I'm so EXCITED to have Ms. Joey W. Hill, one of my favorite BDSM authors, here today.
I am a huge fan of your Vampire Queen series. Looking at your website I see that you write several other series (Nature of Desire series, Daughters of Arianne, Knights of the Boardroom). I realize this question is like asking a parent who is their favorite child; but which series do you enjoy writing the most?
Thank you for that compliment! It really is a lot like asking about the favorite child (grin). Paranormal romances are harder for me to write, because they have to have a paranormal plotline in addition to the relationship one, and of course world building is often involved. Contemporaries allow me to focus primarily on the relationship, which of course is my favorite part of writing the story. But when I’m done with both, I’m always glad I took that journey with the characters.
I think the best way to answer the question is to identify the series for which the creative flow seems to be the easiest, and that would be the Nature of Desire series, hands down. Each of these books goes at the world of Domination/submission from a different, often unexpected viewpoint (a Mistress and an alpha cop; two Dominants who can’t resist each other; a Male/male erotic romance; a strong male submissive and a woman who isn’t a Mistress at all…etc), yet they inevitably take me deep into some wonderful emotional places with the characters involved. When I write, there’s a certain point where I’m no longer thinking; I hit a “groove”where I’m just holding on and the story is writing itself. That’s the best place for a writer to be, and almost every single book in this series gave me that experience with little effort to get there.
Since I’ve only read your Vampire Queen series, which of your other series is similar to it and which is the totally opposite to it? (I need help picking which one to start next.)
I’ll be happy to help with that, lol. I’d say the Nature of Desire series is the most similar to the Vampire Queen series, since the D/s in both series is more hardcore/indepth, and the Nature of Desire world is very intertwined from book to book, just like the vampire world is. The biggest difference is of course that one is a paranormal series and one is contemporary.
All of my books are character-driven and emphasize emotional intensity through sexual expression, but as far as the most “opposite”, my Daughters of Arianne series (mermaids/angels), while still erotic, is far lighter in tone than the vampire books. The stories in DoA deal with sweeping “end of the world” type issues, so they’re also more closely intertwined with the traditional fantasy genre as well as romance.
Speaking of the Vampire Queen series, do you have any more books planned for the series?
I’ve been contracted to write two more in 2012/2013. Readers can go to the Future Projects section of my website to find out more details about this and other series, what books are planned going forward, but here’s the gist of the two books. The muse is very interested in a ménage a trois story involving Niall and Evan from Beloved Vampire, and Alanna from Vampire Trinity. These three were secondary characters in those books. Alanna is what they call an Inherited Servant, which means she was raised from birth with the intent of being assigned to a vampire. Her master in VT was a pretty awful vampire, and we were left with the impression she might be killed by him. He escaped Council's wrath before accomplishing that (sort of), so now she's an abandoned servant with a Master who is still linked to her mind. The Council has to figure out what to do with her, because no vampire would normally want a servant in that situation. That's where our two heroes enter the picture.
Evan agrees to shelter her in his home. He and Niall have been together for some time (I may get to delve into a little bit of Brit/Scots history on this one, which should be fun). Though Master and servant, they aren’t as intimate as they might be with a woman in the mix. Alanna is emotionally shut down due to her master’s betrayal and her training as an Inherited Servant. They have to help her become a person again, and doing that opens all three of them to possibilities.
The other planned book also has an Inherited Servant twist, and returns to two secondary characters we met in Vampire’s Claim, Alistair and Nina. Nina's sister was being groomed to be an Inherited Servant, but on the eve of that initiation, she's killed. The family must provide a replacement and they choose Nina, who has not been introduced to this world at all. Alistair is a made vampire who doesn't really take anything seriously - your ultimate predator playboy, and Nina is assigned to him as servant. So it will be interesting to see how these two come together.
Ok time for an uncomfortable question. LOL You write a lot of BDSM themed books; how do you do the research for the really kinky scenes?
