Friday, December 14, 2012

Interview with author Cari Silverwood

Today Michele is talking to Cari Silverwood, author of The Dom with a Safeword.  Welcome Cari!

Your newest release, The Dom with a Safeword was co-written with Sorcha Black and Leia Shaw, how did you decide who wrote whose point of view and who took lead with plot development?

Each of us developed our characters first and we knew them pretty clearly, knew how they would react to different things. And we tried to evenly distribute the point of view (POV) chapters at first. But I wasn’t sure that a male POV would work well with sex scenes as women are the main audience for these stories. So Jude ended up with less of the book. The next little book we are writing for Christmas, with the three of them featured, will tie up some loose ends and have each of them narrating about the same amount of the story.

This is because I’m now more comfy with seeing sex scenes through Jude’s eyes. I wrote pretty much all the sex scenes where Sabrina was the POV character in The Dom with a Safeword, so I kept my eye in, so to speak. Lol

The plot was roughly devised by Leia Shaw and then we all had input. It changed a fair bit as we wrote. I wish we’d recorded how we did it as this was really fun and fascinating. We did argue, Leia stomped her foot a lot (heehee, I’m writing this so she can’t protest at that) and yes we threw threats now and then, but overall it was great fun and at the end we were all pleased. And we’re still writing together so isn’t it lucky I never did get around to sending off that hit man? J


Jude lifted his hand from her lower back and the spot felt suddenly cold. She almost complained but caught herself. No way would she give any indication she enjoyed this. When his hand came down again, she could tell he was gathering handfuls of her dress. Inexorably, like the raising of the curtain on a stage, he was hauling it up.

Then the hand dragging up her dress switched from hard and heavy, to a lighter grasp. Q had taken over the task while Jude went back to holding her down at neck and lower back. Her dress was staying on. The threat of sudden, terrible nakedness was gone.

Yet that hold of Jude’s on her – so firm, unrelenting, and male. His calluses rubbed her nape. He’d shown her such consideration without relinquishing a single bit of control. And without him speaking a word to her, she felt their connection sink in, from where his palm touched her skin, and spread through her flesh.

The hem of the dress reached her upper thighs. Trembling, she adjusted her grip on the tablecloth, and put her forehead to the cloth. If they looked, they’d see her thong was drenched.

A touch of cool night air hit her bared ass. So vulnerable.

Q came into her vision again. She looked down at Sabrina curiously.

Maybe she could appeal to her too-nice side.

“Q,” she said in a small voice. “Just…just be nice.”

Q smiled. A good sign, right? “I don’t think you really want me to be nice, little girl.”

Uh-oh. The thrilling meaning of those words quivered all the way to her bare toes. She clenched them into the cool timber floor, because squeezing her thighs together was too obvious.

“I’ve never seen you sexier than this. Waiting for me.” Q seemed fascinated with looking at her body. Her fingers touched Sabrina through the dress fabric, just above where Jude pressed on the small of her back. Q stroked her, shifting lower, and Sabrina shut her eyes. Her hand must have travelled over Jude’s then the touch returned on her naked flesh, stopping when Q reached the cleft of her ass. She drew little circles on Sabrina’s skin.

Warmth spread like a small wave, rippling between her legs, making her throb. Imagining where Q was looking, knowing where she was touching, and what she intended to do…Sabrina groaned and wriggled. The edge of the table was just too high for her clit to grind against.

TDwaS was an amazingly intense story. Who came up with the original storyline and could you relate to any of the characters?

I could relate to all the characters. They just became such good friends! I cried so much reading and writing the end scenes. Readers tend to mention the humor and sex more but to me, if I can get a reader to get so emotionally invested that they shed a tear, I’m happy.

The original idea for us to write together was Leia’s and mine as we wanted to try doing a contemporary BDSM and both of us write fantasy normally. Initially we planned to write Dragon Dom shifters in a present day setting (Yes, OMG) but that dived and crashed. Then we added in Sorcha and I decided we should do a ménage. The PNR element was Leia and she did a lot of the first thinking. But we all got hands on and messed around with the storyline a lot.

Do you have any rituals that help get you in the writing mood? Music? Favorite slippers?

Music. Sometimes. Running around tidying up. Procrastinating for ages. Writing out the plot in synopsis form if I’m stuck. Coffee!!!

Who is your favorite author to read? What are you reading currently?

I haven’t been reading as much as I should, but in the erotic romance genre Cherise Sinclair and Kitty Thomas. In the grittier BDSM, Candace Blevins can write some awesome scenes. She really knows what she’s talking about and it shows.

Outside the erotic genre I’d say Jacqueline Carey, Iain Banks, China Mieville, Terry Pratchett, and many others are favorites. I’m reading a book called Imager by L.E. Modesitt right now, and also trying out Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione.

I’m reading this series of hers as I want to try a more thought-out approach to a series. So it’s an educational as well as fun read for me.

With Steel Dominance which is out January 5th 2013, I delved into the realm of grander fantasy and I’d like to shift into epic scifi with perhaps scope for capture fantasy. I’m writing a capture fantasy right now which I’ve called “Take Me, Break Me” which, although it has erotic BDSM scenes, is also me trying to show a little of why capture fantasy appeals to women as much as it does.

Before Christmas though, expect to see our holiday novella come out – The Dom on the Naughty List.


Who needs Christmas when it brings bad memories? Jude is hung up on his past but his bisexual brats Q and Sabrina are going to drag their normally good-natured Dom into the festive season even if they have to put him on the naughty list. But being in a ménage a trois isn’t simple.

Family drama, unexpected consequences, and sexy shenanigans all avalanche in with the snow to make Jude, Sabrina and Q find out exactly how deep their love goes.

After Christmas, sometime in February, we hope to have the next full story out featuring Godfrey Cross from The Dom with a Safeword.

About the author

Cari Silverwood writes the way the world should be - dangerous and sexy with bullets piercing the darkness and lovers wrenched close by ropes. When you need escape, when you need that rough lover to bring you to your knees, here you will find stories to singe your fingers. The taste of adventure, the tang of BDSM, the burn of fantasy run wild. Brace yourselves, if you dare to read. this real world, she has a lovely family in Australia, with the prerequisite teenager who dwells in the dark bedroom catacombs…a husband who raises eyebrows when he catches glimpses of what she writes, and a furry menagerie of other animals barking, meowing, and swimming about the place.

Find out more about Cari and her books at


Contest: Cari is giving away an ebook copy of The Dom with a Safeword to one lucky person.  Leave a comment with your email address to be entered.  Contest ends December 18th.

Read Michele's review of The Dom with a Safeword


  1. Great interview!

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  2. So nice to read these interviews.....always enlightening to see where the thought process came the book developed....especially when written in conjunction with other authors!!


  3. I enjoyed the interview.