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Leashed comes out tomorrow and is my first foray into the world of BDSM. It’s the first book of
a new series, Shifter Sanctuary, combining shifters, ménage and BDSM. I’m comfortable writing in the
shifter and ménage universe, but BDSM really scared the heck out of me. I did tons of research, from
reading real-life accounts of people in the lifestyle to learning about different types of floggers and
various equipment. I’ve been so worried about screwing up the BDSM aspects that I’m now alternating
between doing my typical release-day happy dance and hiding under my bed while I bite my fingernails
to bloody stumps.
What is the most interesting thing you learned from your research?
The Dominant/submissive dynamics initially piqued my curiosity. I’m a very independent woman
and I went into this with a complete lack of understanding as to how an independent person could
surrender their will to someone else. What I learned surprised me and compelled me to learn more.
I’m even more excited now about writing stories incorporating BDSM than I was when I started my
Would you prefer to be the Dominant, the submissive or both?
That’s a tough one. As I said, I’m pretty independent, not to mention stubborn. But I also lead
a very hectic professional life with a mountain of stress and responsibility. After learning more about
the lifestyle, I can understand the appeal of taking the submissive role, at least temporarily. I’m certain
I could never manage it full-time, but I could probably get used to a few hours of blissed out submission
every now and then.
Can readers expect to see more BDSM elements in your future books?
Oh, absolutely. The Shifter Sanctuary series will have at least four books, and I’m also
contemplating a contemporary series. Now that I’ve had my first taste of writing about the dynamics of
the BDSM lifestyle, I’m hooked.
Where can readers find out more about Leashed and your other books?
All of my books are available at www.bookstrand.com/scarlet-day and the major online
retailers. I also have a blog at www.scarletdaybooks.blogspot.com.
When she’s not writing or at her day-job, Scarlet can usually be found on one of Southwest
Florida’s beaches or hanging out at the pool, waiting for the cabana boy to bring her another daiquiri.