Today’s Brew: I’m mixing it up. I got sweet cream creamer instead of french vanilla. I am a wild woman.
Mina Vaughn and I have a lot in common. We live near each other, we both have books about vampires, we both love pin up anything, and now, we have something else in common. Rock star books. HOW TO REPRIMAND YOUR ROCK STAR , the second book in the Domme-Nation series, came out a couple weeks ago and Keaton’s backside isn’t the only thing that’s glowing. So aren’t the reviews. Mina likes to mix things up with her characters, and here’s a look into her writing process:
Guest Post: The Power of a Heroine’s Friends
By Mina Vaughn
As a writer, sometimes I try to make heroines both flawed but loveable. I try to make them complex, interesting, compelling. Then, what I do next is throw in a best friend as a foil, someone totally different from the heroine with another set of values and quirks. In How to Reprimand Your Rock Star, I selected two very different best friends for Thea.
One is a goofy roommate who always makes dirty jokes. Because we all have one of those.
The other is a seasoned Dominatrix. Because most of us do not have one of those.
Thea, my heroine, is conflicted. She’s got a dominant personality, but she’s a freshman on a national champion team and her voice isn’t heard. Here, having a friend like Callie helps. Callie is on the team, so she can act as a sounding board for Thea’s college and basketball gripes. She’s silly, where Thea is serious. She completes the part of Thea that needs someone her age and knows her struggles.
Then, when Thea is propositioned to dominate uber rock star Keaton Lowe, Thea needs the kind of help Callie could never provide. Enter Scarlett. Scarlett lives in town and operates a New Age shop that has a kinky back room. Thea is drawn to Scarlett’s intimidating personality and strength, and she soon learns that they are alike in one very important way—they are both dominants. Scarlett fills the other need in Thea’s life—a sexual role model. Thea knows she wants to dominate Keaton, but she doesn’t know how. Scarlett, however, is a professional in the field and she teaches Thea the lessons she needs to know if she wants to proceed in her relationship with the celebrity musician.
I added these characters for plot reasons, never expecting more than their use for various arcs. Then, once I sent this book out to beta readers, I found something surprising. It appeared that people were wanting more from Scarlett. I had no idea that this feisty and funny Dominatrix would get so much attention from my readers.
Then it dawned on me—she was the friend that many people didn’t have. Most groups of friends have a funny one, a serious one, a wacky wild card, and maybe a weird one that doesn’t quite fit in. Nobody has that friend who’s a Dominatrix, who can lecture you on the proper use of a violet wand and also lend you a vinyl bustier. I realized she was a fantasy in herself, a wild woman who did what she wanted and didn’t care about the confines of society or what people thought of her. My readers wanted to be friends with Scarlett as much as they wanted to bang the bejeezus out of Keaton.
So I think writers should think not only about what’s going to make a hero desirable, but what else can a story do to draw you into the fantasy? While I created Scarlett subconsciously, when writing my next book I am trying to consciously try to think of how else the story could capture a fantasy that maybe isn’t romance.
Thanks for having me, now go hug your own best friend!
Kink with a wink! Mina Vaughn is an international woman of mystery and a shoe whore with a heart of gold. When she’s not writing her unique brand of fun smut, she’s plundering Sephora for any pin up girl makeup she can find. Mina’s debut novel, an erotic comedy entitled How to Discipline Your Vampire is about a punishment-seeking vampire who meets a quirky Domme with a serious role play fetish, available now from Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Star. How to Reprimand Your Rock Star, a sexy New Adult contemporary romance about a basketball phenom and a world-famous rocker, arrives Summer 2014. How to Punish Your Playboy arrives Spring 2015.
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