The Library of Spanking Fiction: Wellred Weekly

Wellred Weekly
Volume 1, Number 3 : December 10, 2011
Items of interest regarding all things spanking

Interview with the Author: Flogmaster
Wellred Weekly explores the work of this author

How did you get started writing spanking fiction?
In a sense, I started when I was a small child of five. I lay in bed at night and imagined stories with a stuffed animal I had. It would take on various roles in the stories, usually a bad child in need of a spanking and I would put it over my knee and pretend to spank it. I had no idea why such stories appealed to me -- in real life spankings terrified me!

But I wrote my first actual story when I was about fifteen. I didn't even know there was such a thing as a "spanking story." Back then, I didn't even know spanking was a "thing." It was my darkest secret, so dark I could scarcely admit it to myself. It was a confusing and troubling time. Writing was my way of expressing things and one day I wrote a story about a teenage girl coming home after curfew and getting a spanking. I was so paranoid about someone else finding the story that I hid it on my computer and I have no idea what happened to it.

(I'd love to find it some day. The most interesting part of the story was that I had the girl sneaking into her bedroom feet first through the window and her waiting father slid the top half of the window down pinning her against the sill with her butt and legs inside and her upper half outside. She was utterly trapped and helpless as he spanked her and she couldn't scream lest she wake up the neighborhood.)

After that I slowly started writing more and more spanking stories. Most were mere scenes than actual stories: strange fantasies and torture episodes. For instance, I had one where two boys torment a girl in the woods, doing things like shooting BBs at her naked ass. There was no story: just boys being cruel and the pretty girl suffering.

I wrote in secret, of course. I never dreamed of something like the Internet where I could actually share my stories. That came years later. These stories were just for me.

The breakthrough was when I discovered Anne Rice's Beauty series. That's when I realized that spanking stories were a real thing and could be literature. My erotic writing changed after that, becoming complete stories. Later the Internet came along and I found the newsgroup and eventually became the Flogmaster.

Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
Everywhere! It's really amazing. I've written so many stories -- the 700 or so I've published are literally a fraction of what I've done -- and I keep thinking that surely I'll run out of ideas but just about anything inspires me. It can be a photo, a drawing, a comment someone makes, a scene in a film or TV show, or some memory from my childhood. It doesn't have to be spanking-related. Sometimes it can just be a girl's smile. My wicked mind can take the most innocuous things and turn them into erotica.

While sometimes I write fan fiction or reproduce a variation of an existing story or scene, usually I take just the tiniest part of what inspires me and the resulting story turns out very different from the original source. You'd never know if I didn't tell you, though it is there if you know what to look for. Often I forget myself if I don't write it in my notes. A good example of this is my somber story Uncle Charlie, which has its roots in a Hitchcock film. I did receive an email from one reader who picked up on it, which surprised me, since the events are totally different and it's really just the tone that's similar.

When you write, do you ever model any characters after actual people?
Not really. I suppose all writers use bits of people they know or fictional characters or public figures, but the whole of the character that ends up in the story is very different from the inspiration.

For instance, I've probably written a dozen stories that involve a rich bitch getting her comeuppance. You could argue that such a character comes from someone like Paris Hilton, but the truth is it's more like an idea of Paris Hilton rather than her herself. (I've just finished the first draft of a new novel that follows that theme, but other than being spoiled, the girl is nothing like Paris.)

Sometimes I write a story based on a pretty girl I've seen in real life. Not anyone I actually know or have even met. It could be a girl I see on the subway or a waitress or a cashier at a store. I make up an entire history about her and put her in some kind of spanking situation. While the original girl inspired me, I don't think that counts as modeling since I don't know anything about her for real.

I actively avoid writing about people I know in real life. I've been tempted to do so, but I worry that doing so would change my relationship with that person. Even though they'd never read the story or know what I'd done, it would change the way I see them, and I don't want that. Putting real people in your fantasies does not strike me as too healthy.

Do you have a favorite book or story that you've written? A favorite genre?
That would be hard to narrow it down, though schoolgirl is probably tops. I have many favorites and I love many genres. A lot depends on my mood. Sometimes I want harsh cruelty, while at other times I want more romance and gentler spanking.

I write a wide variety of stories. Sometimes I get fixated on a certain genre for a while, such as schoolgirl or sororities, but then I might go through a period of being into slavery or torture fiction or F/M. That's one of the reasons I always label my stories carefully as I want readers to know what they are getting.

