Writers Wednesday Spotlight: Annabel Fanning, Author

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Annabel Fanning is the author of the She series, an epic, sexy erotic romance series set in Paris. The She series is available now – and is free on Kindle Unlimited. For a limited time, Annabel is giving away 1000 copies of the entire set on her Facebook Page – and you can win! If you already own the She series, there’s another giveaway just for you!  Read on..

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Meet Annabel Fanning…

Photo of Annabel Fanning, AuthorAnnabel Fanning is a British-born, Australian-based writer and full-time cat enthusiast. When she’s not indulging in her love of writing, she likes to paint her nails, shop and wander off into nature — not necessarily in that order.

She began writing songs as a child, the most memorable of which was entitled: “Tropical Night in Switzerland”. Throughout her teens, songwriting was the most rebellious form of expression that she was willing to partake in (no tattoos, drugs, or biker boys) and her love for storytelling developed. There was just one problem: music wasn’t her passion. A month before her 20th birthday whilst sitting under the Californian sun a few deck chairs down from Robert Pattinson, inspiration struck, and Annabel began writing her first novel. The years flew by and now at 26, Annabel has written a handful of novels, which she plans on releasing throughout 2015/16. She’d really like it if you read them.

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The She Series

A Bestselling Erotic Romance Novel set in the City of Love…

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“LOVE and SEX at once, is a powerful combination.”

Escape into Annabel Fanning’s feel-good bestselling erotic debut. She Part 1 is a contemporary and humorous look into the lives of two people who are on the precipice of true love. The novel uniquely crosses several genres, mixing first-grade erotica seamlessly with women’s lit and breathtaking romance.

The story unfolds over sixteen thrilling and erotically-charged days, during which the reader is thrust into the heart of Paris, the novel’s backdrop, and into the daily lives of the construction world’s elite.

Logan Leary is a reformed bad-boy who moved to the city of love fifteen years ago to start his life over. Now he owns one of Paris’s most successful companies and leads as seemingly charmed life. There’s just one thing missing: Gemima Samuels.

Gemima Samuels moved to Paris with her down-on-his-luck boyfriend eight years ago. She coasted through life (in that annoying way we sometimes do) until her boyfriend cheated on her and life dealt her a wake up call. Choosing to start afresh, Gemima ends her relationship and quits her job before being hired by the most prestigious interior design firm in the city.

A supposedly inconsequential lunch date turns out to be the start of something phenomenal that will change both of their lives forever.

Set in picturesque Paris, She Part 1 is an erotic tale about falling madly in love. Combining sex, passion, and romance, these two high-flying professionals will leave you saying, “Oh, la la!”

 

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Book Cover for She, Part 2, by Annabel FanningShe, Part 2

“LOVE and SEX at once, is a powerful combination. LOVE and SEX in Paris, is better.”

In this sequel Annabel continues to effortlessly marry several genres. From laugh-out-loud comedy to steaming erotica to heart pounding romance, She Part 2 has it all.

Picking up where Part 1 left off, Gemima and Logan escape Paris for the weekend to indulge in all manner of pleasurable things on the French Riviera. Relaxation, sightseeing and sex — it’s a perfect combination!

Once back in Paris, life hands out a few surprises, from troublesome ex-boyfriends, to changes at work, to a heartwarming best friends confession. But the lead up to Logan’s birthday brings one event that Gemima must conquer (and try her best not to say anything inappropriate which, you know, is hard for her!) She must meet Logan’s parents, and his bastard of a brother…

Taking place over thirteen electric days, She Part 2 continues to explore love, sex and a relationship unlike any other you’ve ever read. This smart-talking duo will leave you saying, “Oh mon dieu!”

 

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Part 1 is 115,000 words and Part 2 is 150,000 of “oh, la la” goodness. For readers 18+ over only. Contains explicit sexual content, a hero that will make your heart flutter, and a heroine who will make you laugh out loud. To experience the full scope of their relationship, this series is designed to be read in its entirety.

