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By Erin Dunbar
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About

The Novel:

I have always been a writer. I won’t bore you with the struggle I’ve had with my mind and imagination, but I have always been drawn to creative storytelling. A few years ago I experienced some intimate interactions that left me with new discoveries about myself. I became fascinated with the ways in which power exchanges and pain affect not only our sexual lives, but our personal ones. I have also studied sexuality for over a decade, particularly “deviant” sexuality, and so I was able to explore these things in detail, thanks to academia. 

My Kickstarter project, my novel Our Own Mistress, is a labor of love for me. Though it is a heavily erotic novel, it is not erotica. I poured a lot of myself and my understanding of certain sexuality and gender-related taboos in this puritanical, patriarchal world. It is inspired by real people, real relationships, and a very real, misunderstood, and misrepresented culture.

The story revolves around a young woman who has always struggled with her submissiveness. To put it bluntly, she has always been a doormat. Due to choices she made under duress, she finds herself alone, without work, and a foreigner in London. Then, just when things appear to be at their worst, she is subjected to violence. However, upon surviving this violent encounter she is led to the people who, through some “unusual” means, help her realize her strength. One woman, in particular, takes her in and teaches her what power a woman, or any person, can wield. 

In this novel, I attempt to explore many things I have witnessed and experienced: 

  • LGBTQA Relationships and Exploration 
  • BDSM Relationships 
  • Gender Roles and Identity 
  • Social and Cultural Misrepresentation 
  • Feminism 
  • Surviving Abuse/Assault 

Due to the nature of this story, the novel contains graphic sex and violence. I know it is not easy to fund a work of fiction; there are many, many people out there with good ideas and the ability to bring them to life. It is also not easy to fund a novel with sexual content without it being considered erotica, or “fluff.” Some of the subject matter this novel explores has become synonymous with works like Fifty Shades of Grey. I feel it is important to say that this is not what I am writing. Too much of literature and media offers a disturbingly inaccurate portrayal of certain complex systems of relationships, including those listed above. Though this work is fiction, I put much of my personal understanding of the power in these relationships into the novel; power that, for some people, goes far beyond achieving physical pleasure and changes other aspects of their lives.

Ultimately, the risk that some may view this as another piece of erotic fluff means nothing. This story has filled my head for too long now; it needs to be told.

The content is only suitable for adults, and contains graphic scenes of sex and violence.

I do have samples available, and I even have an audio recording of the novel's introduction. 

Samples

***Please note that all these samples are registered with the US Copyright Office. Mature audiences only.***                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Our Own Mistress: Audio Introduction
  •  Our Own Mistress: Written Segments Link

The Plan:

I have been working on this story in my spare time for a few years. I should finish writing and editing before the end of 2016 if all goes well. However, one thing I need that is included in the bottom line of this project is time in London.

This is a very serious project for me, not a silly erotic romance novel that I am writing in my spare time without research, or while relying on someone else to make sure the facts are solid. London plays a significant part of this story; the people, the culture, and the geography. I need to be physically present in the city. Unfortunately, I cannot stay more than a week in London for this research, though I would dearly like more time. 

While traveling, I will be keeping a regular diary for all my backers so they can see how research and the novel are progressing, including photos and how my ideas are developing.

I intend to be nearly finished prior to traveling, to edit accordingly as I research and get a better feel for the city (with the help of a few people who live there), and return to complete the book. 

Once the book is complete, I have fellow writers and editors who will help me deal with issues. Then, come the formalities of registering, printing, and shipping.

The Funding:

London

A large portion of the funding I am requesting is for one week in London as part of researching and completing my novel.

Why London?

The city is more than the novel’s setting. As I said before, the people, their cultures and subcultures, and even the geography play a significant part in the story. I visited London years ago while studying in France. I have become so fascinated by the city and it so inspired me that there was no other place I could have imagined setting this story.

Why travel?

Yes, I could sit in front of a computer and research the city, estimate where things would occur, etc. That is not enough for me, however. I am striving to make this novel genuine, inspired by real people and places, and I can only do that if I am present in the location.

One reason I have struggled to finish this work is that I have been unable to afford returning in order to get a better “feel” for the city, and go beyond common tourism. London, for me, is an essential part of this Kickstarter project, one that, I hope, you will be willing to help me complete.

The Final Product

Once the novel is finished, I will, of course, have an electronic copy made for those who prefer that format. Having this book printed is important to me, however, and so funding will be applied to printing for those who funded the amounts listed in the awards section. 

The funding should also cover any unforeseen additional expenses. 

Risks and challenges

Most of the problems that could arise would be related to travel. I need to arrange to be away from work, from my home, etc. I need to do so at the optimum time, and I need to make the best use of my time while I'm there.

My full-time job also makes finishing the novel difficult, which means strong organization of my work schedule will be a must.

I have never printed a book before, so this detail could present some difficulties or obstacles with which I'm not yet familiar.

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