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September James Gang

Each month, I interview authors or publishing insiders who have some form of "James" in their names or in their books. My September James Gang interviewee is paranormal romance and urban fantasy author, A.C. James!

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

I picked the pseudonym A.C. James because the A and C are my children’s initials and my father’s first name is James. Plus my husband’s name is Jamey, which is a derivative of James. So it encompasses all the people who are most important to me in my life.

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

I’m a romance writer, but typically I write in the paranormal sub-genre and often my stories incorporate BDSM.

3. Tell us about your latest release.

My latest release Cursed Ever After is a prequel to a series. It contains four erotic paranormal short stories, each from a different point of view from the characters of the series. Eternal Ever After comes out in December. At least I hope so. LOL… I just got the first round of edits back today, and it looks like I’m going to be in my writing cave the rest of the summer and fall to make that happen.

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

I always focus on developing characters and plot. Crucial to romance is the relationship and interactions between the protagonist and hero. I don’t worry too much about theme. I find that if I don’t worry about it, that it tends to write itself.

But I think if one particular theme were present in Eternal Ever After it would be that love conquers despite adversity. I love broken, damaged characters—falling in love with their flaws and the baggage they bring to the table, which can get interesting when mixed with supernatural elements.

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

Hmmm… Tough to say. I love Victoria because she has a really sordid past that really defines who she is. She’s probably my favorite side character of the series. I love Holly because she’s just really relatable.

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

LOL… Fan mail! I still remember the first piece of fan mail I received. It shocked me a little bit. Quite possibly because they stumbled across my blog, connected with it, and couldn’t wait to read more.

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

I’m still coming to terms with talking about my books and marketing them. I spend so much time as a book blogger doing author spotlights and interviews for everyone else that I’m sometimes not so good about tooting the horn for my own books. But I belong to the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group and a few other authors’ loops. No awards… I’m really excited that the Romance Writers of America finally recognizes indie authors—so maybe someday.

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

I run giveaways and I talk about both my books and books by other authors who write the same genre on my blog. I always tell readers the best way to find out about new releases is to join my paranormal passion mailing list. I’m very chatty and you can always find me on Twitter.

9. What is your next project?

Book two of the Ever After Series—enter fey and demons and destruction into the vampire story world of underground sex club HFC.

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

“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.” ― Anaïs Nin


Thank you, A.C.! My October James Gang interviewee will be multi-published author, Morgan St.James!

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