It’s hard to believe I wrote this four years ago…a lot of it in a spiral notebook sitting outdoors at Lincoln Center and drinking coffee.
I thought about this story for a couple of years, had two false starts, and then finally it fell into place. I think in some ways it’s one of my most personal tales, even though it is a total piece of fiction, completely fabricated from out of my twisted mind.
I’ve thought about doing a sequel but, although I have a cover picked out, I never seem to get around to it. Maybe I said all I had to say about Darva and her virtuoso methods of pain and piano in this novella. I’m not big on sequels anyway. I only wrote a sequel to LEARNING TO BE CRUEL because my British artist colleague Sardax did a painting of its domina character, Miss Meirong, that suggested a further direction for the story. Yet, maybe someday, I’ll see what Darva has been up to these last few years…
In any case, I love classical music as much as femdom and in DARVA CHAN I got to merge them both. And this cover is one of my favorites.
The story also addresses the question of whether her slave, otherwise devoted, will lick the dirty bottoms of her shoes. He is reluctant because it doesn’t seem too sanitary to him…well, Darva and her minion Jason come to a compromise on this. Read it and see what you think. Be sure to listen to Prokofiev’s 7th piano sonata as you do…or, as Darva calls it, “The Femdom Sonata”! You can get the ebook here. And you can listen to the fabulous virtuoso Yuja Wang play the last movement of the sonata here. Savor the music and look at the Darva cover, letting yourself sink into the intense world of her eyes. See where the combination of image and music take you!