When I first heard this blog tour request, I jumped. I reckon it’s a cracking title, one which conjours in my mind a tongue-in-cheek erotic steampunk story…
Either I’m good at guessing or my mind only has one track. Probably the latter. A deeply trodden track. Anyway, I’ve bought this book and am currently enjoying it. I’ll post a review when I’ve finished.
Mistress of the Air is the latest story by S Nano, who I’m delighted to have as my guest today.
Congratulations on your new book being published. Can tell us anything about how the idea for this story came to you?
My Edwardian dominatrix, Lady Sally Rudston-Chichester, is a character who’s been around a few years and I’d already written short stories featuring her. She’s an over the top, comic character and great fun to write so I’d always considered there was scope for a full-length book of her adventures. The last of these short stories, Lady Sally Rudston-Chichester and the Automaton Horse, introduced a Steampunk theme which suited the character and the period perfectly. The final element was her airship. I knew from photographs and documents I’d seen that the R100 airship was built at Howden in East Yorkshire just down the road from me. This material became the inspiration for Lady Sally’s dirigible. So, the character, the Steampunk theme and setting all melded together perfectly to create the idea of a book based on Lady Sally’s adventures across the Empires of Europe on her airship!
Do you have any writing method or ritual that helps you?
I wrote the first draft of Mistress Of The Air for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) during November 2016. I’ve always tended to edit as I go along, re-reading and fine tuning each chapter or section before pressing on. The daily word counts set by NaNoWriMo (50,000 words in the month) forced me to adopt a different approach. It encouraged me to keep getting the words down without looking back and continually tweaking what I’d already written. I found it worked successfully so that by the end of the month I was only a few thousand words short of a complete draft. I found it to be an efficient way of writing and I’m indebted to the encouragement provided by the NaNoWriMo scheme to enable me to complete this book so quickly.
Tell us about the genre you write in. Why does this particularly appeal and how did you get into it? Do you think your take on the genre is distinctive in any particular ways?
I write in the erotica genre with a distinctive femdom slant. The stories I write draw on the themes of female supremacy, BDSM and fetish, frequently in fantasy or historical settings. My work will invariably have dominant, powerful and charismatic female characters and submissive males. I like to look at the tensions between the dominant and the submissive and explore the boundaries between pain and pleasure, physical and mental bondage and retribution and reward. I came to write in this genre through serving a dungeon mistress for a number of years who was very skilled at creating scenes, assuming different characters, improvising and story-telling. I’m no longer active in that scene but the experience inspired me to start writing.
Do you write in other genres as well? Why? Do you write differently in these?
I’ve written stories for a Pagan e-magazine called Eternal Haunted Summer. There’s also a storytelling session before the local Pagan moot I attend and I tell stories there usually based on folk tales or mythology. As you can imagine, these are a very different style of writing from my erotica. Having said that, the influence of this other style of writing can clearly been seen in my erotica.
Do you have a favourite character in your own writing?
Obviously, I’ve a lot of affection for Lady Sally because it’s my new release, and she’s incorrigible – a total hoot, and can (and does) get away with anything! But, if I’m pushed I’d still say my favourite character is The Red Queen in my other novel, Adventures in Fetishland. She’s also a dominatrix, but darker and deeper. There’s more psychological drama with her, and it’s more personal and emotional. You can find out more about her at this link: http://slavenano.co.uk/writing/kims-adventures-in-nemesisland/ But if you want some laughs with your BDSM then stick with Mistress Of The Air!
If you could go anywhere in the world, but had to drop everything and go right now, where would you go? What pulls you there?
I love travel… but hate flying! I love going to different places and experiencing different cultures. In recent years, I’ve been to Peru to see Machu Picchu and Egypt to see ancient temples. Many years ago, I went to the central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union and it was this trip which kind of inspired my first Lady Sally story, Lady Sally Rudston-Chichester and the Silk Merchant of Samarkand. She gets to fuck her silk merchant on the tomb of Tamerlane the Magnificent in a mausoleum I’d actually visited! The place I’d like to go is Iran. I loved the exoticism of those silk route cities and I think it would be fascinating because it’s a country that’s been ostracised for so long and remains relatively untainted by western influences. Why rush off now? Well, there may only be a short window of opportunity before it gets closed off again! Unfortunately, my partner is not so keen so I don’t know if I’ll get there!
If you could pick a past life, what time period would appeal to you and why? Would you be male or female? Rich or poor?
It would have to be the Neolithic period, say somewhere between 3-4000BC. I’m a Pagan and love visiting stone circles and ancient sites. Neolithic peoples were great observers of the natural world and skilled astronomers. I’m always amazed at how they achieved the alignments with the rising sun, phases of the moon and celestial bodies at these places. The scale of communal endeavour in shifting stones for stone circles or soil for henge monuments was incredible. So, I’d love to be a priest or shaman in Neolithic times and participate in the rituals they conducted.
Thank you for chatting. I really do hope your new book finds you plenty of happy readers. Would you like to tell us more about it?
Mistress of the Air is a Comic, Steampunk, Erotic Adventure.
