Thursday, 7 July 2016

Author Interview - JA Low

I’d like to welcome JA Low to Novels In Heels.  JA is a new indie author of the Dirty Texas series. If you haven’t meant Evan Wyld yet, then I suggest you one click Suddenly Dirty and get a fix for yourself. It’s a pleasure to have her here today in an interview author spotlight.

As you may or may not know from her bio, JA Low lives on a faraway beach in Australia. When she's not writing steamy scenes and admiring hot surfers, she's tending to her husband and two sons, and dreaming up the next epic romance.

You can connect with JA a number of ways:

As you know, I love interviewing authors and getting an insight into their lives, what makes them tick and write awesome stories with a little more of an in-depth interview. So let’s star and see where it takes us.

NIH - Name (Do you write under a pen name?):

JA - Yes - J A Low but my name is Jess.

NIH - Age:

JA - Let’s say I am still in my dirty 30’s.

NIH - Where are you currently based?

JA - Central Coast, NSW, Australia.

NIH - How easy /hard is writing for you?

JA - Depends on the day some days I can write 10,000 words other days I struggle to write anything. I also like to procrastinate a lot which really doesn’t help.

NIH - How long have you been writing?  Is it a full time career for you?

JA - I have been writing on and off for seven years as a hobby but the last two years I really knuckled down and made it my full time job. Well as full time as it can be with two small kids.

NIH - What did you do before you began writing or published your first book?
JA - I’ve done many things for a career, I’ve worked in the Travel industry, I also had my own homewares boutique, owned my own events company. I have also run B&B’s in Ireland, worked in London for catering companies, I’ve even worked in beach bars in the Greek Islands.

NIH - What inspires/motivates you to write?

JA - Usually a crazy story gets into my head and I just can’t stop it until it gets out which is pretty motivating. But my family, my amazing husband and my two boys they inspire me to live my dreams.

NIH - What motivates you in everyday general life?

JA - My family and making them happy and proud.

NIH - Do you have a mentor that you turn to for help?

JA - I don’t have one specific mentor but I have met a lot of amazing people in the book community who I can call on if I need any help.

NIH - Who is your favourite character to date in any of your books and why?

JA - Derrick from The Dirty Texas Series. He’s hot, funny, is a stylist and says the most outrageous things.

NIH - How do you feel writing sexy, erotic scenes?  Do you write them with experience or lots of research?

JA - It’s something I am slowly getting used to. I never feel they are good enough but then when I get feedback saying “Gee that was hot” then I think I mustn’t be doing too bad. My husband would love to say it’s from experience …… but a lot of it is in my head and sometimes I google or look through Tumblr to get a scene right, the mechanics of it. Nothing worse than a sex scene not being physically possible.

NIH - What other stories can we look forward to seeing from you?  Can you give us any exclusive excerpt or sneak peek?

JA - Suddenly More - A Dirty Texas Novella comes out next on the 8th July.

So that is my next project and I am currently finished Suddenly Together the next full length novel in the Dirty Texas series. Now I am working on two stories at the same time another Dirty Texas Novella and a brand new series which is a spin off from Dirty Texas, called The Paradise Club which is based around a billionaire’s sex club and resort.

NIH - Have you ever wanted to give up writing half way through a book?

JA - When my first book came out and the negative reviews came in I did but then I realised every author has them. When bloggers and readers emailed me saying how much they loved it that gave me the strength to continue on and realise I won’t be able to please everyone.

NIH - What actually made you sit down and decide to write something?

JA - I have written my whole entire life. As an only child I made up my own little scripts and made the kids in the neighbourhood act them out and I would record them on tape. Then one day while I was pregnant with my first an idea came in my head and I just wrote it down and that was the very start of Suddenly Dirty.

NIH - Do you work to an outline, plot or do you prefer to just see where the writing/story takes you?

JA - I used to be totally freestyle just sit there and write whatever came to me and follow whatever line of thought that would pop into my head, but when that wasted time and tens of thousands of words, I tried to teach myself to roughly outline it could just be one sentence but something for each chapter so I had an idea. I don’t always follow that when I start writing.

NIH - What is your favourite thing to do other than writing?

JA - I love travelling, love going for walks on the beach, hanging out with my kids. I am also a reality TV addict so you can usually find me watching something trashy.

NIH - For those of us that don’t know much about you, what is the one thing you want to be known for?

JA - Hopefully for writing just nice, easy read books.

NIH – What are three quirky facts about you?

1: I have one kidney. 

2: I’ve visited nearly 40 countries.

3: Heath Ledger dripped ice cream on me.

NIH - What types of books do you like to read?

