A collage of 39 book covers featuring various romance and erotica titles, depicting diverse people in different poses, some in intimate scenarios. Each cover highlights the book's title and author.

Meet The Author: M. Wills

Meet M Wills… Oh so naughty and a delight to interview. Here’s what she wrote on her Amazon bio…

I love erotic body swaps and transformations explicit, sensual and intense. It’s about exploring the idea of control, the freedom of becoming someone else, inhabiting their body and doing things they would never do on their own.

Haven’t we all wanted to be someone else? To have your lover’s body? To do the things you’ve always dreamed of doing and experiencing it all from the other side?

Her links…

When did you start writing erotic, feminisation and gender swap books and what was your inspiration for it?

I started out by writing captions back when Tumblr let you do that. I published my first book in 2014 as a trial just to see if it would sell, and it did! I didn’t start regularly publishing until about 2017 or 2018 though. I got started because I had a hard time finding captions and stories that hit the themes I liked and were well written so I decided to write my own. Since then more and more people have started writing and it’s easier to find quality work.

What was your first book that you wrote?

The Swapping Stone was my first erotic book. I realized it didn’t have an ending when I published it but I just wanted to see if there was any interest. I keep planning to go back and write a part 2 but other projects keep popping up. Maybe one day!

Why did you decide to become an author?

I’ve always enjoyed writing stories (even non-erotic ones) but I never had any luck selling any until I turned to erotic books. I like making up characters and strange worlds and this offered an outlet for my creativity. Plus, it’s always fun writing out my own fantasies and seeing that I’m not alone in enjoying the stuff I enjoy.

What has been the high point of your career?

Having that first book sell was pretty great. It’s deeply de-motivating to write without getting any feedback so when people actually bought my story and gave feedback it was incredible. Not that it’s been all downhill since then!

What are your favourite stories to write?

Body swaps. The idea of being in someone else’s body of the opposite gender who’s got a real history (as opposed to a transformation into an entirely new person) and having to pretend to be them has held a fascination for me since I was young. Beyond that I vacillate back and forth between dark and twisted body thefts, and voluntary swaps with happy endings.

Who do you think are your biggest fans, your core readership? How would you describe them?

There’s a lot of social power imbalances in life that my readers enjoy exploring through fantasy. I get a lot of comments from those who enjoy the dressing up and the going out and the acting like a cis-woman “should” (in the historically traditional sense) but with a bit more heightened sexual need, and who treat it as all part of the eroticism.

What makes your heart race as a reader, and also a writer?

My favorite scene is always the first time two characters swap and they examine their new bodies and realize they are now someone else.

What is your favorite book that you have written?

I had a lot of fun writing the “Make Me” series and just went wild with it. Short and punchy, which suits my usual attention span!

How do you keep your ideas and stories fresh?

I let my readers help! Many of my stories were commissioned by readers and I jump back and forth between those and doing my own thing. By the time I’ve finished a set of commissions I’ve usually got a story of my own in mind. Also, reading a lot helps, not just other gender swapping authors but all sorts of books.

Do you have a writing routine?

I usually do my writing on the weekends, and the admin during the week. I have a weekly goal of 5,000 words for stories, plus 5 or 6 captions a week. Sometimes I can do more.

You have a website with super sexy captions, which I love, what’s the logic behind that how do readers respond to the captions?

That started as a way for me to put out fantasies I wasn’t finding on other blogs. It’s still that, but it’s also evolved to be sort of a writing exercise where I can tease out ideas that may become full stories, or just put out a quick scenario I can’t get out of my head. I will also use reader suggestions for inspiration and I love when they suggest interesting scenarios I haven’t thought about before. Some of my most popular themes came from reader suggestions or requests to continue something I thought was just a one-shot. I’m thinking here of the Stranger or the scenario where someone is possessed but doesn’t know it and thinks everything they do is of their own choice. Some captions are pretty polarizing but I try to mix things up. No one will be satisfied by everything but hopefully there’s enough variety to keep people coming back. You can see it here…  Body Swap Fiction

Do you also share these captions on social media?

Off and on. It’s too much fiddling around to post manually on social media so I rely on an auto-poster, which currently only works with Tumblr (sorta) and Reddit (RIP Twitter). I’ll also manually post a bunch of captions to DeviantArt once a week because there’s a big community there.

What’s the secret to a strong title and great cover art?

I think the most important thing about a cover is a sexy image and consistent branding. You want readers to know which books are yours without being able to read the title or the author.

What is your best selling book, and do you know why it sells so well?

Probably the Controlled by the Bully series. It’s a taboo story involving a mother and son and mind control, all themes that many of my readers enjoy.

Do you enjoy hearing from readers?

Absolutely! I read all the comments on my blog, even if I don’t respond to them all. When I’m looking to be inspired for captions I’ll often scroll through the comments or suggestions for interesting ideas. Good reviews are also wonderful to read!

Which authors inspire you?

I love Ava Hayes’s work. Danni Iridescent is a fantastic writer who really should be publishing instead of just posting on Literotica and Patreon. I also read a lot of non-erotica: romance, non-fiction, sci-fi.

We all know Amazon is great as a platform and global, but they take a big slice. You also sell your books direct from your site. I would always encourage readers to buy direct from the author, but how successful have you found it?

Ug. If I could completely avoid them I would. They take the biggest fees and they have opaque rules that they randomly enforce. If they ban a book they give absolutely no help in telling you what you did wrong or what rule you broke.

I started Body Swap Stories when I feared I would be banned from Amazon after a series of strikes against my account, most of which were later successfully resolved. I’ve been publishing more stories recently that won’t pass their rules (the ones I’ve figured out, anyway) and those only go up on my website and Smashwords. I’ve heard from other authors in different genres who were able to sell directly with huge success, but so far Body Swap Stories brings in less than 10% of all my sales. It’s steadily growing but is not a total replacement. Yet. I would definitely encourage people to buy directly but I know on some devices, particularly Kindles, it’s not as convenient.

You also do commissions, how do you enjoy that? Do most of those commissions come from your captions first?

I like the commissions because they keep me motivated to work and they’re usually stories I wouldn’t come up with on my own. Writers tend to be terrible procrastinators and having a deadline that’s not just self-imposed really helps.

I can’t think of any commission that was based on a caption. They’ve all been original ideas with various levels of detail. Some people have extremely detailed outlines while others just have some basic scenes they want or even just a setup. I enjoy those the best because I’m given some restraints but can otherwise let my imagination run wild.

How much of your work is based on personal experience versus fantasy?

It’s all fantasy. I explore things that could never happen in real life, though sometimes the motivations behind it come from personal experience.

Do you friends and family know that you are an erotic author? If so, how did they react when they found out?

My partner knows exactly what I do and even designs my covers and sometimes edits my stories. To others I just say I’ve self-published some stories here and there – nothing you’ve ever heard of – and then change the subject.

What mistakes have you made in your career?

My early career was full of mistakes while I learned about publishing and what I was good at and what my readers liked. Some mistakes were deliberate, by which I mean I tried out things like genres and formatting I didn’t think would work just to make sure. Sometimes I was pleasantly surprised.

What have been your personal triumphs?

That I’m still doing so many stories a month after 6 years!

What advice would you offer a writer who wants to embark or a successful erotica career?

Don’t try to be perfect just get the words down on the page. The hardest part of writing is writing; the easiest part is editing. Write what you like and trust there’s an audience somewhere – you may just have to find them.

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