Sophie Oak

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A lifetime devotee to the written word, Sophie published her first novel this year. Prior to becoming a novelist, she worked in theater and comic books. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and three precocious children, who wonder when mom is going to write a book they will be allowed to read. Her answer: probably never. Sophie believes in happy endings for everyone, no matter how extreme the story. Her stories may feature some of the fringe elements of sexuality, but at heart, they are always about love. 

Q: What books most influenced your life?

A: Strangely enough, they were both romances, though one with a capital R. I can think of two literary experiences that changed my life. The first was reading John Keats' “If I Have Fears.” It’s a brilliant poem, and for some reason, it spoke to me. I realized for the first time how connected we could be. The second was reading Beatrice Small’s Skye O’Malley at the age of thirteen. I just realized I wanted to be Skye O’Malley. She was brazen and adventurous and well-loved--by lots of men. I probably shouldn’t have read that at thirteen.

Q: Why do you write?

A: Because I have to. If I don’t, I get very difficult to live with. Ask my husband and kids. It’s a little like breathing to me.

Q: How long does it take you to write a complete novel?

A: It depends. I wrote my first three novels over a nine-year period. Then I gave birth to baby number three and wrote six books in a single year. So far this year, I’ve completed three. It often takes me more time to edit a book than it does to write. I don’t think that says anything good about my grammatical skills.

Q: What do you consider necessary to the writing process?

A: I need music and a good lap top. I certainly need a good friend to bounce ideas off of. I’ve found a couple of martinis doesn’t hurt.

Q: Have you written in other genres besides erotica?

A: I love urban fantasy, though even my urban fantasy has erotic elements to it. I’ve written everything from plays to western comic books.

Q: What do you consider to be the most important element of a successful novel?

A: Characters are the cornerstone of any book, but certainly in a romance. If you can’t see yourself as the heroine, why bother reading? As a writer, I have to spend a lot of time in the heads of my characters. I want that to be a fun place to be.

Q: Why cowboys?

A: I’m from Texas. I grew up around them. Also, they are iconic American heroes. I write romance with some fringe elements. I love the idea of this paragon of masculinity truly exploring his sexuality to the fullest. I love the cowboy ideal of complete independence. What’s more independent than not caring about what society thinks when it comes to the people we love? That’s the sexiest trait I can think of.

Q: What books do you like to read?

A: I read just about everything, though I tend to like extremes. I read a lot of erotic romance, but I also love Jayne Ann Krentz and Linda Howard. I adore Charlaine Harris and Rachel Caine. I love horror and adventure fiction, too. I read Preston and Child, James Rollins and Matt Reilly. However, I read enough erotic romance that I always wonder where the sex is. I keep waiting for Dan Brown’s characters to get it on and they never do.

Q: What are you working on now?

A: I finished a book called Faery Story, and that’s probably self-explanatory. I’m working on a series called Nights in Bliss about a bohemian Colorado town, and I’m almost finished with Siren in the City, the sequel to Small Town Siren. In addition, I want to get my urban fantasy series up and running. It’s a lot of work, but I’ve never had so much fun.

 

Texas Sirens series  by Sophie Oak

 

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