Jun 20, 2012

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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!

Where to find Sophie –

  1. Mrs. Missive says:

    Great interview. I don’t think Sophie Oak can write a bad book. You all have a blast at AAD. I can’t wait to hear the stories that come out of NOLA after that weekend.

  2. I have to be honest, this interview made google “figging”, I didn’t know what it was and now… hmmm… now I know. lol
    Great interview and I can’t wait to meet you in NOLA.

  3. ZanyBookLover says:

    So looking forward to meeting you at AAD. It will be a few days of great debauchery!

  4. Robin Womack says:

    Great interview. Love hearing what interest you have and why you write what you do. I have read all your books and LOVE every single one. No geekiness, I like Galaxy Quest also. I can’t thank you enough for writing the wonderful stories that have introduced me to so many new friends.

    Wish I could go to AAD and meet you, but will have to wait for another time. Enjoy your time there.

  5. I love your books. I have all of them and I have read them multiple times. Thanks for writing great books 🙂

  6. Great interview, love learning more about you and my favorite series.

  7. Maggie Mae says:

    Hey Sophie!
    So wish I could join you all in NOLA for AAD but I’ll look forward to hearing about it. I’m glad I’m not the only one addicted to ID tv. I watch NCIS reruns when I want something lighter.

    Love the Bliss books best but Sirens are great as well and I just finished Beauty. It was awesome!

    Guys you haven’t read Sophie, you should. She’s got hot love scenes AND a killer sense of humor that will seriously make you laugh out loud at the most inappropriate times. *grins*

    Oh, unless there’s one I missed I already have all your ebooks so don’t put me in the drawing…or if I’m in there and win give it to someone whose never read you but wants to. 🙂

  8. Loved the interview & always enjoy/look forward to your next story!! I thought Away From Me was a great read with very real emotional/physical issues that lead to a great way to open a discussion or to make people realize that we are more than the sum total of our parts

  9. Thanks for the interview! MCC is my favorite too:) I have heard so many great things about your books and I haven’t read any yet (hangs head). I think I must change that very soon!

  10. janis honda says:

    Love the interview and love your books(sirens and bliss).
    your books let me dream and look at other people lifes and see how fun, pain in the butt, laughing, sharing can be for people. Thank you for your gift in telling a story.
    p.s. I have to wait for print books so a lot of patience waiting for the ebooks to go into paperback.

  11. Sophie You are the BEST! Great interview liked learning more about you. I have read Bliss and Siren book both multiple times and never get tired of them. Always impatiently waiting for the next one.

  12. Thanks for all the kind words, guys! Sorry for the late comment, but I’m on vacation in Colorado and have to find WiFi! I can’t wait to meet everyone at AAD – and if that’s not you’re part of the country, I’ll come your way at some time and would LOVE to meet you! Thanks so much to Yummy Men for hosting me today.

  13. LOL! Fun! post!

    Have a great time at AAD!

  14. Great interview. I can’t wait to meet you at AAD. I know exactly what you mean about the mornings before the kids are awake, it is my favorite time of the day.

  15. I haven’t tried any of Sophie’s books, but I’d love to. It seems like the people who read them love them.

  16. jamie coman says:

    I don’t know why people wouldn’t like Away From Me, I LOVED that story. I love everything I’ve read by you! Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. Thanks for the great interview.

  18. Karen Roma says:

    Just wanted to say Hi to Sophie and let her know that readers are excited too meet her too!
    I’m travelling from Australia with my sister to attend AAD for the first time and can’t wait to meet all the fabulous authors and see New Orleans!

  19. AAD Count down is like 47 days. Sophie is one of the reasons I am going. Can’t wait to meet so many amazing authors.


  20. Northwoman says:

    Thanks Julie for letting us learn about all these authors and AAD and doing the giveaways!

  21. Sophie, I absolutely love your books! I am half-way through the Bliss series, and then I am on the Texas Siren series. Your stories are funny, sexy, and just plain fun. Please keep writing 🙂

  22. GREAT interview…thx for the AWESOME giveaway op! 🙂

  23. I am a Julian lover and I adore Sophia Oak books. I read her blog every now and then and I even once read her hubby’s blog post. I laughed so hard I had to re-read to my husband.
    I would love to choose a backlist that I haven’t got. *fingers crossed*

    another_look_book_reviews at hotmail dot ca

  24. Very nice interview. These sound like good books.

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