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Author: J.A. Rock
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Erotica, Humor/Comedy, Romance
Release Date: 06/06/2016
We started the Subs Club to make the kink community safer for subs. Except now the others are so busy chasing their happy endings, it’s like they’ve forgotten what Bill did to Hal and the fact that he got away with it. They used to think I was betraying Hal’s memory by hooking up with the owners of the club where he died. Now they don’t seem to care about any of it anymore.
Maybe I am sometimes angry with GK and Kel for giving Bill a second chance, but they’ve been mentoring me for a year now, and whatever else they’ve done, they make me feel incredibly safe. So I want to try something: I want to offer them my complete submission, 24/7. To serve the people who forgave Bill. That’s the way I want to hurt.
Except I’m starting to care about them in a way I never meant to—and I think they feel the same way. But after Hal, I don’t know if I want to be in love again. Because what I really need, more than anything, is to see Bill brought to justice. Even if I have to do it myself. Even if it means losing GK and Kel.
Sexual Orientation and BDSM
One of my favorite TV lines is from season 2, episode 1 of Broad City, where Ilana tries unsuccessfully to accuse a security officer of lesbian discrimination when he won’t let her into a club—and then immediately accuses him of straight discrimination when that doesn’t work. He replies: “You kids, you’re all straight, and you’re all gay.”
I think our culture is gradually moving toward a better understanding of the fluidity of sexuality. I used to spend a lot of time trying to figure out whether I was gay, bisexual, or queer. Nowadays I generally use “queer,” because it feels like a broader term, but I’m much less concerned with trying to find the perfect word for what I am. I know other people who identify strongly with labels, and I think that’s awesome too. Some people fall on more distinct points of the spectrum than others.
My experience in kink circles is that there tends to be a lot of fluidity in the way people play. This could be because there are BDSM activities that are seen as nonsexual, and therefore orientation becomes less of a factor. Or maybe because not everyone has a sexual identity that matches their sexual orientation.
In The Subs Club series, I ended up exploring this fluidity a bit. In book 1, Dave’s surprised to learn that Gould is apparently bi, since he’s never heard Gould openly express attraction to women. Gould, meanwhile, doesn’t particularly care what label people give him. Dave and Kamen both admit to having had sex with purportedly straight guys, though only in the context of BDSM scenes. In 24/7, Gould, Greg, and Kel playfully argue over whether Greg can call himself straight, since he does sexual scenes with Gould. Greg argues that he knows that bisexuality is a spectrum, but he still identifies as straight—he’s not attracted to Gould romantically or sexually, and Gould’s not attracted to him either. Yet Greg admits that what he feels toward Gould is deeper than friendship.
I didn’t have any message I was trying to convey in this series about sexual orientation or identity, except that it’s not black and white. Is Greg in denial about what bisexuality actually means? Maybe. Is Gould bi or queer or pan? He doesn’t know or care. Is BDSM a sort of buffer that allows people to have sexual experiences outside of their established orientation? Probably sometimes. I like that attraction and identity are complex, and that it’s up to individuals how—and if—they want to define their sexuality.
About the Author
J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including By His Rules, Take the Long Way Home, and, with Lisa Henry, The Good Boy and When All The World Sleeps. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.
- Website: www.jarockauthor.com
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