W. R. Watkins


W. R. Watkins was born and raised in Tunbridge Wells, UK for all of his life. He is the writer of the well received poetry books You. Are. Not. Alone., the Diary Of The Heart poetry book series, and now is poised to publish his new poetry and short story collection, entitled Photograph.

His passion for writing grew and developed during his time at Secondary School (Worth School), where he used his writing as a means to convey and express his thoughts and feelings. When he left Worth in 2010, he went to Aberystwyth University to study Animal Behaviour, an area that he has always had an area of interest in which came from studying Psychology for his A-Levels. He continued to develop his writing style during his time at University, and earned four Semi-Finalist awards for his Lyrics Only entries in the UK Songwriting Competition in 2013 and 2014, an achievement that is very difficult to get. During his final year in 2014, he was inspired by a close friend, to begin to put together his first poetry book collection, which after some time would become You. Are. Not. Alone., which was released in eBook format on the day after his graduation from Aberystwyth with a BSc (Hons). The book itself took half a year to complete from the initial concept to holding the final, paperback option. Writing You. Are. Not. Alone. was a cathartic experience for him, as it helped him to accept certain parts of himself, which for a long time remained private.

He went on to self-publish two more poetry books in 2014 and 2015, entitled An Obsessive Infatuation and Little Red Book, both of which came under the Diary Of The Heart book title. Both books had experimental elements to them. Infatuation contains chapters within it, turning all the poems into one cohesive story, something that has not been attempted to be done in poetry whilst Red Book took an unapologetic look at a year of Watkins' life, exposing his most private, personal thoughts and his writing process throughout that year.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Tunbridge Wells, and to be perfectly honest, it didn't really influence how I write. Most of my writing influence comes from the music artists I listen to (Mariah Carey etc.), from films/shows, other people that I have met over my life. And of course, I write about different aspects of my life and try and use it in a positive way.
When did you first start writing?
I can clearly remember when I first wrote my first poem. It was in 2007, and I was going through a low period in my life, and for some reason, I picked up a pad and pen and began to write out what I felt. That first poem (at the time were lyrics, which were ranked as semi-finalist lyrics in the UK Songwriting Competition a couple of years ago), started off my first poetry book, 'You. Are. Not. Alone.'

However, it was not until a couple of years later, when I began to properly write more lyrics/poetry more consistently, writing about scenarios that I made up in my head, along with different bits of my life. Writing turned out to be my saving grace, and as a safe way for me to express what I was feeling/thinking.

My main aim for writing, was to write pieces that could relate to anyone in their lives, no matter what they were going through.
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Price: Free! Words: 7,440. Language: British English. Published: April 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Poetry
'photograph' is the brand new poetry collection from bestselling author W. R. Watkins
Diary Of The Heart: Little Red Book
Price: Free! Words: 17,000. Language: British English. Published: August 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
'Little Red Book' documents the writing process of W. R. Watkins, spanning over one year. Raw, reflective and emotional, it is Watkins' most personal collection of work to date, that not only captures him as his happiest moments, but also his battles with anxiety.
Diary Of The Heart: An Obsessive Infatuation
Price: Free! Words: 6,850. Language: British English. Published: January 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
'Diary Of The Heart: An Obsessive Infatuation' explores the roller coaster of conflicting emotions of your first crush, from a teenager's perspective.
You. Are. Not. Alone.
Price: Free! Words: 9,730. Language: British English. Published: January 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian
You. Are. Not. Alone. follows the W. R. Watkins’ emotional and honest journey through secondary school and university, as he battles social anxiety, in the hopes to gain social acceptance amongst his peers. As he faces his demons one by one, he extends a hand to you, encouraging and guiding you to accept yourself. Will he eventually be able to attain his dreams if acceptance?

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Smashwords book reviews by W. R. Watkins

  • Excellence at Work on April 19, 2015

    Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review. This is a short detective story, focusing on Amanda Watson. I do not know how this has made me feel. Part of me can see the potential for this story, the other disappointed that it was not met in this book. For the most part of the story, the reader is met with a lot of repetitive exposition. For instance, I think I read three to four times about the size of the "not so small and yet still small" office. I think once would have been enough to set the scene. And the writing, whilst it did pick up (some) steam near the end, did not draw me in. Some of the sentences were fragmented, and did not flow smoothly from one to the other. Early on in the book, I felt I was reading a to-do list of what she should do next (i.e. wake up after power nap, wash face, brush hair, change shoes, walk out of office, catch taxi etc.) which after a while, made me lose interest in what I was reading. As a detective, to have the answers given to her about what she needed, and where she needed to be, didn't really fit. It felt a bit like M giving James Bond all the information he needs prior to going on a mission. A detective gets the information as they go along, finding it out for themselves. If there is to be a re-write, I would suggest that the book takes this route. Unless of course Ms. Watson has a career change into espionage. For a short story, the writing needs to be short, sharp and to the point. It needs to draw the reader in from the first line. I feel that too much descriptive writing (I did not feel that I needed to know the file was leather "that was probably not leather", or the history of her desk) is not the best approach. If there had been more focus on her case and what it was about, that would have been more interesting. Had this been a longer book, the length of exposition would have been ok. We got to know what Ms Watson is like, but not who she is. With more work, editing and additional chapters, I'm sure that this book will be a very entertaining read. As it stands now, it does need a lot of fine tuning to get it right for a short story. There are not many female detective stories that I can think of currently (some will probably come to me later on), so there is a market for this sort of book. I strongly encourage Ms Tabassum to keep on working on this book. I can see her, and this book's potential, and I really do hope that there is another edition!