Lila Dubois On Her Rockabilly BDSM Story Undone Rebel

Author Lila Dubois has a flair for writing unique erotica, and especially scorching BDSM stories. The first book in her Undone Lovers series, "Undone Rebel", is no exception. When fetish model Addie, a retro babe with rockabilly style, agrees to do a BDSM photo shoot, she thinks she may be in a little over her head. But when geek-turned-Dom Lane helps Addie explore her submissive side, she knows she may have found exactly what she's always wanted. We asked the author to tell us more about these two intriguing characters — and what's next in this hot new series.

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Addie is a perfect erotic romance character because she is not scared of her sexuality. She is shown throughout “Undone Rebel” as an adventurous, non-judgmental woman who likes to have fun. How did she come to have such a healthy outlook on sex and her own appeal?

As a member of a “counter-culture,” in this case rockabilly, Addie has created an identity for herself, and in doing so she went through a lot of self reflection. Instead of the heroine finding herself within the pages of the book Addie has already found herself, and in "Undone Rebel" she’s learning more about her sexuality. Also, the rockabilly culture is as much about physical expression of self as it is about the old-school rebel mentality. Addie’s look is based on the pin up girl style that became popular around WWII, and which is a distinctly sexual, and sexy, style. Addie is drawn to rockabilly and its pin-up girl looks, because at heart she’s not afraid of her sexuality, which is its own kind of rebellion.

Almost by accident, Addie finds herself working as a fetish model. And while she has experience being photographed, her new assignment requires her to engage in BDSM. She is initially reluctant to play a sub, but finds she enjoys the experience. What is it about BDSM that Addie finds appealing?

For Addie the greatest pleasure in BDSM is giving up control. As a self-reliant, self-made woman Addie has always been in control. She plans her life, from her career dreams to her daily outfit, with exquisite precision. As a sub she has to give up control, and the freedom that comes from giving up control is something she didn’t know she wanted until she tried it.

Addie is asked to role-play on camera with three different Doms in order to show different sides of this lifestyle. However, she is particularly attracted to one of the men, Lane. What is it about Lane that first captures Addie's attention?

Addie first meets Lane when he shows up at her door to try and convince her to model for the BDSM photos. Beside the fact that he’s plenty good-looking, Addie is intrigued that a nice, normal looking guy is into BDSM. He’s nothing she expected and, in the end, everything she wants.

One of the things that really stands out about your characters is that their sexual preferences are not all encompassing. They have dynamic personalities. Yes, Addie is an amateur fetish model, but she also has some very strong friendships and lots of interests and hobbies like clothing designing, fixing vintage cars and listening to great rockabilly music. Why was it important for you as the author to show all sides of your heroine?

People are complex and interesting, and I wanted to show that in Addie and Lane. It’s challenging to find space to show all aspects of a character, especially when writing a book where labels and definitions—Dom, sub, BDSM—play such a huge role. Addie’s hobbies, relationships and strength are as much a part of her, and the story, as her sexual submission. What I find most interesting in people is the way the different parts of their personalities and lives fit together. 

Lane also has layers. On the one hand, he is a strong Dom, confident in his sexual prowess in the bedroom. But he is also a bit of a geek and in casual social situations he finds it difficult to talk to women. How do you reconcile the different parts of Lane’s personality?

I think Lane is a distressingly realistic character. He’s great with women in one, very specific, venue. He knows what he wants sexually and is an expert Dom, but he’s terrible at dating. Lane is the flip of the guy who’s charming and great for going out, but falls flat in the bedroom because all that self-confidence and charm don’t translate into a good sexual IQ. It’s precisely because Lane’s a sexy geek that he’s so good at one thing, and bad at another. For linear thinker Lane, he identified what he wanted and studied it and worked on it until he was an expert. He’s a great Dom, but in the wild world of dating he’s hopeless.

One thing that is interesting about your story is even after Lane and Addie find fulfillment in each other, as a part of her assignment, Addie participates in a sexual situation with another Dom and finds herself aroused. While she in no way cheats on Lane, this is a tricky situation. Were you nervous adding this potentially relationship-ending obstacle to your story?

I was very worried that people would dislike Addie for the choice she made, but that choice is authentic to her, and the situation. If it wasn’t a BDSM story and Lane and Addie had met at a bar, and she went out with another man before deciding she wanted to be exclusive with Lane, I don’t think anyone would have an issue. The fact that it is an erotic story, and therefore there’s a lot more “Hi, nice to meet you. I’m naked!” raises the stakes. However, I’d rather readers decided that they genuinely don’t like Addie and her choices, rather than someone who likes or identifies with her being frustrated or confused as to why she’s acting out of character.

You have very nicely set up stories for two of your secondary characters that readers meet in “Undone Rebel”. There are two other Doms that take part in Addie’s BDSM photo shoot that are just, in our opinion, begging for their own happily-ever-afters. Will Emory and Alton be getting their own books?

Readers will see both Alton and Emory again. I wrote "Undone Rebel" as a standalone title. When my editor asked for more from these characters I immediately knew what Emory’s story would be. However Alton, the scary Dom that Lane had to protect Addie from, wasn’t hero material. He was harsh and dangerous. When I told my editor as much she gave me a good hard cyber smack and asked me what world I was living in that I thought the dark brooding hot-guy with a tragic past wasn’t romance hero material. I came to my senses and Undone Dom, Alton’s book, will be out May 11, 2012. Emory’s story will be out this summer.

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