Interview with Anna Na Maus

When did you first start writing?
The first story I remember writing was in Mrs York's class at primary school. I must have been about seven or eight years old at the time and my cousin had given me a fluffy white teddy bear called Albert.

We had been set a task by our teacher to write a story about something we loved, everyone else wrote about five pages about their mum or their pet. I decided to write about Albert and turned him into a superhero (I had never heard of Super Ted at that point) and started my story, several notebooks later and I had finished. My teacher thought it was good, not many others read it.

My first taste of publishing came in my early thirties when I had a poem published in an anthology. I finally started writing Trans Fiction in 2012 and published my first book in 2016.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm currently writing a romance novel about a rugby loving guy. As with most of my books the idea is born from something one of my friends says, in this case my editor Chrissy Bowman, and is developed from there. Chrissy is a big rugby fan hence the rugby connection in the book. I don't want to give away too much but our hero has a long journey ahead of him and three possible partners at the end.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
like most Trans people I wanted to read Trans fiction. What I found was a plethora of sissification and cuckolding, I'm not a sissy. Having tried to write commercial fiction in the past and never managed to finish a story I decided to try my hand at writing the sort of Transgender Fiction that I wanted to read. I wanted forced feminisation but my heroines weren't going to sit back and simper they were going to turn out as strong women.

With the first book For Love finished I had no idea who to approach to publish it and the internet didn't help so I ended up publishing on Amazon. I'm now looking at other platforms to offer my books to a wider audience.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I could say that it is seeing the finished product on websites, or receiving praise for something I created but the most exciting part of writing for me is the knowledge that a book with my name on it is sitting on a shelf in somebody's home. I can sell hundreds of eBooks and only one paperback but it's the paperback that will bring the biggest smile to my face.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything, without fans there would be nobody to read my stories and tell me how to improve. Over time many of my fans have become friends and have influenced the stories that I write. The whole American Angel story came about from a dream one of my fans had after reading 'Revenge is a Dish'. She told me her idea and asked if I could turn it into a story, so I did my best keeping her involved the whole way through and she had the final decision on publication.

I wrote a story 'live' once called 'Time to Pay', publishing each chapter as it was written, and a significant number of fans said they didn't like the way it was going so I stopped to reconsider. That story will soon be revived to take their feelings into consideration and will be a better piece of fiction because of it.

Without my fans I wouldn't be anywhere.
Who are your favorite authors?
That's easy, Becca Cross writes the most heart wrenching Trans Fiction you will ever read and will produce tears, not may...will. So far she has restricted herself to short stories but her first novel, 'Better than the Alternative' will be published soon.

When I was younger my bookshelves were dominated by three authors, Stephen King, James Herbert and Richard Layman. These days they've been replaced by Bernard Cornwell, Garth Nix and Katie Fforde.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have three messy kids and a hardworking wife so most of my free time is spent clearing up after them. Until a few years ago I owned and ran a gift shop that I used to give home crafters a place to sell their goods. Unfortunately I had a bad fall and broke my back so that was no longer viable.

I am a big music fan listening to a lot of Abney Park, TransSiberian Orchestra and the brilliant Avantasia.

Then, of course, I read. A lot.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Don't tell anyone but I don't read a lot of eBooks, if there is a paperback option I will always buy that.

I find my books by listening to friends with similar tastes online, I try to search on Amazon and the like but always get bogged down in sissy porn and give up.
What is your writing process?
I have a very haphazard style of writing and don't follow any of the rules of planning. I normally start by writing several unconnected scenes that will be an integral part of the story and then start to build around them until I have a story.
How do you approach cover design?
I love designing my covers, probably a little too much and change them far to regularly. Especially if I'm struggling to write. I use an online source of artwork called Pixabay and combine multiple pieces of art from there to create my own, unique covers.

Not related to covers but I will often look at Pixabay during character creation and pick a picture to have as a character. My Angels, Danni, Amy and Emily were all drawn by the very talented Dina Dee and I knew as soon as I saw her pictures that they were the girls I had in my mind.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'm going to cheat a bit here by counting the entire Sharpe series as one book. Bernard Cornwell created some of the best characters in those books and while I do picture Sharpe as Sean Bean it is Sean Bean acting as Sharpe in the books and not in the TV Movies. To me characters make or break a story and Richard Sharpe and Patrick Harper are so real that you can almost class them as friends.

