Spotlight Interview with Author Bridget Midway

Spotlight Interview with Author Bridget Midway

The JR Bunnies welcome Author Bridget Midway!

WomanInChainsWhat is your most current work out?

First of all, thank you so much for interviewing me. My contemporary interracial BDSM erotic romance, Woman in Chains, will be re-released through Phaze Books on March 18th.

Here’s the blurb: Former BDSM Dom, Dakota “Dak” Ricci is a part of a BDSM group called S.A.F.E., which means Security Away From Extremists. The group concentrates on saving abused slaves and submissives from their Doms and Dommes. After an emotional save, he decides that that’s it. However, his friend and fellow Dom has another plan for him. He wants Dak to do one last save.

Brea Oliphant pushes her Dom to the limit to get the abuse she thinks she deserves. When a Domme sees what she perceives as abuse during a BDSM luncheon, she contacts S.A.F.E. to help this submissive.

Dak decides to help her when he finds out that this submissive is with the Dom who his
former submissive goes to after leaving him. He’s going to make this save be about revenge.

As soon as Brea and Dak get together, they find that they help each other more than they thought. And the sexual tension between them is so palpable that they both rethink their BDSM roles. But when the truth about Dak’s involvement in her save and Brea’s past comes to light, will their connection be enough to keep them bound together?


Tell us a little about what inspired you to write Woman in Chains?

A couple of things inspired me to write Woman in Chains. When I first got interested in writing BDSM, I set up an online profile on a BDSM personals site called My profile said that I’m an author and I’m interested in talking to people in the Lifestyle about what they do and why they do it. I’ve had a few people contact me legitimately with great information. One person told me that within the BDSM community he’s a part of that they have a group that helps abused submissives and slaves. Being a novice about the Lifestyle at the time, I was surprised that anyone within the Lifestyle would consider themselves abused. I mean, isn’t it all abuse? I now know better and know the difference between what’s consensual and what abuse is.


I was intrigued by the idea of writing a story with that scenario as a backdrop, and then I saw the movie “Black Snake Moan” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci. I liked the idea of a person holding someone hostage who needs help but that person refuses to be helped. So I wrote this story about a former Dominant who saves abused slaves and submissives. He saves one who happens to be owned by the same Dominant his former submissive went to after they stopped their relationship.

When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?

When I write any story, not just Woman in Chains, I have a story in mind already. Then I have to build the characters to support the story.


What inspired you to write in your genre?  Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?

As a writer, I’m always trying to push myself to write outside of my comfort zone. Doing that makes writing exciting for me. I’ve written science fiction futuristic stories like in my Original Sin series. I even dabbled in writing paranormal like in my novella “Silly Fears.” I hadn’t planned to write BDSM when I started nearly eight or nine years ago. An author friend of mine had mentioned that she wanted to write BDSM erotic romance. I thought she was strange for wanting to write in a genre like that until she challenged me to seek a local BDSM group and talk to them. I did and learned so much more about the Lifestyle than what I had imagined. After seeing people interact within the Lifestyle pushed me to start writing it.


Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?

Writing Brea “Rebekah” Oliphant’s character in Woman in Chains was very difficult for me. Her type of BDSM slavery was one I hadn’t encountered in all of my in-person BDSM research. I had never met a slave who only referred to herself as This Slave, although I knew a subset of this type of slavery existed within the Lifestyle. I had to dig deep in her character to find out why she would seek out a relationship like this and how to get her to think differently about herself and her role in BDSM.


Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?

I do use some people I know for my characters’ looks sometimes, but never a situation. To be honest, I don’t hang around people who expose all of their drama to me. I do use news stories, TV shows, and songs a lot to inspire me. For example, the plot in Corporate Desires came from an actual news story. A woman, who used to be a Dominatrix, decided to give up the Lifestyle and go vanilla. She put in for a clerical job and got it. Little did she know that one of the supervisors there used to be one of her clients. He asked her to resume her dominating duties. She refused saying that she’s no longer a part of that life. He took her to court citing mental distress. He said that when she used to discipline him, he was calmer and was less stressed. He claimed that because she didn’t discipline him, he couldn’t concentrate at work and had anxiety. I thought the story was interesting enough to put into a book. 


What do you find the hardest part of writing?

The hardest part of writing is plotting out the complete story. When I get an idea for a book, I have to rein myself in from just sitting down at my laptop and starting the story. If I do that, I’ll get to that “muddle in the middle” that authors talk about, or, as it’s commonly known as, writer’s block. Writer’s block just means the conflict isn’t strong enough to propel an author to keep writing. To keep from getting to that muddle or the writer’s block, I sit down and do character profiles on my hero and heroine. I’ll list my characters internal and external conflicts. Then I do a chapter-by-chapter outline so that I know where I’m going. If I’m going to be “blocked”, I’d rather it happen in my planning stages. Once I get through all of that, then I’ll start writing.


Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.

I’ve never made this a secret but for as much BDSM as I write, I’m not actually a participant in the Lifestyle. I do hang out with people in the Lifestyle, and I do hands-on training with them. I have also gotten a Domme to write a book about the Lifestyle called The ABC’s of BDSM that I edited. Other than that, that’s my only foray into BDSM. I do respect the Lifestyle and the people who are in it.


