Kay Jaybee is an author of erotica. Her newest work The Perfect Submissive is available from Xcite Books.
What is the name of your latest book? And how did you come up with the title?
My latest publication is an e-novel called The Perfect Submissive. This is actually the novel’s second title. Originally it was called The Fifth Floor, after the top floor of the hotel on which the majority of the action takes place. I changed the title to The Perfect Submissive in honor of the lead character, Jess Sanders, the submissive in question.
What is this book about? And what genre is this book in?
Very much a bondage and submission piece, containing straight, lesbian and bisexual scenes, The Perfect Submissive concerns the training of new employee Jess Sanders when she becomes the new booking clerk for the Fables Hotel.
Hidden behind the hotels respectable facade, five specially adapted rooms wait; ready to cater for the kinky requirements of its guests.
When Mrs Peters, the manageress of the hotels adult entertainment facility, meets Jess, she instantly recognizes her potential as a deliciously meek addition to her specialist staff.
Under the tutelage of Mrs Peters' assistant and resident dominatrix, Miss Sarah, Jess learns to cope with a sexually charged training schedule, the increasingly erotic chill she experiences each time she survives a new level of correction, and a truly kinky exercise routine.
At the same time, Mrs Peters is distracted from her intimidating rule over Fable’s top floor by enigmatic artist, Samuel Wheeler, and becomes determined to secure his obedient assistance in grooming Jess into the perfect submissive…
Who is/are the main characters? And why did you choose them?
There are four main characters within The Perfect Submissive.
Mrs Laura Peters- the intimidating manageress of the exclusive fifth floor of the Fables Hotel, is on the lookout for a new submissive assistant.
Jess Sanders – is the new booking clerk at Fables Hotel. She quickly becomes the object of Mrs Peters' attention, and finds herself on the most intense training course she could possibly imagine
Miss Sarah – is Mrs Peters’ right hand woman, and resident dungeon mistress and dominatrix on the fifth floor
Sam Wheeler – is a graphic artist visiting the hotel on a conference who becomes captivated by Laura Peters- little does he know what he’s letting himself in for…
What is the coolest or best part about your book? (Any Favorite scenes, the world-building etc…
My favorite part about the book is the finale, but I won’t give anything away, as it would spoil the entire book. I will say however, that the idea came to be when a friend sent me a very bizarre picture she’d found on the Internet- she thought it would provide inspiration- she was right!
Do you have a favorite character in the book? If so, why?
Jess has to be my favorite character. I put the poor girl through so much! I like to think she enjoyed the journey in the end though.
Is this book part of a series? If so? What can we expect in future books?
I hadn’t considered this to be anything but a one off novel, but I’ve recently received two fantastic reviews, both of which hinted towards a sequel! Never say never!
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I never really think any of my stories are finished, and I never think they’re good enough. I could edit forever! If I could zip back in a time machine and fiddle with The Perfect Submissive, I’d add a delicious dose of anal sex- not like me to miss that out!!
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Writing is a constant learning experience. This was my first full length novel, and it was a real learning curve. It was difficult to keep the chapters flowing sometimes, especially as I’m so used to creating shorter pieces.
Do you have a publisher? And if so, why did you choose them?
I don’t have a contract with a set publisher. I’m very fortunate in that I have worked for a wide range of erotica publishers. The majority of my work has been published by Xcite Books in the UK and Cleis Press in the States.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
That’s a tough question as I have the good fortune to have met, and worked for, some amazing writers and editors, all of whom I respect and admire.
If I was to choose just one erotica writer as a mentor it would have to be KD Grace. This isn’t because she happens to be a very good friend, but because she has a writing style and flair that I will never match, and which I admire greatly. If KD Grace gives you writing advice- listen.
What books are you reading now?
I enjoy a wide range of different genre of books, and generally have two novels on the go at once. I normally read when I’m in the bath and at bedtime. Currently I’m re-reading the brilliant Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal for the third time, and Mitch Absolm’s, For One More Day. Unusually for an erotica writer, I very rarely read smut- but don’t tell anyone!!
What are the current writing projects that you are working on?
I’ve just finished a Fem Dom anthology called ‘Yes Ma’am’ for Xcite Books, which should come out as an e-book before the end of the year, and have started to write my next e-novel, Fantasy 13- a mixed genre story about a very unusual threesome.
Do you write full time? If not, do you hope to do so one day?
Sadly I only write for two hours of every week day. I’d dearly love to write full time, and get horribly frustrated when my two part-time day jobs take up more of my time than they are supposed to!!
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Ever since I was a small child I always wanted to write. When I was 12 I wrote a play called, The Toy Box, which I acted out with my friends. From that moment I never looked back, and by the time I was 30, I had a fair collection of poetry published.
I was at the ripe age of 33 however, when, whilst sat sipping coffee and eating an incredibly unhealthy Mars Bar scone, an unexpectedly erotic image came to me- I scribbled it down on a serviette, and I suddenly found I had a talent for writing very graphic sex scenes.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The hardest thing is to find uninterrupted time in which to write in the first place! After that, the most challenging thing is to break the 5000 word barrier. I find knocking out up to 3,500 words no problem- and up to 5000 words is fine if the smut is flowing- but for some reason I always hit a wall after 5000. It becomes a massive slog then, until I break 10,000 words.
I have no idea why this happens, but it always does. The only thing that gets me through this period is black coffee, toast, and lots of encouragement from my friends.
Do you have any advice for other writers seeking to get published for the first time?
Have faith in your stories, and accept you’ll get rejections and knock backs. We all do, it’s just part of the game. I promise you however, that once the first acceptance comes along, it’ll all be worthwhile.
I often think writing is like a drug. An acceptance gives you such a massive high, that you immediately want to write more so you can feel that rush again, and when you get a rejection, it makes you write even more, so you can find that high again!
Oh- and edit, edit some more, and then, just when you think it’s time to stop- edit again.
If you need to find Kay on any weekday morning, then she's usually to be found in the far corner of her favourite cafe, with a large black coffee in one hand, and a ballpoint pen in the other.
After five years of compiling stories and poems, and reviewing other people's work, she says without doubt, that there is NO going back. Once writing has you in its power you are at its mercy for life. It doesn't pay well, it leads to constant disappointment, and it takes over every other thing you do - but when the publisher says "Yes," and the occasional unexpected royalty cheque arrives in the post, it suddenly all seems worthwhile, and I love it!!