Once Writer Unboxed’s Voice of the Unpublished Writer, Jan O’Hara is here to celebrate the February 5th release of her third novel, contained within the Illicit boxed set of contemporary romances. Please share in our excitement as Jan tells us more about Desperate Times, Desperate Pleasures.
A former family physician and academic, Jan O’Hara left the world of medicine behind to follow her dream of becoming a writer. These days she confines her healing tendencies to paper—after making her characters undergo a period of delicious torture, naturally. She writes love stories (and biographies) that move from wackadoodle to heartfelt in six seconds flat.
Jan lives in Alberta, Canada and is a columnist for the popular blog Writer Unboxed. She loves to hear from readers.
“Five stars. Interesting characters along with family and workplace drama combined with a complicated plot make this an interesting and action packed story.” ~ Pam Brougher, reader
Q1: What’s the premise of your new book?
To protect her sister against a powerful and dangerous local figure, Mia Gibson needs allies. But can she trust Jackson, the man she meets under shady—and inconveniently intimate—circumstances?
Q2: What would you like people to know about the story itself?
I intended to write a light, airy romantic comedy, but it didn’t quite work out that way. The instant a specific scene popped into mind, where hero and heroine meet, I knew it was a keeper but would require stronger motivation than originally planned. Before I knew it, I was writing a romantic suspense that borders on being a romantic thriller.
To be consistent in characterization, it also contains saltier language and a higher level of sensuality than my previous books.
Q3: What do your characters have to overcome in this story? What challenge do you set before them?