We asked author Christina Thacher to reveal all about her writing and plans for the future …
Q: How did you come to start writing BDSM romances?
I found Cherise Sinclair online and read the first of her Club Shadowlands books. I was blown away by how caring a romance hero could be. Dominating but caring at the same time. Hey, I want that! So I started reading all of Cherise’s backlist, then Annabel Joseph, Juniper Bell, and a host of others. I have my favorite authors, but much as I would like, they can’t write fast enough for me. Then a friend, Tara Buckley, told me she’d written one, and being basically competitive, I thought, “I can do that.”
Q: Which authors outside of the BDSM genre have influenced you most?
Great question. Lee Child, for sure, because Jack Reacher is such a hottie. Also Jodi Picoult writes beautifully about situations we mostly think about in the abstract. I love Stephen King; no one is better at grabbing readers and taking them along for a ride. And romance authors, of course, like Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Mary Balogh.
Q: When and how do you write?
Ah, the joys of a pseudonym! In my real life, I’m a bankruptcy lawyer. That means I frequently have to be in court, waiting for my case to be called. Let’s just say some naughty things have happened to my characters while I’m waiting. And all the other lawyers – and the judge! – think I’m making notes or something.
Q: What kind of research do you do…The Aerie seems like it might be a real place?
I had a chance to meet Juniper Bell. This was back when I was just a reader and a fan. I asked her a similar question, which is rather what a lot of readers want to know. She just laughed. And now I understand why. I’ve never been to Denver (although I’ve visited it a lot online, LOL) and I’ve never been to a club quite like The Aerie.
This might be a good place to admit that mine are works of imaginative fiction. So to the many courageous and honest people who are in the real BDSM world, I apologize for getting the details wrong. I’m well aware that my characters may be a little bit tame compared to what’s out there.
Q: Who’s in on the secret that you write BDSM erotica?
My publishers, and almost no one else. My best friend at work is married to a judge; I’m too terrified to tell her the truth in case she tells her husband. My family just assumes I work too much.
I’ve also not told my friends that I’d like to try BDSM in real life. Well, “BDSM-lite.” Basically, I want to meet a man like one of my heroes: firm and in control while all the time focused on my satisfaction. I haven’t met him…yet.
Q: What can your readers look forward to in the future?
I’m currently working on Xavier’s and Angela’s tale, The Secret Heart. They’re the ultimate “power couple,” and the story of their relationship is like opening one of those presents that’s intricately wrapped: untie the ribbon and rip away the paper and you find a box, inside that box is more paper and another box, inside which is even more paper wrapped around a velvet pouch. I’ll let my readers guess what’s inside the velvet!
Harmony Road Press have asked me to write a short story set in The Aerie that they can offer to readers as a “freebie.” I’m so happy to do this, and I’ve already got my hero in mind: the “gentleman rancher.” Let’s just say he’s good with rope and recalcitrant livestock!
After that, I’ll leave Denver for a little bit. I’ve been inspired by the new BBC production of Sherlock Holmes. I love that character: the man who knows everything and can handle any situation…except that one woman who turns him inside-out. Basically, at the end of the “Scandal in Belgravia” episode, I had to wonder: What would happen if Irene Adler came back?
So I’ve imagined Gregory Dunstable, the “lawyer to the Doms.” He’s got a famous law practice that includes arguing cases before the Supreme Court. But he also helps out fellow Doms with legal issues.
In the first book, a client dies and leaves his estate to his nephew…including the client’s sub. Dane, the nephew, needs the money but worries that Piper, the sub, should have inherited instead. Having no experience of the BDSM scene, Dane imagines Piper to be downtrodden and helpless. Hah! She’s a successful businesswoman who doesn’t need the money. But it is her home, so when Dane moves in, they have to get to know each other before Dane can know what’s the right thing to do.
Book Two of “The Lawyer to the Doms” series will have a sub, Katrina, approach Gregory Dunstable for legal help. Okay—I’ll admit, I haven’t thought this book out yet.
But in Book Three, Gregory Dunstable’s own “Irene Adler” – the woman he fell for years earlier but could never have and never find again – resurfaces. And I’ll find out the answer to the question of what an all-knowing, successful Dom does when the woman of his dreams is there, in the flesh.