Guest Blogger: Annette Gisby ~ Erotic Romance Author

February 20, 2013

My guest today is Annette Gisby. With many books to her name, this erotic romance writer has plenty to offer readers. From M/M romance to M/F Mystery Suspense, there’s an e-book just waiting to be read.

Welcome, Annette, and thanks for being my guest today. Now, I’ve whetted everyone’s appetite, let’s get down to the questions.

Q. Where did you get the idea for The Prince’s Guard? 

Most of my ideas come to me in the form of characters who pop into my head one day and they don’t leave me alone until I’ve written something about them. Recently I was diagnosed with Migraine Associated Vertigo. As well as the terrible dizziness, headaches and balance problems, it also plays havoc with your concentration and I knew I wouldn’t have the concentration for a novel at the moment, so I decided to concentrate on shorter stories, as is the case with The Prince’s Guard. It’s an erotic M/M BDSM story set in a fantasy universe.

Q. Tell us a bit about the heroes and  in The Prince’s Guard.

Dashan is the eldest son and is the crown prince. There are various enemies of their small country who would love nothing better than to abduct him or worse, so he is assigned a bodyguard called Ryland. Dashan doesn’t want a bodyguard and is always trying to elude him, sneaking out of the castle disguised as a peasant for example, but somehow Ryland always finds him. What Dashan doesn’t know, but the king does, is that as well being a guard, Ryland is also a wizard and can easily track the prince down, no matter where he goes.

This leads to a sexy confrontation between them both when Dashan tries to sneak to a brothel that caters for men who like men and Ryland offers the prince what he wants: the chance to submit his will to someone else. I wanted to turn expectations on their head, you might expect the prince to be the dominant one, with all his life giving orders to people, but he wants to give up control.

Q. What are you working on right now, and what can we expect from you next? 

I’m currently in edits for my romantic suspense novel, Drowning Rapunzel, which is being re-released by Pink Petal Books. It’s been revised and expanded since it was first published, so there are some new bits in it too. I’m also editing and doing the layout for my short story and novella collection, Shadows of the Rose to be uploaded as an ebook.

After that I have a couple of more M/M romances. One I think will be a short story, but the other one may be a novella, it keeps expanding. It probably won’t be a novel-length, but we’ll see.

Q. How do we find out about you and your books? 

My website at

And my goodreads page

Q. How may readers contact you? 

They can email me at Annette.Gisby ( at )

Q. Do you prefer stand-alone books or series (As a reader or a writer) ? 

I read a bit of both and don’t really have a preference, it just depends what I’m in the mood for at the time. Fantasy is one of my favourite genres, and most of them come as a set of three or more. Some books work well as a series, for example crime novels with the same detective, but each is a different story in its own right.

Q. Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Plenty of times! When it happens, I go and do something else: go for a walk, do a bit of housework and have a think of where the trouble might be. I usually get my best ideas just before I go to sleep.

Q. Do you write an outline before every book you write? 

I normally have a vague outline in my head and start writing and see what happens. Writing comes more naturally to me without a plan. I’d written a plan for my romantic suspense novel and throughout I had one character in my head as the ‘baddie’ and they were also down in my plan, but when I got to the denouement, it wasn’t him! It was such a surprise, but it worked really well for that book so I kept it in.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? 

It probably won’t be a surprise that I love reading! Our house is full of books and there aren’t enough room on the bookshelves anymore. We have bookcases in the kitchen, living room, bedroom, study and lately we’ve been eyeing up the hallway to see if any would fit there.

I play computer games like Dragon Quest and The Sims, if I get my writing goal done that day, then I can play a game in the evening or read a book for pleasure. I’m not very good with shoot ’em up type games, my reflexes are very bad so I don’t tend to go for those. Games aimed at about seven year olds I can usually manage.

We moved house about three years ago which doubled our mortgage, so we don’t travel as much as we’d like, but before that we’d been all around the world to places like New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Singapore and lots of places in Europe. I love to travel and visit new places, even though I get very sick on most forms of transport, I was even travel sick on a bicycle.

Q. Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers? 

Just two basic things: keep reading and keep writing. Turn off the self-editor in your head and write what you want to write. Don’t worry if it’s going to be marketable or suitable for that publisher or this one. Just get the story written first and then go back to polish it. If I kept editing as I went along, I’d never get any story finished. If you can find a critique group or partner, even better and you can encourage each other. You won’t find a publisher if you haven’t got anything written to submit to them.

Develop a tough skin for the inevitable rejections and bad reviews. Not everyone is going to love what you’ve written, so the best thing is to write to please yourself, because you are not going to please everybody else anyway. I couldn’t write a book that I wouldn’t want to read, even though it might be what the market is after at the moment (shape shifters, vampires etc.) They’re just not my thing so I wouldn’t write one.

Excerpt from The Prince’s Guard

“How do I look?” Dashan turned to his little brother, who was staring at him, mouth agape and eyes agog at Dashan’s transformation from spoiled prince to peasant in such a short space of time.

“You’re not really sneaking out tonight, are you?” asked Aniel. “What if Captain Ryland catches you again? Father won’t be happy with you.”

“I’ve no intention of getting caught this time. Why do you think I’m wearing this disguise?” Dashan’s face darkened as he thought of Captain Ryland. Just because he was captain of the King’s men-at-arms, he seemed to think that meant that he was the boss of the princes too. Officially, he was Captain of the Guards, unofficially he was Dashan’s bodyguard and Dashan railed at that fact. Everywhere he turned, there was Ryland getting in his way and preventing him from having any fun. Dashan couldn’t remember the last time he’d seen his friends or even visited a tavern without Ryland tagging along or turning up. He put a pall on everything, like a mourner mistakenly turning up for a wedding feast rather than a funeral.

“What about the Alradai? If there are any of their spies about, you could be in serious trouble. That’s why Father wanted you to have a bodyguard in the first place. You could start an international incident if you get kidnapped. The Alradai would love to have the crown prince as a hostage. They’d like nothing better for us to be at war again.”

“No one’s going to know I’m a prince,” said Dashan, frowning. “I’m just an ordinary peasant out to enjoy an evening at the tavern.”

“And maybe a wench or two, eh?” Aniel winked at him.

“Maybe,” Dashan agreed, although he knew he was lying to himself and his brother. For a long while he’d suspected that the female form wasn’t where his interest lay. Instead of spying on the maids like his brothers sometimes did, Dashan was often to be found watching the soldiers and men-at-arms at their drills. He much preferred it in the summer when they would remove their armour and shirts, practicing their arms in little more than their kilts. It was strong, firm chests Dashan dreamed of, not flowery scents and softness. He wanted someone strong, someone forceful, someone so passionate that they forgot he was a prince and just ravished him. The trouble was that the only person he could imagine being as forceful as that was Ryland. Dashan scowled, he doubted Ryland had a passionate bone in his body. He was just annoying. Dashan couldn’t wait to be rid of him. Ryland riled him like no one else could.

No one thought it odd that the crown prince spent so much in the men’s company, after all once he was king, they would be his men to command and his father just thought he was being friendly to the men who would serve him. The trouble was, Dashan wanted to be more than friendly. He wanted much more, but the castle was a hotbed of gossip, so there was no one he could approach without word of it getting back to his father. He’d heard that in the lower city there were places you could go to, pleasure houses that catered to every patron’s whim, male or female.

Dashan knew what he wanted and tonight he was going to get it.

Thank you, Annette, for a wonderful excerpt. Annette loves to hear from readers so please leave a comment.

One Comment

  • Annette Gisby February 20, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Thank you for having me, Jan. It was an interesting interview 🙂