A selection of readers’ comments…

5* — “Amazing!”

5* — “Beautifully written.”

4* — “Beyond hot.”

5* — “A love story in every sense of the word.”

5* — “These two will go down as my favorite couple in any book I have, or will ever read!”

5* — “A phenomenally brilliant conclusion.”

5* — “MUST READ.”

5* — “Hilarious.”

Photos of the covers of the She series by Annabel Fanning

 

Buying Links

Both books are FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Part 1 — Amazon US | Part 2 — Amazon US

Part 1 — Amazon UK | Part 2 — Amazon UK

Part 1 — Amazon AU | Part 2 —Amazon AU

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Music: A Guest Post

I incorporated a lot of music in the series (each chapter is named after a song, as is the entire series). The chapter playlists can be found here: http://www.annabelfanning.com/music-playlist.html

I LOVE music! It’s a huge part of my life. I spent all of my teen years writing songs and coming up with melodies and putting them to tracks in various recording studios around the city where I live. Music features heavily in the two book series that I wrote before She Part 1 & 2, however with these books I went a little further and decided to name each chapter in the books after a song that I feel best resonates with the contents of the corresponding chapter. Here’s what I came up with…

She Part 1 Soundtrack:

1. Begin Again by Taylor Swift
(the lyrics “on a Wednesday in a cafe, I watched it begin again” could not have been more perfect, because the book starts on Wednesday and (you guessed) the first scene is in a cafe, and the entire chapter is about the excitement of a new beginning)
2. My Funny Valentine by Alice Fredenham (an Ella Fitzgerald cover)
3. Searchlight by Jamie Catto, Kelli Ali, Duncan Bridgeman, Paul Herman, Lévon Min

(I found this song whilst cruising the Chillout Lounge music channel like my characters in the book do. It’s become of my favourite songs ever!)

  1. Domino by Jesse J
  2. Tell Me by Mia Dyson
  3. Ready For Love by India Arie
  4. Nothing At All by Santana feat. Musiq

(This choice was purely about the music rather than the lyrics. The smooth and funky Santana beat was perfect for the sexy dancing scenes, oh lala!)

  1. You Shook Me All Night Long by ACDC
  2. Mirrors by Boyce Avenue (a Justin Timberlake cover)
  3. Happy by Pharrell Williams

(Although perfect for the story, this is also a bit of an homage to my friend, who I was staying with when I wrote She Part 1. Happy was her ringtone, and her phone used to ring off the hook.)

  1. Replay by Zendaya
  2. Burn by Ellie Goulding
  3. You Got It by Roy Orbison

She Part 2 Soundtrack:

  1. Kill Of The night by Gin Wigmore

(I went back and forth on whether or not to use this one. It’s just so damn cool, that I had to go for it.)

  1. I’ll Be Your Lover, Too by Van Morrison
  2. Ex’s And Oh’s by Elle King

(A late edition which fits perfectly with this chapter. This is the only song in the series that I didn’t find myself. Logan’s number 1 fan, Jennifer, found this one for me.)

  1. Empire by Shakira
  2. What A Man by Jessica Mauboy (a Linda Lyndell cover)

(Dedicated from Gemima to Mr. Logan Leary.)

  1. Dancing In The Dark by Bruce Springsteen
  2. Inside Out by Bryan Adams
  3. The Best by Tuna Turner
  4. Heartbeat Song by Kelly Clarkson
  5. Sex On Fire by Kings Of Leon

(Eighteen months I had this song in mind for these particular scenes. My patience paid off, this is a great part of the story, even if I do say so myself!)

  1. It’s My Party by Lesley Gore
  2. Jungle by Emma Louise
  3. Everything Has Changed by Taylor Swift, ft. Ed Sheeran

(It seems fitting that the penultimate chapter links back to the very first one.)

