Hello Willsin Rowe! Thank you for being here today!
G’day everyone. (As an Aussie I’m contractually obligated to use that greeting). I’m Willsin Rowe, author and cover artist. I’m in this anthology under my pen name, Abi Aiken.
Love it!! G’day to you as well. Let’s get started!
How long have you been a writer and how did you come to writing?
I’ve been writing in one form or another since I was in about Grade 3, but it was in 2006 that I first took the leap into publishing. I’ve always been in love with words, and with word-play. From puzzles to poems to comics to books. It just seemed natural to take what I loved and try to make it my work as well.
What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?
I love the power of words to evoke emotion. The idea that I could sit here in the muggy summer of Brisbane and craft a story which is then read by someone in, say, the middle of a Canadian winter, and have it touch them deeply, is an amazing concept.
What is the title of your story included in Alpha Fever? How did you come up with this story?
Billionaire Dominance, co-written with Rozlyn Sparks. Essentially, we wanted to try a twist on the regular Billionaire stories out there by reversing the genders but not the roles. It seemed as if there was an avenue not being explored: that of the person with great power in their life, and who needs their sex life to be the antithesis to that. To be dominant as hell in the boardroom and, in order to balance it, submissive in the bedroom.
How did you conduct your research for “Billionaire Dominance”?
A lot of reading, asking questions, and more reading! Also, just some logical thought. I’m all about balance and even-handedness, and it always struck me as odd to have characters who were perma-Doms. At work, at home, at leisure… Dom, Dom, Dom. We all have yin and yang, and
Rozlyn and I wanted to explore a character whose submission in bed was not just as a balance to her dominance in life, but also vital to her existence. To make it from a craving into a need.
What are 3 of your favorite lines/quotes from “Billionaire Dominance”?
– In a world where I constantly had to think at least six to twelve months ahead, a consequence that was both immediate and tangible somehow felt like a luxury.
– “You and I are but the briefest lightning flash of life. Just like everybody else. To carry more than your share is a form of madness.”
– “This soreness you feel now will be with you for several days.”
“Let it serve as a reminder of what you’ve learned. Think of it as my eyes watching you at work.”
What would your friends say is your best quality?
I ended up having to ask a couple of them, because I wasn’t sure. It boiled down, essentially, to “honesty, compassion, and the ability to see beauty where many others won’t”.
Are reader reviews important to you?
Absolutely. I doubt I’ll be saying anything particularly new here, but a genuine review is vital, whether it’s positive, negative or neutral. Authors should always be learning their craft. As Abi, I learned some valuable pointers between my first and second stories from two separate reviews. The reviews were quite positive—both 4-stars, from memory—but they each had a couple of elements they thought needed work. And I worked on those for the second story, which gained even more positive reviews.
Do you have any blogs/websites?
Yes! Squillions of ’em!
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/willsinrowepage
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/willsin.rowe
Abi’s FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/abiaikenauthor/
Blogs: Oh, Get A Grip! (once a fortnight) http://ohgetagrip.blogspot.com.au
Willsin’s World http://willsinrowe.blogspot.com
What do you do when you don’t write?
I’m an in-demand cover artist, I play bass in a swampy blues/folk band (currently on a break) and I’m a busy husband and father.
Tell us about your other books?
Well, along similar lines to this Alpha Fever bundle, and particularly our story within it, I have another co-written series with Rozlyn Sparks (again, under my Abi Aiken pen name). It’s called Sex Education, and has three separate titles featuring a Dominant college professor with a crisp English accent, and an undisciplined college student who, at the start of book one doesn’t realize she’s submissive! Everything else I have, co-written or under my Willsin name, features beautiful plus size/curvy women and the men (like me!) who adore them.
If you could share one thing about yourself that you would like readers to know what would it be?
Um… I can lick my own elbow!
Thank you so much for having me here today, and letting me rabbit on for a while!
Thank you Willsin, this was fun and entertaining!