What are your views on spanking fan fiction?
I'm in favor of it, in general, though I don't believe one should make money from it. I've written some fan fiction and it's all free on my site (none of those stories are in my paid collections). I've heard some authors don't like their work being "abused" that way and I understand that. If a copyright holder asked me to remove a piece of fan fiction from my site, I would comply.

When writing a longer story, do you plot out the detail in advance, or make it up as you go along?
Both. It varies, and it depends on the story. One of my recent novels, Returning Home, started out as a simple short story about a college graduate returning home and being asked to spank a neighbor girl. It turned into a novel as the story gained momentum. That's unusual, but it worked well for that particular story.

Usually I have at least an idea of where I'm going. I'll often have the big "set pieces" planned out (in a spanking novel, that's usually the biggest punishments). Some stories have a greater dependance on plot and I need to plan them more carefully.

There's a danger in planning too carefully because it can dampen your enthusiasm and motivation to actually write the story. But not knowing where you're heading can make a novel meander. Spanking novels are less plot-dependent than traditional fiction, but a reader still needs to feel like there's a point to the story. I've read some disappointing books that were just a collection of scenes with no purpose.

What is your favourite story that you have written and why?
That's like asking a parent which of their children is the best! Each story is special in its own way. My favorite tends to be whatever story I'm currently writing.

But there are some finished ones that are special to me, though as the author, what makes a story meaningful to me isn't necessarily what others would take from it. Writing stories can be cathartic and often what I remember is whatever trauma inspired it.

Almost all of my "five-star" stories are favorites. In particular, The Courtship of a Goddess, The Couple, and A Beautiful Girl. I also really like The Escape. The Tenderfoot is a fun one with a Western theme. Then there are some serious and disturbing stories like A Daughter's Love and The Sacrifice. Probably not very erotic, but hopefully emotional.

Some of my favorite novels include The Absent-Minded Professor, simply because it's funny, and C.J.'s Grandma because it goes all over the place. Returning Home is similar. I love The Island, too, though it may be too severe for some readers.

Name some stories by other spanking authors that you like, and say why.
My favorite author is P.N. Dedeaux author of The Prussian Girls, An English Education, Thomasina, Aunt Anna, Transfer Point Nice, The Nothing Things, and other classics. A lot of my recent work has been influenced by him (such as my homage novel, The Island).

While I don't like everything he does (he has an unfortunate fascination with severe sodomy and his novels don't end as much as stop), his scene work is unmatched. He can stretch out a three-stroke caning over an entire chapter, and every line is filled with erotic tension. I love that he focuses on corporal discipline above all else. (Too many so-called "spanking stories" have little actual spanking.)

His work hits all my buttons quicker than anyone else, but it is all very similar and quite severe and not to everyone's taste. Martin Pyx writes in a similar style, pretty much an homage to his acknowledged mentor (though he occasionally inserts odd non-spanking discussions of literature and other topics).

I love Anne Rice's Beauty series. I compare most of my work to hers, in that I hopefully add more to the story than just eroticism, but include some philosophical and literary reflection in the work as well.

I enjoy the work of many other authors: Richard Manton's good (though repetitive), I like some of Yolanda Celbridge (it's over-the-top and fun), Carolyn Faulkner, Aishling Morgan (though some has too little spanking), and older authors like Kenneth Harding and Will Henry. There's a really inconsistent but prolific author by the name of Anonymous that occasionally produces some really great stuff. And of course there are tons of favorites among the Internet writers, such as Rosewood, Mr. Spraycan, the late Alex Birch, and countless others.

What is your favourite genre?
For spanking stories, I have a fondness for period pieces. I'm not sure if that's because spanking's so old-fashioned it's anachronistic today, but there's something delicious about Victorian school beatings and birchings. I don't feel I write such things well myself (I'm not enough of a stickler to do the required historical research), but I enjoy reading them.

If by genre you mean story kind such as M/F, I'm definitely into female bottoms (pun intended) though I occasionally read (and write) F/M stories.

Which point of view do you tend to write it? Why do you prefer it over other POV's?
I generally write first person as it feels the most intimate and I get into the head of the person experiencing the story. That helps me (and the reader) understand the truth behind the events (which, while it may not be erotic, brings depth to the writing and the characters).

For longer works that doesn't always work as well as novels need to be broader and have more scope. For instance, a novel all from the spankee's point of view could get tedious as she's the only one getting spanked in exquisite detail. But the same story from the spanker's viewpoint can get tiresome because we don't get into the head of the victim, so the omniscient narrator works better for long works. But there are exceptions for everything.

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