Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Coffee Tea & Me- with Dinah Mcleod author of The Errant Bride

Today is my first Coffee date. Yeah! I don't know if ya'll have met Dinah, if you haven't here is your chance to get to know a little more about her and her new book. Grab a cup of whatever your drinking and pull up a chair. I can't wait to get started so let's do it...

Now, Dinah, tell us about The Errant Bride.

Dinah: The Errant Bride is my first book, and it is about a woman, Sara Harris, who is something of a brat. She gets married to Ethan, and even though she thinks nothing is amiss he finds some of her habits, such as name calling and yelling to be destructive to their relationship. Determined not to let them get off track, he begins disciplining her as a way to keep the woman he loves in line.

And are you like your Heroine at all?
Dinah: I’d have to say that it depends on who you ask. If you ask me, for example, I’d say no. I don’t think I’m anywhere near as bratty or headstrong as she is, but then again, my best friend, who was one of my first readers, said that she saw a lot of parallels in Sara’s and Ethan’s relationship to mine and my husband’s.

You are in a Domestic Discipline relationship, right? How much of your book comes from real incidences?
Dinah: Yes, I am. We have been practicing for ten months now. I’d say that while I have not written about anything yet that I have gotten in trouble for—the keyword is yet, because I am sure the day will come—it definitely gives me a deep understanding of implements, how they feel, and the dynamics of a domestic discipline relationship. My husband is oh-so-helpful in this regard. If my character is spanked with an implement we don’t have he runs out to buy it and gives it a test drive so I can write the scenes with more realism. Isn’t he sweet?
Can you tell us what you are working on now?

Dinah: Right now I am about half-way through with an untitled project, about a couple named Collins and Brian, who are dating and in college. After a silly fight, Collins finds herself upended over his knee for her first ever spanking. She promptly breaks up with him, and this is the story of how they find their way back to each other, and how they learn to live with domestic discipline in their relationship. I think it’s a sweet love story.

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? 

Dinah: All over, really. From my own relationship, of course, that plays a huge part in it. I find that I imagine HOH’s that are rarely inconsistent, who always know when to punish, and how long to, and how hard. When my own relationship is going perfectly I find my muse is gone! Just don’t tell my husband! But seriously, just listening to people tell their love stories often inspires me. Or hearing about their problems automatically leads to a “what if they practiced DD?” conversation in my head.

When you write, do you ever model any characters after actual people?

Dinah: I will take an attribute here and there, but it’s never body and soul that person, if you know what I mean. Something I once heard said about writers is that every character starts off as the writer, and only by the end is it a character that shares characteristics with the author. I think there is some truth to that.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Dinah: I honestly believe that if DD were more common, if women were able to own up to wanting a man who could take charge, if men could own up to wanting to be like that there would be far less divorce in the world. Obviously it is not for everyone, but I believe so many marriages could be saved that way.

Do you have any advice for us other writers?
Dinah: Keep writing! The story I am currently working on was abandoned in favor of another project, but it was half-written, so I couldn’t bear to just throw it out. Now, I am rereading it and fixing it, and I am so glad I did not give up! Sometimes, we need to take a break when the story isn’t working and view it with fresh eyes later on.

And of course, everyone always wants to know- what do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Dinah: Gosh, writing is pretty much my life, but I also have a husband and two beautiful girls that I love to spend time with.

How about this one- What is your favorite love story? (movie or book)

Dinah: Gone With the Wind. I have loved it since I was about eight years old. Clarke Gable was the first strong, capable man I ever saw, and although I didn’t realize it until many years later, seeing that movie was why I fell in love with the idea of having a man who could take charge of a situation. He even mentions whipping poor Scarlett in the movie!

What item, that you don't have already, would you most like to own?
Dinah: The Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini. I love his work, and I am thrilled he finally published another novel. I really want this book, and am considering getting a Kindle, even though I love paperback books.

Do you use a pseudonym? If so how did you choose it?

Dinah: Yes, Dinah McLeod is an awesome name, but it’s not really mine. My middle name is Dianne, and I considered using that. I always knew that I was going to use McLeod, as it is a family name on my husband’s side, and he is really attached to his Scottish roots. Dianne McLeod didn’t sound quite right to me, so I was thinking Diana, and one day while I was thinking about it my mind changed it to “Dinah”. Even though I dismissed it at first, like any good idea, it kept coming back until it made itself heard!

Well, Dinah, Thank you for being the first to visit me! And to give me all the dirty details... I feel like part of a secret club! I saw that the Errant Bride was moving quickly up the charts, but I knew it would when I read it. It's a great book. And for those out there who can't reading spanking fiction... Well, this one is clean! Yeah!!

