Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Writing the Outré Novel by Patricia Green

by Patricia Green

Recently, my book, Master of Two, was published. The book is an intense BDSM book with some really controversial elements, including a "lovable sadist" and a ménage with two women. The four protagonists don't always get along well together, and there are emotional interactions. You, the reader, might not like everyone all the time. To me, that's good. Even if you hate one character, you'll want to find out what happens to him. Does he get his comeuppance? Does his character change and leave him redeemed at the end?

We all read books for different purposes, but, by far, the common thread we have regarding fiction is that we want to be entertained. A book like Master of Two is, I hope, entertaining enough to keep a reader turning pages (even figuratively "turning" them, as it is an eBook). And when I wrote it, I tried to keep that in mind by giving it an adventurous plotline. It is not only about a BDSM relationship, with tedious proselytizing, but there is action and adventure. Still, that BDSM theme runs through.

Many of you have read BDSM romances in the past. About a zillion of you read Fifty Shades of Grey. So why did I think I could write a competing novel? I had something to say. I wanted to portray a sadist as a good, loving man, who simply had a sexual proclivity that many people would find provocative. Christian Grey had the same proclivity, but over the course of three books, it took a decided backseat to his lover's inexperienced romantic leanings. For me, that was a fault of the book. Being a sadist is not a disease. Just like some people are gay, some people are masochists, and some people are sadists. One does not choose to be that way, one just is. It is wrong to try to circumvent those deeply seated needs, unless the person is actually causing harm to someone else. People who cause harm to others are a bane on society and need help. 
There is a significant difference between pain and harm. On the Venn diagram of pain and harm, you'd find a very small overlap where sado-masochism is concerned as practiced by responsible parties.

So I had something to say, and maybe what I said makes a few people uncomfortable, but I hope it also clarifies some important differences between the reality and the fiction of what makes BDSM people tick. If you want to gain understanding without spending your money, I'm showcasing a free short story about how two of the protagonists found each other and began their BDSM relationship. It's called, "Renee: His Good Girl." You can find it on my website, here.

Master of Two is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the publisher's site (Blushing Books).

1 comment:

  1. Well said, Trish. I think the mark of a good book is it makes readers "feel." The feelings don't have to always be positive, and not every character needs to be fluffy and lovable. But, each character needs to pull his or her weight in the story and readers should want to know what happens to the primary characters, even if they don't particularly like them. Sounds like you and Karen did exactly what you needed to do with this book.


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