- and, as part of this great interview, a fortunate person will receive a free copy of James Williams's Red Nails In the Sunset!
James Williams: Author of Red Nails In the Sunset (Renaissance eBooks)
But I Know What You Want (originally from Greenery Press) has now been republished by Sizzler as Liberation: And Other Tales Of Sex And Sensibility by James Williams.
We reviewed Red Nails and it received our highest ratings. You can read the original review here. Leave a comment to this interview and be entered to win a free copy of this books compliments of Sizzler. You must leave your comment by midnight Saturday, August 18th, 2012.
When you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre?
I never plan what I write, and I never planned what I wrote in the past. Something simply comes over me and I have learned to let it lead. In that sense I bottom to the state of mind that in other times and places I could call my Muse without anticipating pages of complaints and arguments. Perhaps I should call it my Higher Power because the feeling I have is very much one of being high. I follow the story until it ends, usually in a lightheaded frenzy, and if I stop for some extraneous reason – it’s time for dinner; the cat’s down a well; the house is on fire – that usually signals the end of my session and my failure to complete the piece. Because I find the processes of domination and surrender quite compelling, much of my work has concerned BDSM. Because I also find sex quite compelling, much of my non-BDSM work has concerned sex. But because sex and erotic power are not the be-all and end-all of a human life, I have also written stories I’m very attached to that concern neither.
Are you actively involved in BDSM? If so how do you identify yourself? Dom(me)/sub? Top/bottom? Switch
I have been owned as someone’s erotic slave, and I have owned my own pet human; I have been sexual and also done BDSM as both a top and as a bottom with cis-genered men, cig-gendered women, and transwomen, though never to the best of my recollection with a transman. So I must identify as a switch. Really, though, every human relationship entails a power dynamic, and it has been part of my journey to identify the energy of relationships I am in. As is true with my writing I seek to follow the energy I encounter.
Do you write BDSM/kink erotica based on what you find interesting or sexy, or do you write more for your audience?
I write for my own fulfillment, amusement, and edification. I have no reader or audience in mind when I write, and I do not plan to publish till some later time. I write the way I eat or sleep: until I am finished with what I’m doing.
Do you do any “hands-on” research when you’re writing BDSM/kinky themed erotica?
I write so deeply from my own experience and my ability to extrapolate that, in a sense, my research was finished years ago. I did write one story for which I sought clarification about historical events, but I’d already written the story before I asked the experts who could inform me.
If someone new to your work is going to start with a story, which one would you recommend they read first?
Anyone’s taste belongs to the person alone, so I do not recommend. But of course I have favorites: stories I believe I would read and enjoy even if I had not written them. Among those that sport BDSM themes I am especially fond of “A Pure Fool,” “Moon,” and “Jason’s Cock” from my first collection, Red Nails in the Sunset (originally published as . . . But I Know What You Want), and of “Liberation” and “The End” from my second collection,Liberation. But I am partial to several stories in each collection that are not BDSM or even sex related because they take up philosophical themes that matter to me and that I am not accustomed to seeing in literary erotica. Among those stories are “I Bow,” “Every Picture Tells a Story,” and especially “The Magic Mirror” from Red Nails, and “Angels Dance” and “Cahiérs du Cinema” from Liberation.
Do you attend BDSM, kink, or fetish conferences? Or do you attend any other “vanilla” type of conferences? Attending any in the near future you want to mention?
Oh, Honey, I used to attend so many conferences! Living in Leather and LeatherFest were my favorite leather events back a bunch of years ago, but I’ve also attended many conferences ranging from CARAS to The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality to the Modern Language Association and things in between you wouldn’t want to admit you recognized. These days I’m kind of conferenced out, and spend my meeting time counting the apples on my lemon tree.
Who is your favorite BDSM/kinky author? Movie?
Staying with fiction, I honor not one, but a time in history, and the oldsters who wrote when this whole world belonged to the outlaws. John Preston’s Mister Benson series, Laura Antoniou’s The Marketplace series, Geoff Mains’ exquisite fisting story “A View from the Sling,” Dorothy Allison’s Trash, and Pat Califia’s Doc and Fluff and Macho Sluts and with an extra star for “The Calyx of Isis.”
What is your favorite flavor ice cream? And since this interview is for BDSM Book Reviews, vanilla is not an option!
I decline to make the case for vanilla bean, and I leave apart all contemporary efforts to turn such savories as crème fraiche, goat cheese, olive oil, and basil into ice creams, nor do I enroll Alice B. Toklas’s garlic ice cream, which is really a salad dressing. Because, then, I’m a pretty old-fashioned sort of hominid when it comes to frozen delights; and even though I adore a fresh peach chock full of fresh peaches, apple in all its incarnations but especially with the faintest tributary of cinnamon, the deep rich blood of never-frozen-until-the-ice-cream fresh cherry, the perennially banana-flavored banana, and the hopelessly New York-ish blueberry cheesecake, really I don’t think there’s anything to compare with the pedestrian values of a stinkingly rich chocolate-chocolate-chocolate fudge chocolate for ice cream.