When I decided that Ride the Lightning should be a BDSM book, I started devouring books by other authors in this genre. Of course, I had already read all of my friend Jennifer Leeland’s books. In fact, it was probably her Command series that made me realize that Ride the Lightning would work best as a BDSM story. On Jen’s recommendation, I’d already started reading Joey W. Hill, so I went and got more of Joey’s books. Then I read Sarah Masters’ Domintrix series, Quillia Rain’s Club Diablo Blanco books, and Cherise Sinclair’s Club Shadowlands books. I discovered that I really liked these books and started picking up others like them.
Just this weekend, in a discussion at a Yahoo group, author Tess MacKall reminded us of the capture/bondage themes of romance authors like Kathleen Woodiwiss and Laurie McBain. It dawned on me that I had just traded my long-time obsession with historical romances with these themes for an obsession with BDSM themed books. The discussion came out of my concern that the mating scene in Ride the Lightning might be slightly on the violent side for some women. As a way to assuage my nerves, Tess reminded me of those old romances and how popular they were.
There is something to be said for having a strong mate. In my own life, I’m the breadwinner, but my significant other is a very strong-willed man (he’s German-Irish OY!) So while there are areas of our life together where I am the dominant partner, there are others where he is. And I found that he was very much on my mind as I wrote Ride the Lightning too. It was written in October and November and we had just celebrated our 11 year anniversary in late October. The book is dedicated to him as a sort of anniversary present.
With all of this running through my head, I had no problem crafting the characters of Emily Carrington and Vahid Delrey. Both of them are top executives at the same corporation. Vahid sees Emily as ultra-capable. He doesn’t see the vulnerability beneath her cold exterior. As for Emily, she sees Vahid as a total asshole. She has no idea of his background as an orphan or why he is such an ass-kissing dogsbody to their boss. Vahid is a Dom who uses the lifestyle as an outlet for his emotions and to retain his much vaunted control. Emily is a submissive who must give over control of her body to another in order to release the pent up emotional pain inside her.
This book was a journey for me. A journey through my own past as a reader, my own struggles in life to reach the place where I’m happy with who I am and understand the workings of my own heart, and a journey through my growth as a writer and author. Mary, my editor and publisher, has termed this book as an “emotional rollercoaster of the type usually attributed to Joey W. Hill.” The compliment she handed me with those words is one I hold close to my heart because I admire Joey’s work tremendously. And here I’d been worried that she would think Ride the Lightning a weak story compared to its predecessor, the bestselling Rainbow Awards finalist, Fire Season.
I’m so very happy to be able to give my readers Ride the Lightning. I hope they will enjoy Emily and Vahid and be able to feel the love and care I used when crafting the characters. So many things went into the making of this story and it is my very great privilege to be able to give it to all of you this holiday season.
Lex has been writing ever since she could hold a pencil. A few years ago, she began writing in an online paranormal serial story. When she posted snippets of her work on her blog Sunlight Sucks, author Jennifer Leeland encouraged her to submit her writing to publishers. Not long after, Lex received her first contract. A native of Northern California, Lex currently lives in Orange County, California with her daughter Nikki and Rott, her long haired, tattooed significant other. She loves loud music, builds her own computers, and has a propensity for having very weird vivid dreams about Nikki Sixx.