Yes, it’s true. I dig con artists. Why? Perhaps because they’re all about control.
Now let me tell you–and I swear it really is relevant–that my father was a magician. Not one of those guys who tricks the world into thinking he can levitate, but rather a man who entertained kids at birthday parties. That sort of thing. And what Dad taught me when I learned sleight of hand, was actually rather like grifting. People don’t want to discover that you wangled the coin into the crease in the palm of your hand. No, they want to believe that the coin has disappeared–that you have made it go poof! They want you have that control.
So many of us long to believe.
Well, in the fantasy world of grifters, their control is the thing that thrills me. And the way their marks walk so willingly into the honey trap. Fictional con artists are clever, they use their power. They’re skilled, they have guts, and sometimes, as in Hustle, they’ll face jail boldly if it means they maintain their honor. Yet when it’s your job to spread illusions, life surely isn’t an easy ride.
But what happens when a grifter lets reality slip and wants, in some way, to live the illusion? In fiction, that’s often when the greatest challenges come to the fore. And when the con is a trap that touches on the sexual, well, the sparks can really fly. That’s one reason why, in my free e-book, Con: You Can Play It Safe When You’re Dead (the first in a series of erotic novelettes), the con artists are twins who secretly want one another. So when the mark gets out a gun and says Go on, have sex or I’ll kill you, though the grifter twins are no longer in control, they get to live in fantasy land for as long as they wish, without having to be responsible for their actions.
Naturally they’re grifters, so they’ll trick their way out of the trap.
But not before they’re ready…
News! Check out GDP author Laurel Isaac’s piece at Scarleteen “Figuring Out How to Be a Lesbian Safer Sexpert” and also Lana’s piece about intending self-love during yoga and meditation at My Yoga Online. Also, wanna be part of some sexy cons? Check out BBC’s Hustle and Sarah Waters‘ Fingersmith — two of my faves, or download CON, Book One, absolutely free.