01 Jun '12

A Good Smut Guest-Post and Giveaway: Kelly Jamieson

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First of all, although I don’t take exception to the term “smut” I like to think my books are more than smut. My tag line “Romance with sweet heat” tells you what kind of books I write – they’re romantic (and romance means a happy ever after), they’re sweet and they’re hot. I write some sexy contemporary romances, some ménage à trois romances and some BDSM romances. I thought for the Good Smut Event I’d talk about my BDSM books.

For those of you reading this who don’t read BDSM stories, let me assure you that all my books  are very romantic, very emotional and very sensual stories even if there are scenes involving light bondage, domination, submission and yes, some ventures into mild sadism and masochism. When my characters have sadistic tendencies, they’re not sadistic just because it gives them pleasure to hurt someone. They’re definitely not cruel. Their pleasure comes from knowing that their partner needs, wants, even craves sensation, and that in giving it to her, they’re giving her pleasure, too.

I’m fascinated by the whole idea of the power exchange and who really has control in a relationship. It’s often felt that it is really the submissive who has the power, because she (and I say she only because my story features a male Dom/female sub) gives the power to the Dom. If the submissive doesn’t submit, the Dom can’t dominate. But even so, there can’t be submission unless the Dom uses the power. So it’s not just one giving something to the other—it’s an exchange.

One of my books, Rigger, is about a man who is, as the title says, a rigger – he ties people up. Alek is particularly into the aesthetics of bondage, and practices Shibari. He does this for pleasure but also professionally, as he’s a photographer and is working on a book of bondage images that are beautiful and artistic. And erotic.

Shibari is a term that came into use here relatively recently to describe the Japanese bondage art Kinbaku. Shibari means “to tie” or “to bind”. The position of the ropes is important, for aesthetics, but also for the sensations they arouse in the person being bound. The tying of the rope is as much a part of it as the finished product —in other words, like BDSM, it’s a journey.

Being bound makes someone very vulnerable, as they give up control to the rigger. The exchange of power is based on mutual trust and respect. Part of that respect is respecting the partner’s fears and doubts, needs and wants. It’s about connecting on a different level. The fluidity of this in a relationship where both partners are in tune with each other’s needs and wants struck me as a power flow. This endless flow of back and forth, giving and receiving, seemed to me more like a shift of power than an exchange. When both partners are open to each other, when they care and trust and respect each other, they know what the other needs and want to give it. Or take it. And if there’s love and commitment, trust and respect, it will balance and shift back and forth.

And that is what I think draws me to write stories involving BDSM ― the journey of self-discovery that makes for a character arc rich in growth and learning and, ultimately, makes for a deeply satisfying story.

Kelly Jamieson is a best-selling author of over twenty romance novels and novellas.  Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. Where you can find Kelly:

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3 Responses to “A Good Smut Guest-Post and Giveaway: Kelly Jamieson”

  1. I have read several of Kelly Jamieson's Book & I just Love her writing….I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be considered in her giveaway of "One Wicked Night".

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