In this interview with cuckold erotica author Manus Dare, Manus discusses his new series Claiming Brandy, and the concept of “netotare.” Want to know what does netotare mean? Read on…
Thank you for taking the time to be part of my erotica author interview series! You’ve been positioning yourself as a cuckold erotica author, and have blogged about your creation of your unique pen name. How many books have you published so far?
29, although some of these are collections of previously published stories.
In your new 4-book cuckold erotica series, Claiming Brandy, you alternate between the male and female point of views. Which was more difficult to write, and how did you handle that process?
Honestly, I don’t really think about the difference between the male and female points of view. As I outline my stories, the scenes just seem to fall into place most of the time.
I actually prefer to write from the female point of view. I like to explore the emotions that occur when she is falling for someone who’s not her husband. If I am completely honest, that is most erotic part of my stories for me.
In Claiming Brandy, the alpha male, Kurt gets off on berating the husband Miles for being weaker than him in pretty much everything poor Miles attempts. Does this come from a place of insecurity in Kurt, or is he really just an ego-driven alpha dog who simply takes what he wants?
I’m glad you asked that question. I did try to make Kurt a little more believable than your average alpha male jerk. Kurt has built-in insecurities when it comes to Miles. He perceives that his deceased father liked Miles better than him. This will probably be explored further in the next series, but I wanted to give Kurt a reason for being a bully, besides the need to dominate.
Which is your favorite book in your new series?
Has to be book 4. This one was the most emotional for me to write in the entire series. Like readers, I was forced to feel what both characters were feeling. I knew the ending already, I knew what I wanted to say, but it was still hard to write it.
So yes, book 4 is definitely my favorite.
In one of your other cuckold erotica books, Valentines are Black, you have a line about a wife responding to the emotion of being “taken from tribe and claiming as his own.” It’s a powerful concept—do you feel there is still a type of women who responds to this emotion?
Oh, yes! I’ve actually spoken to a few women, including my wife, who can identify with this emotion. I think there are men and women out there who want to be claimed, or pursued, or even stolen. Would we act this out in real life? Probably not, but I do like to explore that fantasy.
Some of your books have been reviewed by others who seem to enjoy cuckold erotica, and some who clearly don’t. For instance, one reviewer stated one of your books “is for people who are aroused by emotional abuse,” while another called your book a “demeaning vile read”, and wanted to give it zero stars. Do you find that your writing divides readers naturally like this? Or do you feel they don’t truly understand the book they are reading in the first place?
I knew when I wrote darker cuckold stories I would get negative reviews. It is the reason I put warnings on my books to let people know they include cheating and betrayal.
I think at least part of the problem is the lack of specifics in the term cuckold. Cuckold can range from hotwife scenarios where the husband encourages his wife to sleep with other men to a husband losing his wife. Readers expecting to get a happily-ever-after hotwife story will probably be disappointed in my books. Even the stories where the husband learns his place as a cuckold are not exactly happily-ever-after.
So, I think it’s a bit of both. The writing I do does divide readers and my books may not fulfill the needs some readers are looking for when they read a cuckold story.
The funny thing is, even the negative reviews of my books tell readers who want my type of story what to expect. So I don’t really mind those reviews. They actually help to sell my novels.
What is it about the cuckold genre that you think readers love? Is there truly a sense of being aroused by emotional abuse? Do you find that a common theme? Or is there something else that make it compelling to write and publish?
It’s definitely about the emotions, although I don’t know if it’s always abuse. As you read a cuckold story, you identify with the characters and you feel the anger, jealousy, and lust. Sometimes, you feel the loss. This can be very cathartic. You are exploring emotions you would not want to feel in real life through the realm of fantasy. That’s why I think most writers write erotica no matter what the genre. To live out those fantasies in some small way. And I think readers enjoy that.
You’ve recently made statements on twitter about your books being less of a cuckold erotica, and more in line with the Japanese term, “netorare”, meaning “to be taken off.” For those unfamiliar with this concept, can you elaborate? What does netorare mean?
Sure. I am so glad you asked.
It’s a Japanese term and as far as I can tell means “to be taken off”. In other words, these stories are about a wife, girlfriend, or even a mother who abandons her family because the sex is so good with their lover.
Netorare stories are controversial. Readers are forced to identify with the characters. This causes anger, jealousy, and lust. Some readers might not be comfortable with this array of emotions when they’re reading erotica.
Do you know any true cuckold relationships in real life?
No, not personally. Although some of my readers have been involved or are involved in cuckold relationships.
Who are some of your favorite writers of cuckold erotica?
KT Morrison is my absolute favorite! I also like Vara Damon and Jaime Thorne for short reads. If I am in a hotwife mood, no one can beat Arnica Butler.
After your new series, what can we expect next from you?
Right now I’m working on a new sci-fi/horror/netorare story called Cheat Code. It’s similar in style to my previous sci fi story, Beta Test.
I will also be working on the follow-up series to Claiming Brandy called Claiming Karen, although it will not be released until summer.
How can readers find out more about your work?
I am @daremanus on Twitter. That is where I am most active.
I also have a website www.manusdare.com.
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