  1. She by Charles Aznavour

(Ah, the namesake of the entire series! This is such a beautiful, striking and romantic song, and so utterly perfect for Logan to dedicate to Gemima. I couldn’t have finished it in any other way.)

 

If you’d like to have a little jam session, all the songs are available to listen to on my website: www.annabelfanning.com

Bonus Chapter!

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FREE to download here! http://www.annabelfanning.com/freebonus-chapters.html

Can be read before, after or during the series.

 

Giveaways!

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A Frisky Friday Interview with Rosemary Willhide, Erotic Author

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Introduction

Rosemary-Author PhotoI had an opportunity to interview Rosemary Willhide shortly before she released her first book in the Swept Away series, Running Away to Home. It was a blast. Since then, Rosemary has gone on to complete her series, adding Away With Him and A Way Back to her list of published works. She tends to write in the genre she enjoys most, contemporary erotic romance, and plans to continue writing erotica as long as her typically horny and sinfully sexy characters keep feeding her their stories to tell.

I thought it would be fun to catch up with her again to see how being a popular and successful author might have added even more spice to her already feisty life. It was even more fun than the first time, so sit back and enjoy! Then check out her work and follow her career as she moves forward with her next naughty collection…

First, the Personal Questions…

Tell readers a little about a “typical” day in your life now that you’re an established author.

Usually every day starts with my coffee and juice being delivered on a tray by my husband. (I know, I’m spoiled!) Then working out is the first thing on my agenda before writing and/or promoting.

Do you have any special traditions related to your writing? For example, how do you celebrate a “milestone”?

Wine glassesUsually, celebrating involves wine. If I write, THE END, or the edits are done, it’s time to pop the cork.

Do you have a separate career outside of writing?

I still teach nine fitness classes a week. It keeps me sane…ish.  Operative suffix…. “-ish” – I’ve seen some of your takeovers… *laughing*

What other careers did you dream about as a child, teen or young adult?

I always wanted to be on a sitcom. I have a degree in theatre, so maybe one day, I will get back to acting.

Interviewer’s Note:  It’s probably wise and very useful to have a degree in drama if you spend a lot of time on social media.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment so far?Promo poster for the Swept Away Series by Rosemary Willhide

I think my greatest accomplishment has been writing three books so fast. Releasing the first book was like being shot out of a cannon. Having three released in less than five months was crazy for me. The work load, with promoting, editing and writing, was non-stop.

Good thing you have experience with treadmills then!  So, where do you see yourself in five years?

I have no idea. Five years ago, I never imagined I’d be an author, so I’m open to what the world throws my way.

Who would you most like to interview, living or passed away? Why?

I don’t think there’s anyone famous that I’d want to meet or interview. I’ve had some bad celebrity encounters, so I will keep all those I hold dear a fantasy. 

Note to self: I should have asked for some salacious details. Hopefully it’s more interesting than a paranormal Elvis sighting.

Let’s talk writing…

At what point did you decide to try your hand at writing? What led you to that decision?

I decided to try to write my own erotic romance/fantasy after reading FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. It had been a long time since I read fiction. I devoured them…three times. So, it got me thinking, and inspired me to give writing a try.

I believe it is safe to say that FIFTY SHADES inspired many women to try things they haven’t tried before, one of which is writing! So, in addition to Fifty Shades, where did your love of books/storytelling/writing come from?

I’ve always been an entertainer. Now instead of telling a story on stage, I tell it on the page.

What does your writing process look like? 

Well, I have a little ADD, so I get distracted easily with my phone. “Oh, look a new Facebook post, a text, such shiny objects.” Also, if my dog Harley needs extra attention, that will get me every time.

