Hey, folks! I am very excited to bring the latest installment of my 5 Questions series to you this week. This week Ann Marie agreed to answer a few questions. Let’s get to it!
1. What are your top three TG experiences in terms of books, films, videos, songs?
Wow! Tough question. My top experiences are all books. When I first got into feminization, there wasn’t much out there. Most of it was just generic “erotica” with a forced femme title and maybe a line or two referencing the hero slipping into a pair of panties. It was a rip off. But then I stumbled into an ad in the back of a magazine for a book called “Leslie’s Adventures in Petticoats” by Nan Gilbert. I decided to give it a try. I sent away my check. A few weeks later, came the “book” (stapled papers really) that would change my life. This book was exactly the kind of thing that I was having dreams (or nightmares) about. This book told me that I wasn’t crazy and I wasn’t alone. It was amazing!
Later, I found Sandy Thomas and her books. The one that really caught my eye was “Tit for Tat” in which two couples bet that they can feminize the husbands and there ends up being some trickery involved. I loved this idea of a man being tricked into turning himself into a woman by his wife.
The third, and this may sound arrogant, is a book I wrote called “Grounded in Heels.” I was having a hard time finding books that interested me. Most were either too sentimental or too angry. And although I craved something in the forced feminization genre, little that I found in the genre appealed to me. So I started writing my own books. This was right around the time the internet was becoming a thing, but I didn’t see the net as a big deal so I just wrote these stories for myself. Unfortunately, my first stories were rather timid. One day I finally decided that I would let myself go and write a story without worrying if I was going too far. “Grounded in Heels” was that story, and it felt amazingly liberating to me. I would publish a revised version of that twelve years later on Amazon, and it’s been an amazing seller from day one.
2. Much of your other work explores forced feminization, and I am a fan myself. Can you talk about why you find this genre so fascinating?
That’s a really good question because I’m not sure where my own desires on this come from. On the one hand, I long suspected that this is all a release. I have a high pressure job and my wife and family have always expected me to take charge and control everything. In many ways, forced feminization feels like a way to release all that pressure and let myself become “the woman” (i.e. give up control) for a bit. That said, however, I can also tell you that I had these feelings long before I became an adult. In fact, I can remember wanting to play with my mother’s shoes when I was four and fantasizing about this sixth grade girl who lived next door catching me. So it’s probably not a release.
What I’ve come to suspect lately that it really is, is the same impulse that makes gambling/risk taking so exciting. In that, the greater the risk, the greater the excitement. And the idea of risking your very manhood is about as great a risk as you can take. What’s more, I’ve noticed that the best stories seem to involve the male character becoming controlled by a female who actually loves them as a woman. So I suspect that these stories are about risk taking with the punishment seeming horrible at first, but then being shown to be happy after all. Hopefully, that makes sense.
3. One of the many things I enjoy about your stories is the theme that feminization often makes for a better man in the end. Do you feel real-life men would be better off if they spent some time exploring their feminine sides?
Absolutely, but let me be clear. One of the things that always struck me throughout life was how insecure so many men really are. They can’t admit to liking songs or shows they like because those are considered “for chicks.” They cringe at knowing anything about women’s clothing or makeup or decorating, etc. They would rather die than be seen doing something considered feminine. Frankly, life’s too short to need to adjust your tastes to keep people from judging you. Getting rid of that tension/fear by just being brave enough to ignore the critics would help a lot of men lead happier lives.
At the same time, I think it would absolutely help decision making generally if men stopped worrying about being perceived as macho. And honestly, I don’t mean that men should be put into skirts to make them better people. What I mean is that men need to learn to use their minds freely without censoring themselves to protecting their masculinity.
4. Can you talk about your journey as a writer? What was the process like for you in terms of reaching the point where you felt ready to put your work out there for the world to see?
I started writing science fiction in seventh grade. It was garbage, but I loved the process. For years, I dabbled, but not well. Then, after college, I started writing forced feminization stories. I kept these to myself for years, however. In the meantime, I wrote a book in another genre and had it published. That book took me four years to write, because I was literally teaching myself the skills I needed to write a book as I went. But having developed those skills, I felt a strong desire to go back to my feminization stories and see if I couldn’t make them better. When I really liked the finished product, I decided to start sharing them. The rest is history.
5. What has been the most positive aspect of publishing your work?
I think the most positive aspect is the number of emails I get from people who tell me that my books touched them in some way. That may sound strange since I don’t write particularly sentimental stories, but I get a constant stream of emails from people who say that one or another of my books helped them understand something about themselves or made them feel like what they wanted really is out there.
6. I’m sure my readers would love to know about your current and upcoming projects. What’s in the works?
I’ve got several books in the works. For one thing, I’ve got about a dozen more books from the past that I’m re-writing to get those published. I’m also working on a book with another author (Domina Dixon) — we’ve been talking for years now about writing a book together and are just looking for the right angle to take. The biggest thing though is that I’m working on the follow up to “Grounded in Heels.” I must have nearly two hundred requests from people over the years to write a sequel and I figured it was about time to do that. 🙂
Thanks for the interview!