I’ve always been drawn to stories where strong characters, male or female, find that one person with whom they’ll let down their guard and be themselves. Though this statement is pop-psychology at its worst, I do think that many women today hold themselves to such high standards for both professional and personal success it’s almost impossible to let go, even in what should be a safe place—a relationship.
The appeal of BDSM for me has always been the formality and structure that helps the sub let go. I like strong women who submit because they need a safe place to be themselves. And, you know, have ridiculously good sex.
For a long time I’ve wanted to write about some very famous BDSM and kink icons—pin-up girls.
Beautiful, well dressed (if briefly) and both sexually powerful and alluringly submissive, pin-ups are probably some of sexiest icons of the last century.
My favorite of the pin-up girls is Bettie Page, a real life fetish and pin-up model from the 1950s. She’s gorgeous, she’s sexy, and she played both top and bottom.
Bettie Page was the inspiration for the heroine for Undone Rebel. The rebel of Undone Rebel is Addie, a tough woman with an eye for fashion who’s a member of LA’s rockabilly scene. She’s a self-proclaimed Hispanic Bettie Page.
Don’t believe me? That’s her on the cover.
I love this cover. My editor and I actually sent Bettie Page photos to the cover artist so he’d understand what we were talking about.
I’ve had some people ask me what rockabilly is, why the way Addie dresses is so specific. Rockabilly is a genre of music, but it’s the culture that goes along with it that, both in writing and in real life, has me fascinated. The culture of rockabilly includes hot rods, good music, killer hair a specific style of dress modeled after the cutest looks of the 40’s and 50’s particularly pin-up style. If you own or have seen a purse or hair accessory with cherries on, or a polka-dotted dress with a sweat heart neckline you’ve felt the influence of rockabilly.
Here in LA there’s a huge Hispanic rockabilly (and psychobilly, razabilly…) culture, with its own origins in the barrios of southern California that fascinated and delighted me. If you’re interested the movie Rebel Beat tells the story of LA’s Rockabilly culture.
In researching for this book (otherwise known as going to killer concerts and shopping on www.pinupgirlclothing.com) I met and interacted with women who were put together from their shoes to their half-sleeves of tattoos, and who always waited, patiently and graciously, to have the door opened for them. Their personal and sexual self confidence was so present that I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like when a woman like that was pushed to her limit and beyond. Hence the Undone Lovers series was born.
While Addie is the rebel rockabilly girl, her friend and boss Lulu is a more traditional pin-up girl. Lulu’s personal style and love for the beauty and glamour she sees in retro clothing led her to open her own pin-up clothing store. She’s a well-dressed, good girl.
Why do the good girls always attract the bad, bad boys?
The second book in the series, due out late spring, is the store of Lulu and Master Alton.
You can read an excerpt of Undone Rebel here: http://www.liladubois.net/Undone_Rebel.html
I’m giving away an electronic copy of Undone Rebel to one commenter.
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