A Note from the Author
I wanted to challenge myself to write a story about a D/s couple who had no idea about their inclinations prior to meeting. So many BDSM Romances involve (especially the man) already knowing themselves ahead of time. He’s already the Dommiest Dom Who Ever Dommed, so self-confident, and he’s going to Teach Her Everything. I wanted a couple who would discover and explore their natures together. It was a fun variant to write.
“I can have whatever I want. I own you.”
Qillian Wehr is the last of his kind. A bloodline of unspeakable power.
To the Imbrian government, he is a weapon. A last resort in their age-old war with Rhyolus.
His leaders want insurance. They want an heir. They need a genetic match. And now, they’ve found her.
Exotic. Stunning. Lethal. Rushkah Ekhayl would murder Qillian in his sleep if she got the chance. She’s Rhyolusian. She is his enemy.
The Last Dominant is a scorching enemies-to-lovers romance where a taste of treason unlocks desires of submission and control. For mature readers only.
Publisher’s Note: This steamy sci-fi thriller contains elements of power exchange.
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Blushing title: Gallows Pole
Indie title: The Eighth House (if you’re OK with it. It does spotlight D/s themes, have a dominant male lead, and is my most popular seller).
The man had made his bargain, and now he was going to collect.Gallows Pole by Eris Adderly
“Are you kidding me?” The Push held her limbs and Rushkah jerked against it. “You don’t need this. I said I would do it.”
The man pulled his tunic off over his head and Rushkah stared.
“I know what you said.”
He was crawling up to crowd her against the pillows, all ivory muscle and havoc on her wants. The urge to scrabble away overwhelmed, but the Push was all the restraint this Imbrian needed.
Arms caged her as he leaned on his knuckles. Knees nudged in between her feet and cradled her backside. A last challenge came from pale eyes, and then he was too close. Head bending. Lips on her shoulder.
“Qillian, what is this?” The words came low. Fast. Her heart sped.
The man met her pulse at her throat. “It’s what I want.” He kissed her there.
No, no, no.
“I thought you wanted to fuck me.”
“I do.” Teeth grazed behind her ear. “And I will. When you ask me for it.”
About the Author
Eris writes dark, escape-from-reality romance full of criminals and outcasts. Expect the decadent and filthy, the crude and sublime, sometimes all at once. She is a complete nerd and possible crazy cat lady. She will annoy you with puns.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I think I had sparks of interest in high school. I’ve always been a reader, and I maybe had some fantasies about doing the same thing the authors I loved were doing. But my doubts took over, telling me that was a pipe dream and I could never get that many words together in one place, so I left that idea behind. It wasn’t until I was 32 and, on a whim, wrote a novella to publish on an online erotica site, that the impulse reared its head again. Even then, I assumed it would just be a fun thing to do after work and readers would probably tell me it was horrible, and I would laugh at myself and move on. When the exact opposite happened, a new world opened up. I decided to write something else. And then another thing. And people liked these stories. I started making author friends online, and discovered a universe of creative people forging ahead, making a go of it. I decided that if they could do it, I could try, too. And now here I am!
What is your writing process like?
A lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth, haha.
Truly though, for a creative type, I am super anal-retentive. I outline my whole plot, scene by scene, ahead of time. I know there are a lot of authors who do well with pantsing (writing by the seat of their pants), but that has never worked for me. The level of uncertainty about where the plot and characters are going gives me way too much anxiety. I like to have the bones of the thing in place, and then spend my time adding the meat, but knowing I have a plan to get to the end.
Once I’m actually putting words on the page, I am a fairly slow writer. I hear of other authors getting down 5,000 words in a session, where my averages are more like 500-700 words. I’ve heard the advice “write drunk, edit sober”, as in, just get crazy with your first draft and put down everything and cut and refine after. For good or ill, I have no ability to work like that. I take however much time I need to decide what I want to say, and how I want to say it. Even if that means my books come out at a slower rate than other authors, I think each author has to find a comfortable place in their own process, and this is mine.
Also, most of my writing happens between 10 PM and 2 AM. I don’t want to be nocturnal. It’s just what happens. That’s the quiet time, when no one else is awake in my house. Nothing else needs my attention but the book.
Do you like to listen to music while you write? If so, what kind?
