With the 50 Shades movie releasing this week, we're staying on theme today thanks to Suz deMello, author of Perilous Play: The Real 50 Shades a BDSM memoir. We'll talk about that more after the interview. Welcome to Tempt Me Tuesdays, Ms. deMello!
Welcome! Please tell us a little about yourself—things that aren't necessarily in your official author bio:
First, thanks for this opportunity.
I’m the daughter of Brits who was raised in Los Angeles, but with a deep interest in and appreciation of other cultures. When I was about six, my parents took us (my two older brothers and me) on a nine-week trip through Europe, to visit family and see the major sights. That adventure instilled a love of travel that’s resulted in lengthy stints living and working overseas, most notably in Europe, Thailand and China, where I once spent about a year teaching English to toddlers.
Travel, along with writing, is my greatest passion.
I started writing in the midst of a mistaken career as a trial attorney, and have never seriously looked back since I stopped practicing law in 2000.
How would you describe your books to a reader who hasn't read your work yet?
Well-written, creative, and varied. I don’t write in a specific subgenre—that’s boring. I’ve written almost every kind of book except inspirational.
Why write in this particular genre? Do you have any other genres that interest you or is this one your main passion?
As I said, I write in a multitude of genres and subgenres, including non-fiction, memoir, sweet to steamy romance, BDSM, erotica, sci-fi, vampire, historical...the list goes on and on. I don’t like being confined, especially creatively.
As far as the creative process goes, do you have a story idea or a character concept first?
It varies. Mostly a story idea. For example, I’m writing a story for a boxed set that will appear in spring, The idea I got was “Spring Training”, so I evolved my characters from the concept of baseball’s spring training—a player and his trainer.
Please tell us about a current work-in-progress (or latest release):
Spring Training is about a player who is trained is ways that he never expected. It’s my first Domme/sub story (F/m). It’s fun.
As an author, what do you want readers to take away from your stories after they read the words 'the end'?
The desire to read another of my books!
Ha! Good answer! What do you do for fun that doesn't involve writing or reading?
I love hot yoga and travel.
What is the most adventurous thing you have done either personally or professionally?
Personally: I engaged in a BDSM relationship as a submissive before I knew my Dom particularly well or had any idea what I was getting into. Professionally: teaching English to toddlers in China seems adventurous, but working as a trial attorney was very stressful and risk-laden. Navigating the treacherous shallows and depths of our judicial system is not for the faint-hearted.
No, I can imagine it's not! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog. I wish you every success with your books. Let's take a closer look at Perilous Play: The Real 50 Shades.
The cover of Perilous Play states: based on a true story. The fact is, very little in this memoir is fiction.
Places and names have been changed. The time in my life when these events occurred is altered. One scene was added, to wrap up the story and tie it in a tidy bow.
But otherwise, it’s all true.
Check it out:
One woman’s journey into the contemporary kink underworld, Perilous Play is Suz deMello’s explosive personal account of her experiences with BDSM. Engaging and honest, this groundbreaking memoir will grab you and never let you go.
Here’s an excerpt about one of my first dates with the man who would become my Dom--Trapper Hart. Trapper is a real person. That’s not his true name of course, but I gave my word that I wouldn’t reveal his secret life. I don’t owe him anything—not after the way he treated me—but I do keep my word.
Trapper and I spent the rest of the day together. We went to a vegan restaurant and two bars, including one dive so obscure that even Trapper got a little lost in the vast transit system despite his wealth of knowledge about the east bay. As we went back to school so he could pick up his bike, he started a conversation about sex.
My heart raced. I said I was interested.
He wanted to know what role I preferred.
I said I thought I tended toward submission while trying not to squirm too obviously.
I found some courage and asked him out Saturday night. He said he wanted to go to his condo at Sea Ranch, a beautiful beachside getaway on the Sonoma coast.
I tried not to be too disappointed.
Later in the week he clarified—he wanted me to go with him.
I was stunned.
I was actually considering going with a man I barely knew to his condo, alone, a hundred miles away from my home, where I would have BDSM sex with him as his submissive.
Had I lost my mind?
Yes, but not completely. I might not have known Trapper well, but I saw where he hung out. As far as I knew, few serial killers were bike-riding, Birkenstock-wearing Berkeley-based vegans. In fact, even though I had a legal background and an interest in true crime news, I had never heard of a bike-riding vegan serial killer.
So I figured I’d be okay.
If what you have read intrigues you, here are a couple of buy links:
More about Ms. deMello:
Best-selling, award-winning author Suz deMello, a.k.a Sue Swift, has written nineteen books in several genres, including nonfiction, romance, erotica, comedy, historical, paranormal, mystery and suspense, plus a number of short stories and non-fiction articles on writing. A freelance editor, she’s held the positions of managing editor and senior editor, working for such firms as Totally Bound and Ai Press. She also takes private clients.
Her books have been favorably reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, won a contest or two, attained the finals of the RITA and hit several bestseller lists.
A former trial attorney, her passion is world travel. She’s left the US over a dozen times, including lengthy stints working overseas. She’s now writing a vampire tale and planning her next trip.
--Find her books at http://www.suzdemello.com
--For editing services, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
--Befriend her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SuzDeMello
--She tweets @Suzdemello
--Her current blog is http://www.TheVelvetLair.com