Lady Sally Rudston-Chichester owns a brass mine in Zanzibar, a Lapsang Souchong tea plantation in China, a rubber tree farm in Malaysia, trunk loads of corsetry, and the country’s largest collection of antique whips and floggers.
Larger than life, and itching to find new and inventive ways to punish her submissive gentlemen, the Edwardian dominatrix has a vision. Embracing the spirit of the new age of aviation, she embarks on a series of adventures on her own airship, The Corseted Domme, with her transvestite maid, Victoria, her airship pilot, Captain Wyndham, and her automaton sex toy, Borghild.
A select group of submissive gentlemen, consisting of a duke, bishop, lawyer and banker, is invited to join Lady Sally so she can try out her new dastardly devices and sex toys on them. She whips, spanks and punishes her way across the Empires of Europe, dropping off to visit her aristocratic relatives and friends for afternoon tea.
But Lady Sally’s journey is not uneventful. War is threatening to break out and the Ministry of Aviation want to commandeer her airship for the war effort. And when The Corseted Domme has a crash landing, Lady Sally realises there is a stowaway on board intent on sabotaging her airship.
There will be wild escapades, kinky BDSM, dastardly devices, explosions and nice cups of tea.
“Jolly bad luck on the final race, Wyndham. It was a daring move and deserving of greater reward.”
The captain’s face lit up at the compliment. He looked up but couldn’t help but be distracted by the sight of Lady’s Sally’s breasts. Her dress was cut daringly low, and the magnificent orbs of white flesh were pushed up enticingly by her corset and the cut of her gown.
And then she started talking. If Wyndham was embarrassed about what to say to her, he didn’t need to worry. She commanded the conversation and Wyndham listened, bewitched and mesmerised at the vision she laid before him. There was no escape for him. He was pinned into the corner by Lady Sally’s heaving breasts with no escape. He tried to concentrate on what she was saying, conscious of the treatment meted out on Monsieur Le Blon, all the time urging himself to focus on her face not her chest, but it was an enormous effort of will when they were practically thrust under his nose.
She spoke of her airship. She described how vast it was going to be, how fast, how powerful, and how high it would fly. She described how sumptuously it would be fitted out. She extolled the virtues of her ocean liner of the air. Wyndham nodded enthusiastically as her breasts swelled and subsided with every excited explication of her venture. She enthused about her designers and engineers who were working on it, of the technical challenges they faced and how they had overcome them. Wyndham stood trapped in the corner of the ballroom like a frightened rabbit in headlights all the time trying to distract himself from the sight of Lady Sally’s enormous décolletage as it heaved up and down in front of his eyes.
Then she proceeded to explain how, as he must certainly know, she was the foremost dominatrix of her age and described with great enthusiasm the dungeon that would be fitted out on the airship, and how excited she was about the adventures she would have, and the whippings, spankings and punishments she would administer to the carefully selected group of submissive gentlemen who would be accompanying her on the airship’s maiden voyage.
“It’s my ambition, Captain Wyndham, to be the Mistress of the Air, yes…a veritable Mistress of the Air, and I envisage you playing a vital role in fulfilling my vision.”
Wyndham’s ears pricked up at those words but he only had the slightest moment to interject with a nervous, “oh really,” before the enormous breasts backed him even further into the corner. Lady Sally continued by praising his aviation skills and the daring manoeuvres she’d witnessed at the flying meeting. Wyndham flushed with pride. She went on, much to the captain’s delight, to say how those French aviators were all show and no guts, and she needed somebody who would take risks for her, to serve her loyally and selflessly. Finally, she wound up her diatribe and came directly to the point.
“Now Captain. I pride myself on my instincts and judgement of character. You see, the matter is I need an airship pilot. I need someone who can share my enthusiasm for air flight and is a skilled aviator. I believe you are my man Wyndham.”
Lady Sally continued extolling the excitement of the new age, how she was going to take her airship on a grand tour across Europe and how he, Wyndham, would be her pilot.
Finally, she concluded, “So that’s all settled then, Captain Wyndham. I can assure you the financial rewards will be considerable. It’s good to have you on board. I’m sure we will share many adventures together. You can report to my airship station at Howden in Yorkshire. My maid, Victoria, will give you all the details.”
With one dismissive wave of a lace-gloved hand she breezed off, leaving the hapless Wyndham gaping in astonishment. He had been swept away by her charisma. He had barely uttered a word. At no point had he agreed to the venture yet he knew in his gut he would accept the challenge. He felt strangely compelled to help Lady Sally fulfil her vision of travel in the largest and fastest dirigible ever to be built.
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About the author
Nano is an author of erotic stories with dark and exotic content in fantasy, paranormal or historical settings, often drawing on the themes of female supremacy, BDSM and fetish but with a seam of quirky humour running through them as well.
His first full-length erotic novel, Adventures in Fetishland, a BDSM/fetish re-invention of Alice in Wonderland, was published by Xcite Books. His short stories and novellas have been published by Xcite Books, House of Erotica, Forbidden Fiction, Coming Together and Greenwoman Publishing.
His second novel, Mistress Of The Air was published by eXcessica on 21st April 2017.
Web site: www.slavenano.co.uk/writing
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