A Dom and His Artist (Club Whisper #2) by Xenia Melzer
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to host Xenia Melzer here today answering questions and talking about her new release A Dom and His Artist. Welcome, Xenia.
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Interview with Xenia Melzer
- Do you have a favorite among your own stories? And why?
Yes, I do have a favorite and even though I’m supposed to be promoting my new book here, the favorite is Ummana, the third in the Gods of War series. For the series, that book is a turning point plot-wise, and for me it’s important, because one of my favorite characters, Sic, finally reaches calmer waters after a tumultuous journey.
- If you write contemporary romance, is there such a thing as making a main character too “real”?
Actually, I had that problem with the previous book in the Club Whisper series, A Dom and His Writer. Some people complained that the way Richard behaved toward Dean after they got Emily made him a jerk, and that they couldn’t understand how anybody could act that way, and how Dean could forgive him. The problem was that I used some incidents I had experienced as a new mom to show how a baby could overthrow one’s life completely and how difficult it is to deal with all the change. So in a sense, Richard’s character – and by extension the whole situation – were too real. Though I do want to mention that other readers found this realism one of the strongest points of the book – because they could relate to the situation. The problem here (if you want to call it a problem) is, that different readers have different definitions of ‘too real’ or ‘not real enough’. I think it depends on what one expects. Personally, I, as a mother, always feel a bit mocked if having a baby is depicted as pure bliss and a walk in the park, because I know better. (Boy, do I know better…). I also can understand if other parents or people who plan to become parents, want a bit more romanticism in their stories about babies.
- Do you think you can bring too many faults into a character that eventually it becomes too flawed to become a love interest?
This question relates to the previous one. Many readers hated Richard, because he reacted so negatively to baby Emily in his life. I made him act the way he did because I knew – and had experienced – that this is a perfectly normal reaction with some people. It doesn’t say anything about their character, more about their ability to adapt to change. I know a lot of people, mostly women, who have decided to not have children because they simply don’t like them. This is still not a very popular opinion for a woman to have, but it’s valid. Not everybody likes children and that’s okay. And sometimes people come around and realize having children isn’t as bad as they feared, or they don’t. For the sake of the story, Richard did come around, but the fears he had in the beginning mirror what many people think about children. Which relates back to the ‘too real’ part of the first question. I surely didn’t want to make a statement or tut the horn of how wonderful children are. That’s a very personal decision for everybody to make on their own. I just wanted to show a realistic situation, with realistic fears that are overcome by romance.
- Have you ever had an issue in RL and worked it through by writing it out in a story? Maybe how you thought you’d feel in a situation?
Funny you should mention that. When I still was a teacher, my pupils asked a lot of questions about how I write my books and how I come up with plotlines and characters. One day, they were really getting on my nerves, not concentrating at all, and I looked at them and told them I had just come up with a whole battle scene in my head, thanks to them. (They were all fifteen or older at that point and found my comment hilarious.) Of course they wanted to know who I killed how and believe it or not, that discussion turned into a very productive lesson about using writing as an outlet. They all came up with scenes of their own and we guessed what real-life situation they were referring to.
So, yes, I sometimes do work issues in RL out in my books. Sometimes I let my characters act exactly like I acted, sometimes I let them react differently, in a way I wish I had reacted. Writing never happens in a vacuum. Even if we aren’t aware, our daily lives do interfere a lot with our plots and characters.
- With so much going on in the world today, do you write to explain? To get away? To move past? To widen our knowledge? Why do you write?
I’m a firm believer in Escapism. I do my best writing when I’m stressed because of things happening in my personal world. Writing helps me to establish a distance and look at things from a new perspective, even if what I’m writing about isn’t directly related to my real life problems. It also helps me to work through my own issues. Sometimes things get clearer once I wrote them down and let’s be honest, with the way the world is at the moment, it’s nice to escape once in a while.
As for the knowledge part… there’s a lot to be known about BDSM and my research for the sake of the Club Whisper series still leaves me blushing in front of the screen more often than not. But I will continue to sacrifice my innocence to bring my readers realistic, yet romantic stories about the wonderful world of kink 😉
Sometimes the perfect man can be found in the most unexpected place….
Martin Carmichael owns a security firm and is part owner of Club Whisper. He’s a Dom in search of the right guy, and when his car breaks down on a lonely stretch of road, he thinks he might have found him.
Artist Collin Malloy is talented, easygoing, but somewhat insecure. Still, he has a big heart and is quick to offer help when he sees Martin in need. To thank him, Martin invites Collin to dinner, where the attraction between them becomes harder to resist.
But what will become of their budding relationship when Martin reveals that he likes his men bound, submissive, and in pain? Is it something Collin can accept… and possibly enjoy exploring? Even if he can, Collin has a secret of his own—a secret he doesn’t even realize he’s keeping.
About the Author
Xenia Melzer is a mother of two who enjoys riding and running when she’s not writing stories. She doesn’t like beer but is easily tempted by a Virgin Mojito. Or chocolate. Truffles are especially cherished, even though she doesn’t discriminate. As a true chocoholic, she welcomes any kind of cocoa-based delight.
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