AAD Author Spotlight – Interview with Sophie Oak plus giveaway
My twenty-fifth Authors After Dark Spotlight is with the incredibly cool Sophie Oak!
Questions about AAD:
Have you attended Authors After Dark before or are you an AAD virgin like me?
I’m a total virgin. I’m so excited about it.
What are you most looking forward to at AAD2012?
From everything I’ve heard, this is a true readers’ convention. I’m excited about meeting readers. And seeing New Orleans!
Which author(s) attending AAD2012 are you most looking forward to meeting?
Joey Hill. Wow. I love her. There are some authors who I deeply admire who are attending as well. I love Eliza Gayle and Kris Cook and Melissa Schroeder!
Questions about your WRITING and READING HABITS:
What did you do when you found out you were being published for the first time?
Funny story. The acceptance letter actually ended up in my spam folder so I was really late in replying. I thought it was taking forever to find out and actually it had taken a whole nine days for Siren Publishing to reply. I screamed and then hoped I hadn’t screwed it all up because it was a month later.
Of all of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite?
That’s a hard one. If I have to pick one, I would pick Bound: A Faery Story. I love paranormal and writing that book was so freeing. I got to make up anything I wanted and play around with a whole bunch of Celtic lore.
Have you ever written a scene that made you blush?
Nope. I don’t blush easily. And I try to work the words anal and sex into most conversations. And all panels and classes I teach. Yes. AAD is going to be fun! As you can see, I have a sense of humor. I love writing erotic romance. I love deeply erotic scenes because I think there’s a well of emotion in sex scenes – but I also acknowledge that much of what I write is funny. Anal plugs are funny. Seriously. And spanking. And I won’t even go into figging…
( I have to interrupt here to say that when I first read that answer, I laughed so hard tears came. That is all. Now back to the interview)
Who was your favorite hero or heroine to write?
I might have a different choice if we were strictly talking about the book the heroine appeared in, but I prefer to go with the heroine I like to come back to again and again and that would be Rachel Swift from Three to Ride. She’s an alpha female and doesn’t hide it. She knows how to handle her men. On the hero front – Julian Lodge from the Texas Sirens series. Hands down – he’s so much fun to write.
Who is your favorite hero or heroine to read?
Recently I adored Katniss in The Hunger Games. She’s so strong and stubborn even when it hurts her. She was very vivid for me, rather like Harry Potter who was also allowed to make a lot of mistakes. And I realize it’s very odd for a hard core erotic author to read all that YA.
Have you ever been surprised by a reader’s reaction to a scene that you wrote – either good or bad?
I don’t know about particular scenes, but I’ve been surprised about reactions to books. I wrote a novella called Away From Me and the reader reaction on it was either love or hate. And there was some serious hate for that book. I think I tackled a serious subject in that book without warning the reader that I would do it and it either strikes a good chord or a bad chord. There’s not a lot of in between with that book. Some readers complained that a romance novel was not a place to explore the issue I explored.
Have you always been a reader or are you like me and got turned off by the mind-numbingly boring deep and multi-layered books you had to read in High School only to ‘find’ reading again as an adult?
I actually have a degree in English. I read a lot of deep multi layered books. I will admit to having a deep affection for EM Forster and Virginia Woolf and Jayne Ann Krentz and Linda Howard. But as I got older I moved more toward genre fiction. I love romance, but I also read thrillers and horror. The last book that just blew me away was Justin Cronin’s The Passage.
What book do you most remember having read in High School?
A Tale of Two Cities. Still one of my favorite books. I remember vividly detesting the first two parts of the books and by the time I got to Book III, I stayed up all night reading and I didn’t care about the test the next day. I cared about Sydney Carton and the sacrifice he made for love. And I love the fact that this book was derided in its day as pure crap genre fiction, but lauded now for its brilliance.
Questions about YOU:
What is your favorite movie?
I’m giving away my geekiness – Galaxy Quest.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Mint chocolate chip
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Morning! I love mornings before my kids wake up when it feels like I’m the only person in the world!
Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you?
I watch way too much ID TV. Seriously, I’ve become paranoid because I know all the ways a person can be brutally killed. I need to get obsessed with something softer. Any ideas would be welcome. Please save me.
Question about your UPCOMING RELEASE(S):
Your Texas Sirens series is about sexy cowboy Dom relationships with a m/f/m twist. Do you remember what you were doing when the idea for that series first struck you? (*snert* See what I did there? I wrote “struck” and it’s a BDSM series. *giggle*)
LOL. I wanted to do a BDSM ménage book. At the time I really hadn’t thought about it as a series. Jack Barnes was the first character to really come to life for me. Sam Fleetwood was his natural opposite. Jack was dark and brooding while Sam was light and playful. They were two halves of a whole and I thought it would be fun to set them on a small town.
The latest installment in that series, Siren in Bloom, was just released last month. Tell us a bit about it.
Siren in Bloom is about Leo Meyer, The Club’s Dom in Residence and a psychologist and his brother, Wolf, who was recently discharged from the Navy SEALs due to injuries taken in battle. Leo had a relationship with Shelley McNamara from Siren in Waiting, but it went bad. A year later, she’s at The Club and she’s requested a Dom to train her. Leo’s sulking and his boss decides to play matchmaker in his own way by bringing Leo’s brother Wolf in as her trainer. And so the sparks fly…
The sixth book in your Nights in Bliss series, Pure Bliss, was released in March. Tell us about the series and what readers will find in its latest installment.
Nights in Bliss is about an odd little Colorado town. If Willow Fork, TX from the Siren series is a small town at its worst, Bliss, CO is small town heaven. Bliss is filled with free spirits and unconventional relationships. Pure Bliss actually explores a little of the history of the town. It’s about James Glen and Noah Bennett who were raised as brothers by their fathers and step-mother who formed the first threesome in Bliss. Circumstances caused the brothers to fight and the family to fall apart. After many years, Noah comes back to town and both men fall for Hope McLean. Hope’s past is starting to catch up to her and the brothers have to find a way to be a family again.
Both of your series are primarily “ménage happily ever after” series, meaning two men and one woman find the perfect balance and all live and love together in perfect bliss (*snickers* see what I did there? I said “bliss” and that’s the name of your series. *giggle*) What elements do you think are necessary in order to make a ménage relationship work in a romance novel?
First and foremost, I want to know why the men involved share. I think it’s as important to establish the relationship between the men as it is the relationship between them and the woman. I don’t want to write a book where the extra guy is just thrown in for sex. There has to be a reason he’s there.
The third book in your Night in Bliss series, One to Keep, isn’t a ménage book. Um…why not?
Because Stefan Talbot would never, never, never share. He’s just that kind of a guy.
Thank you very much Sophie for answering my questions today.
Thanks so much for having me!
Sophie is offering to one lucky winner a choice of any eBook from her backlist! Just leave a comment below to enter. Giveaway open internationally and you have until Sunday June 24th 2012 11:59est to comment. Good luck everyone and Thank You to Sophie for the cool prize!