Guest Post: Interview with S. Nano for Mistress of the Air

How long have you been writing for?

I started writing in 2006 quite late in life, having not done any creative writing since my school days, which was many years ago! I was inspired to take up writing by a dungeon mistress I served for a number of years who was skilled at creating scenes, assuming different characters and improvising. Initially the stories I wrote would get woven into the sessions this imaginative dominatrix conducted. After a few years, I thought my stories deserved a wider audience so I began contributing them to the Literotica writing site. Then I went a step further and began submitting stories to publishers and had some accepted. My first published work was the story ‘Lord Nano’s Nemesis’, about a ghostly highwaywoman, which appeared in the Xcite anthology Dark Desires in 2011. Since then I’ve had a book and numerous short stories and novellas published, Mistress Of The Air being my second full length novel.

 Who or what are your influences? Not necessarily other writers, but anything at all (music, art, people you’ve met?)

Well, aside from the experience outlined above, there’s a mix of stuff that’s influenced what I write. I have a history degree and worked as an archivist throughout my career so that’s provided ideas or settings for stories. I’m an active member of a Pagan group and with that has come an interest in mythology, folk stories and ancient sites. I regularly contribute to the story telling sessions at the group’s meetings. Under another pen name I’ve written for the Pagan e-magazine Eternal Haunted Summer. So, a number of my stories are in historical or mythological settings. Travel and landscape is another influence. I’ve been to some of the places Lady Sally visits in Mistress of the Air on her airship travels including Vienna, St Petersburg and Naples/Pompeii but not Istanbul, a city I’d love to go to sometime.

What was the inspiration for Mistress of the Air?

My Lady Sally Rudston-Chichester character has been around for several years, appearing in a few short stories. I always felt there was scope for a full-length book of her adventures that would exploit the comic potential for the character. She’s an Edwardian dominatrix so it was an easy step to imagine her in a Steampunk world. And, of course, all those Steampunk tropes – airships, corsetry, dastardly devices, derring-do adventures and cups of tea – were a perfect foil for the humour in the book.

You have a fascinating cast of characters – who are your favourites in particular and why?

Of course, I love Lady Sally! She’s a blast (in more ways than one). She’s a larger than life personality with incorrigible behaviour. I had a lot of fun writing her adventures. I also have a soft spot for cook. She’s a minor character, mainly added for comedy, and also because food is a bit of a theme running through the book. She’s known Lady Sally when she was a child so has some leverage over her employer that allows her to stand up to her. I loved writing the storm scene in the book in which cook gets crushed by Lady Sally’s boobs!

When do you get your writing done?

I took early retirement a couple of years ago but keep myself busy with various projects, one of which is writing. This means I can write anytime during the day when I’m free, though mornings tend to be the most productive time for me.

What is your writing process, from initial idea to final draft?

I usually have an outline of a story or book in my head or written down before I start writing. I usually reflect on each chapter or section after I’ve written it and edit as I go along. The writing of Mistress of the Air was different because I did it as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) last November. The aim of this scheme is to get authors to write 50,000 words in a month. To achieve that you’re encouraged to concentrate on just getting the words down and edit later, which is what I did this time. It worked well for me and it really did help me focus on keeping the word count ticking over.

I know from conversations with you that you have a deep interest in history. How has that influenced Mistress of the Air?

Despite the book being in a fictional Steampunk world I draw some inspiration from historical events. For example, the opening scene of the book is set at a meeting of time trials for pioneer aviators that’s modelled on a real event, the Doncaster Flying Meeting of October 1910, because I was familiar with some photos and programmes for it. I even used the names of the aviators at this event for characters in the book, including Lady Sally’s airship pilot, Captain Wyndham. Incidentally, this was the first ever aviation meeting held in the UK. Lady Sally’s airship, The Corseted Domme is based on an actual airship, the R100, built in Howden in Yorkshire in the 1920s. I used photographs and written descriptions of this airship to add some authenticity to Lady Sally’s dirigible. Her airship’s frame is constructed from duralumin, not made-up steampunk technology, but the earliest form of aluminium alloy used in aircraft and airship construction. It was invented in 1909, so Lady Sally really was at the cutting edge of technology!

This being a genre-crossing steampunk comic novel, how focused were you on ‘historical accuracy’?

That’s an interesting question, especially in light of my previous reply. Steampunk is a genre that mashes up the historical with science fiction. The Steampunk world of Lady Sally is recognisably Edwardian but with added technology (airships, steam-powered sex-toys, automatons and lightning blunderbusses). Consequently, historical accuracy for the world building goes out the window in this book! Having said that, I consciously draw parallels with the historical world – the allusions to the build up to a fictional ‘First World War’ are obvious. It’s a ‘comic’ book which isn’t historically authentic and shouldn’t be taken too seriously, though an element of the comedy is in taking the piss out of the British aristocracy and parodying the Edwardian country house novel/film.

Do you have any fun/interesting/quirky writing rituals you’d like to share?

I often listen to music when I’m writing. I listen to a fair bit of world music and have a thing for Tuareg Blues from sub-Saharan Africa, which I often have on. It’s quite hypnotic which means you can easily drift in and out of it.

