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) She loves to hear from her readers.

She is always working on something new, so stay tuned!

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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, 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.
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

Give Me All Your Loving: 15 BDSM Authors You Should Be Reading by Mara White

Annabel is mentioned in “Ten BDSM Romances You Should Read,” Heroes & Hearts, June 2015

Ten BDSM Romances You Should Read by Jennifer Porter

Annabel receives some love from Julia at BuzzFeed, Feb. 2015

9 Erotica Books That Should Be More Famous Than “Fifty Shades Of Grey”

Annabel talks about her fave hero characteristics over at Novel Reflections. June 2013

Annabel Joseph: Top 5 Things that Make Me Fall in Love with a Romance Hero

Annabel is in THE HOT SEAT at Accolades and Book Burnings blog. May 2013

THE HOT SEAT interview at Accolades and Book Burnings

Annabel sits down for a 20-question chat with Sommer Marsden. April 2013

20 Questions with Sommer Marsden (click!)

Annabel makes Bella Andre’s list of ten best romance novels for Valentines Day in Publishers Weekly! February 2013

Ten Best Romance Novels–Publishers Weekly

Annabel talks about Domestic Discipline and Disciplining the Duchess at Silken Sheets and Seduction, March 2013

Silken Sheets and Seduction blog–interview about DD

Annabel visits The Delighted Reader to talk about Disciplining the Duchess! March 2013

The Delighted Reader review blog–Annabel Joseph spotlight

Write It Now/Ravenshead Services Interview: Writers at Work with Annabel Joseph, April 2010

Writers at Work: Annabel Joseph Interview

Michelle of TRR “interviews” Kyle of Caressa’s Knees, February 2011

Novelty Kyle Winchell interview (very funny!)

An interview with Brindle Chase, Paranormal Erotica author, November 2010.

Read Brindle’s interview with Annabel here! (click)

Annabel chats about Deep in the Woods and more with Cari Quinn, July 2010

Cari Quinn interviews Annabel here (click)

Interview at Ann Lory’s Blog Bites:

Annabel Joseph Author Spotlight with Firebird excerpt


  1. Hello out there,

    I wrote to you on Fetlife some time ago and have wanted to stop by here to leave a note since then and well, today’s that day and “YAY” for that!

    There are two items on this page that prompted me more than anything else to write to you:

    1) When you posted, “I can’t stop laughing at DamnYouAutoCorrect. I am literally scaring my dog.”

    I laughed so hard and for so long my temples, jaws, and my sides ached. Ached. Ached. And still? I logged on and read again. My first visit to that site lasted over an hour.

    2) Should the day come that we meet my long dead mother will be happy to know her daughter has lived a length that included time to fulfill a wish of an ardent Herr’s fan for whom she could quite possibly been murdered. It would be my pleasure to bring you a bag of Herr’s Ketchup Chips should life and Atlanta allow.

    Until that time, please know that I sat and stared at the following page for more minutes than a grown woman should admit to a stranger or even herself:

    I also read that you admit to being “really jealous of successful” authors. I think I understand the heart of that statement. However, please know there is at least one girlie out here who considers you successful, and while not jealous, is continually inspired by your writing, and by you – the author that made those characters, stories, and everything in them come to life and by doing so, became part of my life.

    Respectfully and with a smile that comes from knowing as soon as I hit this, I’m heading over to DYAC for a fix and fit of laughter.

    His LiLYin

  2. Hahahahaha! Lily, what a wonderful note. I’m glad I turned someone else onto DYAC. It always makes me laugh till I cry. And I am SOOO familiar with that Herr’s website…unfortunately. 🙂

    Thank you SO MUCH for the kind words about my books. I know I am already a successful author if I’ve moved people enough for them to write me such nice notes.

  3. Totally off the wall here….but, here goes! Just read “Comfort Object,” Excellent read!!!!! Read it after seeing it recommended on Maryse’s Book Blog. Okay it was was in the what to read after “Shades” section, something that I have to share with someone- your the lucky one. Your writing is more realistic to me in that there is the romance and love/trust, yet the lifestyle and the sacrifices that someone’s willing to make for that bond is brought out. I’ll give you the perfect example….

    I live in Wisconsin and went with a friend shopping in Appleton (Near Green Bay-if you’ve heard of the Packers ;p). Anyhow, this friend’s bringing up how she’s never been in an adult toy store in her entire life, as we’re comming up to one. Wrong thing to tell me!!! So of course I pull in, and convince her to come in! What’s there front and center but a special wall area marked of as the “Shades of Grey” area! They had the 3 books, crops, nipple clamps, ben wah balls,etc.. As we stood inspecting the implements, the sales man meandered through the other people (it was a Saturday-so, it was actually pretty busy, especially since it was right off highway 41-Wisconsin’s main North/South artery) and came up to me an my friend. He wanted to let us know they were hosting a ladies night on October 11, celebrating the “Shades” series. There was going to be refreshments served, hor dervs, and all the items in that area would be 10% off. Me being the snarky 43 year old that I am, couldn’t help but tease this young 20 something guy. So, I looked past his shoulder at the silicon replica’s of porn star parts that neatly lined the wall next to the delicate “Shades” display(by the way did I mention the display had been wall papered in the back in a delicate pink), and said, “Actually, my friend and I here were trying to figure out which orifice that 18 inch dong over there was going into first!” He looked over his shoulder at the ridiculously huge item I was pointing at-it had to be 2.5 to 3 inches around- and replied, “Oh.” Then walked away. My friend just started laughing.

    No, I’m not in the lifestyle. But, I enjoy reading about it. I love reading your writing-your awesome! I think many woman want to be dominated, that’s why “Shades” did become popular…..I also think most of them don’t understand what true D/s relationships are. They think they might be like what Ana found-Good luck with that! But, please be careful….there’s lots of creeps out there!

    Keep on writing, and I’ll keep on reading. I just kindled 2 more of yours this morning!

    • Hahaha. I am LMAO at that salesclerk and the “delicate” 50 Shades display. It has certainly been a marketing boon for the sex toy industry!!

      I’m so glad you found my books too. I hope I show up on some of those “What to read next” lists because I think a lot of people are coming off 50 Shades and looking for something a little deeper. Yes, yes, I promise to keep on writing! Thanks for your wonderful note, and for visiting my blog!!

      Please spread the word for me to anyone looking for some hot BDSM romance to read next. 🙂

  4. i have read a lot of BDSM books but non come even close to your books, my all time fav is mercy i wish i had one of your book per week i am waiting for your new books the day they comes out on amazon i buy . love love your writing.

    • Thanks for taking the time to write me, Marcia! I’m glad to hear my books hit your “sweet spot!”

      One book per week sounds a little steep but I promise I will try to keep them coming. 😉

  5. I started reading BDSM a few monrhs ago, yes I did read 50 shades of gray, that peaked my interests, so far your books have been an inspiration to me. Going from a Vanilla lifestyle now to Kink lifestyle is very challenging but reading material from books like yours gives novices like myself the push to keep moving forward. Please keep writing this 44 year old sub needs too keep fantasizing about the perfect Dom making everything correct.

    Thanks Selina

    • thanks Selina! I’ll definitely keep writing.

      And it’s fun to fantasize about the perfect Dom but I don’t know if such a thing really exists, lol!!

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