Today’s above average person being subjected to below average questions is J.K. O’Hanlon. J.K. combines her background as a lawyer with her unfailing sense of humor to writes smart, sassy and sexy stories about women who balance exciting careers with their passionate desire for love. In between penning steamy sex scenes, J.K. mixes and writes about cocktails as The Thirsty Jane. She lives in the Kansas City area, but spends as much time as possible at her second home in Puerto Rico. Find out more about J.K. and her books at www.jkohanlon.com and www.thirstyjane.com. Follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thirstyjane and on Twitter @thirstyjane. Be sure to check out the rafflecopter at bottom for a chance to win one of JK’s three books. Click the arrow to be greedy and enter them all.
Anna: This is the one standard OKF question. Who is your hottest dead guy and why? This isn’t necrophilia-kinky—just who from the past fascinates you?
J.K: T.J. a/k/a Thomas Jefferson. I was a revolutionary war history buff as a small child (what’s the nerd-o-meter reading on that?) and coincidentally ended up at the University of Virginia for college so T.J. (as we UVA Wahoo’s call him) tops my list. First, in a land and time of smaller statured men, T.J. was tall and striking. But, probably his intellect and renaissance-man eclectic tendencies make him most attractive to me. I’ve always found his choice for his grave stone fascinating: Author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom & Father of the University of Virginia. Like most, he was not a perfect man, but I am grateful for his contribution to our country.
Anna: John Adams has no chance for a steamy love triangle, I take it. Also TJ is also Thirsty Jane. Coincidence?
Anna: If you could only have one more booze drink, what would it be? And if it is a cocktail, share the recipe.
J.K: For someone who is a self-proclaimed equal opportunity boozer, that’s pretty much a Sophie’s Choice question. I’ve always loved me some beer. And, nothing beats a glass of bourbon (one ice cube) if I’m chillaxing at night with my guy watching sports. But, I’d have to go with a martini for my last drink, even though I don’t drink them that often. For me, good gin has it all – mixability, versatility, and a boozy aromatic finish. My martini goes as follows: 2 ½ ounces gin (Plymouth is my favorite), ½ ounce dry Vermouth (I like Doulin or Noilly Prat), and as many olives as you can fit on a toothpick. I prefer my martinis shaken, although cocktail purists would say that because all of the ingredients are spirits, you should stir. To hell with the purists.
Anna: Anyone who shakes OR stirs spirits is probably going to hell…or at least would need an exorcist after the fourth cocktail–five for people of, ah-hem–slavic origins.
Anna: Who is the most famous person you’ve met?
J.K: Cuba Gooding, Jr. In a hotel elevator in Atlanta. We talked about the swimming pool. He has the most gorgeous dark chocolate eyes fringed in unbelievable lashes.
Anna: Which one of you was in the bathrobe?
Anna: Here’s the second standard OFK question. What song do you want to get stuck in people’s heads?
J.K: I can’t answer that because it will be stuck in my head.
Anna: That’s a loser answer. You’re not running for the Senate. Cough one up.
J.K with epic Bon Jovi hair: Shot through the heart / And you’re to blame / You give love a bad name
Anna with off-key backing vocals: Bad name
Anna: Who plays you in the movie about your life? Any ideas about supporting characters?
J.K: The consensus on this one is Sela Ward, although I’ve always loved the idea of Jacklyn Smith, Charlie’s Angels style because my hair could never ever look that awesome. My guy is Ed Harris. My pets are Dumb (the dog) and Dumber (the cat).
Anna: Well, Jacklyn Smith could wear a wig, but not the Bon Jovi one.That idea is now property of my website.
Anna: Tell me about your creative projects.
J.K: Does raking up mulch and treating for grubs in preparation for sodding an area of the back yard count? If not, then I’m constantly creating new drink recipes, editing my WIP, and designing t-shirts for girls gone wild vacations. Then, there’s always adding stickers to the minivan. I’m somewhere around 255. You’ll know me when you see me.
Anna: A bit of your WIP?
J.K: In my dreams it’s Stephanie Plum, minus the slapstick and mystery, plus hot sex and drink recipes. I’ve fictionalized the “Thirsty Jane,” the logo/brand of my cocktail books, creating a Portland, Oregon based bartender named Jane Murphy who navigates a sizzling love triangle and scheming colleague while trying to capture a bartending prize.
Anna: Will TJ or JA score in the love triangle!?*
*That had to be worst way to bring an interview full-circle. But I warned you about the below-average thing.
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