BDSM interviews: Maren Smith

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“I’ve experimented with every kink I have written about in my books.”

Maren Smith, an international and USA bestselling author, specializes in M/F spanking romances. Let’s get her to talk about it 😉

What brought you to writing BDSM stories? What do you find most attractive about them?

I started writing when I was 15. Almost all of my books were in the romance vein, and every single one of them included a hero who spanked the heroine. My heroines were always submissive. My heroes were always in charge, so I suppose you could say the kink has pretty much always been deeply ingrained in me. However, I do consider there to be a world of difference between spanking or Domestic Discipline and BDSM. I first began writing BDSM with the Masters of the Castle series, which I started because I had become an administrator at one of my local dungeons and I wanted to highlight that there was so much more out there than just spanking.

Your series Masters of the Castle revolves around a resort for kinksters. Did you use any features of real-life BDSM clubs to portray it—and how is it different from them? How is it organized? Did you use any experiences from your work as an administrator at BDSM dungeons in your novels?

There is a huge difference between the fantasy world I write in and the realities of a working dungeon. When I read a BDSM romance, although some realism is expected, I still want to immerse myself in the fantasy. We live reality; reading is supposed to be an escape. Having said that, though, I do try to put as much realism from my own dungeon experiences into my books as possible. I have done just about every scene I have put in my books, simply because I want to get as many of those sensations—sights, sounds, feels, smells—on the page as I can. I also want to incorporate some of the safety issues into the fantasy, along with the rules an actual dungeon abides by. Every dungeon is its own entity; they are all different from one another, from place to place and state to state. But if a reader goes from reading a Masters book to their very first dungeon party, they will be able to recognize universal notes of familiarity in the rules and how Dominants and submissives behave.

There are a lot of spankings in your books. Why do you like writing spanking scenes? And what are your other favorite kinks?

Spanking was my first love. As I said, I’ve experimented with every kink I have written about in my books, but I was a spanko first. For me, it just went hand-in-hand with romance in every one of my stories, starting when I was 15. I advertised for and found my first disciplinarian when I was 19. I found my first husband in a spanking magazine and for 23 years, ours was a marriage based on domestic discipline. That dynamic has always attracted me. I love bondage, biting, hair pulling, breast and pussy torture, and sensation play, but at my dungeon, I am called The Toybreaker because of my love of impact play and the collection of broken implements I’ve acquired over the years. I am also a Little, and for the last few years, I’ve lived a 24/7 domestic discipline lifestyle with my Daddy Dom.

What Doms and subs do you like to write about? Do you have certain types that interest you the most? I take it you like feisty subs? Why?

Just like there are all types of submissives in life, I like to write about all types of submissives in my stories. I don’t think I love feisty more than obedient, or shy over bold. I think my stories kind of bounce all over the map.

Is there a difference for you in writing contemporary, historical and fantasy spanking romances? What do you prefer?

I like variety above all. I happen to think, as an author if you never branch out, at some point, everything you write will start to read like the exact same thing. I know some authors love it, and how they keep their writing fresh and interesting book after book, I don’t know. But I like bouncing around. I’m working right now on a Victorian-era series that I’ll be playing in for a while, but if you look at my backlist, you’ll find I play in just about everything. The only romance sub-genre I don’t play in are dark fantasy and mystery/suspense, and for the same reason. An author has to have a certain way of thinking and plotting in order to pull those types of books off successfully. My brain just doesn’t work that way. But that’s okay, I’m good at what I do and I love it. When it stops being fun, I’ll go on to something else.

One thought on “BDSM interviews: Maren Smith

  1. Leslie says:

    Loved your honesty in your interview. I agree when you say that some authors never deviate from the one genre they write. Unfortunately, I think after a time we as readers stop buying their books because they are all the same!

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