Since I’m a submissive, I’ve had the pleasure of trying many things out with my husband’s help (smile). For things outside my area of expertise, like how a specific piece of dungeon equipment might work or feel, how to throw a single tail, etc, the Internet has become a wonderful place to find first-hand accounts, usually on personal blogs offered by Masters and submissives, or on forum sites like fetlife.com. My readership has a diverse level of experience as well, and they’re very open to answering my questions if I get stumped. Ninety percent of D/s is in the psychology, so integrating the mechanics with it isn’t too difficult, as long as I don’t get too lost in the scene and forget to research how something mechanics-related actually feels, versus how I vividly imagine it feeling – the dangers of getting too close to your work (laughter).
I am so excited that you are going to be Mistress of Ceremonies at Authors After Dark in New Orleans (AADNOLA) this August. AAD is my first ever book con and I can’t wait to meet you and all the other great authors that will be there. Are there any other appearances you would like to share with us?
Thank you! I look forward to meeting you as well. You’ve chosen a great con to be your first. AAD is very reader-centered, and the informal environment makes it easy to find new friends and spend quality time with authors, in small groups or even one-on-one. I went to the first two of them and enjoyed both immensely.
I’ll be doing four conferences this year. Romantic Times in Chicago, Romfest in Gatlinburg, Romanticon in Ohio, and of course Authors After Dark in New Orleans. Hope I’ll get the chance to meet many of your readers at some of these as well! For those who don’t travel as much, I do a great deal of online appearances, like this one. If a reader subscribes to my monthly newsletter from my home page (www.storywitch.com), it will keep them abreast of where I am, both online and in person, throughout the year. You can also find me cruising through the JWH connection fan forum on a regular basis. And I’m nowhere near the most exciting thing you’ll find there. There are free vignettes revisiting characters from my full length works, character interviews, graphics inspired by the books and way more. It’s a lot of fun, and the ladies who run it do a great job.
If this is the first time you’ve heard of me, don’t hesitate to go to my website. There are free excerpts, blurbs, etc for all of my books/series.
Thank you again for letting me spend time with you all!
Keep reading to find out about Hill's new release and upcoming release in May. Also there is info on how to win a signed copy of one Hill's books.
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Something About Witches
Book I of the Arcane Shot Series
Paranormal Sensual Romance
February 7, 2012
Ruby Night Divine is a gun shop owner. She’s also a witch who knows magic can fail. She’s experienced it firsthand, with full-blown tragic consequences. Smith & Wesson is a whole hell of a lot more reliable, and nothing’s as cathartic as the ability to put a few holes in the things that piss you off. Like Derek Stormwind.
A powerful sorcerer, Derek is determined to get to the bottom of why she pushed him away and ran three years before. He also needs her help. A coven needs training to help them fight a demon and his minions. While Ruby is willing to do it, she’s sure it’s just a ruse to get back in her heart—and her bed. The thing is, that’s where she wants him. Unfortunately, her bed’s already made, she’s this close to losing her soul, and she fears nothing can save her. Not Derek. Not even Smith & Wesson.
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In the Company of Witches
Book II of the Arcane Shot Series
Paranormal Sensual Romance
May 1, 2012
All witch and part succubus, savvy businesswoman Raina has converted a Southern plantation house into an extremely profitable old-fashioned bordello. Because of her abilities as a witch, the demons under Raina’s protection can feed off the sexual energy of their clients without killing them—definitely a good thing for repeat business.
But when a rogue incubus shows up on Raina’s doorstep begging for asylum, the witch’s well-run business is put in jeopardy. The incubus has stolen an object of great power from Lucifer, and Underworld Dark Guardian Mikhael will do anything to get it back—even if it means incinerating the incubus on Raina’s porch to get the answers he seeks.
Not to be trifled with, Raina enters a dangerous match of wits with Mikhael to achieve their mutual goals—only to discover that the reluctant attraction between them is the most hazardous game of all…
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