BDSM interviews: C.P. Mandara

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Christina Mandara writes dark romance with a bunch of kinks mixed in. It’s only fair that women get to read about whatever fantasies they want, even extreme ones!

What do you find most enticing about BDSM books?

Haha! What isn’t enticing about them? They have lots of kinky sex and… wait… did I mention the kinky sex part? BDSM is basically sex on steroids. You get the basics, but with a whole lot more thrown in. As soon as I was introduced to the world of whips and chains, I haven’t looked back. I remember finding it fascinating at first. The control aspect, the collars, spreader bars, paddles, floggers… Seriously, I could go on for hours. There is no limit to the fun you can have because there are so many possibilities.

Do you prefer writing and reading about hardcore or mild kinks? And which ones interest you in particular?

Most of my books are dark romance with hardcore kink. I started with the ‘Pony Tales’ which basically documents the heroine’s transformation from rich socialite to pony girl in less than a week. In total there were nine books in the series, with the devilish billionaire Master Mark and the evil sadist Kyle Levison. This was a wonderful romp in the land of BDSM fantasy and it was so much fun. We had lots of naked girls in full pony gear harness and plenty of naughty games. I wrote it after reading Anne Rice’s Beauty Series, but this series features much darker overtones and the BDSM is pretty much off the scale.
In my special agent series, Lois Reeves is an assassin that has to be trained up as a BDSM slave in order to infiltrate an underground world of arms and drug smuggling. She had no idea what she was letting herself in for, which becomes apparent as James starts showing her the ropes. Her life changes drastically when she is held hostage by Alain Dumortier, and even her skills as an assassin can’t save her. With this series, there was a lot of torture, some erotic, some not. I wanted to explore the world of people smuggling, and it was an eye opener. This stuff does happen in real life, and while it might not be quite as awful as I’ve portrayed in my stories, it probably isn’t much better.
My favorite kinks are anal play and orgasm control, which become very apparent when you read my work!

If I’m not mistaken, you mentioned you were a switch. Does it influence your writing? Is it easier for you to write from the POV of a Dom or a sub?

I think it does make it easier if you’ve experience both sides of the coin. My writing is very emotive (I think?!) and I pull on the feelings I’ve experienced while in a scene. To be fair, though, a lot of my work is so far in the land of fantasy that I have to use my imagination a lot, and that’s kind of fun, too. I’ve always got my head in the clouds thinking about some character or another. It’s rare that my head isn’t in two places at once ☺

What was the most challenging BDSM scene for you to write so far (maybe because of the research you had to do, or something else)?

The earlier pony tales books were very challenging because I had to do a lot of research into animal role play. Thankfully, there were some very good websites out there that helped me along the way because the kink in those books was very specialized. There are medical scenes with ‘vets,’ menage scenes with lots of other pony girls, and even a pony girl carousel of sorts with lots of kinky ‘extra’ features.

In your ‘Pony Tales’, the heroine gets into pony play without her consent. In your opinion, what makes non-con BDSM stories appealing for readers, while they most likely wouldn’t want something like that to happen for real?

I’m not sure anyone would want something like that to happen in real life. I think people like reading about it, much as they like watching horror flicks – it’s a thrilling and titillating ride. Let’s call it a fairytale for adults, to put it into perspective. In real life no one gets to be Cinderella, and there is no fairy godmother. The book is all lies, and even so, we’ve loved it for hundreds of years. Fantasy is such a wonderful place in the book world. It can take you to so many places. I find it very interesting that men can watch just about any kind of porn they want on the internet, yet woman are having similar fantasies banned in the books they read. ‘The Ties That Bind’ was recently banned and no one could give me a reason as to why. As it’s book six in the series, it was very bizarre. I still haven’t been able to find out what the powers that be found so objectionable.

In ‘Sparks’, Lois ventures into the BDSM lifestyle without really knowing what that entails. What would you recommend to do in real life if someone is curious about BDSM but has no experience whatsoever?

Whatever they do, don’t do what Lois did! Lois was a female assassin who was a fiercely independent and stubborn. James tried his best to talk her out of her hair-brained mission for most of the first book, but she was determined to save the world, whatever the cost. She did learn her lesson, though, as she suffered quite abominably in book two.
In real life, if you’re interested in BDSM I would try to talk to like-minded people. The first thing I did was read everything I could upon the subject, and then, if you decide it might be for you, talk to some people about it. You could join an online forum or visit your local munch or a club. My advice would be to take things slow and not to be coerced into doing anything you don’t want to do. BDSM is about exploring your sexuality in a safe and consensual way. Thankfully, the stuff that happens in my books is in the realms of fantasy – and that’s exactly where it should stay.

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