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The Scarlett Letters: My Secret Year of Men in an L.A. Dungeon (St. Martins Press)

Jenny Nordbak takes us to a place that few have seen, but millions have fantasized about, revealing how she transformed herself from a USC grad lacking in confidence into an elite professional dominatrix who finds her own voice, power and compassion for others.

On an unorthodox quest to understand her hidden fantasies, Jenny led a double life for two years. By day she was a construction manager, but at night she became Mistress Scarlett. Working at LA s longest-running dungeon, she catered to the secret fetishes of clients ranging from accountants to movie stars. She simultaneously developed a career in the complex and male-dominated world of healthcare construction, while spending her nights as a sex worker, dominating men. Far from the standard-issue powerful men who pay to be helpless, Mistress Scarlett s clientele included men whose fantasies revealed more complex needs, from Tickle Ed to Doggie Dan, from the Treasure Trolls to Ta-Da Ted. The Scarlett Letters explores the spectacularly diverse array of human sexuality and the fascinating cast of characters that the author encountered along the way.

While The Scarlett Letters is a window into this largely unknown world, it also showcases Jenny’s unorthodox quest to better understand herself. Transforming into Mistress Scarlett started with the goal of better understanding her own hidden fantasies, and while achieving that goal it also lead to transformations she hadn’t expected. Mistress Scarlett helped empower Jenny and instill confidence in herself outside the dungeon.

The Scarlett Letters shows us how to find your voice as a woman today, and sheds light on the emotional and physical relationships between men and women.

Jenny Nordbak earned a B.A in Interdisciplinary Archaeology from the University of Southern California. After graduating, she worked in healthcare construction. Jenny's alter ego, Scarlett, is a dominatrix. Jenny spent two years leading a double life, secretly working as a professional dominant at a dungeon in Los Angeles. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.