Testing the Submissive
By: Al Daltrey
Where are you from originally?
A small town in Northern Canada that had a paper mill and a factory. Think John Mellancamp, but with way more snow in the winter.
Tell us your latest news?
I’m getting my own blog ready. It will be called ‘View From the Top’ and focus on memories and musings from my years living the BDSM lifestyle. Unlike my book, which is pure fiction, this will be all about real life.
If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
I’m not a big reader, to be honest. I’d much rather have dinners with musicians such as Pete Townshend, or Robbie Robertson, or Tracy Chapman.
A good friend whose pen name is Polecat influenced me. As did Lia Anderssen. The Beauty Series by Anne Rice rocked my world when it was first released as I was new to the lifestyle then. I stumbled across various free stories on websites such as literotica or bdsmlibrary which also inspired me to write.
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
I’d enjoy having a Margarita with Kimber S. Dawn. I love her energy, her spirit and her raw honesty. I think she’s from Shreveport Louisiana, which is also where (the musician) Kenny Wayne Shepherd is from, so maybe he can join us too!
What book are you reading now and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I’m beta-reading Jen Lassalle Edward’s upcoming book which is still in Word. I like everything about it, except that her writing is so much more visual than mine that I’m envious, lol. Her book is amazing.
Tell us a little about your background. When did you start writing?
I work in Marketing, so business writing including advertising is a big part of what I’ve done for the last couple decades. About ten years ago I wrote a screenplay for a romantic comedy, but it never went anywhere. Then, earlier this year, on a whim I decided to start writing a BDSM story. I had no idea that it would eventually turn into a novel.
Where do you get your ideas?
I’m a kinkster at heart. Several of the ideas behind the sex scenes are based on real life experiences, but then embellished and pushed to the extreme for fiction. I have a long commute to work so the car is a great place to think. This way, when I sit down to write, the ideas are mostly formed and it’s a matter of crafting the words.
I’ve always been incredibly aroused by the process of ‘interviewing’ submissive women. I’ve done it numerous times in real life. The way the girl blushes when she has to admit the number of men (or women) she’s slept with. Or how embarrassed she gets when confessing that being spanked arouses her. The way she hesitates before describing the kinkiest thing she’s ever done. The initial title for this book was‘Interview with a Submissive’ but I changed it to ‘Testing’ when I realized there was already a popular BDSM novel with a similar title to my first one. Much of the novel is told via interviews where Lewis (the Dom) is interrogating Abby (the sub). He sends her a series of ‘tests’ or appointments, and during this process their connection deepens.
How long did it take you to complete?
I started in February and was finished by June. However work would get in the way and there were gaps. I’d say it was about 90 days of writing including editing and fine tuning.
Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?
Some, yes. I could tell you which ones but they’d hunt me down.
Do you ever incorporate yourself into your characters?
I think every author does, whether they admit it or not. Lewis (the Dom in ‘Testing’) is far more extreme than I am, but we definitely share a lot of DNA.
Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself? Where did you get the inspiration for your cover?
I did the original design, and selected the photograph. However, a key member of my Street-team, Jen Campbell did some wonderful color work to give it that earthy tone, and also found a much better font. She prepared all of the files, including a tremendous amount of work designing and creating my teasers. I wanted the cover to be suggestive, but not explicit. Sometimes less is more.
Ok, now some fun questions….
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee, hands down. Real Doms don’t drink tea (kidding).
White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?
Dark, for sure. White is tempting but always disappoints. Milk is too sweet. Plus, doesn’t dark have all the antioxidants?
What is your favourite colour?
Winter or Summer?
Summer all the way.
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
To fuck like a jackrabbit.
If you could be somebody else for a day who would you choose and why?
Johnny Depp so I could enjoy Amber Heard.
Where can we find you online?
Book trailer: Coming Soon!