These are not your Mom’s romance novels.
Chock full of steamy, stern spankings and romantic interludes, the site run by fiction writer Reesa Roberts, the M/F spanking fiction website Discipline and Desire, hopes to usher in a “new era of romance fiction.” The site offers a database of over 500(!) stories and e-books by a wide variety of authors.
Reesa was kind enough to spend a few moments with The Cherry Red Report, discussing fiction, romance, and, of course, spanking.
How and why you did you get into writing spanking fiction?
I’ve always been fascinated by spanking, and I’ve always written romance stories, but never realized there was a way to do both until about seven years ago when I found the online forums about domestic discipline. My first stories were entered into a writing contest, which I won three times in a row! After that, I decided that maybe I could actually market a story!
Can you give me basic background info on your spanking story website?
I write, edit and publish for Discipline and Desire, which has been in existence for over five years. We have over 30 regular writers, and that list is growing, as we offer free editing services and love to read new material. We have free stories on our website, and we have a member’s area that has over 1000 stories in the database. We are also an e-magazine that publishes 5 new stories every week for the low price of 9.95 a month, since 90% of the money goes to the authors who write the stories.
What kind of feedback do you get from your stories?
It’s usually very kind. I love getting positive feedback, and most of it comes from my blog, where I’ve published some of my older stories. Sometimes the website readers write in to let us know what they think, and that’s very cool, too. I really appreciate constructive criticism, as well, since that’s one of many good ways to improve your writing skills.
Am I overgeneralizing to say females are more into stories, and males are more visual ?
No, I think you’re right, generally speaking. There are always exceptions, of course, but since we publish mostly stories, as opposed to graphics, it’s true that our membership is about 75% female. I’ve corresponded with graphic spanking website owners, and their memberships are nearly 90% male.
What genre do you enjoy writing the most?
I love to write in any genre, but mostly prefer contemporary because it can be more realistic and less fantasy. Conversely, I prefer to read historical fiction.
In regards to mainstream romance novels, have there always been ‘startles,’ occasional spanking scenes, implied threats, etc.?
Sadly, some really classic spanking scenes in mainstream romances have now been removed with the newer editions. They think it’s politically correct to do that, but most readers think it’s a horrible thing to alter the original. Nowadays, though, the dominance of the male character is still evident in every new mainstream romance novel – it’s just portrayed in a more acceptable manner. The threats are more than implied – they’re still there, they’re just non-corporal.
Looks like you have some terrific Western-themed stories you have written. Why do Westerns lend themselves so well to erotic, romantic M/f spanking fiction?
The western cowboy will always be the epitome of an alpha male dominant character. It’s in his jeans (I mean, genes)…
It appears there are very, very few otk-focused books in the marketplace, so do you feel like you are filling a niche?
I’d like to believe that we’re starting a new era of romance fiction at Discipline and Desire. All of my vanilla romance-reading friends prefer the mainstream romance authors who do occasionally write a brief spanking episode. They just don’t know why they like those so much. What I find amusing is that currently, in-depth BDSM is much more acceptable in the marketplace than spanking. Sometimes I refer to our genre as “mild BDSM” and I’ll get a much more favorable response. Strange but true. I do expect to see some changes in that area in future, though.
Are all your stories romance and relationship-focused, or does your site offer any ageplay or roleplay themes?
We cater to an exclusive genre at Discipline and Desire, and that is M/F romance. Sometimes their roles start as professor/student (of age), doctor/patient, though. We don’t delve into age play or family-related spankings, although we certainly encourage others to indulge in their interests, and there are plenty of sites out there for those genres. We’ve developed a carefully defined market base, and that’s who we cater to. Our readers get what they expect, and we try not to “surprise” them with something they didn’t sign up for. On the rare occasion that we do publish something noteworthy that might contain other themes, we put in a warning for those who aren’t into that.
Who are *your* favorite writers, either spanking-focused or generally speaking ?
I truly enjoy the works of Catherine Coulter and Kathleen Woodiwiss the most. Jane Feather’s early novels were great. And who could leave out Jude Devereaux, and Sharon Greene’s Warrior series. Sci-Fi would be Robert Heinlein, especially “Stranger in a Strange Land.”
Thank you so much Reesa for taking the time to chat with The Cherry Red Report!