Alexander Skarsgard, muse for the character of Derek in the Swept Away series by Rosemary WillhideAnd then there’s this guy – who turns up quite a bit in some of your musings…

Photo of Alexander Skarsgard, muse for Derek, from the Swept Away series by Rosemary Willhide

 

As I recall, he was your muse for Derek’s character…

 

<—–    Derek, the movie star 

  Derek at the gym….with his “personal trainer”… perhaps… —> 

*Interviewer realizes she has distracted herself while selecting celebrity man candy photos for the interview *

 

Ahem. Sorry about that. Back to business: Do you have any “strange” writing habits? Lucky socks or PJs? Superstitions?

I always wear something comfy to write in, and it’s a total commando situation.

I completely get that. Working from home has many benefits, not the least of which is going commando when it suits you! I would expect nothing less.    So, is there a particular time of day (or night) that you prefer to write?

I tend to write when my husband is not home. He’s the biggest distraction of all.  (Aren’t they all? )

Just as your books inspire readers to start writing, what authors have inspired you to write?

E.L. James, Sylvia Day, Meredith Wild, Jake Malden. They all inspire and their books encourage me to keep trying to do better.

We have those authors in common when it comes to writing inspirations. Jake is my go-to guy for the male POV – especially in this genre! Brief discussion of some of Jake’s colorful characters…Jared, Gavin…  

OK, after that pleasant disruption, back on track we go: Do you gravitate to one particular point of view when you write, or do you favor writing in one gender over another?

I wrote the Swept Away series in Nia’s POV. She had my voice, my sense of humor, my control freak issues, and rhythm. I’m writing DEREK’S CHRISTMAS CAROL in Derek’s POV. I enjoy writing the erotic scenes in the male voice. It’s much filthier. I think I’m ready for my balls now. LOL! 

Gotta agree with you there. When it comes to erotic scenes, we can pretend to understand what men think! Again, male authors like Jake Malden, Ethan Radcliff, Al Daltrey and Charming Man are EXCELLENT references; one might even say “sexperts” on the subject. 

How important are names to you in books? Do you choose names based on people you know or admire, or because you like the sound or the meaning of the name? Do you have any name selection resources or hints you’d be willing to share?

I love picking names for my characters. It usually starts from a line of dialogue I can hear them saying in my head. Sometimes they are modern names like Nia and Derek. Next up will be more classic names, Jessica and Adam. I like both. I sometimes name secondary characters after people in my real life. Which is a cautionary tale. There’s a couple of evil characters named after people that were evil to me. So, be nice. You might end up in one of my books. sinister laugh

Duly noted, Ms. Willhide. So tell me, are you a plotter or a “pantster”?

I would say I’m both. I plot, but I don’t write it down. Sometimes a character will say something unexpected and take the plot in a different direction. The character, Shannon Thomas in AWAY WITH HIM is perfect example of this. One line of dialogue changed the end of the book, I think for the better. (But, I won’t say what line.)

You are being uncharacteristically coy today, Rosemary. I hope this will change when we get to the “crazy” questions. 

Is there a certain type of scene that is harder for you to write than others? Clearly, it’s not the erotic ones (just sayin’)…

Party scenes are extremely challenging for me, and yet, it’s a great way to make the secondary characters leap off the page. So, it’s a fun challenge. Aunt Mary Jane has a great scene in AWAY WITH HIM. After that scene, others followed that were such a joy to write. She’s one of my all time favorite characters.

What are you working on now, and what is your next project?

Right now I’m finishing up DEREK’S CHRISTMAS CAROL. The Nia and Derek fans wanted one more book. So, they are getting a holiday novella. It’s a short Christmas treat, and I’m determined to put the dick into Dickens. I have no doubt of your ability to put a dick in anything. (That sounded MUCH better in my head!) Laughing Out Loud

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After that is a three book series called, THE VEGAS EDGE. It will feature three couples, all the men are dominants and the women will have different degrees of curiosity and experience in the BDSM lifestyle. That sounds like a LOT of fun to write. And a good chance to ask if you ever model any of your books after your own life…but I digress. And distract myself again looking for illustrations.

