I'm so happy to have Casey McKay with me today. Casey is a great writer and I think you will enjoy her answers as much as I did. She has been very opened. I'll said that my kids probably did more damage to my furniture than my cats have. I should have gotten a water bottle! I hope you'll enjoy betting to know…
Give us your basic bio, what ever you’re willing to let us know.
Give us your basic bio, what ever you’re willing to let us know.
I'm 32 and I live on the east coast with my husband and our 3 cats. I squeeze writing time into the morning before I go to my awful day job. Nights are out because of roller derby practice and I cannot be creative at night. I have found I can edit at night, I just can't write anything new. My husband and I have been publishing my books since early 2013 and just towards the end of this past year started publishing other authors as well. It's been an exciting year starting Baronet Press and we're continuing to grow.
When did you first realize that you were interested in the idea of spanking?
I'm not sure when I first realized my interest in spanking, it always just was. I do remember the first time I thought maybe I didn't need to be ashamed of it and that there were other people out there like me. I was in college and that movie The Secretary came out. I just remember thinking, wow, maybe I'm not as much of a weirdo as I thought!
Are you in a relationship that includes spanking? How would you describe it?
I am married and yes, our relationship includes spanking in the sense that I want it and he likes to keep me happy :) I'm grateful that even if he doesn't understand what it is about me and spanking at least he doesn't mind indulging me. So it's not really a part of our relationship dynamic as it is just something we do.
Were you spanked as a child? Whether yes or no, do you think this affected your interest?
I was, nothing I can really remember, but I know my parents weren't opposed to it. And it was the 80's, it was completely acceptable to do that then, right? I don't think it affected my interest in spanking at all. I think it's just something hardwired into me.
Did you, do you, or might you use spanking with your own children?
Well I don't have kids so I feel like this completely disqualifies me from this question. I honestly have not given it much thought. We shoot the cats with a spray bottle when they scratch the furniture, I'm guessing that's frowned upon when you have children? Hopefully I don't have children that like to sharpen their nails on the couches.
Do you remember the first spanking story or spanking book you ever read? Tell us about it.
The first stories I ever read were anything I could find online. I read the free stories on Discipline and Desire a lot, would re-read them even. Really anything that would come up in my browser when I typed in “spanking stories”, at the time most of it was crap, but I devoured it up anyway.
When did you first begin writing spanking stories?
In the later part of 2012 my husband and I hit some rough financial times. Our cable got shut off so we had no TV or internet and we were making almost daily trips to the library. I was ripping through books in the romance section, but the thing about public libraries is they have a terrible lack of spanking fiction. I would download the free ones I could on my Kindle but it got to a point that I just started writing some of my own. A few months later my husband was uploading my first novel on a weak internet signal that passed through our house from our neighbors. That's how it all began, it's kind of a ridiculous story if you think about it.
How comfortable are you with people in your real life knowing that you write spanking fiction? Does everyone know, a select few, or do you try to keep it private?
No one in my real life really knows. I'm getting more used to the fact that my friends will know one day- it's hard leading a double life. I've told a select few friends and they don't seem to care. I think I have a harder time thinking my family and in laws might find out one day, I'm going to try to make that not happen anytime soon.
Some people don’t like to be labeled in only one area, but do you feel your writing is in a particular category?
I've written contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, and I am working on a sci fi. Even though they are different categories I think my style and the way I form a story is very much the same. I can't seem to write characters that don't end up hopelessly in love. So I guess I would categorize myself as romance. With anal. Anal Romance (maybe I made a new genre)
Do you think you might someday like to branch out and write something totally different (or do you), either within the spanking fiction world or something else completely?
Maybe one day. I don't like to ever say never. Right now I don't think I could write a book without spanking or sex in it, it just happens. But one day, who knows I might get tired of it. I think I would like to try my hand at something a bit darker and heavier, we'll see.
How attached do you get to your characters? Do you know what happens after the book ends?
I get more attached to some characters than others. Like I still have little scenes that play out in my mind about the characters from my first book Catch a Falling Star, Mac and Luke, they're doing very well if you were wondering. Also, I think my all time favorite is Emmaline from Emmaline's Groom. She's another one that has a constant story going. But most of them, their stories end when the book ends. And that's okay, but I do like when they keep talking to me.
Describe your ‘perfect’ writing day.
Minimal distractions. A clean house, an empty house, a quiet house, and food in the fridge. It seems the most of what sidetracks me is feeling like I should be doing something else (like cleaning). My husband works from home now and is here a lot, so I try to write in the early morning when he's sleeping, otherwise I'm not alone and not focused. And food in the fridge so I don't end up eating olives and beef jerky at 3pm because I can find nothing else to feed my rumbling tummy.
When did you first begin publishing? What caused you to jump in at that moment in time?
It was 2013 and my husband made me jump in. I was panicked. I told him I wrote this book and he was like great, come up with a pen name. It would have been something I would have mulled over and hemmed and hawed and probably never have done if he hadn't just stepped in and told me we were doing it.
What is your best advice on how to promote?
I know some authors that spend a lot of time promoting and I know others that don't spend any at all. I think my best advice is not to drive yourself crazy with it. You want people to know you have a book, so you should post about it, but I am of the mindset that I still need to write and do other things. I can't spend my life sharing links to my book, you know?
Things like buffer app and similar programs are cool because you can set up tweets beforehand. I am all about time saving. I think it also helps to get excerpts and posts ready before a release so when you ask to be on another author's blog you have your post ready to go. (This is all easier said than done, I just suggested two things that I do about 50% of the time, but when I do actually execute them I am so proud of myself)
With so many wonderful writers here I can get confused as to who writes what. Would you list all the books you’ve published so far. I’m assuming your books can be purchased through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, but let us know where else they are available.
Catcha Falling Star- A Hollywood Heartthrob and an out of work writer find love
CursedWaters- (Free on KU) There's curses, a witch, some zombies, and spankings :)
TheWinter Storm- A book I coauthored with Katherine Deane and Renee Rose- a fun take on fairy tales with some steamy results!
Emmaline'sGroom- My first Victorian Spanking romance.
ATaste of Discipline- (Free on KU) A shorter read about a chef and her husband and their life with DD.
LovingLena- My second Victorian Romance. It follows side characters from Emmaline's Groom.
CallMe Yours- A contemporary romance about an artist turned phone sex operator who falls in love with the boy next door.
TheDisciplinarian- (Free on KU) A collection of short stories I compiled with Natasha Knight.
TheDoctor's Wife- My book from the What the Doctor Ordered box set. It was my first foray into medical play about a married couple in a DD relationship.
Emmaline'sGamble- (Free on KU) A short off shoot of Emmaline's Groom (Because Emmaline still speaks to me)
Coming soon I have my first sci fi and another Victorian Romance about Emmaline's older sister.
When I'm not writing I'm editing for my publishing company. If you want to know what's coming up from Baronet Press please sign up for our newsletter. We also send out a free story every month- who doesn't like free?
Thanks so much for having me PK!