My Ah-ha Moment When Writing The Original Bound and Controlled Series – Plus New Personality Quizzes!

When I first started writing, I was a teacher with a long, painfully boring commute through the middle of nowhere. So I would spend the drive back and forth dreaming about stories and planning what I would write.

My writing time was in short bits normally early in the morning, so I could get in a few hundred words before I had to get my kids up for the day. Since there was very little time to dawdle when I sat down to write, I planned things out in my head as I drove.

I knew I wanted to do a series, but I wasn’t sure what it should look like or who they would be until one morning on my way to work. As I was driving down the main street in my little town, I passed by a local insurance company and it clicked. I can still picture where I was when I had that ah-ha moment.

Suddenly I knew who they were and what they were doing, and I remember being so frustrated that I couldn’t pull over and write it all down.

I made random, rambling notes into the recorder app on my phone, and then when I got to school, I scrambled to write down as many ideas as I could so I didn’t lose them. Needless to say, after a few more days of driving, I knew all about the brothers and started working my way through their partners.

The insurance part really clicked because before I was a teacher, I sold insurance for several years. I could almost see the guys in my imagination shaking their heads because they thought it should’ve been obvious what they did for a living.

The original Bound & Controlled series is based around four brothers who are all looking for love and all into BDSM in some way. They were so much fun to write because they pick at each other and tease, but you can see that family is important to them.

The new series, Tender Control, is taking us back to the Bound & Controlled club and there are fun cameos from the original couples as well as the owners of the club, Ben and Conner. If you haven’t read the first series, this is the perfect time to catch up, but it’s not necessary to enjoy the new books.

And if you’ve already read the books, have fun taking the quizzes that will tell you which brother or partner you’re most like. This was so much fun to put together—I hope you enjoy it. (if I get a good response to the quizzes, I might do some for other books, just saying)

Which Significant Other From The Bound and Controlled Series Are You Most Like? - Title Card for Quiz

Which Title Character From The Bound and Controlled Series Are You Most Like?

Which Title Character From The Bound and Controlled Series Are You Most Like? - Title Card for Quiz

Which Significant Other From The Bound and Controlled Series Are You Most Like?

Share in the Comments: Which book from the original B&C is YOUR favorite? What were the results of the quizzes for you?

How a Real Life Town and College Inspired The Setting For Three Series

There have always been certain places in my life that I just felt like I belonged…that it was where I was supposed to be. I always knew I would move back to North Carolina, no matter how many places I moved to in the meantime. But the first place I knew was a space I’d return to was Williamsburg, Virginia.

William and Mary Campus Williamsburg, Virginia Photo by Shaw Montgomery

Even as a young teenager, the first time I saw the campus of William & Mary I knew that was where I wanted to be. So it probably won’t surprise you that when I started imagining a college for my guys where they could learn to be themselves and be happy, I always pictured that campus in my head.

I’ve taken a lot of liberties with the town and the surrounding area, but it’s the feel of the college and the way the town spreads out around it that I love and wanted to give to my guys.

I got a chance this week to walk through Williamsburg and the college again, this time showing it to my teenage kids, and that feeling came rushing back. It was wonderful getting to soak up that feeling again, even if my kids don’t really understand. However, they humored me and we had a great time so I have no complaints.

William and Mary Campus Williamsburg, Virginia Photo by Shaw Montgomery

But as we walked around the mostly deserted campus, I couldn’t help but picture how my guys would look there…Kevin running across campus because he was late or Bryan hiding out between some of the buildings just because he needed a break…and Cody wandering between the buildings with his head in the clouds.

They’re all so very real to me, and I can’t help but think that some of that realness is because I’ve always imagined them in one of my favorite places.

William and Mary Campus Williamsburg, Virginia Photo by Shaw Montgomery

 

Pictures in this post are from my recent trip to campus, and although I’ve taken a lot of liberties with the town, I hope you enjoy seeing where I imagine them wandering around.

William and Mary Campus Williamsburg, Virginia Photo by Shaw Montgomery

William and Mary College is featured in three of my series:

The Loving Series, a slow burn incest taboo between loving brothers. Read Book 1, Too Close to Love.
The Pieces Series, a best friends to lovers age play story. Check out book one, His Missing Pieces.
The Embrace Series, a slow burn threesome romance featuring a nervous professor and his loving Daddy. Here’s book one: Embracing Faith.

William and Mary Campus Williamsburg, Virginia Photo by Shaw Montgomery

Share in the comments below: Have you been to William and Mary College? Can you picture any of my guys hanging out on campus? If you’re an author, share real life locations that have inspired you!