Today I’m joined by Morticia Knight. Morticia has just released the sixth book in her Kiss of Leather series, Cutting Cords. She talks about how she captured her character’s struggle. Thanks for sharing, Morticia.
So handing over to Morticia…
How Personal is Too Personal
Write what you know. How many times have authors heard that over and over? It makes sense on varying levels. Once, when I had a deadline for an anthology short story (the publisher needed help filling in a spot when an author had dropped the ball), I agreed, but purposely picked a subject close to me so that I wouldn’t have to do research. I drew on my own personal experience in that field and went from there. Proper research is an essential part of the writer’s toolbox, so if some or most of that can be whittled away, then it can make a big difference in productivity.
But when I wrote Liam’s story from Cutting Cords—the sixth book in the Kiss of Leather series, which just came out—my decision wasn’t based on time restrictions. It was the need to tell Liam’s story in an organic manner, to share his struggles with severe social anxiety in an authentic way. Some of Liam is me and some of him is close family members as well as an ex-boyfriend.
People who experience anxiety and panic attacks have different ways of handling and expressing it. In the end, Liam is an amalgamation of us all, and is his own separate person. So, at the risk of being too personal, I let him grow from my reality because I wanted his struggles to ring true to those who read Cutting Cords, and who have dealt with the same challenges. For those who don’t understand how debilitating and stressful the disorder can be, I hope that it can shed some light on the veracity of this type of anxiety.
But I promise you, even though Liam has a lot to face in life, this is still a romance and he gets the happily-ever-after he deserves! I hope you enjoy his story.
Liam yearns for Master Neal’s harsh touch, but Neal fears that a part-time Master can’t give a full-time sub everything he needs.
Liam’s world crumbled after the unexpected death of his Master. Prone to panic attacks and other social anxiety, Liam doesn’t believe he’ll ever find another Master who would be willing to take on such a challenged sub full-time. Too distraught to go back to Club Consequence where he met the man he thought he’d be with forever, he decides to give Kiss of Leather a try.
After doing a piercing gig at Kiss of Leather, Master Neal signs up to become a member. On the night he performs a demo as the final step to being accepted, he meets a sub who brings out his protective urge and makes his heart come alive. Neal isn’t scared off by Liam’s anxiety or social awkwardness. On the contrary, he finds the sub to be refreshingly honest and endearing.
They try out a scene to see if they’ll click, and their connection is everything they’d both hoped it could be. However, the road to love and a Total Power Exchange isn’t an easy one. Neal still hasn’t discovered all there is to know about Liam’s traumatic upbringing, and he’s not sure if he’d ultimately be the right Master for Liam.
Both men are forced to face the truth about love, life and what it means to share it with another person. But before Liam can start over with Neal, he’ll have to cut the cords to his past and trust that Neal will be there to catch him when he does.
About the author
Author Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after. If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little heart’s desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011. Since then, she’s been fortunate enough to have several books on bestseller lists along with three series’ titles receiving recognition in the Rainbow Book Awards.
Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.
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