Pick any of your books – and tell me how you became involved with the subject or theme of the story?

With the entire Swept Away series it was born from my sheer lust for Alexander Skarsgard from TRUE BLOOD. I kept having the same dream that Alexander came to take Alexander Skarsgard 3my spin class at the country club. So, why not pair a feisty spin instructor with a dirty little mouth, and a Hollywood heartthrob with an ass that just won’t quit. Nia’s secret past and Derek’s consuming career set the stage for a roller coaster ride filled with heat, angst, humor, and a hint of mystery.

Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you were to branch out to another genre, what would it be and why?

The simple answer is, I love sex. I love to write about it, read about it, talk about it, and I love to have it, A LOT. If I wrote another genre it might be a murder mystery. I discovered I like to kill people off in books. (I may have a dark side.) (Reference early comments regarding Rosemary’s selection of murder victims and stay on her good side.)

What do you think most characterizes your writing? What makes your style or storytelling stand out from the crowd?

I hope they have a sense of my heart and humor. In my humble opinion, they most certainly do.

What one thing that people THINK they know about what it’s like to be an author – but they really don’t?

It’s not glamorous at all. It’s actually a little lonely, but has moments that are so exhilarating. I laugh and cry right along with my characters…among other things. LOL! 

Who do you write for?

When I started, I wrote for myself, just to see if I could do it. Now, with Derek’s Christmas Carol, I’m writing for my readers who have invested their time and heart in Nia and Derek. I don’t want to let them down.

How has your life influenced your writing? Do you base any of your stories – even loosely – on your own experiences at work, at home, or elsewhere?

Nia is all me. The good, bad, and ugly. We don’t just have the same profession but the same control issues, and love of cheese. My husband also influences my work. The way he loves me is the way Derek loves Nia. It’s playful, intense, loyal, and all consuming.

Give an example of one mistake you’ve made as an author and what you learned from it.

Gosh, a shorter list might be the mistakes I haven’t made. I’m a work in progress.

What is one question you WISH someone would ask you? Why?

I’ve always been surprised no one asked me about Nia’s past. Why did I make her a domestic violence survivor? The truth is, I have a friend who went through it. I wanted to honor her, and all the women like her. She read an early draft of RUNNING AWAY TO HOME. She said I gave her a voice. It meant the world to me. I named a character after her, but I keep that one private.

Many people say they learn about themselves when they answer some of the interview questions they receive along the way. What have you learned about yourself, and how has it helped you?

I’ve learned you ask the best questions. 

Thank you! I have amassed quite the collection of questions, but I’m also very curious. Some might say more than curious…nosy, perhaps! But I wanted to be a journalist at one time, and you need a healthy dose of interest in people to do that. Sadly, I’m an introvert, which is less than ideal in the journalism world…so I sit at home and blog.

And now for the moment we’ve been waiting for, the round of crazy questions, a.k.a. Truth or Dare…

Share a funny or embarrassing moment, from childhood through today.

Once I was playing slots at a casino and my halter-top became untied and fell down. My boobs were out for the world to see…no one noticed.

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If you could cast any of your book characters in a Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play them and why?

Derek Pierce is a no brainer. It would have to be Alexander Skarsgard. If the execs didn’t want me to play Nia, I’d like to see the actress who played Willa in TRUE BLOOD, Amelia Rose Blair.

 

What is your biggest fear?

The Dentist. I HATE the dentist.

What do you want your tombstone to say?

Rosemary Willhide had a dirty little mouth, and loved to make people laugh. She did not like undies. <—— And THAT is why I love visiting cemeteries. 

What secret talents do you have – or do you want? Musical instruments? Sports?

I can tap dance. I have a mean triple time step. My mom took me to tap and ballet in the fourth grade because I wasn’t very good at sports, like the rest of my family. NYGiants

Although, now I’m pretty decent at Ping Pong, and love to watch football. GO GIANTS!

Where is one place you’d like to visit that you’ve never been before?

