Friday, May 9, 2014
Bedtime Confessions by Sarah Michelle Lynch
The Chambermaid learnt her craft inside the secretive confines of The Lodge, hidden deep within Nottingham's Sherwood Forest.
In the hotel she worked in, she used her skills as a domme to teach men lessons they took home to their wives.
Word of her service spread and she became renowned; synonymous with enriching the sex lives of so many.
But something happened… she fell in love. She left the Master of her heart behind… for some reason.
As she turns to professional domination as a dominatrix, she recalls her adventures both in a professional and personal capacity.
What's clear is – this is a woman of towering complexity. But perhaps, her innermost thoughts – those of her true self – may answer some questions about why she does what she does.
**Content for adults only**
What made you want to write erotica?
Story of O heavily influenced me but I have to say the reason I chose to write erotica was that I had a story in my mind to tell, and it was meant for erotica. Charlotte has chronic low self-esteem which she battles during a long, difficult journey. I talked to someone exactly like her who had the same issues and didn't know how their behaviour came across until someone with the same thing turned around and said, “Hey, you have low self-esteem. You don't have to suffer with it.” You may ask how does someone not know they have it? Well, you'd have to read Charlotte's full story in A Fine Profession to find out – and discover how low self-esteem might wreck your sex life, which is obviously a very important aspect of any healthy relationship.
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
Oh yeah. I have done lots of jobs that didn't involve writing and I think actually, they were key to developing me as a writer. I always knew I'd need a bit of life experience before I could class myself as anything of a writer. I've worked in professional spheres and the service industries and it has helped because variety in characters fascinates me.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published?
Meeting readers who say, “I rarely read a book I connect with so deeply. Characters I can relate to. Thank you.” This kind of response makes it all worthwhile. A writer's work is never going to appeal to everyone, but for those it does, it can really make a difference to them.
Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
Horror. It's just not my thing, at all. I'd never get anything done because I'd be sat at my laptop with a pillow over my head, not typing!
Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad -
Of course every writer loves a five star review. We love our own books and love it when someone else loves it too. I also like reviews that are in-depth and perhaps point out what a reader did and didn’t like about the story or characters. If you find out what your writing strengths are, you can bear that in mind for next time. Then there's the one-star review. If you look at Goodreads there are some people who place one-star ratings even on books that haven't been published yet! Either because they just didn't like the sound of the blurb or the cover or the author (often for no real reason). It's not fair, at all. The one-star rating without any review doesn't really explain the bad points about a book and says, to me, that the reviewer never read it at all. The most horrible thing a reviewer could ever do is spoiler a book. I had that once and it really upset me. Sure, they had issues with the book. However, other people loved it and the spoiler in question might have ruined it for them, should they check out the reviews beforehand. Spoilers are not for public areas, but for book clubs discussions and social groups. As a reader myself, some spoilers have put me off reading a book everyone else is raving about because I already know the twist.
What is the hardest and easiest part about being an erotica writer?
The easiest part (which leads onto the hardest part) is that I know what turns women on and I write it, and it works. The hardest part is looking your friends and family in the eye when they know you write such stuff.
How do you feel about your life as a writer now? Do you regret any past decisions you’ve made?
You can't regret anything as a writer because writing is like life; you live it and learn it. My books reflect my journey and how I have developed as a writer and a person. I'm proud to share that journey with others.
Have you ever written anything else?
Yes, I've written four novels set in a dystopian world. I have also written plenty of poetry, short stories and journalistic material. I recently released a contemporary romance and also, I am currently working on a romantic thriller.
How hard is it to write a book?
It's easy to write a book if you have an idea. It's hard to edit it for an audience who need the words in some sort of readable order, without all your own writerly indulgences getting in the way.
What is your favorite or best thing about being an Indie writer?
As an Indie, I have total control over my work. I don’t have a rule book that I have to stick to and I can write whatever I want. For an artist, that is the dream. I started out in this being very aware of how hard it is to be an Indie but I feel some of the stories I wrote were very cathartic for me – and the best thing is that I've met loads of other Indies who have enjoyed my work, recommended it to others, and even have let me read their stuff too. I've read an awful lot of good Indie books I wouldn't have known about unless I was part of this network too.
I truly enjoyed this read. From her writing style, Sarah is clearly first and foremost, a writer. She enjoys playing with words/vocabulary and sentence structure, which makes her work seem polished and professional (especially compared to what I normally see in erotica.) This book genuinely read like a true work of literary art! Even if you're not into dominatrix material, I feel like this is a story worth reading. It was enlightening to explore the mind of a dominatrix - an angle in erotica that I don't often see.
Bedtime Confessions reads a bit like the diary of a dominatrix. This book is intended to be read after Sarah's A Fine Profession. However, I have to admit that I cheated and read this one first. With this being said, I thought that Bedtime Confessions is successful as a stand-alone read. I enjoyed this book so much, that I am genuinely interested in reading A Fine Profession and I can only imagine how much better Bedtime Confessions would have been had I followed the author's advice ;)
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