JA - I love friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, brothers best friend, ménage, MC, Rock star, cowboys and the list goes on and on ……..

NIH - What is your favourite book quote?

JA - Honestly I have no idea.

NIH - What books have most influenced your life?

JA - FSOG - Because it gave me the push to get back into my writing.

NIH - Do you let your husband, parents, children, friends read your books?  If so, what has their reaction been?

JA - My husband loves reading them he turns them into audio books so he can listen to them on the way to work in the car, a lot of my non book friends are not really interested. My Mum has read it but she doesn’t really like that genre plus she didn’t want to read the sex scenes in my books knowing her daughter wrote them.

NIH - Do you believe in Insta-love?  Why?

JA - I think so. I met my husband and that night he asked me to be his girlfriend and then we moved in with each other after a month and have been together for 16 years. At the time it didn’t feel insta-love but looking back I guess it was.

NIH - Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?

JA - I probably should say some one really awesome and inspirational but in all honesty any of The Real Housewives ladies….. LOL.

NIH - What advice would you give your younger self?

JA - Have more confidence in your abilities and that I should have gone after my dreams earlier and not listened to everyone who said I couldn't do it. 

Now for a few naughtier questions:

NIH - Do you own a pair of CFM heels?  If so, do you leave them on during sex?

JA - I’m hopeless in heels now that I am older. I think once but felt really silly then twisted my ankle.

NIH - What has been the most romantic date you have been on and with whom?

JA - It was just recently for our 14th wedding anniversary. We got married at Watsons Bay Naval base as my hubby was in the navy at the time. We moved back to NSW from living in QLD for the past 10 years and decided to show the kids where we got married. We went to the lighthouse where we had our wedding photos taken and had a picnic and watched the kids play, then we showed them the navy base, all the places we used to live in Sydney. It was great being about to reminisce about the old days with our kids.

NIH - Have you fantasize about being in a scene from one of your books?

JA - All I can say is there have been some scenes in my books that may have happened in real life….

NIH - Have you done anything illegal and not been caught? Details?

JA - I plead the 5th (If I was American) Let’s see my life of crime started from a very young age ….. When I was little I have stolen lollies but my mum busted me. I was also arrested in the Czech Republic for the wrong visa when I was 18, hauled away in the middle of the night on the border of Poland and Czech Republic, thrown into a cell at the train station by two hot soldiers who then went off and got drunk then came back and let us go in the morning and we caught the first plane back to London. I also worked in the Greek Island illegally for a Summer. 

NIH - What is your biggest sexual fantasy? – Have you achieved it?

JA - Alas hubby doesn't want to share so I have to put all my sexual fantasies in my books.

NIH - If you had a choice would you choose – flogger, blindfold, handcuffs, restraints, rope, whips, cane?

JA – Do I really have to choose? Cause they all sound like fun?

A huge thank you to JA Low for hanging out with me today.  It was a real pleasure getting to know you a little more.  Hopefully you all enjoyed this interview and will check out JA Low’s books.

More about JA Low's Books
Suddenly Dirty (The Dirty Texas Series Book 1)

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🎤 Blurb

He was everything she wasn’t looking for …
Finding a naked rock star in my bed was not how I saw my new life starting. Especially when that rock star is Evan Wyld, guitarist of the hottest band on the planet, Dirty Texas.
He looks dirty as sin with colorful tattoos, muscles and piercings in all the right places. Summer is about to heat up as I join Dirty Texas on their European tour.
She was everything he wasn’t ready for…
Sienna Hayes is off limits, but ever since the blonde bombshell accidentally climbed into my bed, I’ve been fantasizing about the ways I could help her get over her ex.
She has baggage, but I’m known for being a good time. Maybe I can be her rebound, help put her back together again.
One little taste can’t hurt; can it?

Suddenly More (The Dirty Texas Series Book 1.5)

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🎤 Blurb

A Dirty Texas Novella

He was everything she was looking for...
Sienna Hayes wasn’t looking for love, especially not with ladies man, Evan Wyld, guitarist for Dirty Texas. Not until she found the tatted up rockstar naked in her bed. What started off as a bit of fun suddenly turned into a second chance at love.
She was everything he was ready for...
Never in Evan Wyld’s wildest dreams did he ever think the beautiful, blonde bombshell from the photo would lead him away from his womanizing ways, swapping it for a gold band and dirty diapers.
Sienna and Evan embark on their Wyld-est adventure yet as the Dirty Texas gang celebrate new beginnings.
It is recommended that you have read Suddenly Dirty, book 1 in the Dirty Texas series as this novella continues on from where it finishes.

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