Once again it’s time for the weekly Sunday Brunch with ZA Maxfield! This week, we have two awesome friends joining us! Please welcome Jaycee Edward and Helena Stone!
This week’s question is: “If you could write with any author, living or dead, who would you choose?“
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Without further ado, let’s hear from Helena and Jaycee!
Helena: So, the question is if we could write with one author, living or dead, who would it be? I think we’re pretty much in agreement on the answer for this one, aren’t we?
Jaycee: Most definitely.
Helena: Let’s get the answer to the question out of the way first and then go into fangirl mode while we explain why.
Jaycee: Yeah, because ‘why’ could take forever.
Helena: I think you should name her. After all, you were lucky enough to meet her.
Jaycee: Yes, I was. *dreamy sigh* Okay – our favorite writer lady is the one and only Tiffany Reisz, author of The Original Sinners series, Twitter-Queen, and all-round amazing woman.
Helena: Jealous? I’m not jealous at all that you met her face to face; green is my normal colour.
Jaycee: *laughs* Yes, but there were SO many things I wanted to ask her and so little time! For instance, I’d love to know how she created this entire, phenomenal world. And her characters!!! Every single one is like The Best Character Ever Written. There is no ‘main character’ – it’s like the Avengers of the BDSM world.
Helena: Exactly. I always have to remind myself she created that world and isn’t telling us about people she knows and places she’s seen, despite the fact that all her characters are larger than life.
Jaycee: I think the thing that really sets Tiffany apart from most other BDSM writers is that her focus is on the emotional and psychological aspects of BDSM – not just the kink.
Helena: Yes, that both impressed me immensely and taught me so much. One thing I’ll never forget is how she has her characters state that there’s nothing wrong with hurting people but you should never, ever, harm someone. That distinction is so profound, and missed, by so many other authors.
Jaycee: Her work taught me that the mental aspect of BDSM is way hotter than the physical. It’s not the handcuffs, rope, or whatever, that makes a scene sexy – it’s the idea that one person is saying, “I trust you to do whatever you want to me,” and then waiting to see what that person’s going to do – that is sexy. If you pay attention, her scenes are not all that graphicly written. The steamy stuff is happening in our own heads as we read between her wonderfully crafted words.
Helena: That’s what makes her so phenomenal, because whenever I finish one of her books I’m sure I’ve just finished one of the hottest books I’ve ever read.
Jaycee: Right? And her settings just seem so real. Like, I want to visit ALL of them, but I’m not even sure they really exist! LOL!
Helena: All of them? What about The Eighth Circle? Would you be brave enough to visit there? To participate?
Jaycee: Kingsley’s club? The Underground? Umm.. Is Søren going to be there? LOL.
Helena: Of course he is. If I went, I’d only go once, so I’d need all of them to be there.
Jaycee: Gosh, I don’t know. That’s a good question though. I’d love to meet all of them. I’m not sure I’m brave enough to submit to Søren though. Makes you kind of wonder how our guys, Callum and Slade would fare at The Eighth Circle, doesn’t it?
Helena: Now there’s a question. I can see Callum trying to tough it out and see if he can’t out-Dom at least a few of them. Poor Slade wouldn’t know where to put his eyes…or himself, but he’d try, for Callum’s sake.
Jaycee: Yeah, Callum’s club skills might be a tad rusty, but I think he’d hold his own – with most of them, anyway. Maybe not Søren, because, well, not sure anyone can out-Dom Søren. And Slade? Ummm… I think he’d be a bit out of his element.
Helena: Callum and Søren could end up having a rather interesting conversation about unconventional practices. And wouldn’t I like to listen in on that one. And I agree about Slade. But if Michael were to be there… I’m sure he’d keep Slade safe, don’t you think?
Jaycee: Oh my gosh! My head is going to explode in euphoria thinking about Slade at a BDSM club with Michael and Griffin and all of Tiffany’s wonderful characters! Gah!!!!!! Now I REALLY want to write with her!!
Helena: I know. I wonder if there’s anything we could bribe her with.
Jaycee: Swedish Fish. She loves those. I took her a big bag when I met her. She even posted pics on Twitter.
Helena: *Adds Swedish Fish to shopping list.* Of course, everyone will get an opportunity to find out exactly how Slade fares in a club environment in the not too distant future.
Jaycee: Shhh! Ixnay on the clubsay.
Jaycee: It’s Pig Latin for… Nevermind. Just watch what you say. I mean, fans know we’re working on the sequel to Strangers In The Night, but we don’t want to tell them too much about Strangers On The Town just yet.
Helena: No, I wouldn’t want to give too much away. But, as anyone who knows anything about BDSM knows, anticipation is at least half the fun. *winks*
Jaycee: *nods and whispers* Poor Slade…
Helena: *frowns* What about poor Callum?
Jaycee: *nods and whispers* Poor Callum…
Buy Links for Strangers in the Night: Dreamspinner Press
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Thank you to Jaycee Edward and Helena Stone for joining us this week!
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