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October James Gang Interview

Each month, I interview authors or publishing insiders who have some form of "James" in their names or in their books. My October James Gang interviewee is multi-published author, Morgan St. James!

1. Let’s get the most important question asked first: Why James?

Actually it is St. James, and I chose to use my real name on all of my books. I wrote two books, very dramatic books inspired by true events under a pen name, Arliss Adams, and decided I wouldn’t do that again. While it was fun and I wore a long auburn wig as Arliss, I lost most of the readers who followed Morgan St. James. Those two books, now out of contract, will be edited, combined into one book and reissued with a different title under Morgan St. James. Hey, people trust someone with “saint” in their name.

2. What fiction genre(s) and/or sub-genre(s) do you write?

I write mostly funny mysteries but have recently ventured into true crime with a co-author, Dennis N. Griffin, who is known for his true crime books. The first one will be released October 15, 2013. La Bella Mafia is the amazing story of a woman who should have died many times but survived to tell her story in this book. I still love writing funny mysteries and am working on a 4th Silver Sisters Mystery with my sister, Phyllice Bradner.

3. Tell us about your latest release.

Ah, that would be La Bella Mafia. It is Bella Capo’s true story of being the abused child of a power broker with organized crime ties, who went on to run clubs and after-hours clubs on Hollywood’s famed Sunset Strip when she was only 20—not even old enough to drink. There was a dirty underbelly to the business that included drugs and guns. Then, unbelievably, she became a white woman boss in the Crips and later was forced into hiding when her ex-husband threatened her life and stalked her with his mob buddies. Now she devotes her life to helping abuse victims and those in jeopardy. The blog is http://labellamafiabook.wordpress.com. The book is currently available on Amazon with a presale promotional price until October 15.

4. Is there a core story and/or a theme(s) in your books?

The Silver Sisters Mysteries are centered around twin silver-haired Mae West lookalikes, with a nose for getting into trouble, and their 80-year-old mother and uncle, who are former vaudeville magicians who love to dress in disguise and go undercover. Other than that, I love writing funny mysteries with a reasonable amount of twists, turns and backfires but always drop enough clues to help the reader try to solve the mystery. In writing true crime or memoirs and creative non-fiction, the story actually dictates the message or theme. Incidentally we are in the process of moving the Silver Sisters Mysteries to a new publisher, but the books can still be found on Amazon and ordered under the “from these sellers” links.

5. Do you have a favorite hero and/or heroine in your books and why?

I love the Silver Sisters’ mother, Flossie Silver. She is a feisty old magician who still performs every Thursday at the Home for Hollywood Has Beens with her brother-in-law, Sterling Silver, and Waldo the Wonder Dog. Her husband, the twins’ father, was one of the 3 great Harrys of magic, but had died several years before. She is always ready for adventure and goads Sterling into being her sidekick. Definitely not a typical Jewish mother, she is also into tarot cards and astrology.

6. What do you enjoy most about being an author?

Being able to create stories and characters that are three-dimensional and knowing my readers enjoy them. I also love sharing my knowledge and what I have learned through the years with other writers. I frequently give workshops or appear as a speaker, panelist or moderator, have written over 500 articles about the writing world for Examiner.com and have a book for writers–Writers’ Tricks of the Trade: 39 things you need to know about the ABCs of writing fiction–available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.


7. Do you have any awards, reviews or kudos you’d like to tell us about?

I received Writers’ Digest awards for three short stories, two book awards from USA Book News and several other awards. Like many other authors, I’ve received several 5-star reviews for many of my books but also a dreaded Amazon 1-star review for two of those 5-star books. An author must expect that will happen sometimes. Either it is because the reader simply didn’t like the book, or it is because they can. You learn not to overreact when that happens.

8. How do you promote your books and your author brand?

I am all over the Internet with interviews, blogs, reviews of books written by others, an active website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, reader and writer group posts and my Examiner.com columns. I give workshops and talks, appear on panels and radio shows. I’m hoping to add TV. An example of a media kit can be found on the La Bella Mafia blog under the Media Kit tab. These go to reviewers from newspapers and magazines and media.

Morgan's websites:
www.morganstjames-author.com ( general)
www.silversistersmysteries.com (series)
http://writerstricksofthetrade.blogspot.com (blog for writers)
http://funnycrimecapers.blogspot.com
http://laughwithrosetta.blogspot.com


9. What is your next project?

There are actually three in work. (1) A new true crime book co-authored with Dennis N. Griffin, (2) the sequel to the true story of the wife of a Las Vegas hitman and (3) a new Silver Sisters Mystery–Diamonds in the Dumpster.

10. Do you have a bit of wisdom you’d like to impart or a favorite quote?

Both. They sort of tie together. To aspiring writers, if you really want to write that book, the first thing you have to do is begin. Take the ideas out of your head and brainstorm on paper. Go to writer’s groups and conferences and learn about the craft so that when you do actually write the book it will be well-crafted. My favorite quote is from Will Rogers, and for years I kept it taped above my desk. “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you don’t keep moving.”

Thank you, Morgan! My November James Gang interviewee will be Wild Rose Press author, Leah St.James!

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