THE JAMES GANG
Each month I interview an author or publishing insider who has “James” in his/her name. My December James Gang interview is with Phaze Books/Loose Id/Liquid Silver Books author, Jeanne St. James.
1. Let’s get the most important question asked first: Why James?
When I was thinking about pen names, I wanted to do something with my husband’s name. We recently got married and I kept my maiden name. So this was one way of “taking” my husband’s name. But I used his first name: James. My first name is Jean so I just made a version of a combination of both of us and ended up with Jeanne St. James.
2. What fiction genre(s) and/or sub-genre(s) do you write?
I concentrate on contemporary erotic romance. Eventually I’d like to write some paranormal, but I’m in no rush.
3. Tell us about your latest release.
My latest release is a novella titled Rip Cord. It came out with Phaze Books as part of their “Rebel” Heatsheets. It’s a m/m erotic romance with a HFN (happy-for-now) ending. It the first strictly m/m story I’ve written.
Rip Cord’s blurb:
Gil Davis had hated high school. Ever the geek, he had no intentions of attending his 10th year class reunion. The last thing he wants is to relive the taunting and teasing he received during his teenage years. However there is one thing he missed from high school: the star Varsity football player. The one he had a crush on since the first day he laid his eyes on him. But the last thing he expects is the now pro football player to come back to their home town to attend a lame high school reunion. Known as the Bad Boy of the NFL, Ripley “Rip” Cord not only shows up, but shows up without a date and an eye for Gil.
4. Is there a core story and/or a theme(s) in your books?
Yes, it seems to be men in uniform in one form or another. I like writing about law enforcement, and my latest two books (Rip Cord and Double Dare) are about pro football players!
5. Do you have a favorite hero and/or heroine in your books and why?
I love all my heroes and heroines! Oh, I have a hard time choosing. Maybe Logan Reed from Double Dare. He is a dominant in the story (which is a m/m/f ménage). But he has a soft side and he really loves intensely.
6. What do you enjoy most about being an author?
I love to write because it is a creative outlet.
7. Do you have any awards, reviews or kudos you’d like to tell us about?
Absolutely. Currently, they all have to do with my first release, Banged Up (Liquid Silver Books):
From Romance Junkies: "Jeanne St. James has written an exceptional high action drama. From page one you will be captured by Banged Up. The dialogue is superbly written and the plot allows you to be kept on the edge of your seat. For those seeking an action packed thriller, I highly recommend to add this title to your must-read list."
From The Romance Studio: "Ms. Jeanne St. James has written a great book full of explicit sexuality and overloaded with suspense. There was more than one problem facing these main characters, and St. James has integrated the storyline into love/hate/fear in such a way that it was impossible to put down. These two people were both full of past problems which continued to invade their presents and futures. Again, the author has presented the conflicts, as well as the sexual exploitations, in a great way.
"There were other characters that made the story complete. They enhanced the plot and kept the story fast-paced and interesting. The actions, both sexual as well as the suspense-filled pursuits, were fascinating. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart. I recommend that you read this book. You will enjoy it, I’m sure."
From Bella’s Erotic Reviews: "Jeanne St. James writes an exciting action-packed romance drawing the reader in from page one and never letting go. I was hooked from the first page of this story. I loved Colby and her fierceness and how she overcame all that was done to her and of course Mace, the brooding Alpha Male, was a great character too. Even with all his macho pride, he still had his doubts and insecurities. The bond that formed between these two was a beautiful thing to read. Both Mace and Colby must learn to trust each other before time runs out and it is to late. Full of action and hot romance Banged Up is a page-turner that is not to be missed."
That’s just three of the reviews it’s received so far. In addition, Banged Up (before being contracted) won/placed in several contests.
8. How do you promote your books and your author brand?
I do a lot of online promotion. I have a website and a blog. I also guest blog and do interviews when possible. I Twitter and have a Facebook and MySpace page, amongst other things. I also belong to a lot of reader/writer loops and forums.
9. What is your next project?
Well, I was finishing up edits of Double Dare (Loose Id) which is to be released in January 2010. But I have two new stories started. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them at this time. I have plenty of ideas to keep me busy. I just need to get my butt in the chair and write!
10. Do you have a bit of wisdom you'd like to impart or a favorite quote?
My favorite quote is: “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Thanks, Jeanne! Next month I’ll interview Total E-Bound author, Jamie Hill!
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