“Do you find people rejecting your books because they reject the premise of DD?” Author Anastasia Vitsky asked me.
Short answer: yes. Longer answer: But many buy them because of the premise of DD.
Of course there’s no way to know how many people run across my domestic discipline erotic romances, say, “ick” and move on. But I’ve received some reviews in which readers have objected to the concept of domestic discipline. Surprisingly though, I’ve gotten reviews from people who continue to read my books while continuing to “ding” the DD concept. So I must be offering something they like!
Many DD detractors can accept the spank and tickle of erotic spankings, but the idea that an adult woman would be physically punished gives them heartburn. They dislike what they perceive as the non consensual nature of DD.
But I’m okay with that. No one is going to like every kind of book, and I’m not going to try to talk someone into liking DD. But I would like to say this about my novels:
First, while some spanking fiction authors do write non consenting spanking stories, in my domestic discipline fiction the heroine always consents to the discipline (in
theory, anyway) prior to being spanked. In the first Rod and Cane novel, Unexpected Consequences, Melania, the heroine agrees to domestic discipline because she doesn’t think that she’ll ever do anything that would warrant a spanking. (Silly, naive girl!).
Second, while I strive for realism, I write fantasy, entertainment. Some women fantasize about being dominated by a man and being spanked. So my heroines often don’t want to be disciplined. When Melania’s husband spanks her for the first time for disobedience and lying, she’s horrified.
Third, my books contain both erotic and disciplinary spankings. In False Pretenses, the second Rod and Cane Society novel, Emma Dupree agrees to a spanking as “research” for her exposé of Rod and Cane.
Finally, I believe that most of my readers buy my books because they want to read DD. As my husband would say, “those are my people.”