Champagne in a Porsche: Q&A with Elizabeth SaFleur
Happy New Year kittens! If you’re like me, you ate too much and partied hard last night. This morning we’re talking about LOVELY, a contemporary erotic romance by Elizabeth SaFleur. It’s Book #1 of her Elite Doms of Washington series which are contemporary tales of dominance and seduction set in our nation’s capital.
When nineteen year old Christiana Snow is lured into a summer of sexual submission with charismatic Congressman Jonathan Brond, the relationship promises the adventure she’s been craving and the life he’s been missing. But in unforgiving Washington, D.C. the threat of scandal and gossip always looms.
MADELINE IVA: What’s so sexy about D.C.?
ELIZABETH SaFLEUR: For one, it’s the seat of our government, full of powerful people with “alpha energy.” On any given Tuesday you could be standing behind someone in line at Starbucks who has launch code to missiles in his pocket.
MADELINE IVA: This book taps 50 Shades on the shoulder. What draws you to this kind of story?
ELIZABETH SaFLEUR: I spent years in or around Washington D.C. surrounded by many real-life billionaires. They have multiple houses and cars, private jets and drivers, and access to anything you can name. Writing about them is fun. Over the years, I’ve collected hundreds of personal anecdotes: like attempting to not spill champagne while an executive sped his Porsche up GW Parkway. Being told to “leave this meeting and catch the next plane to Los Angeles.” Very glamorous stuff.
MADELINE IVA: But do you find the men attractive?
ELIZABETH SaFLEUR: Most men in Washington don’t hold powerful positions unless they are smart, have something interesting to say, or have a limo-load of charisma.
MADELINE IVA: What’s the new trophy wife like for a D.C. guy?
ELIZABETH SaFLEUR: Trophy Wives are “out” and Power Wives are “in.” Forget the sports car and second home in Aspen–a power wife is the new power accessory. Independent, savvy, career women are prized. If you were to attend a Washington event involving the elite crowd, you will hear a dozen men introduce their wives by their titles and often joke about how they “traded up.”
MADELINE IVA: I’ll warn readers right now — your hero is not interested in your heroine as a long term romantic prospect for most of the book. To me this gave the story an erotica flavor, Did you ever toy with the idea of making it an erotica?
ELIZABETH SaFLEUR: The story was always designed to be an erotic romance. But I also knew readers would throw the book (or their kindles) across the room if a member of Congress leapt into an affair with a very young girl immediately. Jonathan had to wrestle with his conscious over his choices.
ELIZABETH SaFLEUR: You’d be amazed at what you can find on Fetlife (www.Fetlife.com), which is basically Facebook for kinky people. Real-world lifestylers have designed and built many sexual “aids” in their own homes.
MADELINE IVA: You went to a BDSM conference for romance writers — what were 3 things that you saw there that surprised you?
ELIZABETH SaFLEUR: First, the people involved in the BDSM lifestyle are “normal and regular” individuals. You’d pass them on the street without a second glance. They don’t all have a whip thrown over their shoulder.
Secondly, their eagerness in sharing their lifestyle was a pleasant revelation. Nauttiboi, an edge play expert, told me exactly the kind of knife I should write into a wax play scene. (Knives remove the wax.) And Bo Blaze, a premier maker of leather floggers, brought more than fifty of his creations, which he let us fondle at will.
A third surprise was how different BDSM “looks” in real life than in our fantasy erotic romance. The reality of BDSM is grittier. Watching a young man flog his female partner as she was strapped to a St. Andrew’s Cross, I could tell something special was happening between them. BDSM isn’t always pretty, but it can be beautiful.
MADELINE IVA: The stereotype of fem-doms is that they’re paid to allow powerful men to give up the weight of responsibility and respectability for an hour. Is D.C. full of fem-doms and secret dungeon clubs?
ELIZABETH SaFLEUR: I’m not an expert on Femme Domme activities in D.C. but there are many. Private and public dungeons abound. The Black Rose Society and the Crucible (public dungeon) are the most well-known public organizations. The Black Rose society, in particular, has done much to educate governmental leaders on BDSM activities.
It’s an unforgiving town. You could lose your position or power because you dared to have sex in an “unapproved” manner (read: anything that is not missionary position, lights out, with a marriage partner). But, psst, let me tell you a secret. People in Washington are having sex—a lot of it. And it is often between powerful people in said “unapproved” manner. Only no one wants to say it out loud. Guess who is? (Raises hand.)
MADELINE IVA: You mentioned powerful women in D.C. — are you planning to have any of the books focus on a woman — and by powerful I mean in office, etc?
MADELINE IVA: I don’t understand why a woman in office would need or want to be femme domme. Wouldn’t a powerful woman in office be just as interested in being a submissive for a few hours a week as a powerful man is? At any rate–we can argue about that in the comments section. ; > But before you leave, I know we share some of the same taste in erotic romance fiction — could you name some erotic/erotic romance reads that made you want to write in this genre?
ELIZABETH SaFLEUR: Joey W. Hill, Beth Kery and J. Kenner: Joey for her deep character development (no one does it better), Beth for her deep understanding of human psychology, not to mention her unique characters and plots, and J. Kenner for her ability to tell a multifaceted story using minimal words.
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