Sometimes, writing short stories is just what I need—although keeping them short proves to be a problem. I’m a pantster, so with only a tiny idea of what I’m going to write about, books tend to grow on me as more and more information appears in my head. With the Marshall Cottage series, I only intended to write one short story—Master Zum. But, as my heroine got out of her car, she spotted another woman, and I knew I had to write about her too. So a series idea came about, where the heroine in each book spots the heroine who will appear in the next. Knowing who would star in the following books meant my brain could percolate quietly, so by the time the days came to pen the later stories, the women’s needs were firmly in my head.
Marshall Cottage has been the easiest series I’ve written so far. I also decided to push myself a bit with them. You know, see how far I could go, how rude I could be. I surprised myself, and after having a break from them between writing and edits, I got a shock at how rude I had been! I blushed at some of the things I had people doing but also got a sense of accomplishment that I’d challenged myself and managed to do what I’d set out to achieve.
Marshall Cottage is a mansion BDSM club—an exclusive club that the mysterious Mr M runs. For the first five books I dealt with what goes on there, following the lives of five women and their Masters, giving readers a glimpse at their saucy frolics. Then I wondered about Mr M. Who is he? Why did he create a club? Why is it called a cottage when it’s clearly much
So, I thought it would be nice to end the series with a story about him and his good lady. I loved getting to know about him and his past, and why he felt the need to open a club. The series currently has six books, but I can imagine myself revisiting the mansion in the future, because there are so many characters I could explore and it would be a shame not to write about them. Watch this space for more Marshall Cottage tales!
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