Leia-Ann Woods is one of the most famous and well-loved of the British spanking stars, along with the likes of Amelia Jane Rutherford, Niki Flynn and Sam Johnson. Leia-Ann is very recognisable from her many appearances in spanking scenes in both the UK and US. The slim and very pretty brunette is also a switch and loves all things spanking-related. You can really get a sense of Leia’s enthusiasm for the world of spanking by reading her Leia’s New Musings blog and read all about her at her website Leia’s Fantasies.
Leia-Ann Woods was kind enough to answer our questions in May 2010.
I’ve just been reading your “about me“. Do you think you were subliminally wanting to be spanked when you were winding up your boyfriend that first time?
Yes, I think I was, though I do have a real love of the old wind up, probably as a result of life at a boarding school. I think though I was pushing to see whether the man was of actions as well as words. It was terrifying when it actually happened though, because I had this audience. It was an event I enjoyed after the moment and not at the time!!!
It doesn’t sound like you were spanked growing up. What was it about spanking that caught your imagination from such a young age?
Well, no I was not. My parents did not believe in it and my Mother had other, far better measures of instilling right and wrong to me. I believe she succeeded well, despite the odd occasion of naughtiness! I was given old versions of the St Clair’s series and the Mallory Towers series and was inspired by the boarding school spankings that occurred within the stories. I read them over and over again and became quite obsessed by going to a British boarding school. Sadly I was out of time and no corporal punishment was ever administered at my school, though this is probably a good thing in many ways!
What do you enjoy about being spanked?
I am big into the psychology. I like the feel of the humiliation of it, such as the panties being taken down and corner time with my punished bottom on show (this famously happened to me once at the Janus shop as a result of bad behaviour). For me spanking is much more than the pain of the corporal punishment being applied to the bottom; it is about mindset as well.
Do you like BDSM?
Yes I do, but it is something I tend to explore only with my partner and friends and not on the scene as a whole. This is because the trust levels required for some of the BDSM activities I do exceed those of someone I have met only a few times. What I mean is it needs a stronger relationship than some spanking scenes I do with scene guys, where the impartiality can really help me get into role and enjoy the scene and my punishment. I hope this makes sense!
I’ve read you talk about psychological intensity in a spanking. What do you mean by that?
I mean some of the verbals I may receive as someone who is genuinely in trouble with someone. A reprimand before a spanking can do just as much for me as the spanking itself. I was also recently punished in front of an audience. The intensity of my shame at having this happen also acted as a significant part of the punishment. The psychology of a scene may take a large role in the punishment itself. As I said, spanking for me is not just about the corporal punishment itself.
Have you become a better bottom/sub after having switched?
I would not say that. For me becoming a better sub has been a mixture of growing up, learning about myself, accepting my faults and experience as a sub and of course 14 months as a full time slave.
Now, as well as being a spanking model (both top and bottom) you also have your own spanking website: Bars and Stripes. How do you find the production/direction? Can you tell me about the website?
I certainly set up Bars and Stripes in 2005, but for personal reasons I had to leave in 2008. Production and direction is difficult, but thoroughly rewarding. I have learned about this mainly with Northern Spanking, where I do technical work for them too. Bars and Stripes I set up with Michael Stamp because I have a real interest in institutional punishments and role-plays. As a result of my obsession with the TV series Bad Girls, I came up with the idea for Bars.
What would be a perfect spanking for Leia-Ann Woods?
Oh that is easy! As I said before any situation where I have no choice but to accept the situation. I love institutional scenes but also I loved an early scene I did with my present partner, ‘The way of a man and his maid’, where I am in Edwardian England, taken from the streets by a cruel landowner who punishes and humiliates me as he pleases. As you may guess I am into quite ‘dark’ scenes!
What are your pet hates in spanking?
Being asked for sex from people I do not know! Very irritating and the wrong sort of approach to someone like me.
How are/were your studies? Does being a famous spanking model help/hinder you in real life?
My studies were fine. I have now completed my PhD and graduated only the other day, so am officially a Dr. The scene did little to hinder or help, my health was the major factor, but is much better now!
Do you think that the nearer we inch towards equality in the real world, the more power exchanges like spanking will be in demand?
Oh I think so definitely. In the real world, when I am studying or when I (soon) begin work I can be quite a dominant character. I do not want that in my spanking scenes or with my partner. I sense I am not alone there!
What does the future hold for Leia-Ann Woods?
I want to develop my switch side, but also hope to make my own full-length movie one day. At the moment that is a mere pipe dream!
For more information about Leia check out her websites:
- Leia’s Fantasies where there are plenty of photos and links to other interviews she has done; and
- Leia’s New Musings blog.