Almost always. I have a number of different playlists and curated stations from streaming services that fit a variety of moods, depending on the genre I’m writing, and the nature of the scene that day. For example, I have a specific station I listen to for writing something in a Sci-fi setting, like The Last Dominant. But I also have a station I like with sensual, but not distracting, music for writing the dirty scenes. It all helps keep me in the right frame of mind.
What genres do you write in?
Almost all of my books are Romance of some flavor, though I do have one Gothic Horror out there (an origin story for a villain in one of my Romances). Within Romance, though, I seem to be unable to pick a subgenre and stick to it. I have books in fantasy, mythological, historical, science fiction, and dystopian settings. The only setting I haven’t spent much time in is contemporary, and I think that’s because I enjoy reading and writing for escape, and contemporary Romance feels the least like that for me. Plus, most of my plots are far too ridiculous to work in the our current world. Though let it never be said that my few contemporary plots aren’t also ridiculous. Hehe.
What do you like to collect?
Oh, heck. I inherited the Collector Gene from my grandparents hard. I have to make efforts not to bring stuff into the house. Some of the things I have collections of: antique curling irons and hairstyling tools, antique and vintage astrology kitsch, hippopotamus things, haunted antiques (look, don’t ask). And do cosmetics and nail polish count? I probably have 300-400 bottles of polish. And enough makeup for at least 12 different people. I am not allowed in Sephora unsupervised.
What was the hardest part about writing The Last Dominant?
I’m going to say getting the story to accomplish a couple complicated things in what I consider a short amount of wordcount.
The first of those things was worldbuilding. I have a completely non-Earth pair of human races and cultures, and I needed to both make them feel believable and lived-in for the reader, while doing so in the most efficient way possible so that descriptions of or information about the universe’s doesn’t unnecessarily bloat the story, or distract from the important thing, which is the relationships between the characters.
The second of those things was the dynamic between the leading romantic couple. Without plot spoilers, I had set for myself a challenge of wanting to write a D/s relationship in which neither party went into it knowing this part of their sexual personality existed. And not only that, once they began to see glimpses of it, they both resisted the urges for various reasons. So I had a limited number of scenes for these two characters to discover this new side of themselves, and to make readers believe it. There was some fine tightrope walking done on the page, to be sure.
This goes back to why I write so slow to begin with: challenges like these put me in the position of having to ensure every line of dialogue, every bit of narration happens just so, in order to support such a questionable premise. But I enjoy the challenge.
How much research do you typically do on a novel?
For me, there are two kinds of research that happen while writing. There is preparatory research, which happens before or during my outlining process. On a historical novel, this could be all my info-gathering about the time period, about professions of my characters, of locations and languages used.
Then there is the on-the-spot research that happens once I’m in the middle of writing and I realize there’s something I need to accomplish on the page where I am either missing information, or have no idea how to do it.
I think without realizing it consciously, I have something of a decision tree in place about this. The first question is always, what are reader expectations? For real world stories (contemporary or historical), expectations are high that the story world match up to what the reader “knows” as reality for them to believe the tale and become immersed in it. A lot of research happens in those genres.
There is some leeway when writing fantasy, and a little bit for Sci-fi, depending on a variety of factors. If only part or none of your fictional world overlaps with “real life”, there’s a little more freedom to get inventive with things like magic, tech, social customs, etc. But even then, the reader still has to buy in to this alternate reality, so research happens on certain topics to make enough of it feel real to them that they are willing to accept the rest. For example, in a fantasy world, if I have a scene that takes place in a blacksmith’s shop, I’ll go do a little reading on smithing so I can have imagery and specific verbiage on hand that will give that scene a flavor of authenticity.
The second question is, how important is this to the plot? If it’s critical, I have to go research. If it’s non-critical, but still something that will look obvious if I just make it up, I’ll go research.
I’ll admit, though, I do often go down a research rabbit hole just for my own satisfaction. Some detail in the book might not matter to anyone else, but it’s fun for me to weave it in there. And if I’m not having fun, why am I doing this?
5 Fun Facts
- I’m also a professional astrologer.
- I’ve never been drunk (I’m well into my 30s)
- I used to work for an adult toy company.
- I didn’t learn how to ride a bicycle until I was 27
- My useless superpower is I always win something out of those claw machines where you try to grab a stuffed animal.