Erotic romances about women who are successful, confident and comfortable in their skin, the men who love them, and their twisting passionate path to each other. That’s what Tilly Greene says you can find when you open up one of her mega-hot books. Many of her stories contain elements of bondage or varying levels of D/s relationships. Please help me welcome Tilly to the blog today!
Jen: Talk to me about what it is about BDSM that appeals to you as a writer.
Tilly: Taking what looks to some as harsh, hard and painful and turning it into something sensual, enticing and yes, enjoyable is what I like to do. Toys and attire are things I’ll tinker with first and work to make them more accessible to the reader. An anal plug doesn’t sound nice, but make it out of Plexiglas with a delightful swirling design shaped like a carrot and a bunny in crystals decorating the base makes it a bit more fun. [No, I’ve never done that in specific, but I just might have to now…a bunny!] My goal is to make BDSM something that the reader or their best friend wouldn’t shy away from if the right person said let’s play.
Tilly: There are a few things that I think draw a reader to a BDSM story, but the one I thought of first is the old standard “Calgon, Take Me Away” concept. Days filled with poopie diapers or harsh bosses are reality and going someplace far away, where things are filled with hot ‘take me, pleasure me, make me come’ sex and romance, would be a nice place to visit for a few hours.
Jen: How did you begin to research the lifestyle? Were there things that surprised you?
Tilly: Ahhh, research, love that stage of writing. Research for me begins with reading, reading and more reading. I wasn’t surprised by what I’d learned, but from all the material I gathered, I figured out what areas my characters would explore further. BDSM is a broad genre and I’ve chosen boundaries to push further into the hot zone and love it!
Jen: What do you think is the biggest misconception about BDSM?
Tilly: That it’s all about dungeons, pain and humiliation. BDSM ranges from 24/7 lifestylers to an occasional or one off game. There are many paths to satisfaction and as individual as the players.
Jen: Do you think that the flash of national attention on the genre will have longer term effects?
Tilly: Unfortunately no, I don’t. Back in the mid-80’s a movie called Nine 1/2 Weeks which touched on a sexually dominant relationship was released to the same attention only it didn’t last. Maybe society has opened up to people being different, but I have a feeling it hasn’t – at least not in the US.
Tilly: HA, the reader side of me doesn’t give a flying hoot what sexes are involved in the ménage, but the writer side does for one very basic reason. I don’t know how to write the m/m part. Okay, there are a few side characters I’ve written over the years that are gay only I’ve never had the balls – pun intended – to write their happy for now story. Maybe someday I’ll go there, meanwhile, I’ll read them and be entertained.
Jen: Is there any one of your stories that stands above the others as closet to your heart. Tell me about it –and why it means so much to you.
Tilly: Well, I love all the books I wrote so I can’t choose just one, so here are a few. The first that comes to mind is “Come Back” mainly because it’s the latest, but then “Call Me Lucifer” and always “Highland Heat”. What these three have in common is the hero – I adore my wounded imperfect heroes who make mistakes and try very hard to do everything right to help bring their love back into their lives.
Jen: Will you give us a snippet from one of your favorite scenes (from any of your books) to give us a taste of your writing? (We like ’em dirty, please.)
Tilly: Hmmm, dirty, yeah, I can do that!
A scene from soon to be released “Come Back”:
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