Saturday, September 28, 2013

Kitty Thomas

Author Bio
Kitty Thomas writes dark literary erotica that explores power dynamics and sexuality. This work is fiction and meant for an adult audience. The author does not endorse or condone any of the behavior carried out by characters in her stories.
Her work is not “erotic romance”. Often on some level it is about love and/or obsession. Often the couple in some way ends up “together”, but the work should not be expected to follow the conventions of any type of genre romance, erotic or otherwise. If you are looking for genre romance (erotic or otherwise), please read a different author. Erotic romance is “more explicit romance”. This is something different.
Inspiration for Kitty’s work comes from many sources including Story of O, Nine and a Half Weeks, and the work of Claudia D. Christian.

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 1. Your books are very thought provoking and I am sure they make many people look at themselves and ask many personal internal questions, I know they did for me. Do you ever still shock yourself at the things you write?
It depends on what day you ask me. Some days I look at my work and think: "OMG that's so tame." And other days I can't believe some of the things I wrote. Anything with "pleasures" in the title, and I go a little bit crazy, apparently. Though, Big Sky is another one where sometimes I'm like "Yeah, that's no big deal" and other days I'm like, "OMG I'm a freak." LOL It's a really weird feeling your work sitting out in the world because the way you feel about it when you write it is going to be different than how you feel about it when you first publish it and then later after it's been out in
the world for awhile. It's a little bit naked. But it's the job. However, I don't write anything with the "intent" to shock. And that's always something that makes writing the next book more difficult because sometimes I feel like there is this "shock bar" I have to reach. And that's just not why I write. I'm trying to share something through fiction and it's just not about shocking you or freaking you out. If that happens, okay. But it's not the goal or why I write. So sometimes when I write something VERY tame like Awakening... it just isn't received as well. But I LOVE that one.
 I don't mean this in a negative way at all just curious.
I didn't take it negatively! :)

 2. When I read Comfort Food, my heart was pounding in my chest the whole time, shocked and exhilarated I found myself reading bits out to my husband, just to see if he reacted the same or whether it was just me. I ended up totally in love with Master. Do you have a partner that
you read  things out too? Are they supportive of your writing style and themes?
Comfort Food is what started all this. I just had this drive to write this book and it was so dark and so emotionally painful to write, and after I'd written it I wasn't sure I could even bring myself to share it with anybody let alone publish it. But I had a friend and beta reader who is a psychologist and she read it and found it fascinating and was like "You HAVE to release this." (It was so funny because while she was reading I was all paranoid she thought I was a total weirdo... and so I kept IMing her and she was like SHUT UP I AM READING! LOL.)
And then M (that would be my husband) read it and thought it was amazing. It was actually the first full-length work of mine he ever read. He liked Master. He would. LOL.

3. Will we ever get a story for the friend from Tender Mercies?
 I actually never considered that. Do you mean her friend Lainey, or Asher's friend that he sent Grace to?
After finishing the story I really wanted more for him.
Oh, duh, Kitty... read two lines down and you get your answer. It's like magic! I actually never thought about writing a story for him. Now you've got me thinking. Maybe it'll happen. Generally my books are stand alones because I feel like once a story is done, it's DONE. And a lot of stuff is meant to be left a certain way because of what I'm trying to say in that particular book. But I'm not opposed to writing books about side characters. Like, for example, I have plans for a book for Brian (the trainer nobody likes) from Guilty Pleasures. Trust me, I will make you love him.

 4. What is your favourite book couple in your collection? I loved Grace and Asher from Tender Mercies.
All of them. LOL. But it's really almost that bad because I pick one and then I'm like no... what about... Grace and Asher are definitely a favorite. As well as Leo and Faith from Mafia Captive.
I also have a really special love for Juliette (I'm PRETTY sure that's the spelling I used for her name.) and Christian in The Last Girl. Christian is one of those characters that embodies the phrase: "sympathy for the devil". Because I know how desperately he doesn't want to be a monster and how he doesn't want to break his toys.

 5. When I think of dark erotica your name is the one that pops in my mind.Who is your favourite author in this category?
hmmm I really like CJ Roberts and Skye Warren. And I'm sure I'm leaving someone out.

 6. Which of your books has had the biggest reponse from your readers?  Negative or positive and why do you think?
Comfort Food has by far been the biggest reader response and the most passionate. For a LONG time I felt like every book I wrote lived in the shadow of Comfort Food, and it's difficult trying to write a new book when you know everybody is going to compare it to the first thing you released. Particularly when you're ready to move on! I'm not sure what it is about Comfort Food. Maybe it's so
emotionally raw. There were things in my personal life that influenced the book, not in any kind of literal way... but the emotion there. And I think it really comes through on the page as
something very visceral and honest. And I think that's what people are responding to.
So when I write a book, I don't try to "write it like Comfort Food", but I try to get as close to that raw honesty as possible. If a book scares me or is hard for me to write emotionally I know it'll do well with readers.

