Author Interview: Janelle Oberlin
About the author:
I have traveled the world as a buyer for one of the world’s top coffee companies. After taking an early retirement, I decided to return to my first love, and began writing short erotic fiction. I currently live in London (above a notorious sex shop!) I've now dedicated myself to writing novels with passion, adventure, and sex so kinky it could make even the Queen of England blush. I have written seven books so far. They are all part of a series called Savage Shifters. The first book in the series, Sex Beast, was just released in December. And the second title, Sex Twins, will be released in early 2018.
What inspires you to write romantic fiction?
I'm inspired by passion and my love of men! I love men's strength. I like the chemistry between a man and a woman. Books are a safe way of exploring the power dynamic between the sexes. Much of it is fantasy. But I also believe books can change our reality.
Tell us about how you write.
I drink lots of coffee to keep me going. I also listen to instrumental jazz music when I write. I love a good saxophone solo. I type my final manuscript on my laptop, but my early drafts are always handwritten. I love the feel of paper. I'm very tactile. Using pen and paper helps me tap into my sensual side. And I always celebrate the completion of a book with a shot of Grand Marnier!
Do you listen to or talk to to your characters?
I hear my characters' voices while I write. If they are not clear, I know I haven't made them real. I love my characters, and I always aim to stay true to their voices.
What advice would you give other romance writers?
My advice is to focus on your main character. Don't go off on long tangents that take away from your main story. Stay in the heart and mind of your hero or heroine. And create challenging conflicts and a nasty villain. Books are boring without a big villain!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided I wanted the freedom to publish without censorship. That's why I chose Kindle ebooks as my platform. It's also fast. Once you upload your manuscript, it can be available to your readers within 24 hours. It's amazing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Writers will continue to embrace technology and the power that comes with it. Less gatekeepers. More direct access to readers. I'm excited!
Which romance sub-genere(s) fit your stories best?
Romantic Shapeshifter BDSM
My books are available in the following formats: