• An Interview With BDSM Author Kay Jaybee - The Perfect Submissive

    The Perfect Submissive by Kay JaybeeWhether you're a fan or not, there's no getting away form the fact that Fifty Shades of Grey, now officially the bestselling British book of all time, has shone the spotlight on the BDSM novel.

    Lovehoney has long been in on the secret that bondage-themed erotica is some of the most popular, and Xcite authors produce some of the kinkiest.

    The latest novel from Xcite is The Perfect Submissive, and we've snagged an interview with author Kay Jaybee.

    Read on as Kay Jaybee talks us through what goes into writing erotica, her inspiration and (in the words of Christian Grey) her 'hard limits' when it comes to being a BDSM author.


    Where did you get the inspiration for this novel?

    The novel was an extension of a short story called Seducing Laura, which I had written for a Black Lace anthology that never made it to publication, due to their untimely demise [Editor's note - Black Lace is being revived in September (next month) - hoorah!]. The first chapter of The Perfect Submissive, concerning the initial encounter between the dominatrix Laura Peters and handsome artist Samuel Weaver, is based entirely on that short story. The rest of the novel naturally expanded from there.

    Spartacus Leather Collar - SubmissiveYou have said that The Perfect Submissive is "BDSM and a half" set in "the world of heavy kink". Is this your first time writing about that subject? Do you find it more difficult towrite?

    I would say 90% of my writing leans towards the heavily kinky world of BDSM. This isn’t due to my personal tastes, but simply because it is immense fun to write! Why just write bodies - why not write bodies with toys, ropes, paddles, etc etc etc... Yummy.

    A lot of risqué behaviour happens on the fifth floor - did you ever worry about how far you could push the S&M themes?

    There certainly is a lot of risqué action hidden away in The Perfect Submissive. I have things I won’t do however. There will be no death, no serious injuries, and no rape. Only stories involving vampires will contain blood loss. I will never write a story about people who are being forced into a situation that they truly don’t want to be a part of.

    Although Jess Sanders, the trainee sub in my novel, is very uncertain about what is happening around her, something in her tells her she wants to be at that hotel. It is that fact that is pivotal to the story.

    Bondage Boutique Leather Heart Paddle WhipWhat are you working on at the moment? Are you planning to continue with the BDSM theme?

    At the minute I am busy writing a batch of short stories, as well as drafting a chapter plan for novel number four. So exciting! Two weeks ago I completed my novel, Making Him Wait, which was more S&M than kinky.

    My next novel, which still awaits a title, will encompass a wider range of erotica genres, from vanilla, FF fun, threesomes, a decent touch of kink, and of course, a sprinkling of some of my trademark BDSM as the temperature of the piece rises!

    How did you become an erotic novelist? Was it something you always wanted to do?

    I started to write erotica by accident. One day, almost seven years ago, I was sat in a cafe in Aberdeenshire, and found myself scribbling some ideas for a kinky story down on a paper napkin (which had previously been wrapped around a particularly delicious Mars Bar scone).

    When I was a student, I’d always disliked the poor quality of the stories in the porn magazines that knocked around my boyfriend’s house, and he challenged me to write something better. I was far too shy at the time to take up his dare, but something about my mood over coffee that rainy day in Scotland must have sparked off my imagination, for the erotic ideas have been queuing up in my head ever since.

    Erotica seems to be undergoing something of a digital revolution at the moment - do you prefer your work to be published in paper form or as an eBook?

    That’s a tricky question in this techno world! Any story I have had accepted for publication, in whatever medium, gives me a massive buzz. I am very proud of all my work. At the end of the day however, I’m an old fashioned lass, and to feel a book between my fingers, and to be able to read off actual pages, will always have the edge over reading off a computer or Kindle screen. Basically however, as a writer, I am just happy to be published, and I honestly can’t believe I’ve been lucky enough to have had my work thrust upon an unsuspecting world in both paper and e-formats!

    The Lovehoney Forum is full of budding erotic writers. Do you have any advice for those who want to improve their writing or get published?

    The best piece of advice I can give is to hang in there. Be patient. Don’t be too disheartened by rejections - we all get them, no matter how many times we have been published before. Edit everything - and always leave any completed story for a few days without reading it, then go back to it fresh. You will be amazed how many small editing mistakes you’ll find lurking. Good luck!


    About Kay Jaybee

    Kay JaybeeKay Jaybee wrote the novel The Perfect Submissive (Xcite 2012), and the novellas A Sticky Situation (Xcite, 2011), and Not Her Type: Erotic Adventures With A Delivery Man (OCPress, 2011). She’s also written the anthologies Yes Ma’am (Xcite e-books, 2011), Quick Kink One and Quick Kink Two (Xcite e-books, 2010), and The Collector (Austin & Macauley, 2008).

    Kay has had over 60 short stories published by Cleis Press (including Best of Best Women’s Erotica 2, Best Women’s Erotica 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012; Best Bondage 2012, Sweet Love, Smooth, Gotta Have It, Sweet Confessions), Black Lace (Sexy Little Numbers), Mammoth (The Mammoth Book of Lesbian Erotica), Xcite (including Ultimate Sin, Boy Fun, Power Play, Threesomes, Finger Music), Penguin (Oysters & Chocolate: Erotic Stories of Every Flavor), Seal (Oysters and Chocolate; Nice Girls, Naughty Sex),and Sweetmeats Press (Immoral Views).

    Details of her work past, present and future can be found at www.kayjaybee.me.uk

    Comments (9)

    • Kay Jaybee: August 15, 2012 11:57
      Thanks ever so much Alice!
      I loved writing The Perfect Sub
      K xx
    • Jennifer: August 15, 2012 13:53
      Thank you Kay for a fantastic read! You have fast become my favourite erotic author, and I can't wait to read more of your stuff!
      Will there be a follow up of Jess's life on floor 5? x
    • Honey: August 15, 2012 14:23
      I really loved reading "The Perfect Submissive" I am definitely looking forwards to reading more . I hope there will be more visits to the 5th floor. Keep writing Kay. Xx
    • Kay Jaybee: August 15, 2012 14:24
      Hi Jennifer- why thank you!!! You are very kind.
      I would love to do a follow up book- at the moment I am in the throes of PR for this novel, my new one The Voyeur, and my forthcoming novel Making Him Wait. Once that's all sorted I have a novella to write, then it'll be a toss up between doing a sequel for Jess- for The Voyeur- or writing a brand new tale...I hope all three will happen- but we'll have to see... Kx
    • Kay Jaybee: August 15, 2012 14:26
      Thanks Honey!! As you'll see frm my other comment- there are plans in my mind for a sequel to the Per Sub- it'll all depend on how many books I sell as to how soon it gets written!! Fingers crossed!! x
    • Kristal Baird: August 15, 2012 22:48
      I'll never be able to look on a fifth floor the same way again ;)
    • Kay Jaybee: August 15, 2012 22:52
      Lol! I know what u mean! The fifth floor of any building is now a potentially scary place! X
    • Midnight Boudoir (blondii): August 17, 2012 16:12
      This was another incredible read Kay and I think this is your best yet and I know we would all love a follow-up.
      I have loved everything you have written so far but you have excelled on Perfect submissive.
      Looking forward to many more books huny.
      xxx
    • Kay Jaybee: August 17, 2012 16:18
      Oh thanks Midnight!! I am a bit overwhelmed by all these nice comments!
      More books are on the way!!! x
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