Repost of Jim Lyon Interview on Fallen Angel Reviews
Today I have the pleasure of speaking with author Jim Lyon. Thanks for being here today Jim, welcome to FAR!
To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am an aging bad boy with bohemian sensibilities. Currently I live in the San Fernando Valley with my wife, a fellow introvert whom I love dearly. Ever since my teens I’ve wanted to be a writer of some sort. In college I majored in journalism and wrote reviews and features for the school newspaper. My unofficial minor was drama and the highlight of my endeavors in theater arts was writing and directing a one-act play, for which I was actually paid royalties ($35) for its three performances.
Although I worked briefly as an editor of a small newspaper after graduating, I drifted away from writing until I purchased a small writing service. Since I was immersed in writing relatively mundane stuff every day, I began writing erotic stories for various websites as a creative outlet. Early this year I decided to put my efforts into writing an erotic novel, so I checked a copy of Writing Fiction For Dummies out of the library and read it from cover to cover, then set about writing a manuscript based upon a short story I had written two years earlier. After struggling in the beginning, it became easier and I managed to produce a 15,000-word novella in about two months.
Having heard about the difficulty of getting published nearly all my life, I was blown away when Sizzler Editions sent an email three days after I submitted the manuscript for Uncharted Territory telling me they liked it and would be sending a contract. I was even more surprised - delighted actually - when it was published verbatim three months later. The dreaded rewrite sessions with my editor never materialized. Buoyed by this experience I promptly sat down and wrote The Accidental Domme, which also was accepted and published without hair-pulling and anguished rewrites. Life is Good!
Please tell readers a little bit about your current releases, The Accidental Domme and Uncharted Territory.
The Accidental Domme mostly tells the story of a thirty-something lesbian who inadvertently discovers her affinity for BDSM while helping a friend realize his forced chastity fantasy. Her personal training business morphs into a career training pony boys/girls and budding submissives, which ultimately leads her to a lasting romantic liaison with a very kinky pop star that has a serious pony girl fetish.
Uncharted Territory is a tale of kismet within a femdom setting. Two people in different states discover their attraction to femdom sensibilities and set out to find a compatible partner in a realm foreign to them. With a bit of humor and ample kinky interludes, the book traces their respective journeys and the beginning of their star-crossed romance.
What inspired you to write these two stories?
Uncharted Territory started life as a short story in which an inebriated (lesbian) tutor seduces her effeminate (male) student, with him as the bottom. When I decided to write a femdom book and was searching for ideas, I reread the story and started thinking about the ramifications of that experience for the student. The thought process went from how does a newly minted bottom find his way in a vanilla world to how does a woman who discovers her dominant sexual nature do the same. The more I mulled those dilemmas over, the more they sounded familiar and by and by the long forgotten term kismet surfaced in my conscious mind.
To some extent The Accidental Domme also explores the concept of destiny within the femdom realm. Twists of fate bring key people into our lives or propel us in directions that we need to go in order to be fulfilled and happy. I guess I find that quasi-mystical aspect of life interesting and apropos for an erotic tale about people with alternative sexualities.
Are there misconceptions that people have about your books? If so, explain.
I suspect many readers will assume from the title and the cover of The Accidental Domme that the main character is heterosexual, when in fact she is not. Initially that would stem from widely held perceptions about the nature of dommes, but the book designer reinforced that assumption by placing a woman dominating a man on the cover. There are a couple F/m scenarios in the book but they do not include the title character.
For those interested in exploring the femdom subject of your book, where should they start?
Probably it would be useful to examine the concept of yin and yang. Every person and couple needs a balance of masculine (strong) and feminine (gentle) characteristics to function properly. In femdom and BDSM relationships those characteristics are simply manifested differently than they are in traditional relationships. All couples have complementary needs that must be satisfied - ultimately there has to be harmony or it doesn’t work. The dominant partner is only in charge at the pleasure of the submissive, because he or she wants it.
What is the most important thing that people don’t know about BDSM, that they need to know?
BDSM is primarily about consensual control and submission, exemplified by the practice of Total Power Exchange - power over another person is negotiated and granted rather than taken.
What would you like to accomplish with your writing career?
To have fun, entertain readers and make money doing it.
What is the best advice that anyone ever gave you?
Be true to yourself.
What do you think most characterizes your writing?
I try to create mental movies by creating scenes that readers can visualize easily and even picture themselves in. Primarily I write for myself with the assumption that others will share my sensibilities and like what I produce. My stories contain very little emphasis on back-stories and inner angst because I don’t enjoy those elements in literature of all types that I read.
Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?
As I become more comfortable writing books, I expect that I will develop longer and more complex stories and occasionally venture out of the femdom genre.
What is writing erotica like for you, being as it’s a field mostly dominated by female authors?
Of all the different types of writing I have done in my lifetime, erotica is my favorite. Fortunately, I am reasonably good at it. Perhaps the fact that I choose to write in a genre dominated by women simply means that I like women and share some of their attributes. It’s impossible to know why one does anything for sure.
Since everybody needs a break, even when doing something they love, how do you like to spend your time away from writing?
I like to read and I’m an avid walker. Once in awhile I get inspired to take on new culinary challenges.
With the New Year right around the corner, do you have any New Year’s resolutions that you plan to make?
My only New Year’s resolution is to finally settle on a theme for my next book and get started writing it.
Describe yourself in 5 words.
Amiable, imaginative, introverted, determined, and open-minded.
Do you have a website or blog where readers can learn more about you and your works?
wordwooze.net and wordwooze.tumblr.com
Is there anything else you would like to add today?
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts with your readers.
Thank you for taking time to speak with me today Jim.
Originally published 12/31/12