Debut Author Spotlight

Debut Author Spotlight is a Saturday feature at Book Chick City. We will be showcasing a debut author each week from the genres of horror, urban fantasy and paranormal romance. We will give you all the relevant book information as well as an insight into the author.



Jane O'ReillyJane O’Reilly started writing as an antidote to kid’s TV when her youngest child was a baby. Her first novel was set in her old school and involved a ghost and lots of death. It’s unpublished, which is probably for the best. Then she discovered contemporary romance, and that, as they say, was that.

She lives near London with her husband and two children.




GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: April 2013 | PUBLISHER: Harlequin Escape

Desperate to save her family’s auction house, stubbornly sensible Lottie Spencer needs a high-profile client—who better than a reclusive film star? Unfortunately for Lottie, this client comes with strings attached—an overprotective son who will do anything to shield his mother from the prying eyes of the press. But Lottie is sure she can handle it. If only being around a bad boy didn’t make it so hard to be good…



What is Once a Bad Girl about?

Once a Bad Girl is a book about self-acceptance and trust. The hardest person to trust can be yourself, and the story is very much about the heroine’s journey as she struggles to accept that it’s okay to make mistakes.

Tell us a bit more about the hero/heroine in Once a Bad Girl.

Lottie, the heroine, works at her family auction house. She spends most of her work time telling people that Great Aunt Vera’s ming vase is a fake and not worth anything, and most of her spare time reading self-help books and buying impractical clothes that she shoves in the back of the wardrobe. Josh, the hero, is the son of an Oscar winning actress, and is fiercely protective of her privacy. He doesn’t trust anyone, least of all Lottie, but knows how important it is to keep your enemies close.

How did you research Once a Bad Girl?

I spent a lot of time watching auction programmes on TV, and followed the auction of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery with great interest. (and by interest, I mean acute jealousy)

Is Once a Bad Girl the first in a series or a stand alone novel?

Once a Bad Girl is a stand alone novel.

When and where is your favourite time to write?

I have 2 young children, so I write when they’re at school, usually at the kitchen table where I’ve got lots of room to spread out my notebooks and junk.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I had thought about it as a teenager, but life got in the way and the idea got shelved. It wasn’t until after I’d had my second child and emerged from a fog of no sleep and PND that I decided quite out of the blue that I was going to write a book, just to see if I could.

What was the last book you enjoyed and why?

I recently read Faking It by Jennifer Crusie, which was full of fabulous wit and fast, clever dialogue. Crusie’s books always leave me feeling inadequate, which I find perversely enjoyable.

Which authors do you admire?

Nora Roberts, for her ability to be predictable and yet still full of surprises. JK Rowling, because she wrote Harry Potter when her life was not in a good place, and Judy Blume, for her wonderful empathy.

Describe yourself in five words.

Housewife with a lap top :)

What’s next?

My second novel, a contemporary romance called She Who Dares, will be out on September 1st. This is a Cinderella story with a twist – when the prince finds himself falling for the ugly sister. The heroine of this book is a mechanic and confirmed tomboy, the hero a flashy pro driver who can’t resist a challenge.


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Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

1 Comment

Laura July 14, 2013 at 8:13 am

This sounds like a fun novel, the cover is fab. I also think it’s great you manage to do your writing around being a mum :)


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