THE JAMES GANG
Each month I interview a writer who has "James" in his/her pen name. My October James Gang interview is with Jeannie James.
1. Let’s get the most important question asked first: Why James?
My first name is Regina, but Jeannie is my family nickname. The James come about because the strength and cadence of Jeannie James really appealed to me.
2. What fiction genre(s) and/or sub-genre(s) do you write?
I write contemporary romance, smart and sassy, with high-spirited heroines and fabulous heroes.
3. Tell us about your latest release.
The Game of Love is my latest release, from Cerridwen Press. Here is its back cover blurb.
And Adam learns she’s lying.
Impetuous and adventurous, Micki is only in Seattle for four more months, before she moves on to another town, and another job.
Adam, carefree and debonair, doesn’t believe in forming long-term attachments. But a brief, passionate affair with intriguing and elusive Micki Vaughn is too tempting to resist.
By Micki’s reckoning, the timing is ideal. They’d have a few weeks getting to know each other. A few weeks of passion. A few weeks getting bored. He’d lose interest and they could part with no tears shed.
It was going to be the perfect affair for both of them. Until the past Micki is running from catches up to her.
Micki knows she can’t face the truth. Now she only hopes she can keep Adam at bay until it’s time to disappear again.
4. Is there a core story and/or a theme(s) in your books?
I believe having love in your life can make you a better, stronger person. Not because you’re relying on someone else to make your decisions or live your life for you, but because love actually makes you confident enough to confront your own fears and weaknesses, conquer them, and move on.
That is a theme I try to carry forward in all my books.
5. Do you have a favorite hero and/or heroine in your books and why?
My favorite hero and heroine are always the ones in my current manuscript. I love watching their personalities emerge, I feel for their problems, and I take great joy in giving them happy endings.
6. What do you enjoy most about being an author?
My absolute favorite part of writing is during the first draft. I love it when my characters come to life and start talking through my fingertips, out onto the keyboard. I love waking up each morning, eager to get to the PC and see where what’s happening to them now. I just love telling stories, and crafting words and plots.
And then there is so much to learn about being an author as well. Final editing, how to sell a manuscript, details of the publishing process, promotional opportunities, and the amazing energy and networking while attending writer’s conferences. I’ll never run out of things to learn!
7. Do you have any awards, reviews or kudos you’d like to tell us about?
I’ve won several local awards for my plays. And I’ve had good reviews on my books, that I’ve posted on my Web site.
“With a little charm, a little humor, and a lot of emotion, author Jeannie James has penned an engaging story of well laid plans going slightly awry.” -- Romance Junkies' Blue Ribbon Reviews
“A lovely way to spend the afternoon, Remodeled Romance is a great beach read. Jeannie James has captured the essence of love and family in a cozy little volume.” -- Fallen Angel Reviews
Of course, my favorite kudos are email from my readers. Connecting with my readers is a very, very wonderful feeling.
8. How do you promote your books and your author brand?
Since my books are e-books, I mostly promote on-line, through my Web site at www.jeanniejames.com. I also guest blog, join in on author chats, and participate in interviews (like this one! Thanks, Marcia!). I have bought ads on several romance Web sites, and one in The Romantic Times.
9. What is your next project?
I’m glad you reminded me I’ve got some writing to do! My latest project is still untitled, but I’ve left my heroine, poor Nikki, waking up with a fiancé she doesn’t remember, a bullet hole in her side, and complete and total amnesia. Apparently, her last words to her fiancé before she passed out were, “Don’t call the police!”
I simply have to sit down at my PC and rescue the poor woman.
10. Do you have a bit of wisdom you’d like to impart or a favorite quote?
Here is a great quote from Erica Jong, O Magazine, February 2004:
“Love is everything it’s cracked up to be…It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.”
May all of you, and the love of your life, have a happy, fulfilling life journey, complete with your very own happily ever after!
Thanks, Jeannie! Next month I’ll interview Jamie Leigh Hansen!
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