I’d love to go to Napa. I can’t believe I haven’t been there before. It will be like the mother ship calling me home. 

I live nearby. We could do some serious damage over there, with a designated driver, of course…I know my way around, but I’d rather have a limo driver – LOL. 

Favorite animal?

I love animals in general. But, I have a soft spot for dogs. I also have and will continue to feature canine characters in my books.

What is one item on your bucket list and why is it on there?

I’ve always wanted to go to the UK. It’s a dream of mine. The sight-seeing, the theatre, and now some special friends I’ve made in the book world would be lovely to meet. (But not in a stalker kind of way…much! LOL!) I knocked that one off my bucket list this year and it was spectacular. Although if you’re planning to meet/stalk Jake Malden, he’s like the unicorn of male authors….magical but mythical.

What were you like as a child? Favourite book, toy, or cartoon character?

I grew up one of six kids, so attention was hard to come by. I invented The Rosemary Willhide variety hour. I would sing, and tell jokes that I wrote, that I was sure were hilarious. I also loved TV. Reruns of the BRADY BUNCH were a favorite of the mine.

What is one thing readers should know about you – but don’t?

I hope my readers know how much I appreciate them. When you put out a book, you giveaway a little piece of your soul. So, when a reader sends you a PM to let you know they enjoyed your work, it means everything.

Where do you escape from reality?

In a good book, with a glass of wine.

Thank you so much, Rosemary, for sharing a bit of yourself with Passionate Reads. Take a look at this teaser, then follow me to the next post, including Rosemary’s bio, an overview of her series, stalker links, purchase links and more!

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Writer’s Wednesday with Charming Man (aka author A. S. Wilkins) – A Guest Post!

Author A. S. Wilkins, aka Charming Man, shown as the drummer in Synthetix.
Charming Man performing with Synthetix … he’s the man behind the beat … a man full of surprises.

 

Authors are often asked what they do when they’re not writing; what they do to unwind, to spur creativity, or just simply to have fun. Creativity has many outlets, and talented authors often have other talents – other outlets for creative expression, other sources of inspiration. Author A. S. Wilkins – or as you may know him, Charming Man – is one of those talented individuals whose outlets include music – but not just music in the comfort of his own home – musical performance as a member of a band! I had the pleasure of watching a video performance while visiting with him earlier this year – he truly rocks! So for this Writer’s Wednesday I asked him to tell us a little about himself as a musician. Here’s what he had to say…

A Beat-Crazy Guy…

I’m often asked about my life outside of writing, as if it’s assumed I’m a full-time writer who must have some form of private indulgence that allows me unwind from the daily stresses of constructing creative prose. Sadly, writing is not my full-time profession; I have a day job in IT (which I yearn to cast aside), and it’s without doubt more applicable for one of my work colleagues to ask the question “So what do you do when you’re not cutting code?”, to which I might reply “Oh you know, I dabble in writing sensual romance and the like!”

However, whether I perceive myself as an aspiring writer or an ageing IT geek, my other main outlet in life is music, and my love of playing the drums. I’ve been playing on and off for over 30 years; it all started back in Portsmouth when, at the impressionable age of 13, I met the late Keith Moon on the set of the rock opera ‘Tommy’. I then formed my first band with school friends aged 16, having persuaded my parents I wouldn’t make too much noise in the house if they allowed me to buy my first drum kit; they should’ve known better!

Over the years I’ve been a member of a number bands wherever I’ve lived, across a variety of genres including soul, R&B, rock, pop, new wave, punk and indie – andywilkins.com/beat-crazy-guy will give you a little more of an insight if you’re interested in the details.

Right now I’m playing in two bands, both of which are fairly active at the moment, and each having a strong following in the Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire/Hertfordshire area of the UK. Waiting For Katherine is a four-piece, high energy, indie punk outfit that plays very catchy original songs, and The Synthetix is a covers band, dishing up the sounds of late 70s new wave era – many of the songs that feature in my novella The Hitcher from part of the band’s repertoire.

