I've been privileged enough to be able to host several of the authors during the Riptide Publishing Grand Opening Party Blog Tour. For the next few days I'll be hosting 3 more great authors - today I'm lucky enough to have Damon Suede here.
BOLDNESS! Intense emotion, rich language, three-dimensional characters, persuasive worldbuilding, dark humor, and as one reader just put it “eyelash-frying sex scenes.” Those qualities get the most comment from readers, and (not surprisingly) those are the exact things that I want in romances I read. I write the kinds of books I like to read. I want meat on the bone. I like heftier stories and complicated relationships. I expect magic from my men. I enjoy happy endings that feel earned and characters transformed by love.
If you could be any mythical/fantasy creature what would you be and why?
Vampire… or any immortal nightwalker: fey, dæmon, shifter. Reasons? I cannot abide the sun and love nighttime; in fact all of my favorite activities take place when the sky is dark overhead. :) I like things cool, dim, and dry. I have an intense oral fixation and tend to be pretty bitey anyway. (I was born with extended canines actually!) I’m aggressive, intense, opinionated, and observant... so I’d make a good predator. Plus with all that time on my hands, I’d be able to read and write FOREVER. Heaven.
What do you think is sexy?
Authenticity. Nothing is sexy that isn’t comfortable in its own skin. We think of cats and horses and wolves as sexy because they inhabit their bodies so fully and gracefully. And it is a hard lesson to learn, because mostly our society teaches us to resent our authentic selves and wish for things we cannot or should not have in order to sell us shit we don’t want.
This of course explains why some nudity is sexy and other nudity is empty or chilling or sad: what attracts us isn’t the naked flesh, but the person being comfortable in their flesh. That confidence, control, and ease helps dancers shine and courtesans ruin empires. Their stillness invites attention, and their motion completes space rather than jarring it. Southerners used to say that “a gentleman looks comfortable in any room, and a lady always knows when to leave.” If you look at the sexiest celebrities, the memorable “beauties” throughout history, what they share is the sense of total presence: being here now-ness. It’s why eros and thanatos are so connected, death erases us and sex insists on just how present we actually are at every moment.
Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. Though new to M/M, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades. He’s won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Get in touch with him at DamonSuede.com.
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