Bestselling Author & Award-Winning Adult Director
Kay Brandt is a multi-faceted woman—she’s a seductive storyteller, award-winning adult director who’s made more than 40 films for top-shelf studios Adam & Eve, Digital Playground, New Sensations and Girlfriends Films, and bestselling author of 21 books and counting that revolve around romance, BDSM, and horror.
When most people think of erotic writers, they have this vision of an unattractive stay-at-home mom, but that is so not Kay. She looks like she could be one of the characters in her books or movies. Yes, the lady has talent and beauty.
We sat down with her and asked all the pertinent questions about her double life as a romance writer and adult film director. Enjoy!
How did you become an erotic writer?
Something got in my head and in my heart in 1995. The story of these two lesbian strippers who were also live-in lovers took over my consciousness and held me mentally hostage until I gave in and let it out on paper. “Kiss Me Twisted” was an erotic-themed stage play I wrote about two bi-sexual, needy, and fairly abstract characters who existed in the shadows of an underground lifestyle (more underground back in the 90’s than now) stripping and “dabbling” in porn. The entire process was overwhelming, writing draft after draft after draft, and then finally deciding on the draft I felt good about raising funds for and making it into a stage play. I was the writer/producer, casting and PR agent, and I starred in it, too.
I also went through three different casts before the right group of actors stuck and brought Kiss Me Twisted to life with me. Essentially, I became an erotic writer by accident. It was always the story and characters first and foremost for my writing. Erotica just happened to be the genre Kiss Me Twisted worked best in. Years later, it occurred to me that I should write more erotic-themed content, like maybe I might have a thing for it, so, I suppose that’s when I “became” an erotica writer, or at least identified with the natural creative desire for writing it.
Are most of your readers male or female?
Hard to say because many are hiding behind profile images that aren’t real pictures of who they are. I’d guess it’s a 50-50 split, with both sexes behaving equally as vocal about liking my work on social media.
What do you think the sexiest thing about a woman is? And a man?
There are so many, many things that can make a woman sexy. Her neck, mouth, eyes, hands, shoulders. I often find that women with great personalities raise the sexy meter quite a bit, too. Having a good personality goes for men as well. And mixed with strong shoulders and a tight ass, well, that’s the entire sexy package for me.
How does your work appeal to couples, and how could your books and films enhance romantic relationships?
I try to create content that doesn’t sway too hard to the masculine and not entirely to the soft side, either. Story-driven content seems to appeal to couples on a wider, more general level, without being seen as offensive (even though my films contain very dirty, naughty sex scenes) or perhaps intimidating. Let’s face it, even the best relationships have moments when sex becomes rather dull and mundane, and movies like mine are perfect for spicing the mood and hopefully enhancing intimacy.
The World of Cherry revolved around strippers and strip clubs. It became a DVD series for Digital Playground called Cherry. What was it like seeing your words come to life and having some of the biggest names in adult cast in the film?
The time to be amazed over my words coming to life was many years before I made the two Cherry films. The concept for the films was derived from the stage play I’d written years previous, Kiss Me Twisted – about the lesbian strippers. For the Cherry films, I expanded the nucleus of the play to screenplay-size, with triple the characters. The two male roles from the play were removed for film as well.
The cast was amazing, and I’d worked with several of the performers before and knew I wanted to hire them for these two very special all-girl films. But at least half the cast were performers I met on set for the first time, and that was quite an experience to be introduced to the depth of talent I was very fortunate to be surrounded by. Riley Steele was the DP contract girl I handpicked for the film and she was absolutely perfect as “Harlow” the love of Cherry’s life. The actual role of Cherry was played by a mainstream actress, Judy Thompson, who’d auditioned for me. It wasn’t just a creative decision, but a company one, to hire Judy to play the non-sex role. We wanted to push the envelope and do something no one else had done in porn before.
The two films were the biggest budgeted lesbian adult films ever made. Was it hard to contain yourself and not got totally bananas in the making of these movies?
No, not hard at all. It’s important to work within the confines of a designated budget because the money didn’t come freely. It wasn’t like DP told me the sky was the limit and I was free to spend whatever I wanted. The woman who worked as my production manager for the entire endeavor was Melissa Monet, and she was excellent at keeping line items in check. We had no runaway expenses, and we actually came in under budget at the end of the five-day production schedule. I only had five days to film both movies, so Melissa created an intricate schedule where are shoot days were a mix of scenes from movie 1 and movie 2. We didn’t have the luxury of filming them separately and it was challenging to have to zoom forward in time or go backwards from one scene to the next because of combining the films into one shoot. We did it, though, and I owe much of the success of the Cherry films to my cast and crew. I was blessed to work with the best and as a director, that’s an enormous gift.
Safe Landings was made into a feature movie in 2015 for Adam & Eve. Although you had turned your books into films before, how was this different?
I’d never turned my books or any other books into a film before Safe Landings. That was my first books-to-film project, my first time adapting a manuscript into a screenplay, and then making it into a movie. The entire experience was new to me, and exciting, and it was an enormous undertaking both as a writer and as a director. And the budget only allowed for two days of filming. So, there was the painstaking tasks of whittling my own novel into a selection of five sex scenes (there are more in the book) and the pertinent dialogue surrounding those scenes which helped to create, define and support the overall story. Not an easy task at all.
Babysitting the Baumgartners was the Number 1 movie for most of 2016 and was beloved by the critics and did well at awards season. What was it like bringing Selena Kitt’s words to life, and how hard was it follow the book by the letter?
