Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Hello, I’m JL. I’m from Australia, Perth specifically. I write cosmopolitan retrofuturistic love stories, and the occasional contemporary yarn.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
Writing has always been a part of my life, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I thought I could do something with it. A friend and I were joking about “how easy it would be to write a romance novel and make millions”, so I gave it a go.
That ‘joke’ ended up being a massive dare campaign for me, as I’d just changed careers and reassessed what I wanted out of life. And don’t I look foolish now, cos writing is NOT easy at all. It’s actually hard work, especially once the initial excitement wears off. And turns out I love it a lot.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?Right now, I’m working up to the launch of It Starts With A Kiss, published by Kyanite Publishing. It's a nerdy, friends-to-lovers office romance set on a space station. It comes out 13 September 2019, and I’m so excited to share it with everyone.
What is the most challenging part of writing science fiction?
Building the universe. Not just projecting today’s tech into the future, but considering what impact that has on our society and culture as well. Then there’s the question of why futuristic societies would use technology that so resembles present-day stuff—like physical bullets in Chasing Sisyphus and terminals in The Beating of Our Hearts—and where “needs must” might overshadow the day-to-day decisions we make about how we relate to technology and each other.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
I try to get hands-on with any kind of technical research. With It Starts With A Kiss, I drew on previous experience as a technical person in a corporate environment, as well as my simmering obsession with electronics. For Chasing Sisyphus, I used things I’d learned from studying martial arts—my partner is a qualified instructor who doesn’t mind a foot in his face when we workshop any fight scenes.
What is your work or personal experience involving the elements of science fiction?
I have a computer science background, a few boxes of components stashed here and there, a mechanical keyboard, an instinctive fear of soldering irons, and a starship parked in the backyard. Oh yes, and I’m a time traveler, but can only travel into the future at a rate of 60 seconds per minute.
What/who do you like to read and do you have a favorite genre/author?
I love scifi, but there’s heaps I haven’t read. In particular, I’m keen on the Luna series by Ian McDonald and the Jean Le Flambeur trilogy by Hannu Rajaniemi. There’ll always be a soft spot in my heart for Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and anything by Kurt Vonnegut. Right now, I’m book-crushing on an erotic romance author named Stefanie Simpson, and reading “The Kiss Quotient” by Helen Hoang, which is a contemporary romance.
Please tell us your favorite holiday and why.
Christmas and Easter. Here in Perth, those are summer and autumn holidays (Birak and Djeran if you follow the traditional Nyoongar calendar), so it’s all about food and family duties, then scuttling off to have fun with your friends.
Dark chocolate, light chocolate, or white chocolate?
Dark chocolate, especially on fruit!
Hot dogs, hamburgers, or tacos?
Tacos, especially with last night’s leftover chilli.
Leather, lace, or silk?Oh boy, can I be boring? Cotton and lycra.
Biceps, abs, or buns?All of the above, plus shoulders, chest, hammies, obliques and that delicious V.
Cats, dogs, or exotics?Cats if they’re my own, dogs if they’re someone else’s!
Any last words before we say goodbye?
If anyone fancies some banter, all are welcome to my mailing list. Emails go out every whenever with updates, interesting links, bit of chat, and teeny weeny microstories. Thank you so much for the interview, Carissa!
It Starts with a Kiss
September 13, 2019
Science Fiction ~ Erotica
Celeste is a talented engineer who doesn’t realize her job’s going nowhere fast. She’s a little naïve. She’ll cut code and solder cables forever as long as Owen’s around. Owen, on the other hand, knows exactly how badly things suck—he just doesn’t care. Sure, his skills aren’t what they used to be, but they’re still better than what Halcyon Aries deserves.
Then it happens. The company’s toxic management team finally crosses the line. As both techies race to upgrade the station and to free the team from their oppressive contracts, they come to learn that life—and love—can only ever be what you make it.
Strap in for a steamy office romance in space, because sometimes It Starts With a Kiss!
More About JL
JL Peridot likes stories with a little danger, and only realised in her 30s that falling in love may be the most dangerous thing we do. She performs the duties of a writer from her home in sunny Australia, where she writes erotic romance and sometimes just erotica.