Emily Vargas has been taken captive. As part of his conditioning methods, her captor refuses to speak to her, knowing how much she craves human contact. He's far too beautiful to be a monster. Combined with his lack of violence toward her, this has her walking a fine line at the edge of sanity. Told in the first person from Emily's perspective, Comfort Food explores what happens when all expectations of pleasure and pain are turned upside down, as whips become comfort and chicken soup becomes punishment. DISCLAIMER: This is not a story about consensual BDSM. This is a story about “actual” slavery. If reading an erotic story without safewords makes you uncomfortable, this is not the book for you. This is a work of fiction, and the author does not endorse or condone any behavior done to another human being without their consent.   
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"Grace. That word that finally meant something again. Mercy. Favor. Good will." Fed up with play kink, Grace Warner moves to an island that embraces erotic slavery to be with a man she met online. Within hours of her arrival, everything is ripped from her, and she quickly learns play is preferable to the realities of actual enslavement.Asher Collins has spent the past year mourning and blaming himself for the death of his slave, Darcy. When Grace catches his eye at a showing, obviously abused, he becomes obsessed with buying her and finding a way to atone for his own past sins. DISCLAIMER: This is a work of fiction, and the author does not endorse or condone any behavior done to another human being without their consent. This work contains subject matter which is not appropriate for minors including depictions of abuse, slavery, dubious consent, and anal play. 
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Vivian Delaney leads a life of privilege, but behind closed doors she feels isolated and trapped in a gilded cage. Unable to achieve sexual pleasure with her husband, she finds herself in the capable hands of Anton, a massage therapist intent on awakening her to her full sexual potential. By any means necessary. As their secret meetings progress, she falls farther down a rabbit hole where the line between rape and illicit affair grows increasingly blurred. Anton will accept nothing short of her complete surrender as he molds and shapes her to be sold to the highest bidder.
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Six years ago strangers broke into Juliette’s house; she was home alone and only thirteen. She kept her eyes closed, praying that if she didn’t see anything, she wouldn’t be killed. No one harmed her. In fact, one of the thieves protected her. Now Juliette’s dreams are haunted by him. Christian has waited to take her, resisting the urge each night. It always ends badly with human pets. They’re too fragile. The longer he can wait, the better, because the moment he takes her, the clock on her life starts ticking down. Then she’ll be gone forever. Warning: This book is dark erotica meant for a mature audience only.   
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Faith Jacobson was in the wrong place at the wrong time. After witnessing a mob hit, she’s only moments from death when Angelo Raspallo decides to give his brother an unlikely gift. Leo has avoided involvement with the family business, but it doesn't make him a saint. He’s troubled and ashamed by his darker sexual desires, one of which is to own a slave. But when his brother throws Faith at his feet, repainting the scenario to make Leo the hero rescuing her from certain death, his moral fortitude will be tested. If Faith were kinky, it would be easy to live out his fantasy, but she’s not—not even a little bit. Even the mildest spanking sparks terror in her that Leo can’t bear. The gift soon becomes a burden as he fights with himself over how to handle the addition to his home. He could release her, but his brother doesn't do loose ends. The only thing keeping her out of the bottom of the harbor is Leo’s mercy. She’s like a beautiful piece of art he keeps in a glass case but can never touch. Is possessing her enough? Author’s Note: Mafia Captive has more of a love theme than many other Kitty titles, though the work is still quite psychologically dark. Readers may also notice a “new adult” flavor as Faith is just out of college and trying to find her place in the world when she is thrust into Leo’s life and home. 
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Belle Walker lives in a strict society where women are treated as property, sold to the highest bidder soon after their eighteenth birthday. But the auction isn’t the only danger. Though she’s never seen them, she knows monsters live outside the city. These creatures have allowed the humans a small area to inhabit with the promise to leave them in peace as long as they never cross the boundary. On the day Belle is sold, one of the monsters breaks that promise and enters the city, intent on having her as his own. **This book is intended for an adult audience and contains master/slave, multiple partners, girl on girl, alien sex, and oral play.**  
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Veronica Cason lives in a small apartment with no clear view of the sky. It’s uncertain which might crush her first: her debt or the buildings squeezed in so tight that they surround her like ominous sentinels. She can’t breathe in the city. Her success is a lie, and her debt is coming to collect her—unless someone else gets there first. When a stranger offers her a job at a ranch, it feels like salvation, but it could also mean her death if his motives aren’t pure. Which door has the tiger behind it? The claustrophobia of the city or ranch life under an open sky?
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In the kingdom of Himeros, Abigail is despised for her gypsy heritage. Pushed to the fringes of society, she’s forced to break the law in order to help feed her family. When a castle guard catches her stealing bread, he intends to cut off her hand for the offense. Niall has just taken the throne and is determined to prove he isn’t a monster like his father. Awakened by the cries of a gypsy, he spares her from the guard’s blade and takes her as his slave instead. When he learns she doesn’t understand the kingdom’s carnal ways, he becomes determined to strip her of all inhibitions until her every desire is in service to the king’s pleasure. Word Count: around 21,000 Warnings: This book contains master/slave, group sexual activity, mild sadomasochism, oral and anal play, exhibitionism, and voyeurism. 
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Nerina has lived all her life as a mermaid, fascinated by humans and land but also repulsed by sex and unable to understand love. Her curiosity gets her captured by a human male intent on awakening her lust and turning her human. But Nerina doesn’t believe the legend is real and fears Kyros will kill her when he learns she can’t transform. 
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  1. I started reading Comfort Food & couldn't put it down. LOVED Tender Mercies. Kitty writes so well! Can't wait to read more from her!

  2. As usual, this is a fantastic post! thanks for the invite!

  3. thanks so much for the giveaway i love the books thanks

  4. These sound interesting

  5. Thanks for the great giveaway and a fabulous interview :)

  6. I am super happy about this interview. Kitty is one of my favourite authors, its always an amazing feeling to get a response from someone you admire. Thanks for reading.