It was a giant challenge to adapt Selena’s New York Time’s bestselling novel into a screenplay for many reasons. I’ve explained in previous interviews about the fact that authors have the freedom to write about situations, locations, sex acts, etc, without restrictions. When making a movie there are plenty of restricting factors, namely the budget, and then the other aspects, like shooting schedule, available locations, and the amount of scenes needed to make a complete story. The Babysitting the Baumgartners manuscript adapted fairly well to a screenplay structure, almost as if Selena had planned on it being a movie one day somewhere in her subconscious. The setting had to be changed, though, from Key West (in the book) to where I found the best location for the shoot high up in the Hollywood Hills – the opposite of Key West. Shooting on the beach in California isn’t easy to accomplish, and I couldn’t find a proper location to suit all our needs, like the Hollywood Hills home. There are also like eighteen sex scenes in the book and I knew I was already pushing things by wanting to include at least 14 of the book scenes in the movie. A normal adult film has five sex scenes. We were nearly triple the amount, and I had to defend that to the producers, Adam & Eve, who bravely stood behind the decision to be as true to the book as possible, whether it be word for word in the script or sex scene by sex scene. Although the movie may at times appear sexually repetitious compared to a normal porn, the scenes all make sense in the context and structure of the story. It wasn’t meant to be sexually gratuitous, and I don’t think it comes off that way, either. Fans of the book were very happy with the adaptation, and appreciated how closely I kept the movie to the original manuscript.
The follow up Babysitting the Baumgartners is Adventures with the Baumgartners and it’s in wide release on DVD in May. How will this movie be different from the first one? And can you give us a sneak peek of what it’s like?
Adventures is based on a totally different book. It’s been a few years since the last Baumgartner book in the series was released. The children grow into adulthood over the course of the books, and Doc and Carrie Baumgartner continue to explore their polyamorous desires with other people, including a trans woman, and the nannies, Ronnie and Gretchen, reunite with them in various books. However, Selena left two time lapses in the layout of the Baumgartner book series, so, there was our opportunity to add more stories to it. Since we’d been discussing making a follow-up movie, we (Selena, Adam & Eve, and me) mutually decided the next film should be based on a brand-new book.
Adventures is quite different than Babysitting because it has a bigger cast—double the size of the first one—and a wider storyline with a sub-plot.
Soles came out last year and is a departure from your erotic novels. Did you enjoy writing horror and how did your fans react to the change?
I love writing any genre because every story is a new adventure and learning how to navigate a genre I’d never explored before like horror was very challenging but exciting, too. My fans were mixed, but that was a risk I took not creating a pen name for my non-erotic work. Not everyone likes horror, or would rather have erotica mixed in. But this was my creative objective—to write what was in me to write, and not become robotic in my book output. I don’t write for trend. I write because the writer in me has something to say.
You’re working on the follow up of your book At Your Mother’s Command, which was very successful last year. The Amazon reviews were amazing. What can your readers expect with the next book and when will it be available?
At Mother’s Command 2 will be published this summer. The story continues from where the first book left off, basically, and the story of teenage Maxina finding her way in the new, bizarre world of her parents’ private estate (that’s really a high-end BDSM resort) goes to the next level. I don’t think a BDSM book was written before At Mother’s Command that brought readers into a unique and unexpected family dynamic such as what Sumera, Rocco, Stella and Max are experiencing in this series. There’s complexity in the story, and also scorching hot fetish sex scenes, and circumstances become more intense as the series continues.
At Your Mother’s Command delves into BDSM, but isn’t unrealistic like 50 Shades of Grey. Have your readers become more curious about BDSM and/or have you attracted new readers with the subject matter?
I think BDSM has always been popular with readers of books. It’s a large niche that’s occupied by many, many, many authors. If you consider how many thousands of erotic books have a BDSM theme, it’s even more surprising that 50 Shades was the book Hollywood picked to make. I look at the literary offerings and start to salivate over the abundance of quality BDSM material that’s published. 99% of these books will never get made into films, but I think that’s a major missed opportunity. I would love to create my own line of fetish adult films solely based on BDSM books, without fear of having to appease a mainstream audience.
I’ve attracted some new readers because of At Mother’s Command, and surprised those who already love me.
Monthly Fetish is obviously about fetishes. What is your favorite fetish on a personal level?
The ties that bind. Handcuffs, scarfs, rope, whatever ties the wrists and ankles. Very sexy.
You’ve done a lot as a writer and director. What’s left on your bucket list?
Everything! I feel like I’m still at the beginning of this journey and have much, much more to do. I would love to find a dedicated investor to fund my bigger ideas for movies in both adult and mainstream films. I’d love to write a hit Netflix series, too.
And now for the shameless self-promotion…is there anything you want to promote?
Yes, everything, please 🙂
My latest adult feature, Adventures with the Baumgartners, is released wide on DVD in May. This is the sequel to the award-winning Babysitting the Baumgartners, and another epic offering with 10 sex scenes and a movie run time of five hours!
A few weeks ago, I launched a new book series called Hotwives and Their Dirty Desires. I plan on writing many of these books because they are so much fun to write. Very dirty, naughty, lusty and… you’ll have to read it to find out more.
How can our readers find you?
Support writers and the adult industry. Kay’s books are very affordable on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats. And, her movies are available at your favorite online
e-tailers like Adult Empire http://www.adultempire.com/allsearch/search?q=kay%20brandt and Gamelink http://www.gamelink.com/s/porn-stars/ps/134635/kay-brandt.
UPDATE – Kay was nice enough to send us some of her sexy feet pics! Thank you, Kay!