Well, thank you for having me! I’m Katherine Rhodes, and I’m the author of Consensual. While I’ve been writing for a very long time, this is my first foray into the world of erotic romance. I am *loving* it and plan to write a lot more in the genre. It’s a secret though. Ssh. My family doesn’t know I write those kind of books.
Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?
A drink. Not an adult beverage, mind you, but just a drink. And some kind of white noise—I prefer to stick my headphones in and hit shuffle, but reruns on TV work just as well.
Beverly: When did you start to write?
It was 4th grade, and the librarian asked if anyone had tried to write a book. I had, so I raised my hand. He wanted to see what I had written, but I said I would write something new. And then I just.couldn’t.stop. (I got in trouble a few times in school for writing and not paying attention.) Naturally, those weren’t erotica…
Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?
Loyalty. A yearning for knowledge. The ability to know they are flawed. The willingness to undertake a journey, whatever that journey means to them.
Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?
As much as I love Emmy and Nathaniel, I am absolutely smitten with Franz Dorn. He’s a 6’5” blue-eyed, blonde-haired, trim-but-generously-defined Nordic God. He’s the protector that his employees need. (That’s a little Batman-ish, isn’t it?) While we really don’t get much more than an introduction to him in Consensual, he’s a force to be reckoned with. His role spans the Club Imperial series, and peeks into the Silver Soul series that I’m working on. He will have his own story.
As for creating them? Well, usually I give them a name and they build themselves through the story. They are defined by the role they have and the background they reveal to me as I write a long. It sounds odd, but after I give them a name, they lead the way. If I had planned Franz out, he never would have become my favorite.
Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?
Sex, I think. I tread lightly. I don’t want to cross into hardcore porn, but I also don’t want to be too cheesy.
Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?
Truly, Stephen King. He has a no-nonsense approach to language. But I also wrote without emulating or finding a voice for many, many years. I just wrote. I think that helped me develop a different kind of story telling.
Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?
Oh, his name is Gio. Giovanni Vecchio from Elizabeth Hunter’s “The Elemental Mysteries” Series. *sigh*
Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!
I don’t know if I can answer this legally… Let’s just say that Emmy doesn’t know how to use all that stuff on her own, m’kay? And it involved a cheesecake. True story. *blush*
Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?
Ass-kicking! Who is willing to have a dude help her out when she needs it. I have very little patience for women who won’t do what needs to be done. I am not the kind of person who sits around waiting for the white knight. They probably got lost on the way. They are guys, after all; they never ask directions. The only thing that holds some women back from doing great things is themselves. I don’t get that. So I don’t write it.
Beverly: What was your worst date ever?
HA! It was a non-date with a guy named Noah. Good grief. We were supposed to go see the re-release of Star Wars, and we were going to meet there. This BC- Before Cellphones. I was there, and waiting and he never showed up. Now, I’m Captain Anxiety- able to leap to the worst conclusion in a single bound. I thought that perhaps he’d been in an accident, or his grandmother had gotten worse. I went back home and found a message on the answering machine from him—filled with swearwords and curses and accusing me of leading me on and all kinds of fun stuff. I called him back and told him I had given him the benefit of the doubt, but after that? F— You.
Met my husband the next day.
Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane).
An ereader with a battery that never died. My iPod. My husband. *wink wink*
Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?
Pajamas, night clothes, sleepwear, lingerie—whatever you want to call it. I have more of it than a sane person should. I love shopping for it, from the most innocent night shirt to the dirtiest little suggestions you’ve ever seen.
Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?
A house. We’ve always rented. I would love something that’s mine, mine, mine.
Beverly: What was you most embarrassing moment?
Christmas. Family gathering. I was all proud that I had a really nice outfit, and couldn’t figure out why I hadn’t worn those pants in so long. That would be the giant hole the crotch, thanks very much. My Sis-in-law bundled me up stairs and gave me needle and thread.
Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?
Blue. It’s cool, it’s collected, it’s universal. It makes me happy.
Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?
There have been a few people. My parents, married for 43.5 years-both good and bad things about love. My aunts and uncles, specifically my dad’s sister and my mom’s youngest brother. They’ve all over-come amazing obstacles in their lives.
Tamara: How did you get interested in writing about BDSM?
I read 50 Shades of Grey. (I weep at that admission.) But I got to the end of it, and I thought… well, that wasn’t terribly good. I can do better. So I read more, and as much as I tried, I couldn’t find a good female Domme story – I like strong women – and I said, Screw it. I’ll write one.
Beverly: Have you ever been to a BDSM club?
No, not yet… I’m working on changing that answer.
Tamara: What about that lifestyle interests you?
It’s so much more than people think it is. They just think whips and chains and there’s a lot more to it. It can be so, so amazing to connect with someone on a totally different sexual level.
Beverly: Would you say you were a Domme or a submissive?
I have very strong Domme tendencies. That’s kind of like a ‘duh?’ when my friends ask me that. You’ve known me for how long? And you don’t see that?
Tamara: Would you consider yourself a switch?
Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?
SSLY, of course! 😛
Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs?
Both. There are advantages to both.
Coffee or Tea?
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff?
Tall, dark, handsome and mysterious. Oh, yes.
Hairy chest or smooth?
Smattering of hair.
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate, for sure.
Kinky or Sweet?
Fast or slow?
Slow. I like the burn.
Public or private?
Private… most of the time.
Top or bottom?
Book 1 in the Club Imperial Series
From the moment Nathaniel laid eyes on Emmy Westerly, he wanted her in his life. He would do anything to get her there and keep her there. To his surprise, Nathaniel found himself quickly pulled into Emmy’s dark world of whips and blindfolds, kink and submission. He was intrigued not only by the thrill of it, but by the enigma which led Emmy there as well.
Emmy could not resist Nathaniel Walsh. She couldn’t deny the electricity between them, the utter animal magnetism she felt for him. Emmy was mystified by someone as honest and uncomplicated as Nathaniel allowing her to lead him into the dark. She adored having him at the tip of her lash.
But Emmy had secrets – deep, cruel truths which led her to Club Imperial, and staying with Nathaniel would mean telling him everything. He wasn’t ready for that.
Neither was she.
** Content Warning: Contains explicit content with BDSM, Erotica, and strong language. Not intended for all audiences. 18+ Audience
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