“Incendiary, sensual, and wicked, Wolf Among Sheep is a thrilling reminder that the ecstasy of lust can be peppered with dark and sinister desires. With crackling prose and tension aplenty, Dobie Bauer weaves a sumptuous picture of the American South, alight with characters that lure you into their beds … and then won’t let you go.” – Me
Sara Dobie Bauer‘s latest work, Wolf Among Sheep, an erotic novella published by Hot Ink Press, is really, really good. Dark, demanding, and libidinous, Wolf is for readers who crave mystery and kink amidst solid storytelling and beautiful wordplay.
About Wolf Among Sheep:
“What exactly do you deduce we proposed?”
“That I enter into a sexual relationship with a married couple.”
Avery Collins is an ambitious young journalist in early-1900s Charleston, South Carolina, when exotic newcomers Timothy and Vonnie Duke spot him at a fancy gala on the Battery. The Dukes like bringing pretty playthings to their marriage bed, and with a promotion in mind, Avery entertains their advances not knowing lust can quickly turn to love — and love to murder.
I caught up with Sara to talk about her latest work, writing sex scenes, and, of course, wolves.
What inspired Wolf Among Sheep?
Threesomes. Not kidding. People joke about threesomes. Men and women alike include the fantasy on their sexual bucket list. I’ve even been tempted. But what people forget are the unforeseen emotional connections we make in the bedroom. I don’t claim that a fulfilling threesome is impossible (and probably a lot of fun), but what happens when two of the three involved build a connection and leave the “third wheel” floundering, alone, and angry?
If you could pick one song to represent this particular novella depicting lust, deception, and the American South, what would it be?
Who is your favorite character in Wolf Among Sheep, and why?
Timothy Duke. Not only is he a man of the world, but also he’s an animal in the sack. I’d love to give you more reasons … but I don’t want to give things away.
There is quite a bit of sensuality and eroticism in Wolf Among Sheep. For you, what is necessary in a love scene for you to enjoy reading it? And as a writer, how do you implement your personal reading preferences to construct enjoyable and realistic sex scenes?
I have to give a shit about the characters involved. A lot of bad erotica I’ve read is just two people banging, as if a money shot is enough to make the sex scene good. Writers forget about character development and motivation. Why are these characters banging, and what do they have to gain or lose?
In my own writing, I never start with a sex scene. I create characters. I give them names, backstories, and agendas, and they decide to have sex. They decide the how/when/where, and they let me watch.
And don’t forget: sexual tension is almost better than the money shot.
Do you relate more to wolves or sheep? In the metaphorical sense, of course!
Wolves. I relate to their anticipation of the hunt, and honey, you should see me in six-inch heels. I freakin’ prowl.
Lust, ambition, and jealousy are motivators that play distinct roles in Wolf Among Sheep. Which do you feel is the most potent motivator, and why? (And yes, you have to pick one!)
Jealousy is a paralytic and achieves nothing.
Ambition waxes and wanes.
Lust is the strongest motivator. Lust never goes away, whether it’s lust for a person, success, or that three-carat diamond. Lust appeals to our basest instincts, and let’s face it: we’re all animals.
What do you hope readers will experience while reading Wolf Among Sheep?
Well, I want them to be turned on, obviously. (I was turned on writing it.) I also want them to question who they’re rooting for. Since the story is told from three points of view, readers get to know Vonnie, Timothy, and Avery as individuals. The character who seems heroic on page one might not on page twenty, which goes to show—never trust a wolf in sheep’s clothing. If only you recognize the wolf in time.
Sara Dobie Bauer is a writer, model, and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. She spends most days at home in her pajamas as a book nerd and sex-pert for SheKnows.com. Her short story, “Don’t Ball the Boss,” was nominated for the 2015 Pushcart Prize, inspired by her shameless crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. She lives with her hottie husband and two precious pups in Northeast Ohio, although she would really like to live in a Tim Burton film. She is the author of Life without Harry and Forever Dead. World Weaver Press will publish her novel, BITE SOMEBODY, summer of 2016.