Interview with Kathryn O’Halloran, author of The Bad Girls’ Club
Tell us about The Bad Girls’ Club
Three girls unite in their realisation that keeping themselves nice has got them nowhere. It’s time to take action. It’s time to rebel. It’s time to become Bad Girls.
Imogen wants to get laid but how can she be a bad girl until she loses a few kilos and gets her body into order?
Beth is happy to be a bad girl – so long as no one else finds out and so long as she is in control.
Juliette’s not really sure what she’s doing there, but it sure beats another Saturday night gaming with her geek boyfriend.
They band together to form the Bad Girls Club, a support group for recovering nice girls, and through a series of brazen dares, push the limits of their sexuality. But are the girls ready to finally take the final leap that will have them branded as bad girls for real? To save the club, and each other, they each have to publicly acknowledge their darkest secrets.
The Bad Girls’ Club – it’s about sex, it’s about dares, but most of all, it’s about friendship.
Which of your three protagonists is most like you?
I would say Imogen. She loves food a lot. I really identify with that. Also she’s very indie and comes from a rock background.
What genre is it?
What kind of readers will it appeal to?
What kind of scrapes do Imogen, Beth and Juliette get into?
The one that was most fun for me to write was a scene where the three girls go to a low-rent male strip show and end up getting into a girl fight with some of the other patrons. Imogen gets up to some internet dating with disastrous results. Juliette gets a makeover as well as having more fun than she thought at an S&M club. Beth gets herself into an awful scrape at a work function.
The hardest/weirdest bit of research I had to do was when Beth has to buy a vibrator for a dare. I headed to my local sex shop to research the scene and got involved with an incident when a homeless decided to do some shoplifting! Of course, that made it into the book.
How long did it take to write?
What was the most challenging part of the whole process?
You say that this book is more Sex and the City than Fifty Shades of Grey; however, some of your other books are much spicier, aren’t they? Can you tell us about them?
I actually started writing erotica because I saw a competition advertised where the best dirty story won a polaroid camera. I really wanted to win that camera and decided to enter. And I won! From there, I started writing erotica but I’ve found over time I’ve become less interested in the physical aspect and more so in the mental process. I put together a collection of my short stories, Desire, where most of the five stories included are about what happens when a person, or people, have a desperate urge for sex but are in a situation where that can’t be easily fulfilled.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
So what’s your karaoke song then?
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