Monday, June 11, 2012

It's been a while...

I'm so excited about my upcoming release, RAVISH ME, that comes out June 20th at Ellora's Cave. But more than excited, I'm nervous. But this being my twenty-first published work, it's been a while since I've been nervous about a release. Why the case of nerves, you ask? It's the subject matter of this book that has me a little anxious.

RAVISH ME deals with the world of noncon role play--not familiar with it? It's a fantasy in which one partner pretends to force or coerce the other partner into sex. When I first learned of this type of role play, I was a bit shocked (and that's hard to do), but a close friend of mine told me about his participation and based in his stories alone, I had to find out more. For the sake of his privacy, we'll call him Matthew, just as I named in the book.

First, let me state for the record that there is nothing I find arousing about sexual assault. It is a despicable crime that robs its victims of their power and self-esteem. But interestingly enough, Matthew--being a victim of assault himself--told me that noncon role play can be used as a tool by sexual assault and sexual abuse survivors as a way of reclaiming their power. I was surprised by that too.

There are many other reasons people engage in noncon role play. For some, it's the adrenaline rush. For others, it's the feeling that they are so attractive their partner couldn't control himself/herself. For many women, it's the loss of control, pretending that they didn't have a choice to engage in sexual activity that frees them from societal constraints and allows them to more fully enjoy a sexual encounter. After all, we live in a society that still says, "Good girls don't." Ravishment fantasy may help a woman who's bought into this mindset  make believe she wasn't responsible for the pleasure being forced upon her.

Whatever the reason, noncon role play seems to me a richer and more complex expression of sexuality and passion than I ever imagined at first which means as a writer, I just had to find out more, more, more. And once Matthew was kind enough to lay bare his deepest, darkest secrets and fantasies for me, I had to share this journey with others.

The Matthew in my book is a fictional character, his personality, occupation, relationship with Jane and other experiences are my creation. However, they would not have been possible were it not for the honesty and trust the real Matthew placed in me. I have nothing but the utmost respect for his strength and I cherish our friendship. I hope these feelings shine through in the book RAVISH ME. It is in this spirit that I offer this tale to the public.

So now I'll go back to chewing my fingernails and awaiting a reaction to my book. But I figure if I'm nervous about the release, I've created something that's really important to me and that taps into a well of emotion. I can't imagine a better place for a work of fiction to come from.


1 comment:

flchen1 said...

VERY cool, Cindy--thank you and a thank you to Matthew for sharing with you in an open way to make this story possible! I do like the sounds of it very much and it's neat to see how it's a part of some real people's lives. Looking forward to Ravish Me!