It's very important to me to get into the heads of my characters at the emotional level. I have a number of beta readers who provide feedback into the scenes I write. In Nobody's Perfect,Corie and her Dom, John Bacon, were very helpful in getting Savi (and Damian's) perspectives as close to realistic as possible.
John was interviewed earlier in the Blog Tour, so now it's Corie's turn.
Interview with Corie, a sub
Can you tell me about what it is like to be a Sub?
For me, being a sub is just my natural personality. I think ultimately I have always been submissive but just didn't know it.
When did you realize this was the life for you?
When did I realize? At the end of my marriage. I came across Cherise Sinclair's Masters of the Shadowlands, and my eyes went wide. I never thought I would enjoy anything like that, but I guess it is what I've been secretly wanting all along.
How did you go about finding the appropriate means once you realized what you needed? How would you suggest new subs find safe ways to practice?
I found appropriate means by emailing Cherise begging for information on finding more information. She directed me to Fetlife.com (an online community for kinksters).
I would and do recommend all newbie's to search FetLife, make friends, go to local munches (public, informal, social gatherings of those in the kink community, usually held at a restaurant or involving food, hence the name), and most importantly ALWAYS be safe. Have a "safe call" for when you go and meet someone for the first time. What I mean, someone u can text the license plate to. Someone whom u contact throughout the meeting so you are safe. There are lots of crazies out there.
What is your point of view on sadomasochism (SM), as you know Damian in Kally's book is now a sadist and Savi is a masochist. Do you do anything with that level of pain?
I am not huge into pain but I do understand Savi's problem. I also come from an abusive background—not incest but sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. I do sometimes beg John for a good beating, with his canes and other evil devices. Sometimes it's the only way I can release my tears that have built up. (I have issues with crying.)
What is it like emotionally to be on the receiving end of a Dom's attentions.
Hmmm I love it. It is truly nothing like anything I have ever experienced before. John is so attentive to me. He always tries to make sure everything is just right. He puts me first above himself. My happiness is his happiness.
Lastly, what is your favorite part about being a Sub?
My favorite part is the love I receive from John. He truly is my rock. My wall. I can tell him anything and not feel like he will scream at me for it. He is seriously the most patient man I have ever met.
For the record, I'm not just a sub, I am a Brat (a submissive who acts out for attention) as well. I purposely poke and taunt all the Doms in the local community. I usually get poked back twice as hard by them in return but alas....... I still get what I want. Hehehe
Masters at Arms #4
Masters at Arms #4
Savannah Gentry, now Savi Baker, escaped the torture and degradation forced upon her by a sadistic father for eleven years and has made a safe life for herself and her daughter. When her father threatens her peace of mind—and her daughter’s safety—Savi runs to Damián Orlando for protection. Their one day together eight years earlier changed both their lives and resulted in a secret she can no longer hide. But being with Damián reawakens feelings she wants buried—and stirs up an onslaught of disturbing flashbacks that leave her shaken to the core with little hope of ever being a sexual being again.
Damián has his own dragons to fight, but has never forgotten the one perfect day he spent with Savannah in a cave at the beach. He will go to the ends of the earth to protect Savi and her daughter, but can never be the whole man she deserves after a firefight in Iraq. Besides, the trauma of war and resulting PTSD has led him to find his place as the Masters at Arms Club’s favorite sadist. Savi needs someone gentle and loving, not the broken man he has become. But he sees that the lifestyle he’s come to embrace also can help Savi regain control of her life and sexuality. How can he not help redirect her negative thoughts and actions if she needs him?
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