What is your next project?

My next book is pretty much ready to go. I decided to publish Mistress of the Air first because I wanted to release my NaNoWriMo book. So, my next book will be out later in the year. It’s called La Contessa and is set in 18th century Venice. Needless to say, it features another kick-ass dominatrix! – though one with quite a different style to Lady Sally.

Book Blurb

Mistress of the Air is a Comic, Steampunk, Erotic Adventure.

Lady Sally Rudston-Chichester owns a brass mine in Zanzibar, a Lapsang Souchong tea plantation in China, a rubber tree farm in Malaysia, trunk loads of corsetry, and the country’s largest collection of antique whips and floggers.

Larger than life, and itching to find new and inventive ways to punish her submissive gentlemen, the Edwardian dominatrix has a vision. Embracing the spirit of the new age of aviation, she embarks on a series of adventures on her own airship, The Corseted Domme, with her transvestite maid, Victoria, her airship pilot, Captain Wyndham, and her automaton sex toy, Borghild.

A select group of submissive gentlemen, consisting of a duke, bishop, lawyer and banker, is invited to join Lady Sally so she can try out her new dastardly devices and sex toys on them. She whips, spanks and punishes her way across the Empires of Europe, dropping off to visit her aristocratic relatives and friends for afternoon tea.

But Lady Sally’s journey is not uneventful. War is threatening to break out and the Ministry of Aviation want to commandeer her airship for the war effort. And when The Corseted Domme has a crash landing, Lady Sally realises there is a stowaway on board intent on sabotaging her airship.

There will be wild escapades, kinky BDSM, dastardly devices, explosions and nice cups of tea.

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Another flash of lightning filled the viewing window with a blinding white light.

“Oh, how exciting. This storm is quite turning me on!” Lady Sally exclaimed, ripping off the glass tube attachment and replacing it with a bullet-like brass fitting.

She turned the current down and the vibration up… right up high. She wriggled out of her satin knickers, plonking herself on her upholstered throne, desperate for release. The thunder rumbled… the lightning flashed… the brass object buzzed, as Lady Sally pressed it against her sex.

She rolled it over her cunt lips, then onto her clit, sending shock waves of erotic pleasure shooting through her.

The giant airship rolled and rollicked against the gale, tilting dangerously as it forced its way onwards, its tip penetrating the dark folds of cloud.

“Oh my god, madam. We’re going to crash!” wailed Victoria from under the rack.

Oblivious to the storm, indeed, in tandem with the storm, Lady Sally pushed the whirring, vibrating object up her crack. The pleasure of using her new device along with the wild excitement of the storm meant she was sopping. She moaned in pleasure in time to the rumbling thunder, and thrust the throbbing object deeper inside her with each lightning strike until she could hold back no longer, breaking into a long, satisfying orgasm.

“God, that was good!” she exclaimed after she’d recovered.

She stood up, unsteady on her feet both from the exertions of her climax and the airship which was listing from side to side.

It was at this point cook appeared. She was confronted with Lady Sally, crotch sopping with juices, breasts hanging out, dishevelled black hair, wild-eyed, and precariously balanced on stiletto ankle-boots, holding a vibrating brass bullet.

“I can’t go on like this your ladyship,” she grumbled. “I can’t do any baking with this ‘ere airship thing rolling from side to side. And me jelly moulds have fallen on the floor; I’m telling you milady, they’ll all be dinted now.”

Cook, being considerably shorter than her employer, was eye-level with Lady Sally’s bare tits.

“But it’s supper time, cook. I could murder a smoked salmon and cucumber sandwich.”

Cook crossed her arms and pulled a face, “A sandwich. You expect me to make sandwiches in these conditions.”

“Well yes, and a pot of tea as well, of course.”

There was another crack of thunder, followed at once by a flash of lightning. The airship listed sharply. Lady Sally tottered one way on her high heels but managed to keep her balance. The airship rolled to the other side. She teetered for a moment, then collapsed on top of cook, whose face became smothered in Lady Sally’s breasts.

She lay there for several minutes, cook crushed under her corset-clad body. The airship was still rolling from side to side with turbulence. Lady Sally had great difficulty pulling herself up, not being able to receive any assistance from her maid who was still a gibbering wreck underneath the rack. Eventually she heaved herself off the floor.

Cook gulped in a deep breath, “Oh my lord,” she exclaimed, “I’ve been suffocated by a pair of boobies!”


About the author

Nano is an author of erotic stories with dark and exotic content in fantasy, paranormal or historical settings, often drawing on the themes of female supremacy, BDSM and fetish but with a seam of quirky humour running through them as well.

His first full-length erotic novel, ‘Adventures in Fetishland’, a BDSM/fetish re-invention of Alice in Wonderland, was published by Xcite Books. His short stories and novellas have been published by Xcite Books, House of Erotica, Forbidden Fiction, Coming Together and Greenwoman Publishing.

His second novel, ‘Mistress Of The Air’ was published by eXcessica on 21st April 2017.

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