Dinah: Thank you so much for having me, Patty! I have very much enjoyed our chat! I see that your newest book, Tyler’s Wife, which is a wonderful read, is doing very well! Congrats!

The Errant Bride

Sara Harris is newly married and thinks life is great. Well, if not great then at least good enough. All of that changes when her husband, Ethan, tells her that he does not feel the same. The biggest surprise for Sara is what he intends to do about it.

His solution certainly was never covered in premarital counseling! Sara struggles with her feelings after Ethan starts punishing her. She can't believe she is being spanked like a child, and what's more she's not sure she is willing to put up with it. But if not, where does that leave her except broken hearted?

The Errant Bride at Blushing Books

The Errant Bride at Amazon


  1. This is great Patty and Dinah, thanks for sharing.

    It's always wonderful to get to learn a little about the authors and the book sounds fantastic! :)


  2. Thanks Patty and Dinah! Great interview. I love both if your books...and LOVE that they are "clean"! Keep writing ladies! :)

  3. This was a lovely interview! (Do people say "lovely" anymore?) Thank you, Patty, for having your door open and the coffee on for us.

    I enjoyed getting to know a little about you, Dinah. It sounds as though your career is really taking off. Congratulations!

    I have a question for either/both of you - two questions, actually.

    Is it rare to find spanking fiction that does not have explicit sex scenes?

    Do you know if it is the sex scenes themselves that some readers do not like, or is it more about not caring for the graphic and raw nature of the words that are often used?

    In other words, sex scenes can be written with flowery, romantic, non-explicit language that alludes to the adult activities and fires the imagination, or even describes what is happening in a very soft way - is that still too much for some readers to consider "clean?" I wonder if that approach is too mild for other readers who want to see the acts spelled out, even without the "harsher" words?

    Hmm, I guess this is more than two questions. :-) Maybe we should take this to email instead of your blog post?

    1. Irishey, Thank you for your thoughts and I love the discussion on this topic.

      I am sure that I am not the best person to ask and there are probably many opinions out there-

      I can tell you that Dev thinks of most Spanking Fiction and the sex scenes as porn- which is why he doesn't allow me to read or write them. he wants me to only talk about and think about intimate situations with him. I know he is rather old-fashioned.

      I agree with what I think you are saying, there is some vulgarity in a lot of the sex scenes written and maybe some more romantic tastefully written scenes would be taken better.

      I haven't found many books in the Spanking Genre that don't include sex scenes- they seem to go hand in hand and most people don't care. Although, I do know other women whose hubs won't let them read it either.

      I know Blushing has the softer line, Sweet Blush, that has no swear words, spanking over clothes until married, no sex until married, overall more traditional. This is where Try to keep my books. (and surprisingly there seems to be a good market for them.)

      Thanks for the interesting thoughts, Irishey!
      Come back anytime, the coffee's always on.

    2. Thank you, I appreciate your answers. I understand Dev's thoughts on this, and yours. It's great there is a good readership and publishing platform for your niche.

  4. Thank you to everyone who has read the interview! It was so fun to do! I am so glad you enjoyed the book, Cole! I hope to have more out there soon for you! Roz, if you decide to give it a read, please be sure to let me know what you think!

    Irishey, For me personally I think some sex scenes are actually a turn off. Now, I am not saying that I will never write an explicit love scene, but as you say there are tasteful ways to do that that stimulate the imagination rather than give a play-by-play. I think that, like Patty's husband, there are those men out there that don't like their wives reading such books, as well as women who don't like to read them. I think that is because people have been too careless with the language they choose to use, but that's just a personal opinion. Thanks for reading!

    1. I agree, Dinah. I like when an author can draw me in enough where my own imagination becomes part of the story or scene. I almost always want something other than the rough mechanics. A little bit can go a long way, and too much can be jarring and gets old very quickly for me.

      Having said that, if written well, even in a fairly soft and traditional setting, there are times something a little more steamy can be perfect to close a scene (instead of the lead-in that simply fades away). Of course, "perfect" is different for everyone, and there is much to be said for the fade.

      Thanks for your thoughts on this, Dinah. I need to read your book!

  5. Great interview girls! Interesting discussion in the comments too :)

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  7. I get your point, Irishey. I think it's just about the writing style, and when to know if it's too much--too little can be just as bad, in my opinion. It just depends on the scene. Thank you for brining this interesting topic to light. If you do check out The Errant Bride I hope you'll let me know what you think! It's been a pleasure talking to you!

  8. Your husband is sweet to go out and buy those implements just so you get the feel right. :) Nice interview, I'm enjoying getting to know you Dinah. Thanks Patty :)


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