I'm getting a bit giggly, excited and not a little starstruck at having the wonderful Justine Elyot with me today talking about her new erotic novel, Meeting Her Match - take it away, Justine!
Well, this is nice, isn't it? I don’t think I've been here before. Many thanks to Tabitha and her spicy friends for hosting me today.
I have a new novel out – it's called Meeting Her Match. If you look for it in the virtual shops, you'll probably find it categorised under BDSM, a term I'd never heard until I started reading fanfiction, about seven years ago. Until then, it was still known to me as S&M which, although a narrower and less encompassing term, persists in providing a guilty little frisson BDSM doesn't give me. It sounds like an advertising agency.
But, whatever you want to call it, this is the one sub-genre of erotica that won't let me go. I shut the door, I don't answer its calls, I tell it I'm with menage now, but in the end it stalks me to the bondage nightclub and kidnaps me (all fully consensual, of course) and before you can say butt plug I'm putting another spanking scene on to paper. I guess it's my master and my mistress. It dominates me!
Luckily, I share this fascination with many other people. If I'd known quite how many, I might not have spent such a long time hiding from this aspect of myself. At least I'm out now and, if not exactly proud, I'm less ashamed.
In this, I'm very like the protagonist of my book. Her name is Cherry, she's a schoolteacher, and she can't quite work out whether she should get involved with the local kink scene or not. In the end, the tide of events washes her along with it and she gets much more heavily involved than she ever intended!
Here's a taster:
"If you are under 18 or offended by alternative sexualities, please leave now."
I wasn't under eighteen, and I certainly wasn't offended by alternative sexualities, but my finger was positively shaking over the 'Enter' button, as if I expected a flashing light to go off at the local police station the moment I pressed it.
"Pervert alert," the desk sergeant would say laconically. "At 11B South Parade Gardens."
"Oh really?" His colleague would look up, eyebrows raised. "But she's a schoolteacher, isn't she?"
"Yeah. St Sebastian's."
"Oh well, they're all a bunch of oddballs up there. All the same, the Evening News'll be interested. It'll make the front page."
"Yeah, better call the newsdesk. I'll get over to her flat and see about confiscating her computer."
"Right you are."
I retracted the finger, my heart beating fast.
Counselling myself to stop being so silly, I replaced it. There was no police link to this website for consenting adults to meet up with other consenting adults who shared their particular kink. This was not a school laptop, watched over by Techno Mo, the head of Information Technology. It was my personal laptop, on which I was absolutely entitled to conduct my own personal business. Any personal business, barring criminal acts.
No policemen were going to roll up at the door wielding handcuffs. Though actually…
But I didn't have time for cop fantasies.
Was I going to do this, or not?
I took a deep breath and stabbed at the button. I was in. The world seemed to look the same. What next?
I cruised through a few user profiles, occasionally stretching my eyes or exclaiming 'wow' at some of the photographs illustrating them. I clicked quickly past anything involving intimate piercings or close-ups of cocks or, ew, was that an enema bag? I lingered over the pretty pictures of girls in corsets, or men with whips, or pleasingly-striped female bottoms. This was what I was here for. People like me.
If that's got your attention, here's more detail:
In the internet age, it should be easy for like-minded fetishists to find and connect with each other. Or so Cherry thought. Her decision to enter the wild and wonderful world of BDSM leads her to some interesting and unexpected places. She soon finds herself on 'the scene' and her insatiable curiosity takes her to orgies, slave auctions and mansion houses full of trainee submissives, but where will she find her perfect dom? Will Cherry ever meet her match?
Available in paperback: HERE
And for Kindle: HERE
Justine Elyot is the UK bestselling author of On Demand, The Business of Pleasure and Erotic Amusements. When she isn't buried under a pile of new projects, you can find her waving at the world from her website http://justineelyot.com/ or gassing about trivialities on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/JustineElyot.