Today I am joined by the lovely Doris O'Connor!
EM: Welcome to My World, Doris. It is lovely to have you here today. :-)
DO: Hi Elizabeth J Thanks so much for having me here!
Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm not very good at talking about myself, lol. I should probably make something wonderfully glamorous up here, right?
Alas, I'm a mum of nine, happily married to my wonderful hubby for the last twenty three years, and in my 'spare' time I write Erotic contemporary and paranormal romance. We live in a far too small house in the UK with kids, pets, and more dust bunnies than you can shake a duster at. Not that I dust—ever. Really, what is the point? Don’t iron either. Having to wash, dry, and fold mountains of laundry every day is bad enough ;-)
When I'm not drowning in laundry, playing taxi service, walking cash machine, and United Nations Peacekeeper for our hordes of offspring, to name just a few of the hats I wear every day, I can be found tapping away at the keyboard, because those pesky characters just will not leave me alone!
1. How long have you been writing for?
I've written all my life, but if you mean seriously with a view to publication, then that would be since September 2010.
2. Did you always know that you wanted to be a writer?
I've always had stories in my head and I've always scribbled those stories down in one form or another. And I always had it in the back of my mind that one day I would write that novel. Of course one day never came, until a friend entered a writing competition and I thought to myself, right, it's now or never.
3. What is your favourite genre to read? To write? And why?
I seem to be reading almost exclusively BDSM novels lately. It definitely has to be Erotic Romance, Erotica, the hotter the better, and if you can throw some shifters in there too, then I am a happy little bunny. I love reading about strong alpha males and sassy heroines that push and shove and bring those big strong males to their emotional knees.
And I simply adore a good BDSM book that fully explores the trust needed between two or more people to fully embrace the lifestyle.
In my own writing, I write strong, dominant males and sassy heroines who hold their own. I love a tortured hero, and no one does that better than a paranormal hero, so lately my stories are drifting more and more into the paranormal genre and BDSM. I do write contemporary too, and just had a short f/f accepted for an anthology.
I simply write what pops in my head and fits the story. I'm completely character driven, so I hold on for the ride, and listen to the voices in my head.
4. Who is your favourite author? Fave book? And why?
Oh, I have so many, and I find new ones all the time. I'd be here all day trying to list them all, lol. Some authors I've read recently and loved have been Cherise Sinclair, Alexandra O'Hurley, Georgia Fox, Raven McAllan, Jorja Lovett, Cherie Nicholls, Marie Medina, Zara Stoneley, Julia Devlin, Carolyn Rosewood, Arya Grey to name but a few.
As for my all-time favourite book that's still Gone With The Wind. I read it first as a teenager, and fell hopelessly in love with Rhett Butler. In fact I re-read it so many times, that that original copy fell to pieces!
5. How do you get your ideas?
My muse literally hits me over the head at times out of nowhere. The last few books I've written, I had no intention of writing the day before, lol. I never can tell what sparks off an idea. It can be a picture, a submissions call, a conversation, a snippet off a film, a sunset, a rainstorm. All I know is that once she decides I'm writing something, I don't get any peace until the story is done and subbed.
6. In your opinion what is the hardest part of the writing process?
For me it's finding the time to write. This is such a busy household with so many demands on my time; it gets a bit crazy at times. So the bulk of my writing gets done when the kids are in bed, and I don't get to sleep until the wee hours. But hey, the panda look means I'm a proper writer, right? That and my caffeine addiction!
7. In your opinion what is the best part of the writing process?
The simple act of creating and losing myself in my characters and their world. My characters are very real to me and magic happens when I listen to them. I cry and laugh with them and I think it's such a privilege to be able to tell their story. And then, when a reader contacts you and so completely 'gets them' – yes that's awesome J
8. Are you a planner or a panster?
A complete panster. I may have a rough idea of the story at the start. Sometimes all I have is an opening line, or a few snippets of a scene. I sit down and start typing and the characters take over. They constantly surprise me.
9. Do you prefer to concentrate on one story, or juggle a few?
I prefer to concentrate on one at the time. Occasionally I will start something and then a new idea comes along and completely takes over and the original idea gets shelved for a bit. In fact right now I have the beginnings of three different stories written down. I know which one I'm going back to, because that particular tiger is growling at me, and I'm not arguing with tigers.
10. Tell us about one of the most favourable scene you have written.
I don't know about a scene, but I've just written a f/f short which I loved. It had such a different feel to what I normally write, I really enjoyed the gentler pace and the sweeter love scenes.
Actually I do know which scene. In my upcoming Naughty Fairy tale The Last Of His Kind there is a moment in a cave, that I can't tell you about, because it would spoil the book, lol, but let's just say the Disney loving little girl in me just melted.
11. Out of all the characters you have created, who is your favourite and why?
Oh tough one. I fall in love with each and every one of my characters when I create them, and as I'm right in the middle of edits for the The Last Of His Kind I would have to say, right now, it's Doric. He is just so… yummy, lol.
But my all-time favourite would have to be Sven from Scandinavian Scandal. He was the first of my heroes who ever sat on my shoulder and demanded I write the book the way he wanted. He was right, of course. Scandinavian Scandal was my first contract J
12. If you could meet any fictional character, who would you meet and why?
Rhett Butler without a doubt. I'd be his Scarlett any day, though I'd have the sense to grab him and not let go.
13. Are you working on anything at the moment?
I have a start for book two in the Club Ink series. This will be Inks and Cherie's story. Readers will have met them in Riding Her Tiger.
14. Do you have any current release?
I have two J
Riding Her Tiger
Can one night change your life forever?
Estelle has been lusting after her kinky boss Nathan for ages, but how you do you snare a much older Dom? You enlist the help of the internet.
Matched to exploration facilitator Ink, Estelle explores her submissive fantasies to the full. When online sex turns to a real life ménage will a case of mistaken identity ruin her chances with Nathan?
Or will the shifter claim his mate?
Too Cold To Love
Marco Giovanni has shut off his emotions, following a messy divorce. His small daughter and his chain of bakeries are all he needs in his life. The string of nannies are an unfortunate necessity he could well do without. So why does his body have to remember its needs now with the latest and most unsuitable nanny ever?
Elise has always been the responsible one, so when she receives yet another SOS phone call from her wayward twin, she does the only thing she can do, she steps into her shoes. Having to go back to nannying is hard enough, the unexpected attraction to her arrogant employer impossible to deal with. Especially when she is forced to agree to a marriage of his convenience to pay off the debt her twin accrued.
In a marriage based on blackmail can passion turn into love, or will secrets and lies destroy all?
15. Any upcoming releases?
The Last Of His Kind
What do you do when you stumble upon a naked, injured Adonis on your morning jog? You take him home and nurse him back to health of course. If that involves the hottest sex a girl ever had, then so much the better, right?
Penelope Jefferson has returned to her childhood vacation spot at Loch Ness for peace, solitude, and inspiration. When she stumbles upon Doric she is floored by her body's instantaneous reaction to the clit clenching stranger who washed up from the Loch.
Doric is the last of his kind. Cursed into the Loch by a witches spell he needs acceptance from the very species he detests. When his little human is abducted after their night of bliss, will it spell the end for them both, or will they get to live the fairy tale?
16. Where can readers find you on the internet?
17. Any advice you would like to give aspiring writers?
Follow your dreams, and never, ever give up J
EM: Thank you so much for joining me, Doris!
DO: Thanks again for having me Elizabeth. It's been great fun!