Who in your personal life was the biggest supporter of your writing?
My oldest sister has been the biggest supporter of my writing. From day one when I was seven years old and writing biographies about all of my family members, she would sit and listen to me read them to her. Then when I got the email that I was going to have my first story published, she cheered me on and continues to do so. 🙂
What is one thing you wish your readers could understand about the writing process?
I wish that readers understood that writing stories takes so long because other responsibilities get in the way of writing and also, authors want our stories to be super good, so it takes time for us to get everything written down and edited perfectly.
If your characters could come to life and be a real human, which one do you think you would get along with best and which one would drive you crazy first?
The one character that I would get along with the best, would probably be my heroine Samantha, from my first story, Little Samantha’s Choice. Samantha and I are very similar in that we have sweet personalities, we hate high heeled shoes, we both want to be women in power at work, but when we come home, we want a strong man waiting at the door with a glass of wine and who is willing to rub our feet.
The one character that would drive me crazy first would probably be my hero Mark. He hasn’t gotten his story yet, but has been a supporting character in my first two stories. Mark is a great guy, but he’s very firm and he wouldn’t let me get away with anything. For example, if I was on a roll with doing work and he saw that I was getting tired, he’d make me take a break, while I would want to keep working.
When did you start writing and what was your inspiration?
I started writing when I was 7 years old, but my stories back then were not romance ones. I started writing romance stories when I was 19 years old.
My inspiration for writing just comes from my love of it. Writing is so relaxing to me. My inspiration for my age play stories comes from reading a lot of non consensual age play stories and being very upset by them. (I’m not a fan of non-con). After being fed up, I decided that I was going to write one hundred percent consensual age play stories to show readers that if this is what they desired, they could do it consensually.
Since you’ve been writing how much has the genre changed? Good, bad?
The genre that I write in has changed quite a bit since I started. When I first began writing age play stories, there weren’t that many consensual age play stories out there. However, in the two years that I’ve been an author, more and more consensual age play stories have been published.
I think that’s awesome! As a person who loves to read age play stories, when I started reading them, there were hardly any consensual stories out there and it was really upsetting to me. I’m glad that now, if a reader were to find this genre, they would find the majority of stories being consensual age play stories, instead of non consensual stories.
Seeing more and more authors going the “self-pub’ route. Thoughts?
I have an author bucket list and publishing a book that is self published, is definitely on there. Someday, I’ll do it for sure. But to be honest, I love my publisher, Stormy Night Publications. They’re freakin’ awesome. So, when I do self publish a story, it will probably only be one. Unless I make a million dollars off of that first self published story. Then I’d consider maybe self publishing another one. 😉
How much thought do you as an author put into your cover, cover models etc. And has that changed since you started writing. If so, have you or will you go back and re-do covers you’re no longer pleased with?
When I first started writing, I didn’t put near as much thought into my book covers as I do now. When I first started, all that mattered to me was that my covers were cute. Now, when I look at my cover, I want to make sure that they’re cute, but also that they’re hot, that they’ll catch readers eyes, that they convey the type of tone I want for more story. It makes finding the right cover a little more difficult.
Thankfully, Korey Mae Johnson designs my book covers and that woman is a genius. I cannot tell you how many times I’ll have a cover in my head and she like pulls it out and creates it. It’s a little scary sometimes when she does it, because it makes me wonder if she’s a mind reader, but it’s so awesome. Because of that, I have been receiving awesome covers since my first story. So no, I will not go back and ask her to redo any covers. Why mess with perfection?
If you could write in any genre that you’ve never tried, what would it be and why?
I feel like this changes every few months or so. Recently, I saw Captain America: Civil War. After seeing that, it really is making me want to write a fantasy book with superheroes that save the world and come home and spank their wives if they’ve been naughty.
When thinking about writing any specific genre, what triggers your fears and insecurities the most?
When I’m about to start writing a new story, I pause for a moment and think, why should I write this? I’ve read some of the best selling authors out there and my writing certainly isn’t as good as theirs. I should just stop.
Then I remember, one of my teachers use to say, if you have a question, ask it because most definitely another student has the same one. I think about that quote and take it for writing as, I may not write like the great authors, but I’m sure that if I write this story that’s in my head, at least one other person will enjoy reading it, the way I wrote it.
That’s good enough for me. I end up writing my story then and so far, *knock on wood* many people have enjoyed my writing.
Do you have to look at the keys when you type?
Nope. I learned how to type when I was in first grade. My teacher, at the end of the year would cover our keyboards with black covers and we had to type on the computer not being able to look at the keys. It was a pain in the butt then, but now, it comes in handy.
How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?
This reminds me of a math problem and I don’t do math problems. Sorry.
What are your two favorite 80’s movies?
My two favorite 80’s movies are: Ferris Buller’s Day off and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
Why are man-hole covers round?
Because circles are cooler than squares??
What are 2 questions you have always wanted to be asked in an interview, but haven’t yet?
Who would you want to thank for your writing career? (My publisher, James and Korey Mae Johnson and editor, Jamie Miles. Thank you for putting up with all my questions and my ramblings and for giving me a chance when frankly, my first story was horrible.)
What is your favorite holiday? (Christmas, shortly followed by Ground Hogs Day) 😉
Meredith O’Reilly cannot believe that she has five books and counting published. It feels like yesterday she submitted her first one to Stormy Night Publications! It has been a crazy two years of publishing books and she looks forward to many more crazy years.
In her free time, Meredith loves to try out new recipes, watch a little too much Netflix, and of course read and write. She’s currently working on another AP romance story and can’t wait to hear what readers will think about that!
Meredith’s Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Meredith-OReilly/e/B00M6ALGZK/
Meredith’s Blog: http://meredithoreillyromancenovels.blogspot.com
Thanks for interviewing me, Crystal! This was a lot of fun!! 🙂