About Annabel Fanning:
I’m sort of international in terms of my parents’ mixed-nationalities and where I’ve lived, but I think of myself as British. I spent my childhood in an idyllic Scottish country town. Now I live in Perth, Western Australia.
The idea for SHE came to me at the beginning of this year. I was working on a website as a freelance editor and I saw several posts about writers required for short erotic stories. My curiosity was sparked!!
I wrote the first two pages of SHE and something clicked within me. I knew I wanted to (had to) keep writing it and a plot formed in my mind soon after.
Because this was my first piece of erotic writing I had anticipated that SHE would be a short story, but once these characters got going they could not keep their hands off of each other
Very soon I surpassed the 100k mark and I had so much I still wanted to write, and so decided to cut SHE in Parts 1 & 2.
I published SHE part 1 a few weeks ago (have you got your copy yet?) Part 2 will follow next year.
What inspires you to write?
My curiosity. I wanted to know what writing erotica would be like, so I gave it a go.
Tell us about your writing process.
I mix both plans and spontaneity. My plans are pretty loose, I like to go wherever I want with my characters in the moment. I have never, and probably will never create fully developed character outlines before I write. I hate the idea, haha! I learn about my characters as I write them. It keeps it more interesting for me. It’s like getting to know someone.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
It’s like I’m observing them. I write what I see/hear.
What advice would you give other writers?
Have fun. Put your own instincts ahead of others’ opinions.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self-publishing seemed easy. Finish the book, make a pdf/epub and upload it. However after that there was a little more to it. The promo side! Social media is the best way. Get on there and share you work.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there will continue to be a place for indie and traditional publishing, and also ebooks and paperbacks.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Erotica, Fiction, Historical, Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print