*sets out baked goods, juice, coffee, and a heaping pile of bacon*
Kelly Wyre, here, to talk a little kink of the real life and literary varieties today on the first-ever Romance for the Rest of Us BDSM Chat-It-Up day. I'm officially caffeinated, chiropractorally-cracked (blasted back...le sigh), and about as congenial as I get before noon.
My co-author and partner in crime, H.J. Raine, should be here shortly. Together, as some of you know, we write the New Amsterdam Series. BDSM and kink play a large part in those books, and the Lifestyle is definitely something near and dear to our hearts.
A little bit about me and my background in Kinkdom: I've been actively playing with one partner, now, for going on two years. I've been writing fiction that involves the merry clank of chain for better than four years, and I've been doing research and getting involved in Scene for something between five and ten years, depending on what and how you count. Or possibly even longer if you listen to some of my close friends and my tendency to enjoy, shall we say, Creative Decision Making For Others.
I like to say I know exactly enough to understand that I know not much at all. The thing about kink is it's like sex and golf: you never perfect your game. Every play partner is a new experience, ever circumstance is fresh, every time you get to relive the basics, you figure out something else. I'm a huge advocate of using power exchange to help heal wounds and encourage emotional and physical releases (and I ain't talkin' orgasm, here, kids, though that's awfully fun, too), and I believe in bringing positive energy to the bondage table each and every time.
Online, I run a few groups that correspond to the kinkier side of some fandoms, and I've really enjoyed talking to people there about better living through regular beatings. I've counseled a few people through getting their feet wet in Scene, and I've definitely been asked things that I did not feel qualified to answer. *laughs*
So I guess I'm here to take questions/comments, if there are any, and also to, of course, encourage you lot to read the NA series. Raine and I have a goal of incorporating our view (which is, actually, shared by others, thank God) of Scene and how people play into the novels. We don't tout a fantasy-only approach, and we don't ascribe to many of the standard Scene stereotypes, (there is no, LICK MY BOOTS BITCH AND SERVE ME HOWEVER I SEE FIT WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF NEGOTIATION OR LIMITS AND BE GRATEFUL YOU HORRID WRETCH in our works and there won't be) and, in fact, actively try to break them.
I know my greatest honor is when I get the comment/email/post/response that begins with, "God, I never really read BDSM anything, but I tried yours and liked it!" Yeah...I'll take more of that, please! It's not for everybody, no, but I love it when people find unexpected delight in it. And, even better, when people find ways to get to know themselves through reading about or experiencing power exchange done well.
Anyway, this is where I stop babbling and open up the floor. I'd also like to add that one random commenter/curious question-asker will be selected to receive a free copy of any one of our NEW AMSTERDAM SERIES or, if they prefer, one of our DONATION STORIES.
And yup, since I've been asked, if you get selected and would like to be put on the list for the *next* Donation Story Prize or NA Book, Raine and I can absolutely do that. Thank you for the interest!
Aaaand on with the show!
What I do, I do in and for love,