Today's questions come from Dani Jace. Thanks Dani!
1. What is the most unusual thing you’ve ever done in the name of research for a book?
There's a pretty big difference between DD, BDSM, and the all around kink of spanking. I usually like to throw in a little spank kink in my stories, but knew I needed to dig a little deeper into this lifestyle.
I found several online communities and joined forums. Needless to say, it was interesting. I learned a lot. I had some long conversations with both individuals and couples involved with this lifestyle. It's a big world out there!
2. Name a nonfiction book you’ve read for research that you wouldn’t have read otherwise. Not including writing craft books.
I actually read about sixteen books, and countless reports/posts/articles about the history of prostitution. I wanted to gear my character--who happens to be a hooker--toward those brave, strong, and powerful women that just so happened to have fallen under that oldest profession. History has a great relationship with women of the night. Courtesans were more revered than most "Ladies" and the Upstairs women of the old west were instrumental in building communities. They served as confidants, nursemaids, midwives, businesswomen, etc. Many were as wealthy as most men. That's quite remarkable for women in that time and I think nowadays, with so much of the power being taken from women, it was important to me to give Jayne power. Her choice, her money, her life.
I took a little information about all these women, the Geisha's of Japan, the women of Storyville, the soiled doves of the old west, and the Courtesans of Europe and beyond, and tried to create a character from these women.
I have always had a fascination with prostitutes, and I guess from watching the old Westerns with my mom and dad when I was little. I loved those broads in the saloons. They were sassy, fast talking, and they could wear a hell of a dress. Sometimes you just gotta let your boobs hang out a little.
3. If you could travel anywhere to do research for a book, including back in time, where would you go?
I think I'm mostly intrigued by the whole era. I love me some cowboys--gonna get me one some day--but I really admire the women from those times. The pioneer women were a tough bunch. You'd have to be to wear all that crap, travel in horse drawn carriage for days on end, birth babies in the dirt, and risk your hide just to live a better life. I like the adventurous spirits. I think I'd fit right in! I like shooting stuff, and I like eating beans! What's not to love!
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