[Ed note: Aw, thanks, Kestra. Right back at you!]
If you’re like me, you seek fine writing and storytelling in erotica and erotic romance. Award-winning Kestra brings both of these talents to her books. Her latest, Silver Chasings, is no exception!
About Silver Chasings
Garrick Jefferson Custis is the respected leader of Tempest, a BDSM club, and a man looking to make a change. He has his contractor business, willing submissives, and good friends. But he wants a relationship outside of the lifestyle. Quin Landry fled the BDSM scene after a messy divorce. Now, she is ready to try again, to fill in a missing piece. She just wants to have a little fun, find a Dom to be part of her life.
Change may not be what Garrick needs to make his life whole. With a little help from his friends, and the right submissive, he may just realize what he has been chasing is actually already in his grasp. Meet Garrick and Quintana, meet their friends and become immersed in the lives Club Tempest members. Once you get to know them, you’ll want to know more…
Kestra also answered some of our burning questions about her writing and Silver Chasings.
ES: How is your take on your genre erotic romance different?
KG: The books I want to write are the stories I want to read- which to me means an approach or viewpoint that I don’t easily find in the available literature. Specifically, I like characters who have some life experience- people with grown children, those entering second or even third careers and exploring how BDSM travels along with their life, or enters their life at a point of transition.
I tend to have my characters be someone you might interact with in your daily life, contractor, doctor, copywriter, with an interesting twist. And while clubs are a part of the BDSM lifestyle, there are many good series centered on BDSM clubs, so I am gradually moving my characters away from a club focus and experimenting with other settings for BDSM and erotic play.
Finally, I like romance mixed with intrigue or adventure, so I interweave romance and spy or murder or political skullduggery storylines with each other.
ES: Tell us a little bit about Quin Landry of Silver Chasings. Where is she when the story opens?
KG: Quin has lived in the town of Oceanfront for several years, rebuilding her copywriting business. She survived a bad divorce in which her ex-husband threatened to use Quin’s participation in BDSM to expose and humiliate her. The former spouse took their joint business and custody of the children. As this story opens, Quin has rebuilt her business and her children are over 18, so her friend Nicole is finally able to convince her to attend a BDSM play party. Quin is looking forward to recapturing a part of her life so long on hold.
ES: Is this book part of a series? What motivated the series?
KG: Silver Chasings is part of a series, it serves as an introductory novella. The main character in the series is Layla Cassatt, former burlesque troupe owner, biochem researcher and entrepreneur. However, she is a secondary character in Silver Chasings, and a supportive storyline from this book will become the central focus in the next installment in the series.
The idea for this series came about in a unique circumstance. I was caring for a friend who had just undergone major surgery and she was in pain and unable to concentrate on reading or watching TV. Mostly, she asked that I just talk to her so she could listen and not have to respond. So I began to spin a story about a burlesque performer who also solved mysteries. Mostly I described backgrounds, characters and settings while I changed her dressings and managed drains.
KG: Quin Landry could be played by Gena Davis, a tall, athletic woman, whose roles showcase women with both strengths and vulnerabilities. Ms. Davis also physically channels Quin’s appearance. Her athleticism, friendly demeanor and apparent intelligence suit Quin to a ‘T’.
KG: Next up is the series book to follow Silver Chasings, which will showcase Layla Cassatt, explore BDSM themes, and solve Chiles Marlborough’s murder. Layla is a character I’ve been enjoying fleshing out. Her history is quite varied and aspects of it will have impact on her stories.
Now she is casting about for her next incarnation and being pulled into the misadventures of her world-wide circle of friends.
Ed note: Ooo, sounds intriguing!]
Quick Takes! Tell us some of your preferences.
Favorite word: Homoscedasticity
Mountains or beach? Beach at sunrise
Dogs or cats? Cat
Blonds or brunettes? Both
Small town or city? City
5 Books you’d take to a desert island:
Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
Dune, Frank Herbert
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
1000 page Blank Book (with pens), Kestra Gravier
The Ultimate Survival Manual, Rich Johnson
Thanks for stopping by, Kestra!