My second pick is Stephen King's The Stand, I love post apocalyptic stories and he created an incredibly real world whilst maintaining the magical storylines.

For number three I'm going to pick another series, this is a difficult choice because there are two series of books by Australian Author Garth Nix that are brilliant. One of them is 'The Keys to the Kingdom' series, seven books each named after a day of the week and following the adventures of a boy trapped in the 'House' and trying to reclaim the keys. But the series I've chosen is his 'Old Kingdom' series. The Old Kingdom is a magical world slap bang in the middle of our world and protected by a big wall. On our side of the wall most people are unaware of the magical realm beyond it but for those nearby magic can sometimes leak out and influence their daily lives. Nix does a brilliant job of taking characters from one world to another and describing their amazement. Although his books are classified as teen or young adult they are perfect for adults as well.

My fourth book is Dennis Wheatley's 'Black August'. Set in a Europe in meltdown the story follows a group of survivors who escape the destruction of the cities and the armed gangs that roam the streets. As you read it just remind yourself that it's a story and not a foretelling of the future.

Fifth has to be a book from my favourite romance writer, Katie Fforde. Again a hard choice because she hasn't written a bad book in my opinion, but my dream of one day living on a barge means that I have plumped for 'A Summer at Sea' a tale of a girl trying not to fall in love with the man of her dreams because she's already fallen in love with the place and the life and she may never want to go home if she falls for him too. As with all Katie's books it is beautifully written and you can connect to the main characters so well that you end up telling them off when they do stupid things.
Describe your desk
Because of my illness I can't sit at a desk for more than ten to fifteen minutes so most of my writing is actually done lying flat on my back. Thanks to Microsoft Word's dictate function I tend to do less typing and more talking these days, keeping desk time for correcting the mistakes that the computer has made reading my accent.
Published 2018-12-19.
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Books by This Author

Revenge is a Dish (A Tale of Forced Feminisation)
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 59,520. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Daniel Wentworth is a happy healthy guy with lots of friends and he is making a real success of his life. Whilst he's sober that is. When Daniel has too much alcohol he becomes abusive and now he has come to the attentions of some very vengeful women. Imprisoned, stripped of his manhood and tortured by his captors the future does not look good.
Angels of Etain - A Transgender Thriller
Series: Angels of Etain, Book 2. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 68,530. Language: British English. Published: January 4, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Sam is a normal, happy young man out with his friends on a Saturday night celebrating his own eighteenth birthday. When the girl he has a crush on starts kissing his cousin Sam storms off into the night, and doesn't come back. Can anyone help Sam to escape from the clutches of his kidnappers before his life is irreparably changed for ever? And who will help him to get his revenge?
Love Conquers
Series: The Marchland Files. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 73,280. Language: British English. Published: January 4, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
When you reach the bottom love can lift you higher than you ever dreamed. For Pat and Ashley that was exactly what happened, unfortunately life has a way of hurling you back down again. Can our lovers overcome the obstacles that life throws at them and continue the dream? Or will fate deliver one blow too many? Be aware that this book concerns transgender characters.
The Evangelist
Series: Angels of Etain, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 37,310. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
A rapist is attacking trans women in Bristol and DI DeSilver has been brought in to crack the case, but when his lead suspect is declared off limits he has to turn to the Angels of Etain for help...and a little bit of their 'special' justice.
Death of An Angel
Series: Angels of Etain, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 35,620. Language: British English. Published: December 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When a killer starts to murder transgender women Detective Inspector DeSilver takes up the case. As the crimes become more violent evil men try to take advantage and promote their own agenda. In desperation the transgender community once again turn to the Angels of Etain for help. But then disaster strikes at the very heart of Sanctuary and everything changes.
In Hiding
Series: Angels of Etain, Book 3. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 89,920. Language: British English. Published: December 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
A boy in trouble hides in an all girls boarding school. The man who killed the boys parents is captured by the Angels of Etain and punished. Two males feminised at the hands of the Angels but that's where the similarity ends.
For Love - A Transgender Tale of Love and Psychosis
Series: The Marchland Files. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 67,510. Language: British English. Published: December 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Love can make people do strange things. What would you do to keep the one you love? Sam and Alex are a young married couple with their whole lives ahead of them. Until a chance meeting in Chester turns their world upside down. Can they save their marriage or will the past destroy their future?