Annabel Joseph is a novelist who specializes in the romance of dominance and submission. Her stories celebrate the complexity of sensual power exchange in loving and sometimes complicated relationships.
You can email Annabel at annabeljosephnovels (at) gmail.com. She loves to hear from her readers.
She is always working on something new, so stay tuned!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Annabel Joseph your real name?
A: No, it’s a pen name.
Q: Do you write under any other pen names?
A: I write vanilla (non-BDSM) erotic romance novels under the pen name Molly Joseph.
Q: Is it possible to get paper copies of your books?
A: My books are unlikely to be stocked on your local bookstore shelves. Your best bet is to purchase them at Amazon.com, or ask if they can be special ordered at your local store.
Q: Why do you mostly write Maledom/febsub books, and not femdom, m/m, f/f, paranormal, etc?
A: Since I identify as a female sub and have a lot of Maledom and femsub friends, that point of view has always just come most easily to me.
Q. Are you saying that the stuff in your books is all stuff that you’ve actually done?
A. Hell no!
Q. What type of BDSM can I expect to find in your books?
A. I have heard my work described as “emotionally intense power exchange.” I try not to write BDSM just for the sake of BDSM, with no underlying emotional resonance, because I find that pretty boring. You can have a Dom spout all the “lifestyle” terminology and use all the possible fetish hardware in the world, but without any emotional stakes, the scene can fall flat. Conversely, if the emotional groundwork is there, something so simple as a masterful look or a wrist grabbed with just the right amount of pressure can make you catch fire.
That’s not to say my books don’t have traditional BDSM elements. They have rope, cuffs, dildos, plugs, clamps, collars, leashes, blindfolds, gags, garter belts, leather, spanking implements, and all those things BDSM’ers use to play. But I like my books to read like romances, not BDSM how-to manuals, and that’s something I always keep in mind. As far as sado-masochism, I suppose my books skew to the middle. Every punishment is not for the sub’s pleasure, yet the Dom does not intentionally savage her either. There is a balance there. I do occasionally include mild elements of degradation/humiliation (name calling, sexual humiliation and such) but only because the heroine enjoys that type of play. You won’t find non-consensual brutality or mean-spirited humiliation in my books, because, of course, none of those lend themselves very well to romance.
Q. Who are your favorite authors? What kind of books do you like to read?
A: My favorite BDSM authors are definitely Molly Weatherfield and Anneke Jacob. As far as mainstream romance, Laura Kinsale is my absolute favorite. I have also been influenced by Flannery O’Connor, Judith McNaught, and Alice Hoffman. I don’t read a lot in my own genre, but I am an avid reader of historical romance.
Q. Will you read my novel/manuscript/proposal and give me feedback/critique/advice?
A. Unfortunately I have very little time to do beta-reading or critique, so the answer to this will almost always be no. I am, however, always happy to chat generally about the publishers I’ve worked for, the publishing business in general, and/or the art of writing and networking.
25 Facts about Annabel Joseph
1. I was born on January 11, and while I don’t believe in astrology, I totally act like a Capricorn.
2. I LOVE TIGHTS.
3. The summer after I graduated college, I went to Helsinki with five hundred bucks and stayed almost two months.
4. I have no sense of style.
5. Previous jobs: art model, baker, preschool teacher, bookstore clerk, yogurt seller, greyhound rescue. Worst job ever: hawking credit cards at NASCAR races in 98 degree heat.
6. I have four children, all born in the space of six years. Yes, it was intentional.
7. I love rain.
8. I hate sweating. Every time I sweat, I have to shower.
9. I collect eccentric-looking cardigans.
10. I am of Russian-Italian ancestry.
11. I have really really full, curly hair.
12. My favorite actors are Daniel Craig, Michael Fassbender, and Gregoire Colin.
13. My favorite movie is A Room with a View.
14. My favorite foods are watermelon, fried zucchini, and boiled peanuts. Yes–I grew up in the south.
15. My guilty pleasure is dance reality shows.
16. Three of the eight drawers of my bureau are full of lingerie.
17. I hate shoes and I only wear closed-toe shoes for two reasons: job interviews and funerals.
18. I have two pets: a Japanese Chin named Cookie, and a shaggy mongrel dog named Walter.
19. I occasionally try to cook and always fail at whatever I attempt.
20. I am not allowed near irons, ironing boards, or even starch for that matter.
21. I earned a Masters degree in early childhood education with a specialization in emergent literacy from the University of Florida.
22. I am an INFJ on the Myers-Briggs psychometric scale.
23. I am fascinated by mythology.
24. I love Spongebob Squarepants.
25. I love a breathtaking metaphor.
Media Interviews and Webcasts
Annabel gets coverage at HuffPost in July 2016
Annabel is mentioned in “Ten BDSM Romances You Should Read,” Heroes & Hearts, June 2015
Annabel receives some love from Julia at BuzzFeed, Feb. 2015
Annabel talks about her fave hero characteristics over at Novel Reflections. June 2013
Annabel is in THE HOT SEAT at Accolades and Book Burnings blog. May 2013
Annabel sits down for a 20-question chat with Sommer Marsden. April 2013
Annabel makes Bella Andre’s list of ten best romance novels for Valentines Day in Publishers Weekly! February 2013
Annabel talks about Domestic Discipline and Disciplining the Duchess at Silken Sheets and Seduction, March 2013
Annabel visits The Delighted Reader to talk about Disciplining the Duchess! March 2013
Write It Now/Ravenshead Services Interview: Writers at Work with Annabel Joseph, April 2010
Michelle of TRR “interviews” Kyle of Caressa’s Knees, February 2011
An interview with Brindle Chase, Paranormal Erotica author, November 2010.
Annabel chats about Deep in the Woods and more with Cari Quinn, July 2010
Interview at Ann Lory’s Blog Bites: