BDSM interviews: Christa Tomlinson

cuffs, collars & love

Is it easier to write about BDSM or the everyday life of a SWAT team? Christa Tomlinson surely knows the answer 😉

What would you like readers to know about your series Cuffs, Collars, and Love? What is special about your characters and their relationships?
I want them to know everything! But I guess if I have to narrow it down, I’d like them to know that Cuffs, Collars and Love is about men finding themselves as individuals and as lovers. To me, the most special thing is that each man is free to be who he truly is and knowing he’ll be accepted and loved by his partner.

What prompted you to write M/M BDSM stories? Why do you enjoy it?
I was probably most inspired by the romance novels I was reading in the early 2000’s from authors like Cherise Sinclair. I thought they were sexy and full of emotion and I wanted to put my own spin on it with my own stories. I enjoy it because I just love getting such close emotional feels between my guys and the dominance and submission really lets me explore that.

Is there something you find difficult about writing BDSM? What was the most challenging scene to write?
I think the most difficult thing is riding the line between authenticity to the lifestyle and simplifying it to introduce it to readers who aren’t involved personally with BDSM. The most challenging scene was the whipping and confession scene in The Detective’s Pleasure. I had to make sure that the space in the room was actually large enough for the Dom, Sam, to be able to wield the whip the way I was describing.

What research did you have to do for The Officer’s Submission and other books in this series?
So much research. I attended play parties and lectures to get a better understanding of the D/s life. I watched videos online and read a bunch of articles to understand how things like flogging and vampire gloves worked. I phone interviewed a real-life SWAT officer to learn about the job. It was the most interesting phone conversation I’ve ever had. But I’m a nerd, so I got a kick out of all the research I had to do.

Is it more tricky to capture the everyday life of a SWAT team or the everyday life of a Dom/sub couple?
I think it’s trickier for me to capture the life of a Dom/sub couple. The police work stuff is so prevalent to our society with crime shows, books and movies that it’s easier to have the general knowledge in my head so I can write about it. But I’m not a participant in the D/s world, and it isn’t seen as much in the world. Also, we have to be careful not to represent the lifestyle in a way that is wrong or harmful.

What might be attractive about D/s fiction for people who don’t practice BDSM?
The fantasy of it. It’s yet to be mainstream, so us vanilla people dream of something sexy and naughty. But I also hope the deep emotional connection is what makes the D/s genre attractive to readers as well.

Why do we women read and write M/M stories, in your opinion?
So many different reasons! Some readers want something new after years of reading m/m romance. Others like men and think double the men is hot. Some women want to take themselves completely out of the picture i.e. don’t want to imagine themselves as the heroine, and reading about two men makes that easier. There’s probably a dozen more reasons – some that I’d never even think of. Whatever the reason, I’m glad they enjoy it because that means hopefully they’ll pick up one of my stories!

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