Tuesday Talk with Janine Ashbless

Hi folks! There was a speed bump in the schedule, but we’re right on track now! And here’s our next wonderful author to visit, Janine Ashbless!
Hi, I’m Janine Ashbless. Usually I write erotica and erotic romance with fantasy or paranormal settings, for people like Black Lace and Ellora’s Cave and Mischief, but Heart of Flame, my first novel from Samhain, is an Arabian Nights fantasy full of monsters and magic and djinn … and okay, yes: romance. Quite hot romance. I just can’t stop myself, can I? But it’s crammed with swashbuckling adventure too, I promise!
1.      Who was your first author crush and why?Ummm … Tolkien, I guess, when I was a kid. Because, clearly, the world he wrote about was WAY better than the real one. I once decided to copy out the whole of The Silmarillion by hand … *headsdesk*
2.      What was your first clue you were a writer? In our primary school yearbook from when I was nine, there were photos of all of us and the class teacher had written a caption beneath each portrait. The one she wrote for me was “You’ll be reading my novels one day!”  So yes, I think the people around me knew, even if I didn’t … (Hey, I thought I was going to be an animal doctor and live on a ranch full of wild horses.)
3.      What are some of your writer-esque quirks?  Nothing really weird, honest … I play one game of Tetris before every writing session. I tend to get story inspiration while showering. If I’m wrestling with an idea in the morning, I’ll have a shower and then lie wrapped in my wet towel on the bathroom floor until I’ve got it sorted. Don’t ask me why it should be the bathroom floor – it’s not particularly comfortable!
4.      Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…
and it starts to plummet 180 floors to the bottom of the shaft. The priest prays – “Lord! Save us! We repent of our sins!” The clown goes pale, but says “Hey, I’ve lived a full life and made people happy, this isn’t so bad a way to end it.”  The writer gets out a little notebook and starts scribbling. As they reach floor 10, still falling, the priest breaks off praying to ask the writer, “Are you writing a will? Think of Eternity instead!” The writer says, “I am. I’m taking notes on this, in case I can use the situation in a novel.”
5.      Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other: 
Chocolate                    or         flowers: Chocolate!
Talk                             or         Text: Talk
Mountains                   or         Beach: Mountains
Cowboy                      or         Marine: Cowboy, I guess…
Wine                            or         Beer: Wine
Cats                             or         Dogs: Dogs
Ebooks                        or         Paperbacks: Paperbacks
Pantser                                    or         Plotter: Pantser
Batman                        or         Superman: Batman without a doubt
Ability to fly               or         Power to be invisible: Flying J
Prius                            or         Hemmie: Huh?
Follow the rules          or         Break the rules: Follow the rules – can’t help it L
TV                               or         Movies: Movies
NY                              or         LA: Neither – SF!
Vampires                     or         Angels: Vampires
Fall                              or         Spring: Spring
Neat                            or         Messy: Messy
Werewolf                    or         Genie: Genie
Tell jokes                     or         Pull pranks: Tell jokes
Home cooked meals    or         Go out to a restaurant: Restaurant

3 thoughts on “Tuesday Talk with Janine Ashbless

  1. Hey Taryn – it's great to be on your blog; thanks for interviewing me today. I've got to say, giving me the start of a joke and asking me to finish it was some challenge!


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