The JR Bunnies are happy to welcome Author Jane O’Reilly!
I recently had a trilogy of erotic novellas out with Carina UK, the first of which is called Indecent Exposure.
Tell us a little about Indecent Exposure, what inspired you to write Indecent Exposure.
Indecent Exposure is about a photographer with a sideline in erotic photography who finds herself taking naughty pictures of her accountant. She’s had a crush on him forever, and it turns out that he has a bit of a thing for her, too. I really wanted to write some erotica that wasn’t based around a BDSM relationship, and I wanted to write about how women so often feel ashamed of their desires when they shouldn’t be.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
Generally, I like to have some idea of the plot – it gives the writing direction. A story is more than a series of consecutive events. It’s important to have some idea of what a story is about and the goals of the main characters before you start. Story goals tell you what needs to happen. Writing the draft tells you how it happens.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I started out writing contemporary romances, and I’ve had four of those published. I started writing erotica because I wanted to write the sort of sex I couldn’t write in a contemporary. And writing erotica is brilliant fun.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
The toughest character has definitely been Amber from Indecent Proposal. She’s a woman who is sexually very confident but terrified of emotional intimacy, and it was a hard balance to get right.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
Definitely not – it would be dangerous territory, especially for an erotica writer
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
I really enjoy all aspects of it, from the first draft to the rewriting and everything in between. The hardest thing is opening the email from your editor that you know contains revisions. Knowing you’re about to find out what something thinks about your story is nerve wracking.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Caffeine free diet coke. I don’t even know why. It’s just brown fizzy water.
What TV Show/s are you addicted to?
Fast n Loud. I think it’s the beards. And the way they describe everything as badass.
Do you have a hobby that you like to try and squeeze in?
I’m an obsessive knitter, and always have something on the go. I love everything about it, from poring over patterns to the feel of the yarn to wearing the finished product. It’s wonderfully creative and tactile.
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
I like to have a few different drinks set out and my ipod ready, and the internet turned off. I also have a big notebook that I write all my ideas down in, though I don’t always look at it when I actually start working.
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
Usually I find one song that really works for a story, and I write the entire thing to that one song. Sometimes the lyrics fit the story, sometimes it’s just the music itself.
Do you write one book from start to finish or are there multiple works underway at any given time?
I try to work on one book at a time, but now I’m on contract it doesn’t always work that way.
Where were you when you got your first contract? What was the book and who did you tell first?
My first sale was for Once a Bad Girl, which is a fun, sexy contemporary romance set in London. It features a celebrity auction and inappropriate sex in a French orchard. I received the email telling me I’d sold that on 22nd December 2012. I was in bed eating toast. My husband was the first person I told.
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
About 16, I think. It was a Mills and Boon.
Do you have an all-time favorite romance book (not written by you J)?
What author causes you to “go fan girl”/ squeal over/anticipate upcoming books?
Meljean Brook and her Iron Seas series. They’re adventure stories for girls, so, so good.
Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and an all-time favorite?
I recently rewatched Stranger than Fiction which I adore. The development of the romance between Will Ferrell and Maggie Gyllenhaal is simply beautiful. My all time favourite is the Empire Strikes Back. ‘I love you.’ ‘I know.’ It doesn’t get any better than that.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
I’m currently writing a romantic space opera, which is like X-Men in space with more sex. And more erotica.
If you could co-write with another author who would it be
I would love to write with JK Rowling. Who wouldn’t? Or Nora Roberts. Or Dr Seuss. That would be a good book.
How did you hear about the “bunnies” at Joyfully Reviewed?
Twitter. It’s where all the best people hang out.
Where can readers find you?
Twitter www.twitter.com/janeoreilly or my website www.janeoreilly.com
And for the silly side –
What is your favorite type of ice cream?
Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food, with the little chocolate fish. The world needs more chocolate fish.
Ranger or Morelli
Morelli. No contest. For the thing he did in the shower