Do you have a guilty pleasure?

I’m obsessed with reality TV. I love the shows that show off talent rather than the ones where people are each other’s throats. I love “Project Runway”, “The Voice”, “Dancing With The Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance?.” I like the transformation people make on these shows, how their talent develops.


What TV Show/s are you addicted to?

I’ve started getting obsessed with really gothic shows like “Sleepy Hollow” and “Grimm” even though I don’t write paranormal. The writing pulls me in every time.


Do you have a hobby that you like to try and squeeze in?

Besides sleeping (yes, sleeping is a hobby), I love reading and going to the movies. I find, though, that I’m a bad movie watcher. I watch it and think about how the writer created the screenplay. I’m obsessed with what the characters say and how they say it.


What do you need before you start writing?  Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?

Sometimes I need music to propel me. The right slow jam or hard-hitting beat can help me form a scene. For a sex scene, sometimes I just need some porn. Porn offers me different sexual positions. No pun intended, a good sex scene can get my creative juices flowing.


Does music influence your writing?  If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?

Music absolutely influences me, not only the lyrics, music and melody, but sometimes their titles. I have quite a number of stories where I have stolen song titles: Fascination Street, That’s What Friends Are For, Love My Way, Woman in Chains. The right song can inspire a scene. If I’m writing a love scene, I love listening to someone like Jill Scott or Adele. If I’m writing BDSM, I’ll listen to Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, or someone like that.


Do you write one book from start to finish or are there multiple works underway at any given time?

I can only write one book at a time. One time I tried writing two books at a time and the voices of my characters kept getting mixed up and blurred. I’m a very linear person. I need to go from A to Z. If I get caught up in a difficult scene, I won’t move on until it’s resolved. I know other authors will just put a note in the scene like {Come back to this later} but I can’t do that. I’ll feel like I’ve missed something that will help propel another scene.


Where were you when you got your first contract?  What was the book and who did you tell first?

I received the e-mail from Phaze Books that they wanted to contract my futuristic novella “Adam and E-V-E” when I had gotten home from work. After screaming and doing a little dance, I told my family first. That was back in 2005. It’s been nine years and whenever I get offered a contract, I still scream and do a little dance. It never gets old.


How old were you when you read your first romance book? 

I was tall for my age when I was about eleven or twelve. So my first romance books were the spicy ones from Jackie Collins and Sidney Sheldon. The librarian never said anything to me when I checked out books like The Bitch, The Stud, and The World Is Full of Married Men. Jackie Collins is the original erotic romance queen. She’s also the first author I read who wrote interracial romance, and she didn’t make race an issue. Seeing her do that, I knew I could do the same thing.


Do you have an all-time favorite romance book?

I love anything by Jackie Collins. Another romance that I love is The Grunt by Latrivia Nelson.


What author causes you to “go fan girl”/ squeal over/anticipate upcoming books?

I will buy anything and everything from Patricia Mae White, otherwise known as Pat White. She also writes inspirational romance under Hope White. Those books usually burn up in my devilish hands. But I love her romantic suspense and paranormal works.


If you still have one of those pesky non writing jobs what is it?

I do have a day job. I schedule construction work for my local electric utility company. The great thing about the job is that I work in an office where the majority of the employees are men. So I get to hear how men talk and act so that I can portray them accurately in my work. Of course they don’t know that I’m studying them.


Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and an all-time favorite?

There are movies I’ve seen recently that I really liked, like “Thor: The Dark World.” I also liked “Gravity” just for the writing. My all-time favorite movie that I can watch over and over again is “Say Anything.” This is dating myself, but I was working at a movie theater when that movie came out and my friends and I would go see that movie after work or during our breaks. Can’t beat a Cameron Crowe flick.


What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?

Right now I’m working on a contemporary interracial BDSM erotic romance. Surprise, huh? And since one of my publishers has folded, I have a catalogue of work that I want to retool and then publish again. For readers asking about “Carried Away” and “O, Come”, I’m working on them.


If you could co-write with another author who would it be?

I am willing to work with any author. I learn from other authors so I would take all opportunities as a way to learn.


How did you hear about the “bunnies” at Joyfully Reviewed?

I have been a devotee of Joyfully Reviewed since its inception, and especially after meeting one of the founders of the site, Joy Harris. She is the heart and soul of the site. No one can mistake her at a conference in her bunny ears.


Where can readers find you?


 And for the silly side –

What is your favorite type of ice cream? 

You all might find this hard to believe considering I write BDSM, but I’m very vanilla, and that includes my ice cream. I love a good, smooth, creamy vanilla ice cream.


Ranger or Morelli (if you know to what this refers please answer with which one and why J)

Although I do know that the characters of Ranger and Morelli come from the Stephanie Plum series, and I do happen to have a few books in that series, I don’t know the characters enough to say what “team” I’m on. I guess whichever character is based on that professional wrestler is the one I’m for.


Team Sam or Team Dean? And Why.

Okay, I must admit I do not know where the characters of Sam and Dean come from. I know. Start the flogging now.

Thank you, again, for interviewing me. This was a blast!

Stay sexy,



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