Joy Zelig

Joy Zelig

Joy Zelig has been writing erotica, mostly featuring submissive women, for several years now: sexually intense, romantic, power exchange relationships, often with an Ageplay or Roleplay component. No “adult babies,” no diapers, no cribs. No incest, no violence, minimal compulsion. More psychological domination than physical. A bit of hand, hairbrush, or belt: no whips or crops or canes. Pinked—or reddened—bottoms, backs, and thighs? Yes. Bleeding, bruising, damage? Dear, Goddess! No. Some of her work has a Fifty Shades of Grey aspect at its core—rich dominant man, submissive younger woman—as in her series in progress The Good Master. Up until recently, however, Joy has been using her twin brother Jon Zelig—a writer of erotica that generally focuses on Femdom themes—as a screen. “Frankly,” Joy confessed in a recent interview, “I was embarrassed. Bad enough, I felt, that our parents had to deal with what Jon was writing. Adding in my own work just felt like it would be an additional burden on them.” What changed her mind? “We’ve always been doing fundamentally different things. At first, I told myself it made sense to just use one of our names: that would give ‘Jon’s body of work’ a kind of yin-yang feel to it, a kind of balance: Femdom/Maledom. But I think, for a lot of readers, this just ended up being confusing. When people looked for Jon’s work? They were mostly not looking for . . . the kind of fiction that I write.” Joy is now ready to come out from behind the shadow of her Five-Minutes-Older Brother.

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