to avoid two very common cliches, or tropes, that often appear in writings about fetish. One of these being angst, the other coercion.

For annoying kink-related angst and misery, Fifty Shades of Grey is a fine example. What a ridiculous film that was. (I haven't read the book. Maybe that's better.) I was particularly irritated by the two bumbling idiots trying to work out whether they were actually going to indulge in some sort of kinky behaviour or not, as if it were a world-shattering decision no humans could possibly cope with.

Eventually I felt like shouting at the screen. "Look, if you want to do this just do it. If you don't, then do something else. No one is forcing you and no one cares. There are hundreds of nightclubs full of people all cheerfully indulging their fetish interests and they'd laugh at you acting like it's some massive problem no one's ever encountered before. Just fucking get on with it or go and do something else." That would have been quite a lot to shout at the screen, admittedly.

So in Kink Me Honey, there is no angst and misery. Fetish enthusiasts get on with their fetish enthusiasms in between getting on with the rest of their lives, which is what people do.

The second cliche of fetish writing I wanted to avoid was any sort of coercion. 'Oh dear - I've been kidnapped and now something bad will happen.' Actually, I do see why that's fairly common in fetish stories as it does form part of some people's fantasies, though not their real lives. But it's something I completely avoided. In my book nothing happens against anyone's will. No one is kidnapped, imprisoned or otherwise coerced. The characters are all normal people who happen to have kinky sex lives. They meet through their fetish websites, have friendly socials, go clubbing, and get on cheerfully with their kinky activities. That's what Kink Me Honey is about. It has a lot of BDSM in it. Industrial amounts, in fact. Also, it's funny and entertaining. I recommend it. Although as the author, I would say that.

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cover of Kink Me Honey

Thursday, March 16, 2017

New Thraxas Paperback - Book 9

Thraxas and the Ice Dragon, book nine in the series, is now available as a paperback. This is the first print edition; previously it had only been available as an ebook.

'Thraxas and Makri drift ashore in the distant land of Samsarina, in the company of Lisutaris, Head of the Sorcerers Guild. After a miserable voyage on a leaky fishing boat, Thraxas just wants to drink beer, but there are other matters to attend to. Turai has fallen to the enemy and the armies of the West are gathering. Before war breaks out there's the great sword-fighting tournament, which gives Thraxas the chance of almost unlimited gambling, if only he can persuade Makri to enter. Makri is surprised to find herself looking after a baby dragon, and even more surprised to discover that Thraxas has a romantic past, one which leads them into a murder investigation in an unfamiliar land, where hostile forces oppose them at every turn.'