Studenstein: The Research by Daisy Harris
Hiya Lucy, and thanks for having me on the blog again! So nice to be back!
I thought I’d talk a bit today about the research that went into my new novella, Studenstein. All my stories require some degree of looking stuff up. Sometimes I have some physical or scientific question, other times I’m unfamiliar with a sexual practice. A lot of times I’m not sure how to describe a location. My work is paranormal, so luckily I get to invent aspects of my world. However, every story I’ve written takes place in part in the world we inhabit.
For Studenstein, my research had two major components: I had to learn about pegging, and I needed to figure out a reason why my character Royce would be physically incapacitated while also experiencing increased arousal.
Surprisingly, the pegging was the harder part to research. I wanted to find real-world discussions from men and women who partook in the practice, and I did find a few. While there are tons of videos around, I wanted to find one that seemed really authentic—in that the characters were real people in an actual relationship rather than actors trying to show an audience what they wanted to see.
Amusingly, finding an excuse for Royce’s malfunctioning was easy. I have a medical background, and my first thought had been “pudendal nerve entrapment.” After googling some anatomy diagrams and disease states, I found that my initial guess made total sense. Sure, Royce’s array of symptoms are…well, “unusual.” However, each and every thing he experienced could indeed be explained by that one nerve problem. After all, Studenstein takes place in the future! And Royce is a re-animated human! If they can bring the dead back to life, you’d think they could tweak a lousy nerve root however they wanted, right?
The problem with research, is that you need to write things that aren’t just “correct” but that sound correct. My editor, Grace Bradley, pointed out in edits that the pudendal nerve is more often associated with women. Now, both men and women have pudendal nerves. But I was faced with the question—how can I explain this in a way that feels real.
I toyed with just saying “nerve roots” or “spinal nerves.” In the end, I can’t even remember what I settled on. I just have to comfort myself with the knowledge that what I came up with is right! It has basis in medical fact!
Of course, if my book was about magic no one would bat an eyelash. Or wonder if what I’d written made sense. Sigh. Such are the frustrations of research.
On the up side, I get to watch porn.
Studenstein (Book two in the Love-Bots series)
A man built for sex… A woman who wants more…
Freedom fighter Shani Brown is determined to drag the ungrateful Royce back to her team in Seattle. Despite his denial of mistreatment, she wants to give him a chance at a better life. Due to her horrific past as an unlicensed love-bot, Shani never plans to have sex again. But Royce’s makers punish him remotely with crippling pain. His only escape is to orgasm. Never one to turn her back on a job, Shani soon finds herself servicing him—and soon after, caring for him.
Love-bot Royce Harden wasn’t looking to be rescued, especially not from the San Francisco BDSM club where he was having a perfectly good time. But rescued he was—by a hellcat bent on delivering him to her people. As Royce starts to trust Shani, he begins to dream of freedom. But freedom comes with a price. Royce must face his vanity, his makers, and even the loss of his sexual upgrades if he’s going to be the man Shani deserves.
Available from: http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9585-studenstein.aspx
Birkenstock-wearing glamour girl and mother of two by immaculate conception, Daisy Harris still isn’t sure if she writes erotica. Her paranormal romances start out innocently enough. However, her characters behave like complete sluts. Much to Miss Harris’s dismay, the sex tends to get completely out of hand.
If you like science-y subplots, fantastical creatures, and red-hot chemistry, you’ll love Daisy Harris.
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