Welcome to Queer in Color, Morticia! Please introduce yourself to our readers.
I’ve been writing since I was a kid and actually got quite serious about it when I was twelve—at least as serious as a twelve-year old gets! But I wanted to be a published author even then and subscribed to the Writer’s Digest, had a book that listed literary agents, learned how to write a query letter and so on. I was a bit over the top lol. But then, rock music changed everything and being a musician took over for the next twenty years.
At the end of my music business career, I began to drift toward writing again. This included bios and press releases for bands, magazine articles and working with a rock guitarist from a famous 80s rock band and a Rolling Stone journalist on their memoirs. But the urge to tell my own stories was the real dream. Any type of writing gig that paid the bills was great, but the muse wanted more.
Tell us about your latest release!
Several of my BDSM Kiss of Leather series books feature PoC, but the most recent one was my first MMM in the series. Switching Places tells the story of characters who have made brief appearances throughout the series and how once they get together, this unlikely threesome finds the HEA that has always alluded them. The silver fox Dom, supermodel switch and virginal sub discover that what they each bring to the romance table makes them perfect for one another.
Five Questions with Morticia Knight
1) What inspired you to write this story?
I love the idea that everyone has someone out there who would be perfect for them, but sometimes we disregard people who on the surface don’t seem right for us. However, if we let them in, we might discover a true gem.
2) How did your characters come into being? Were you inspired by your own life experiences, by travels, someone in your neighborhood, etc.?
Sub Elliot is inspired by a man who opened an Armenian restaurant in a sort of biker/rural area where I used to live (The River with Dennis Hopper was filmed there to give you an idea of what I mean). Not so much who Elliot is as a person, but his family history and the struggles they endured. I was practically the restaurant owners only customer back in the day, so he would sit with me and tell me about where he was from, what his life was like there and about the Turkish Armenian genocide—something I’d never known about. Elliot’s family history and business is based on that restaurant. Man, I miss that place! The food was amaaaazing.
3) What themes and/or tropes are in your story? Have you written these themes/tropes before?
There are a variety, which is the most satisfying for me to write. There’s age gap, interracial, BDSM, D/s, virgin, and body image issues. I’ve written all of these, but Elliot’s worry over his weight and having a crush on a supermodel who he’s convinced could never be attracted to him was new for me. I’ve felt these same concerns before for myself and wanted to explore them from a different standpoint than writing a bear, where the bear is confident and has a positive body self-image.
4) What are you planning to write next?
I have way too many projects planned, but one that I’m very excited about is a pirate standalone with a very naughty theme that I’ll share at a future date *wink*. I’ve been doing lots of research and even though I have other projects I need to finish first, I can’t wait to begin. I’m hoping I can have it out late 2018/early 2019.
5) What is your dream story, the story of your heart, that you hope to write someday?
Truthfully, I feel as if I’ve written it. Rocked Hard comes out later this month, and it draws from a lot of my experiences in the music industry. I even used lyrics to songs from my own band. But the two main characters, a rock star making a comeback and a younger journalist who idolized him as a kid and is questioning his sexuality, ended up becoming very dear to my heart.
Tai wishes Master Lucas wasn’t such an adamant Top, but he’s also crushing on the sweetly submissive Elliot. Could he have it both ways?
Tai has hit a wall in life. From all outward appearances, he’s the guy who has everything—looks, personality and money. But the modeling gigs are drying up and he still hasn’t found that special someone to call his own. The part-time work at Kiss of Leather is quickly becoming full-time to prevent the drain on his dream-business savings.
Elliot fell for the stunning Tai from almost the moment he met him. If he wasn’t so self-conscious about the weight he’s recently put on, maybe he could work up the nerve to make a move. However, not only is he a virgin who’s never done a scene before working in a BDSM club, but he’s also sure that Tai has a thing for Master Lucas. There’s no way he could ever compete with the handsome silver fox.
When Master Lucas confesses to Tai that he doesn’t only see him as a hookup and offers him a contract, there are a ton of considerations. They both realize that serious compromises would have to be made for them to have a relationship. But what if they found a third, a sub who could bottom for Tai and also do TPE with Master Lucas? Once the idea takes hold, Tai knows just the perfect boy for them both. Even better? He’s right there at Kiss of Leather, and Tai can’t wait for Elliot to turn them all into a throuple.