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Interview with the Author: barretthunter
How did you get started writing spanking fiction?I'd joined the old Flaming Cheeks group, having found it through the fan site for Mayfair's Carrie and then Alex Birch's blog. I do some writing of other sorts and often constructed fantasy stories with a spanking element, so I asked if I could try my hand.
Where do you find inspiration for your stories?Some of the plots are spanking versions of well-known stories (for example, several fairy stories, and the Dirty Harold series has echoes of Dirty Harry). Some make use of a well-known series or genre: for example, I've written Sherlock Holmes stories where the mystery revolves around spankings, and one of my favourite stories, East Meets West could be seen as an adaptation of a certain kind of paranormal adventure mystery or even a computer game. Some start with an adaptation of a real situation - for example, publicity about some rich and powerful people meeting on a billionaire's yacht for somewhat mysterious discussions - and others are just my fantasies based on that very creative question, "What if?"
When you write, do you ever model any characters after actual people?To an extent all characters are based on real people, as it's contact with real people which gives me whatever realism and understanding creeps like a thief in the night into my fantasies. However, the teacher in A Teacher's Punishment is strongly based on the Maths and Science teacher in my first secondary school (in particular, her bottom is based on hers) and the boys and girls are also based on some of the kinds there at the time. The lecherous accountant Geoffrey Parslow is an attempt to portray how an old friend of mine might have turned out in later life. PC Yasmin Khan in the Sally West stories and The Camel Race is partly based on a girl I knew once.
I wrote a spanking skit about UK politics during the last government in which the spankee strongly resembled the then Minister of Housing (young, female, curvy, reputedly rather arrogant and pushy) and most of the other characters were thinly disguised from real political life, even those just referred to: the then Liberal Democrat leader was the MP for Fife North-east and in my story he represented Fife and Drummond.
Do you have a favourite book or story that you've written? A favourite genre?I love writing spanking verse: the challenge of finding rhymes is great fun and they can be as far-fetched as I like! In spanking terms I'm very much a M/F person with forays into F/F. Sticking to spanking literature I've written, I happily keep returning to East Meets West in which PC Sally West enters Professor East's cellar in search of a burglar, finds it full of scary Asiatic art and automatons and ends up (in both senses) trapped in the mouth of an automaton, making the mistake of trying to arrest the burglar when she hears him passing behind her. It's just so far-fetched and yet, if you accept certain premises, plausible (how she gets trapped makes perfect sense). I also really enjoyed writing the bit where she does her best with the situation, talking to the burglar, trying to establish a relationship, asking him about things he'd always wanted to do in life and saying she might be able to help him, only to find that his unrealised dreams are just what she doesn't want to hear! Also I love trapped situations, the more far-fetched the better.
On a slightly more serious level, I loved writing my historical two-parter Fortunes of War which has an English Civil War setting, a period I'm fascinated by, and I feel I created credible and subtle characters, which I feel I also managed in my challenge entries The Major and A Visit to Uncle Cyprian. The challenges encourage me to focus a bit more broadly, to describe with care and to create interesting characters. Finally, I could re-read my long poem Amita's Bottom any number of times.
What are your views on spanking fan fiction?I have never spanked fan fiction in my life. I much prefer bottoms. OK, I've written a couple of stories based on the Wonder Woman series and pastiches of Sherlock Holmes stories, but I wouldn't call that fan fiction - it's just adapting a set of characters and myths, or alternatively, a kind of parody with spanking added.
When writing a longer story, do you plot out the detail in advance, or make it up as you go along?I usually have a cunning plan, but a lot of details get added. This is one reason why my longer stories nearly always turn out longer than I expected, because I get to a certain point and a delightful idea occurs to me, so I write it in. Usually I write and post each episode, but on two occasions where the serial was closely plotted, I wrote the whole thing, making revisions to the earlier bits as I went along, and then posted the episodes one by one.
Name some stories by other spanking authors that you like, and say why.Oh, gosh. I'm going to miss out some classics. Apologies for that. From a quick think, I'd like to mention The Countess by angelmischief (darkly mysterious), What the Teacher Learnt by Gabrielle Pearson (the school setting and the authority figure upended, beautifully handled), Clare's First Lesson by ruegirl (school setting again, well-thought-out and credible), and a poem not a story, To his Coy Spankee by Swishswitch (I like Andrew Marvell anyway and this is a very clever adaptation).
However, first and foremost I'd go to any number of classic flopsybunnies, for evocative description (not just of spanking - of nature, weather, states of mind, outward appearance of people) both realistic and ghostly - and of hers I've picked out the realistic Late for School and the mysterious Encounter in the Wood. It seems I've picked out several school stories, which doesn't necessarily represent the totality of my favourites, but also I've shown a bias towards female authors of M/F or F/F fiction, which probably is significant.
Which Point of View do you tend to write? Why do you prefer it over other POV's?My favourite point of view is from behind the spankee at the level of her bottom. OK, I write both from the spankee's and the spanker's point of view and although I find the latter easier, the stories I like best fall about 50/50 between the two. Some stories also shift perspective and contain passages from the point of view of various people. This works better for longer stories. I very rarely write in the first person, and then it's mostly in poems. First person is a fascinating challenge, but very hard work if you're going to convey things about the speaker he or she doesn't realise - and if you can't do that, forget it.
Why are so many of your stories about spanked policewomen?I fear it is becoming a bit of an obsession and I want to branch out a bit. However, I just love the figure of authority and helper from on high on her pedestal upended and getting her comeuppance from, for example, a burglar she's interrupted and annoyed. The uniform turns me on too - not just those tight, bum-emphasising trousers, but the so evocative chequered hat. Mind you, German and Indian policewomen have sexy uniforms too. It may seem harsh, but I've discovered that there are not only women who particularly like spanked policewoman stories, there are policewomen who fantasise about this kind of thing happening to them - and I write to their fantasies. Perhaps they could wear some kind of sign?
Do you reuse characters, other than in a series?I do often take a character from one context and use him or her in another. The spanko priest Father Monaghan started as a minor character in a story starring a retired weatherman and also appears in a supporting role on a plane where Geoffrey Parslow is more prominent (Mile High). My two longest series or sequences of stories have featured Parslow and PC Sally West and they really had to meet (Sally West and the Fallen Accountant). I even invent institutions: when I wanted a regiment for someone's inglorious Second World War history, I invented the Royal Worcesters, nicknamed the Wobbly Worcesters, and this was also the regiment of the officer in The Sound of Munich.
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