Book Spotlight – Don’t Take Your Shoes Off by Adam Mann #characterinterview #authorinterview

Don’t Take Your Shoes Off

There is no doubt about it; ladies who wear high heels look great. I don’t know the sales figures but I’m sure that high heeled shoes must be one of the market leaders.  But that’s not my point – my impression here is to try to offer three stories about ladies who have worn high heels with spectacular results:

Red High Heels is set in London, probably in the 1990’s.  The man who appreciates the high heels is a stem-cell research scientist, who tries to help Roxanne put on her Red High Heels.  Roger does a better job when she takes them off.

Helga’s Red Thigh Boots is set in Rotterdam, when climate change is beginning to emerge as a serious problem.  The lady, Hufflepuff, wears high heels as she is tiny, but when Fred takes her to Canada in the winter she needs warmer shoes, so long red leather thigh boots is her solution.

Black High Heels starts off in the early 2000’s, when international aid is beginning to open up the economy in emerging economies like Vietnam, which brings an enjoyable clash of cultures between a Brit adviser and a lady graduate who takes off her black high heels.

Now available on Pre-order from Amazon – publication date 2nd August 2017.


A titillating trio of romantic allure, wild fantasies and erotic anticipation that will ignite your senses and pleasure your passions.

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Character Interview with Helga from Don’t Take Your Shoes Off

What impression do you make on people when they first meet you?

I’m not very tall, so I have to talk a lot!


How about after they’ve known you for a while?

I find that most people like me.


What is your profession?

I used to be a ballet dancer.


Tell me about your best friend.

Now, of course, it’s Joseph my husband.


Describe your ideal mate.

He must be an alpha male with a strong sense of humour.


What’s the most important thing in your life?

My son Michael, but now he’s 23.


Your thoughts on love?

I thought that I was madly in love with Michael’s father, but he left me as soon as I knew I was pregnant.


Your greatest extravagance?

Things changed after I met Joseph, and now we live in London in Ontario.  I like clothes, and high heeled shoes.


Is there anything you haven’t done that you want to do?

I like travelling, which Joseph and I manage to do from time to time, especially to warm beaches in Florida.


Your quirky habits?

I shiver a lot when Joseph is near me.


What quality do you like most in a man?

Being looked after.



What trait do you most despise?

Rudeness, and ignorance, as they often go together.


What are you most afraid of?

Something happening to my son Michael.


What do you value the most?

The love and affection I found when I met Joseph.


Favorite food

Anything Italian, although I’m Dutch by birth, buy we also make cheese.


What would you consider your perfect night out?

A good meal, wine and company.


What was your first thought or impression when you met the person you fell in love with?

I liked him straight away, but had no idea if he was even available – he’s much taller than me.


What would you change about the person you fell in love with?

No much, neither of us are young anymore, and our personalities have developed.


What do you like most about the person you fell in love with?

Passion and sex.


What would you change about yourself?

I always wanted to be a prima-ballerina, but getting pregnant put an early stop to that, and my son Michael is a great reward.

Author Interview with Adam Mann

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?

I started writing in 1996 when I was working in Sri Lanka, and at that time living in a coconut estate.  My first novel was historical as the ancient history in that part of the world is so well documented.


How many books have you written?

I’ve just published, or should I say my publisher, has just published by thirtieth romance novel – featured here.


How long does it usually take you to write a book?

Usually when I think of a story I write furiously for a week or so, but it takes several more weeks to complete the manuscript.


How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I usually think of the story when I’m sleeping in the middle of the night, and I get up and immediately write the outline.  My wife is very understanding and brings me a lot of hot sweet tea.


Who are your favorite authors?

Oh dear, so many.  Charles Dickens, Edgar Wallace, Agatha Christie.


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Yes the finger work on my laptop.  Edgar Wallace who wrote many books, actually never wrote a single word – dictated everything to secretaries – long before tape recorders.


Where is your favorite place to write?

I have a desk near the French windows overlooking my garden.


When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?

I invent their names, but their character develops as I write, and sometimes the story changes as I write.


Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?



What is the hardest thing about writing?

Marketing the book.


What is the easiest thing about writing?

The first draft of the manuscript.


Do you use images to develop your character’s looks?

A lot depends on the book cover.


Are your characters based on people you know?

No, never.


Do you use your experiences in your books?

Oh yes, definitely.


Do you ever get writer’s block?

No, not really.  When I have the story in my mind I just write.


What do you think makes a good story?

Good characters, a good plot, and personally I like HEA endings in my romance novels.


Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Not really.


What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?

The first Manuscript accepted by a publisher, but that was only very short lived as the publisher was taken over.


What do your friends and family think about you being a writer?

They are expecting me to make an income, which is yet to happen.


What do you do when you’re not writing?

Gardening, I like especially flowers with a perfume, but they are often white in colour.


Do you like music or silence when your write?

Not really, nowadays I don’t have the equipment, but sometimes I keep the TV on especially is there is sport online.


Do you outline or do you just write?

I outline my characters, and the plot.


Do you prefer pen and paper or computer?

I write straight into my laptop.


Do you write as routine or do you write when you feel like it?

I am so busy marketing my books, my writing time is limited.


What do you love best about your current book?

I managed to inject a lot of humour into the stories – there are three.


What is your next project?

I’m considering rewriting and republishing one or two of my self-published books.




Adam Mann has lived and worked in Africa and Asia for many years. He has always been fascinated by personal relationships, and in real life is now enjoying his fourth marriage, after

being widowed, divorced, had one marriage annulled as that ‘wife’ had forgotten to get divorced. Adam has extensive experience of social and sexual activities, which he brings into all of his books in explicit detail. Five of his published novels are based in Africa, seven in Asia, with six in Europe. Adam now lives in a provincial city in a mountainous area of Vietnam.


  1. ELF - August 5, 2017 @ 12:43 pm

    I’m fascinated that one of your characters is named Hufflepuff! Thank you for sharing info about yourself and your characters and good luck on the release!

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