- Tell us five random facts about yourself.
- Absolutely no sense of rhythm
- Favorite flavor: Cinnamon (makes an appearance in Silver Chasings)
- Promise made to self in 8rd Grade: Groom would be tall enough that I could wear heels to my wedding
- Most recent gemstone: Druzy ring (Druzy is a thin layer of quartz crystals covering the surface of a host stone like the interior cavity of a geode)
- Most desired acquisition: Maine Coon Cat
- Why did you begin writing?
I love to tell stories. Fleshing out an idea with the details of characters, settings, diabolical complications and happy endings is a joy. Sharing these creations with others, and experiencing their enjoyment is a pleasure and a privilege.
- What do you hope to achieve writing in the BDSM/erotic genre?
The BDSM genre provides a layer of complexity in the characters’ interactions. I especially enjoy mixing someone’s love and/or fear of BDSM with the intricacies of their careers and life.
- What do you believe is the hardest part of the writing process, specifically related to the BDSM genre?
That’s easy to answer—overall, letting go of the research and settling into the grind of turning out pages every day. (I’m not so good at the everyday part.) For BDSM specifically, I like to find a balance between the fantasy and reality of BDSM activities, so the reader could maybe, possibly, imagine themselves partaking in a favorite scene.
- Who are your inspirations? Mentors? Or favorite authors?
For the men in my books, I take particular pleasures in choosing a muse from someone I know and then telling them they are serving as an erotic muse. The male character is not based on, or reflective of, the muse—more like the muse serve as an inspiration for the character. It is a lot of fun to watch the guy’s face as pride wars with consternation when they think of themselves as an erotic inspiration.
I started reading The Story of O, then progressed to the A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice) Beauty Series, on through Laura Reese and today enjoy, among others, Joey W. Hill and Tiffany Reisz.
- Do you write to entertain, to inform or both? How do you believe you accomplish this?
I write to entertain. That said, inconsistencies, anachronisms and outright factual errors that appear in a story make me crazy—I cannot let them stand, so deep down I must have some desire to inform.
If I can transport a reader out of their everyday lives so they can lose themselves in another time and place, I’ve accomplished my goal of entertaining.
- Share a few of your “bucket list” items?
- Make the NYT Best seller list
- Live in Manhattan
- Lose 10 more pounds
- Learn how to sing
- If you could have dinner with 3 people- past or present who would they be and why?
- Queen Elizabeth I
- Hillary Clinton
These three women had complicated romantic relationships and achieved great things both with the men in their lives and on their own. I would serve beaucoup liquor before, during and after dinner, and get these women to dish on life, politics, love and power.
- vanilla or chocolate?
Dark chocolate at skin temperature
- Snow or Beach?
Beach at dawn after a night of…
- Sandals, boots or sneakers
Sandals—left on the boardwalk
- lazy Saturdays: naked, sweats or full blown dressed
Naked, with champagne and jazz
- favorite food?
- Favorite color?
- Favorite time of day?
- Favorite season?
- Favorite pastime?
See Snow or Beach above
- Favorite drink?
Aujourd’hui—a champagne cocktail appearing in Silver Chasings
- Tell us about what you are working on now?
The final tweaks/edits for Silver Chasings prior to this month’s publication, a workshop for the BDSM Writer’s Con in August and the sequel to Silver Chasings, a story that explores the murder first seen in Silver Chasings
Kestra Gravier lives on the water’s edge at various times on the Eastern Seaboard, Ohio River Valley and Lac Léman. She excels at writing characters with life experiences that drive their romances and adventures, and allows her characters to live in interesting settings.
Several career changes and way too much education provide a vast array of plot drivers for Kestra’s stories. Passion in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace? Flirtation with a Louisville iron sculptor? Zero-gravity flogging? Kestra lets you experience the sensations, the settings and the romance yourself.
Winner of the BDSM Writer Con inaugural Book Contest, receiving the highest praise from numerous reviewers for her short stories and novellas, Kestra continues to dramatize the stories welling in her imagination.
You can find out more about Kestra and her writing at http://www.kestragravier.com/ and on Facebook.
March 31st Release: Silver Chasings