Thank you Very much for being with us here today!
Thank you for having me.
You have a background in screenwriting. Did that give you any advantages or disadvantage?
Yes, both. I wrote screenplays exclusively for fifteen years and had some success, but nothing has made it to the screen yet. The script I penned that came closest to production was a conservative Christian romance I was hired to write by a studio. Yeah, this book couldn’t be any further away from that material if I tried. J
The biggest disadvantage is description. In scripts, you don’t have the luxury of describing anything—the screenplay is an empty shell that casting, wardrobe and location departments fill how they choose. So when I started writing novels I was way behind on figuring out a balance between too little and too much description.
The biggest advantage is I’ve learned how to take feedback, especially negative. My skin isn’t reinforced steel, but it’s toughened up. Besides the notes / rejections / condescending emails from agents and production houses, I spent years on a peer review website that was like Goodreads for scripts. Only it was 95% male screenwriters, because most screenwriters have penises, and they typically like to read in the genres of action, horror, and a style I can only describe as ‘Tarantino Rip Off.’
Let’s just say they weren’t too keen on reading my romantic comedies. But it taught me the invaluable lesson: If they don’t like it, you can just write another. And another. Keep writing until you get good, and suddenly they start asking you for your help.
Oh, and don’t engage the trolls.
The Blind Fold club. Where did the inspiration come from to write this series? I mean it’s pretty hot and heavy…
This is my “kitchen-sink” erotica, all the stuff way too hot to put in my romantic suspense books, but stuff I wanted to write. As weird as it sounds, I’m a big fan of the “girl sell herself to guy and falls for him” storyline, but I wanted to do my own twist on it. I liked the idea that these two normal people find themselves in an extraordinary situation and take drastic measures to get what they want. And end up getting each other, too.
I also wrote this a bit as my love letter to Chi-town. I don’t miss the traffic or taxes, but I love that damn city.
How much art imitates life? Any parts of this book inspired by real life?
In the opening scene, Evie describes when she was studying abroad, she went with other students to a sex show in Amsterdam and her friend got invited onstage. That friend participated in everything but the sex, right in front of all her friends and the audience. That wasn’t me and I’m not saying who it was, but that story is true. The girl who went up on stage was beautiful and confident and sexy, and very much the inspiration for the character Payton.
Also, in the acknowledgments at the end of the book, I thank an old boss for an event that inspired Logan’s introduction—where he’s late to a meeting because he went to get a massage. That really happened, and I cannot tell you how nervous I was waiting, alongside my manager, for this asshole CIO to grace us with his presence so I could begin my presentation, only to find out twenty agonizing minutes later he wasn’t coming.
What attracts you about the genre of erotic romance?
What can I say? They’re the books I like to read, and the shit I LOVE to write! I’ve always gravitated towards the romance genre, and the steamier, the better. I’m so grateful for the success of EL James and Sylvia Day, and all the other erotica authors out there that brought this genre to the mainstream. I mean, my mother-in-law recommended FSOG to me right after it started getting big. “I know it’s kinky, but it’s such a great love story,” she said, when my mouth fell open in shock. (My mother-in-law is kind of awesome.) Without those authors trail blazing, I never would have written this filthy book that I’m proud of.
Tell me about your process. Did you beta read it extensively?
Yes, I did, and that was so interesting. I couldn’t get any of my regular betas to read “Three Simple Rules” because after my husband read it, he said, “It’s dirty, and hot, and no one must ever know you’ve written it.” So I put out a call for beta readers on Goodreads and got a few bites. Turned out one of my more helpful betas was a MALE erotica writer.
His comments were fascinating and sometimes hilarious. “Thanks for not making the girl a mindless fuckbot.” His favorite scene of the book is when a male character refuses to acknowledge that he’s in a relationship with a woman even though they’re having sex. So my beta’s comment was something like, “This is exactly the shit that guys do, don’t change a word of it.” It was also interesting to see the same line of dialogue marked by all my female betas with an “Aw, he’s so sweet,” but the guy marked it, “Douche.”
It was so great to get that perspective and I felt really lucky to have his input. I just wish he hadn’t knocked up his wife so I could have gotten him to read the sequel! J
Let’s play Sudden Death. Favorite sexual position?
Taken from behind.
Does size really matter?
Unless he has a micro-penis, no.
Do you wanna be a sub or a Domme?
It depends on my mood. Sometimes I want to be in charge, but if I could only pick one, I’d go with sub.
Best piece of furniture that’s not a bed to have sex on?
Couch! Love it when I’m on top and his face is buried in the ‘girls.’
Sex outdoors, yes or no?
Sure. Hood of the car or in our hot tub. (Gives the neighbors a thrill.)
Favorite blow job technique?
I put just the tip in my mouth and use my hand for the rest.
Flogger, paddle, cane, hand, which is your preference?
Haven’t had anything other than the hand, but I’ve got no complaints there. He’s always got it with him whenever the mood strikes, too.
Nikki, thank you for stopping by today.
Thanks so much for having me! I’ve been a huge fan of The Sub Club for a while and am so honored to get to hang out with you awesome readers. Sound off in the comments if you have any questions, I’d love to chat some more!
Nikki Sloane fell into graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there. Now she lives in Kentucky and manages a team of graphic artists. She is married and has two sons, writes both romantic suspense and dirty books, and couldn’t be any happier.