Wolf Among Sheep: Author Spotlight with Sara Dobie Bauer

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“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 workwriting 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.

About Sara:


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.


What’s Next?

Two days ago, I finished a rough draft of my very first novella, SPIN, which I’ve been working on since November 2014. When I typed the final words, I went through a myriad of emotions―excitement (it’s DONE!), disbelief (really, it’s done?), sadness (no more romps in this world?)…and then came a rather loaded question: what’s next?

Pretty sure this is what most writers look like when they've just completed a big project.

Pretty sure this is what most writers look like when they’ve just completed a big project.

Immediately, I ran downstairs, told my boyfriend I’d completed the novella, and he insisted on taking me out to dinner to celebrate. (Did I mention he’s amazing?)

I posted my accomplishment on social media. I did a little research and found out that I’ve written a novelette, not a novella (that tricky, sneaky word count!). I enjoyed a monster of a Reuben sandwich. I treated myself to a finger of my Yamazaki 12-year whisky, which I reserve for special occasions.

Yesterday, I read through the whole beast twice, fixing issues in continuity, identifying words that were clearly overused (I particularly liked the verbs flick and flutter in this piece―and there were a lot of pauses, moments, and breathing), and adjusting wording to better fit the overall style of the piece. I read a lot of sections out loud. This morning, I sent out the working draft to my first readers.

The only way for me to celebrate writing accomplishments. It's so good when it hits your lips!

The only way for me to celebrate writing accomplishments. It’s so good when it hits your lips!

I’ve done a lot, but there’s still a lot to do. I need to get real savvy about self publishing in the next month, because I plan to get this baby download-ready by June 5, my 30th birthday. I need to coordinate with the artist who’s designing my book cover (although, I’m ahead with this because we’ve already talked through some concepts). I need to promote the hell out of this thing, build some hype. And I need to continue to edit, edit, edit.

So that loaded question of “What next?” Well, a lot. I’m nowhere near done with this project. I’ve merely finished the writing piece of this process. I’m about to dive in to a lot of work that first-time authors don’t generally think about when they label themselves a “writer.” I know I didn’t, not when I first started out.

But now I’m ready. With whisky in hand, an amazing group of first readers who will tighten my story till it’s a clothesline ready to snap, an endless support system of friends and family who are cheering me on, and this crazy passion burning in my chest…what’s next?

Success and sharing and (hopefully) everyone reading SPIN.