But first, a reminder of what Identity Crisis is all about...
Someone once said you never truly know a person,
Chad Dearborn was raised with a silver spoon in his mouth. He was given everything a person could want and more, country clubs were his daycares and Paris and London his playgrounds. Heir to Dearborn Inc., Chad stands to inherit a veritable fortune. But the problem is his parents want to gift him the perfect wife to go with it. A woman in the form of a molded, plastic, jet set dolly. Certainly not Chad’s idea of an ideal mate. He wants a woman that can hold her own, in and out of the bedroom. Who knew he’d find her in one of Portland’s hottest leather clubs? Chad was fascinated by what went on there, but something just wouldn’t let him cross that line.
until you sleep with them.
Country clubs? Europe? The closest Tori Myers ever came to those things were the covers of magazines. With an absent father, a less than attentive mother and nowhere to go, Tori finds herself drawn to an alternative lifestyle at the tender age of eighteen. Vertigo is a treasure chest of Dom’s willing to give her anything she wants. But when Chad Dearborn walks through the door, Tori figures out sometimes what your heart wants isn’t necessarily what your body is willing to compromise to have.
Or do you?The thing that just wouldn’t let Chad cross the line with his sexuality has come home to roost. And as a result, he's faced with a huge decision. Accept who he is and what he wants. Or continue to fight the biggest identity crisis of his life.
Tell us a little bit about your world, Ren.
Gladly, Robin. I live in Portland, Oregon with my friend Chad and the love of our life, Tori. Tori’s legally married to Chad, but she’s our wife. Chad and I are both successful businessmen and travel extensively, and lately Tori’s been traveling more and more with us, well, quite frankly, because ever since I entered the picture and helped Chad get back on the BDSM train, she can’t stand to be apart from either of us for long. Oh, did I mention we have exclusive membership at L’Edge, the BDSM playground of the country club set? It was there that Chad first allowed me access to Tori and she accepted me as part of their life.
I'm glad you mentioned that. I bet you know how to take charge, which brings up my next question...Does your author ever try to take over the story? And how do you deal with it?
Yes, she does. Lila is notorious for not listening to me. Of course this only ends in frustration and discourse on all ends. Being the insightful person I am, I have figured out that Lila has a submissive heart even though she doesn’t live the lifestyle. With some degree of coaxing accompanied by her willingness to please, I always get my way.
Nice talent you have there. I get the feeling you know how to read women and their feelings, but what about you? Is expressing love difficult for you? Why?
Absolutely not. I’m a Dom. I’m only as happy as my sub is and expressing love keeps her happy. And I have oh so many ways to express it.
I have no doubts about that. As an author, you have me curious about your lifestyle. If you could pull your author into your world, what do you think would happen to them?
Well, I don’t know what Lila would have in mind, but I know what I do. The first order of business would be to get her to the nearest club and trained. She’s so eager to please everyone around her, she’d make some Dom at L’Edge very, very happy.
She sounds pretty exciting.
We know a little about Lila, so tell me, what other characters have influenced you?
Abby, the girl that lives in The Sergeants of Echo Company series. Her story is still being told, but had it not been for Lila meeting Abby and becoming fascinated with the BDSM world, she’d never have met me, therefore my story would never have been told. And I feel extremely sorry for Abby. She’s into the lifestyle for all the wrong reasons and the Doms in her life thus far have been complete abusive asses. Her situation encourages me to be a more compassionate and giving Dom.
I can see how that would have negative repercussions if it isn't handled right. Glad to know you recognize those aspects of the lifestyle and steer clear of it.
What has been your all time favorite question from another character?
The question came for Tori, and I quote, “Why are you still dressed, Ren? Don’t you want to claim your prize?” Of course I did. And I did claim her, thoroughly.
Forgive me as I squirm in my seat. I just had a visual and I may need to fan myself. I can't tell you how much I look forward to meeting the others in your story.
If you had the chance to meet another character, who would it be and why?Hunter Golden from The Sergeants of Echo Company series. He’s Abby’s current boyfriend. He’s never explored the lifestyle and is having a hell of a time understanding Abby’s needs, although as I stated above, the answer to her needs really have nothing to do with BDSM. I’d would love to sit him down and explain to him what this life really is about so he could understand her more and be able to help her. The poor guy is flat aback with his rudder flailing and needs someone to show him how to take control of his situation.
Well that's no way to live and certainly not the key to a successful relationship. I do hope you have that chance some day.
I'm not familiar with BDSM as a lifestyle although a little slap and tickle always sounds appealing.
Perhaps I should...eh hem...research it a bit more.
Thank you so much for joining me today. I'll be sure to tell Lila you behaved like a gentleman although a part of me wishes you hadn't! =^-^=
Send my regards to Chad and Tori!
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