Welcome to another edition of Purple Night Lights, a place to spotlight writers of erotica. We will have intimate conversations about sex, love and writing about it. Today our guest is Silk Jones, author of ‘The Interview’ and ‘The Admin’ – Law Firm Erotica Tales of BDSM. Let’s do this.
LL: How did you get into writing BDSM tales?
SJ: I’ve always enjoyed reading BDSM and spanking erotica. I started out reading books by Anais Nin in college and those Victorian spanking novels written by “Anonymous.” They sparked my imagination. Later, I discovered Cherise Sinclair, Red Phoenix and others. I’ve always loved writing too. I started writing song lyrics, stories and poetry when I was 13 years old. Later, my love of writing and reading this genre merged and I found myself writing sexy stories to entertain my friends and lovers. They encouraged me to keep writing and that’s how my Law Firm Masters Series was born.
LL: Do you put a little of yourself in your characters?
SJ: I think most writers do to a certain extent. To do a good job of portraying how a novice submissive might react to certain stimuli, for example, it helps to imagine yourself in her shoes. If you think a particular BDSM scene is hot, then there’s a chance someone else might think so too.
LL: How do you do your research?
SJ: Ha ha. Well, I believe in a holistic approach to research, so I read a lot of books about BDSM, both educational and fictional. I also observed BDSM play at parties, conferences and events. Sir and I also did a little real life research as well.
LL: Tell us about ‘The Interview’& ‘The Admin’. Who or what inspired you to write it?
SJ: I guess I was inspired by my profession in terms of placing the story in a law firm setting. I was also inspired by the books I read and the widespread popularity and acceptance of the subject matter engendered by the “50 Shades” series.
LL: Do you ever get negative or unwanted attention because of the genre you have chosen? How do you deal with it?
SJ: No. I write under a pen name and limit my personal exposure to the public so I don’t get a lot of attention. Even so, I do get the occasional negative review or comment on my Facebook ads, and guys wanting to friend me on social media just because I write in this genre. I just take it in stride and not pay it too much attention. This genre is not for everyone. Not everyone is going to understand or enjoy or respect or value it. The different perspectives is what makes the world go round.
LL: Who is the one writer that has influenced you the most in the genre and what is your favorite work by them?
SJ: I would have to say Cherise Sinclair and her Masters of the Shadowlands series. I have those books in both e-book and audiobook formats.
LL: What is your take on how many sex scenes to include in a novel? Can there be too many?
SJ: If you just have wall to wall sex scenes and no storyline or plot, then maybe you have too many or not enough substance to your story. I don’t count how many sex scenes I put in a given book. I just put in whatever sex scenes come naturally to the story. Since my Law Firm Masters series involves a novice submissive who interviews for a submissive position and then undergoes training, there are a good number of sex scenes in my books. But there’s definitely a story as well, with conflict and tension and emotions.
LL: What is your ultimate goal for your writing?
SJ: I write for people to enjoy my work. I want to take them away for a while and transport them to another place. It’s what I enjoy the most about reading fiction.
LL: What is your favorite sex position to write about in your novels?
SJ: Hmmm . . . I never consciously thought about that before. I guess I’d have to say positions where heroines are being taken from behind.
LL: What toys, if any are your favorites to use in your writing?
SJ: I’m not that big on toys so I have no particular favorites. I do tend to write a lot about spanking, so maybe the occasional spanking implement.
LL: What is your favorite sub-genre of erotica to read?
SJ: Definitely spanking and BDSM erotica.
LL: When does the kink go too far in your opinion?
SJ: When it’s non-consensual and there are no safe words or safe words aren’t respected.
LL: Describe your writing process?
SJ: I don’t write every day. If I do, it tends to be earlier in the day when my mind is fresh or on the weekends. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with dictation instead of typing. I spit out a fast rough draft, then spend months revising it. After three or so revisions, I send the books off to an outside editor and then do a final revision to incorporate her comments.
LL: What’s next on the agenda for you? Please say there is a part 3 for this series.
SJ: Yes. I’m working on The Admin II now to finish out Sir and Laura’s story, then I have another book in mind featuring Roslyn (the receptionist) and her master, and then a Christmas story featuring two of the associates at the firm.
LL: Have you ever been so turned on by a scene you are writing that you needed to stop writing to take care of business?
Silk Jones writes erotica, erotic romance and erotic poetry. She has always been a lover of all things sexy. As a child, she read every book in her parents’ collection which included “The Joy of Sex” as well as novels by Harold Robbins and Sidney Sheldon. Later in life, she discovered erotica. Her favorite authors in the genre include Anais Nin, Anne Rice, Henry Miller, Cherise Sinclair and those Victorian spanking novels written by “Anonymous.” She hopes that you enjoy her stories.