Cleo Wodehouse


I'm a self-diagnosed translingual - I wasn't born in the wrong body but in the wrong language :) German is my mother tongue but I surround myself with as much English as possible.

I have a soft spot for flawed characters and happy endings, and I always strive to infuse my stories with my love for language as well. Each of my stories contains my own pain, flaws and experiences.

In case you'd like to reach me, send an email to I'd love to hear from you.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
I could but that's not where I write :)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The fact that sharing my work with like-minded people for free or little money clashes with the mindset of the publishing industry.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Cleo Wodehouse online


Nothing but the Truth? So Help Me God...
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 80,710. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Indirect communicator Finn finds himself in the possession of a great power: people can no longer lie to him. Although a fascinating gift in theory, it alienates him from everyone until he turns to Leah, who always speaks the truth, no matter what. When two opposing poles on the communication scale work together, what will they discover about their environment, about themselves and each other?
Keep Your Enemy Close
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 108,220. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Weight and control-obsessed Ingrid has resolved to remain single. Jonas, psychologically damaged and obese due to a hormonal disease, feels he can no longer attract a partner. He blackmails Ingrid into helping him get back into the dating game, teaching her to let go of her control issues in return. Both discover that healing can happen in unconventional ways.
Behind our Walls
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 95,380. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(5.00 from 1 review)
Leonie and Felix are in love through written words, sound and smell only. The man who calls himself “ugly as sin” and the woman afflicted with intimacy issues have met in a forum designed to match those who never intend to meet. They write, talk, and even meet in the dark until they realize that a face-to-face meeting is inevitable. Can they make their relationship work with all five senses?
The Chicken and the Prickly Pear: An Email Novel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,750. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Coming of age
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
In an English writers’ forum, a German anglophile happens upon the brilliant ramblings of a misanthropic American. Despite his prickly nature she manages to chip away at his walls until they decide to pursue their peculiar relationship offline. However, what seemed perfect on screen does not work as easily in the real world. Will their foundation prove to be too unsound after all?

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Smashwords book reviews by Cleo Wodehouse

  • All Against All on May 13, 2018

    Nathan creates a filthy, depressingly familiar world with just as much new elements as to make me wonder to which extent it will resemble ours in 50 years. I loved the tension, the language and the twist at the end. Thank you for sharing your talent. I must admit that I didn't understand what became of Goliath, though.
  • By Any Other Name on May 16, 2018

    The characters were not deep enough and partly even cliché, and the pranks they play on each other simply childish. Also, something as basic as descriptions of faces or settings was missing. Although the work of the Classifieds had great potential, the chracters experienced their breakthroughs in a casual, detached manner, just like they did most things throughout the book. I love to delve into a story and feel with the characters but here I felt deplorably little. For instance, for all the sparks in the main characters' letters, Novellana's feelings for James seemed more platonic than anything else. The only thing that kept me going was James.
  • Shrink: The Unravelling of Jonothan King on May 25, 2018

    A cynical, mercenary main character you will love to hate – and then feel with every step of the way. I have never read a book in which the plot consists mainly of dialog instead of action and yet makes you want to read on and on. An amazing book with thorough character building and an unexpected, realistic and saddening turn that still leaves you filled with hope and gratefulness. One star deduction for the punctuation and spelling erros that sometimes hampered the reading flow, otherwise very, very well done.
  • The Fat And The Thin Of It on July 11, 2018

    + The interaction, the bickering between the two women is what kept me going. Their differences are extremely thought out and realistic, in particular their respective eating disorders. + Refreshing dialogs with just the right amout of expletives. + Good job on teenage language, too. - Plot-wise the story could have flowed a lot more. The drama was there, it just could have been distributed a lot better, with more dramatic peaks. If not for the characters, I would have stopped reading towards the middle.
  • Eversea: a love story on Aug. 12, 2018

    Nothing one wouldn't expect plot-wise, therefore "only" four stars, but the author's love for detail appealed to me. The verbal sparring added spice as well. Thank you for sharing your work.
  • If I Say Yes (Love & Alternatives #1) on Sep. 02, 2018

    + I appreciated being taught about the Bengali culture. + I came to love Seb. His pain was very well portrayed. - Seb's sudden feelings for Shell seemed unrealistic to me. Shell comes across as a control freak, a fact which Seb laments initially. I don't see what changes his view of her. Karaoke can't be enough. - The line breaks were confusing sometimes since it was the same speaker talking. Also, many of the italics were unnecessary for cultural terms after they had been introduced and repeated many times. - Seb feels accepted by Shell. In what way? Just because she said IN THEORY she accepts his burns? All in all, there was just too little plot and character building for me.
  • Unfamiliar on Dec. 10, 2018

    Cute. Nothing special plot-wise but the characters were created with love, even minor ones (I love omnivorous Tessa). Thank you.
  • Friends and Allies on Jan. 09, 2019

    Language-wise I'm in awe of this author! I alternately copied quotes from the story and laughed my butt off :) However, very early on it was the only thing that kept me going as the plot didn't have much to offer. Too bad :/