It’s true to say that as I get older, I seem to be dedicating more of my time to my artistic bent; whether this is because I’m now able to do so, or some form of mid-life crisis, I’m not sure. What I do know is my writing and music play a big part of my life at the moment, and I am thoroughly enjoying both in equal measure. If only they paid the bills!

 

 

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Charming Man behind the drums during a performance by Waiting For Katherine. If you think it’s sexy to read about rock star heroes, what about a rock star hero who’s also an erotic author? Hmmm…I may just have to write THAT story myself! (I think I know where I can find an expert source…)

Bonus! A Video….!

Want to Know More About Charming Man?

Charming Man, aka author A. S. Wilkins explores the thought-provoking world of sensual romance through themes such as encounters between strangers, sexual fantasies, illicit relationships, voyeurism and more.

A S Wilkins has been writing sensual romance for over fifteen years. It all started quite by accident, following the tragic death of his wife in 1998, when he was left with two small children to bring up alone, as well as manage his own software consultancy.

While still in a state of shock and running on auto-pilot, he settled into a daily routine of dropping the kids off at day care, fulfilling his nine to five obligations, collecting the kids in the evening, feeding them, bathing them and putting them to bed with a night-time story, before collapsing in front of the television and crying into a large glass of red.

He had neither the opportunity nor desire to meet anyone new, yet he craved companionship.  Posing as Charming Man, after the name of his favourite song by his favourite band The Smiths, he began to trawl online chat rooms, striking up conversations with anonymous individuals who may or may not have been who they said they were; it made little difference to him.

A S Wilkins wears his heart on his sleeve, and it soon became apparent he was able to engage openly with people from all walks of life, be they male or female; but mostly female it has to be said.  Many of his early conversations on the net were innocent in content; he would pour his heart out to anyone who would listen, and in return he would provide a shoulder to those who were equally going through difficult times.  He found the process very therapeutic and saved him a fortune in counselling!

Before too long, these intimate exchanges left him wanting more, such is the nature of making a new acquaintance.  However, charming by name and charming by nature, he chose never to cross the line until encouraged to do so by others.  This led to many a cat and mouse war of words with many a like-minded soul, which both intrigued and excited him.  It was during this time he wrote his first short story, Night Vision, detailing his longing for the next love to enter his life.

The more he chatted, the more he became obsessed with the notion of sexual encounters between strangers. Still not in a position to embark on a new relationship in the real world, he continued to engage women in cyberspace, and together they would contrive a variety of scenarios from the respective comfort of their laptops. Many of these scenarios were later to become short stories; Beach Encounter, Mid Air Collusion, Ariana, A Greek Tragedy and The Hitcher, to name a few.

Fast forward several years and A S Wilkins has found happiness once more, having settled down north of London with a new partner and their combined family of four children.  The release of Fifty Shades of Grey in March 2012 prompted him to dust off his short stories for his partner to read.  She was impressed and managed to persuade him to publish them.  Shortly after, charmingman.com was born.

Writing as Charming Man, A S Wilkins is always on the lookout for the next encounter to write about.  When two individuals make eye contact across a room or on a crowded train, and a connection is made, this is often the green light that sets his imagination on fire.  A knowing look is all it can take; a word might never be spoken. However, the minute an affinity is perceived, a scenario is hatched in his head, which is then honed over the coming days and weeks into a believable idea for a story.

And this final point is key; whereas it’s true to say that many of his works are clearly fantasies, it’s important to him that these fantasies are believable.  The idea of a twenty-seven year old billionaire meeting a twenty-one year old virgin just doesn’t cut it for Charming Man.

Find out more about Charming Man by visiting his website at charmingman.com.

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Next week: Charming Man’s Official Launch Tour for First Encounters,

a sensual collection of short stories from a man’s point of view!