Welcome all! Today we have with us erotic romance author J.L. Oiler, and she's agreed to sit down and chat with us about the joys (and pitfalls) of writing. We're also going to talk about her new book coming out on April 20th with Rebel Ink Press called Between3. J.L, can you tell us a little bit about the book?
Between3 is a story that takes place in Death Valley. It is about Celeste Drain, a woman preparing to make a public exit of an abusive relationship. When the break-up goes wrong, two hot strangers come to her rescue. Their one-night stand was the beginning of her new life, a life of self-reliance and inner strength. Now six months later, Celeste has a steady job at the same bar where she met her lovers, a home, and she's building a new existence.
Justin and Craig are part of the guard force known as the Keepers, men charged with protecting the human topside world from the violent monsters that live behind one of the gates to hell deep beneath Death Valley. Given little time topside to relax, Justin and Craig stumble into a one-night stand with a beautiful woman who challenges them not only physically, but also with her quick wit and intelligence. When a large breakout at the gate allows a group of vile Adze to escape to the topside world, Justin and Craig are mortified to discover the woman they thought was just a one-night stand may be a whole lot more and worse, she's smack dab in the middle of what might just become hell on earth.
What made you decide to pick up a pen and start writing?
I have always been an avid reader and enjoyed making up my own stories to entertain friends and family since I was little, writing them down just seemed like a natural transition from that time. However, I never had the courage to submit anything until I took a few trips down several paths in my life.
The road to becoming a published author is a long one. Because there are so many erotica authors out there, did you have more trouble than most breaking into the genre, or is the demand so great you found it easier? And to tie into this subject, would you mind sharing your story with us?
I was lucky actually to have only a single rejection before my first story was contracted. But, finding a publisher and a heat level which best suited my style and philosophy was a lot more difficult.
My story starts in the mountains of West Virginia where I was raised and still live with my husband and children. My father is a amazing reader (one of those people who finish two novels a day) and always encouraged me to read simply for the joy of doing so. Once in school I began to scribe some of my own tales and share them with a close net group of friend who would each add a bit here and there.
Like with every one of us, life decided to steer me down several paths. I was a paramedic for several years before returning to school to become a teacher and had one of those “damn what was I thinking?” first marriages. Raising a special needs child alone is difficult and I am thankful everyday for the support I received from both friends and family at that junction in my life. When love finally found me again I discovered my true knight in shining armor (alright, so it was a good old boy with a ball cap and red pickup truck). He inspired me on several levels. I continued my education (I am a shop teacher) and now hold a Masters Degree and began reaching for my dream to be a published author. Shhh, Don’t tell him, but he also inspires my genre (grin).
We ask this question to everyone because we love seeing all the different responses we get back, and would like to know yours. What is your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite?
I love the beginning of the whole process when you take an idea and just sort of let your imagination run rampant. That’s when it has the most energy and life of its own. The Characters begin to develop their individual voices and express how the stories need to go.
I Hate editing!!!
If we could sneak a peek at your bookshelves, what kinds of books would we find?
I have the complete collections of Christine Freehan, Kresley Cole, Rhyannon Byrd, and Sherrilyn Kenyon. I also have a lot (LOT) of others. My shelf also has a good bit of research books and school text. (Anyone need to know how to change the blade on a band saw?)
In your free time (I know, what's that, right?) what would we find you doing?
I love to be outdoors. Whether it is walking, camping, fishing, hunting, or riding the four-wheeler you can find me willing to get my hands dirty doing it.
Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books?
They can visit my author page at www.joiler.weebly.com
Or the blog site I co host with a few close friends http://wickedmuses.blogspot.com/
I am often also found on Facebook!
J.L., thanks so much for taking time out of your day to chat with us. Good luck with your new release tomorrow, and we wish you the best of luck!