Here’s the latest Spanked contributor interview. I love Tenille’s writing and hope she does edit an anthology of her own because I’m sure it’d be fabulous. Again, I’m thrilled with authors plum bing the true depths of their stories to tap into what makes them work, and what about spanking in particular brings out certain emotional nuances for their characters and their relationship.
Tenille Brown’s erotic fiction can be found in such anthologies as Iridescence, Got A Minute, F is for Fetish, Sex and Candy, J Is for Jealousy and Rubber Sex. She is a staff writer for Custom Erotica Source and keeps various blogs on her website, www.tenillebrown.com and her MySpace page, www.myspace.com/tenillebrown.
Tell us a little about yourself that’s not in your official bio.
In my last interview, I gave this little list of little known facts like my age and number of children, but some silly fun things about me are: I love to cook and I enjoy drinking wine. I listen to jazz and watch HGTV and The Food Network. I wake up in the middle of the night to have cookies and milk and sometimes ice cream. I have a vast Betty Boop collection and even have her tattooed on my thigh. And, I’m spoiled…very spoiled and set in my ways.
What inspired your story “Indulgences” in Spanked?
It doesn’t happen often for me, but I awakened in the middle of the night with the idea for the opening of “Indulgences.” All of a sudden I began to wonder what would happen if a wife constantly caught her husband jerking off. Then I figured that wasn’t interesting enough…husbands jerk off all the time. Then I threw the porn element into it. I know of a lot of women who are disgusted by it, but then even that wasn’t interesting enough. Then I realized that what would give it a good spin would be the reason George wasn’t supposed to jerking off to porn. Maybe Priscilla wouldn’t normally have a problem with it, but due to their current circumstances, them trying to have a baby, it made his jerking off a big problem for her.
The heart of “Indulgences” actually came from a very personal place. I touched on an issue I myself am familiar with, infertility. So, writing “Indulgences” was, in a way, a sort of relief for me, just as spanking George was for Priscilla and being spanked by Priscilla was for George. Unfortunately during that time in my own life, I couldn’t simply spank my blues away, but there was definitely that stress and constant need for release. I happen to be one of the lucky ones to have come out on the upside of things, but I can still relate to being in that place, so it felt really good to be able to work it into a story of mine.
In “Indulgences,” you touch on a big favorite amongst many spanking participants, the need to be punished. In your story, George likes to be spanked, but only if he feels that Priscilla is truly angry with him. He provokes her in various ways, such as jerking off to porn when he’s agreed not to, in order to get her to spank him. Why is this element of punishment so important to George? Do you think he realizes that Priscilla hasn’t been in on the “game” until toward the end of the story?
I think that this type of punishment is important to George because it comes from such a real place. He does have feelings of guilt, but it doesn’t have as much to do with the porn and masturbation as it has to do with his inability to create a child with his wife.
I don’t think George completely realizes that Priscilla isn’t in on it, but I do believe that George fell into this dominant/submissive situation for himself as well as for her. I think that George knew this was also an indulgence for Priscilla and he did his best to ensure that they both received pleasure from it.
What do you see as the difference between roleplaying being “angry” and “punishing” someone with what happens toward the start of the story, which is a more realistic kind of anger from Priscilla? Does it affect the way the spanking is delivered?
There is clearly a passion that comes from Priscilla’s anger that George wouldn’t otherwise get if they were simply roleplaying. I think that Priscilla’s genuine anger makes the spanking more authentic and makes it more thrilling for George and satisfying for her.
We know what’s in it for George—the thrill of getting spanked, and punished. What’s in it for Priscilla? You hint it in the story but I’m wondering if you can elaborate on what you see as her role in their power play dynamic.
What’s in it for Priscilla is that control, being in charge of at least something in her life. She feels helpless in terms of her infertility, but punishing George is the one thing that has remained constant. Priscilla isn’t necessarily controlling George, she is taking control of her destiny.
Why do you enjoy writing spanking erotica? Is there anything different for you about writing spanking erotica vs. other kinds of erotica?
I thought that my first foray into spanking erotica, “Bend,” which was published in Naughty Spanking Stories from A to Z and also in J is for Jealousy would also be my last, but I found that I really enjoyed it and to date, I’ve written four spanking stories.
When I write spanking erotica, it’s almost like being involved in the act itself. It’s a release for me. It’s an indulgence. It’s a glorious escape from the norm.
The difference for me is that spanking erotica is very specific. I get to give all my care and attention to this one particular topic. I get to find new and creative ways to expand on it. It’s more of a challenge for me.
As a reader, do you have a favorite spanking erotica story?
My favorite spanking story ever is an oldie but goodie, “Tess Needs A Spanking” by N. T. Morley. I read it for the first time online a few years ago, and every now and then I Google it just to have another read. It’s short, sweet, oh so sexy and incredibly well-written.
What’s next for you?
I just turned in a couple of spanking stories, a femme/femme story, and I am also beginning work on an anthology proposal.
I remember several years ago when I first began publishing erotica, I said that after I got published in ten anthologies, I would try editing my own. Then I bumped it up to fifteen and then twenty. Now I’ve been published in thirty anthologies and I think it’s time to just go for it.
Below is an excerpt from “Indulgences” by Tenille Brown; read the whole thing in Spanked: Red-Cheeked Erotica.
A deal was a deal. Still, George had given in to this indulgence of his, and since he had indulged, she would indulge.
But Priscilla’s indulgence didn’t involve flipping open a magazine and touching herself. Standing in the doorway of the bathroom, she cleared her throat. Yes, Priscilla’s indulgence involved touching George.
She approached him, stopping only when she stood a few steps behind him.
Her arm drawn back, hand high over her head, Priscilla gave her final words: “I certainly hope it was worth it, George.”
She didn’t wait for him to respond before she brought her hand down with such force that the strap caused a whipping sound in the air. Shortly after came the crack of leather making contact with flesh.
The pink skin on George’s ass rippled with the first strike. His muscular thighs clenched. Priscilla knew without looking that he was gritting his teeth, squeezing his eyes shut.
Priscilla spoke. “Now, tell me again, George, why we don’t jerk off all willy-nilly around here.”
George rose up on the balls of his feet, his toes gripping the carpet.