Interview with Deborah Ochery

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Daylight!! I'm a morning person so I'm usually up before the crack of dawn and getting things done. The drawback there is that when night falls I'm ready to crawl into bed, so my night-loving friends are forced to ply me with caffeine to keep me up and going after dark.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of time cooking and making wine. And drinking wine. Because wine.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually read books recommended by friends, although I often scroll through book lists and will click on an interesting cover. Reviews also tend to influence me, even though everyone has different tastes. A well-written book will usually garner good reviews, especially in these days of self-publishing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh my goodness, yes. I actually started writing erotica in junior high school. My classmates were suitably horrified and yet fascinated. My stories were extremely popular, especially with kids forbidden to even glance at the cover of a romance novel. I'm sure my writing was terrible at the time, but it was something many of them knew nothing about. I suppose I should feel bad about being a "bad influence" on my young peers, but I'm sure some of them were never educated about sex at all, so I'm happy that I was able to shed a little bit of light on a taboo subject and hope it prompted them to do more exploration on their own.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is that I have no writing process. Sometimes I sit down and throw words on a page until a novel comes out, and other times I painstakingly outline and plot and agonize over structure. It depends on the book.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember when I first learned to read. I found the world inhabited by Dick and Jane and Spot to be incredibly different from my own and I relished every moment I got to spend there. My love of reading grew from there into such a monster that I read everything in the house by the time I was ten and was forced to write my own books because I was running out. At ten you can't buy your own books.
How do you approach cover design?
I typically design and create my own covers. I really love Photoshop and playing with designs. I've also found it easier to create exactly what I want rather than sending it to someone else and then request changes.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read everything, although I lean toward fantasy and crime novels. I love mysteries because they are super hard to write and I appreciate any author that manages to surprised me. Also anything with great characters is a WIN and the genre doesn't even matter much.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle, definitely. It's a nice size and the lighting can be adjusted depending on where you are. I just love it.
Describe your desk
My desk is a bloody nightmare. I enjoy crafting as well as writing so my desk is typically littered with paint, glue, tape, beads, assorted markers, and a cat. The cat can hear my keyboard from any room in the house and that's his signal to rush in and seat himself before my monitor so I can't see properly. He also attempts to lay on my keyboard. Why, cat, why?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up mostly in the middle of nowhere. My father was an actual cowboy and I grew up on ranches from Montana to Arizona. Since we tended to live miles and miles from the nearest town I learned at an early age to entertain myself. I think spending so much time alone enhanced my ability to create my own worlds. I have a crazy imagination.
Published 2017-12-07.
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Books by This Author

Be Careful What You Wish For
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 37,560. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Kendra finally had it together. She'd left Boston behind for a new life in London and everything was brilliant, until she found that old bottle and brought it home. Letting the djinni out was her first mistake. Wishing for something he refused to grant was the next.