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July 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 July interviewee is author Andrea Roche!

1. Let’s get the most important question asked first: Why James, that is, why did you chose “St. James” as the name of your character?

I began my journey to authorship while in love with pirate stories. The name St. James sounded like a rightful, pirate kind of name so I went with it.


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

I write Fantasy, but if you want to get down to it, the sub-genre is Paranormal Romance.


3. Tell us about your latest release.

Nights Arose was released November 28th 2016. Here are the tagline: “In a time when women were raised to be lambs, Arose had the soul of a tigress. “ and the blurb:

It is 1693 on the isle of Jamaica, and twenty-one-year-old, Arose Du Mouchelle, is the mixed-race heir to a sprawling sugar plantation. From an old gypsy, she receives a matriarchal heirloom: the Gem of the Red Spirit.

Morel, a voodoo Priestess, covets the Gem. Taking hostage Arose’s family and the port town, she attempts to force Arose to give up the powerful amulet. Morel’s plan is to rule over the evil creatures imprisoned in the Astral Plane, unleashing them upon the rest of humanity.

While evading Morel’s henchmen, Arose collides with Captain St. James, a notorious pirate whom she has already met in a vision. Leery of him at first, he gains her trust after he aids in her escape. She is knocked unconscious and wakes to find she has been had–both he and the opal gone. However, even if she recovers the opal, she’ll have a bigger decision to make–keep the opal and doom her family or give it to Morel and let the world fall into a demonic wasteland.

 Excerpt from Night's Arose:

She crouched on the ledge of a dune. The dying sun’s embers lit the sky just before the night arose.

     The previous hours of her day were difficult and tiresome. She wasn’t sure if her queasy stomach came from her boiling blood or the fact she hadn’t eaten since morning. The day’s close did give her some relief from the evil Voodoo and treachery, which followed her since that afternoon. Still her troubles would not simply end because the day did. In the guise of her alter ego, Evan, she could fool anyone. She had perfected a manly swagger. But, no matter how drunk she got in the pub, her troubles would remain. “He” would be on the hunt for her, ready to pounce, like a feral animal on his prey.

     Arose held a polished dagger up to the sunlight, to inspect the blade’s oily sheen. A jewel-encrusted fleur-delis adorned the pommel, glinted in the late evening sun. The same symbol of French royal heraldry decorated her family’s coat of arms.

     With a flick of her wrist, the perfectly balanced blade spun from her hand, flipped once, and pierced the sand between her feet. She retrieved the dagger and pursed her lips. Specks of sand flew from the swirling calligraphy of the monogram engraved on the shaft: NDM—Nessarose Du Mouchelle. The “N” made her shake her head. She preferred instead the name “Arose,” as her father called her, or even “Rosie” reserved for those who knew her well enough. Her youth had consisted of tussles with those who played on her name, giving her cruel nicknames like “Nessy” or “Pesty.” She’d grown to hate it.

     She traced the monogram with the tip of her finger and clucked her tongue when she saw the smudges left behind. Her breath came out as a steamy puff on the cold steel. Arose wiped off the droplets with her sleeve and checked the razor-fine edge for nicks. 

    With a gentle whoosh, she slipped the blade back into its sheath built into her thigh-high leather boot. Swollen eyes from earlier tears prickled, tempting her fingers to rub them until their yearning was happily satisfied. She would be much happier staying in her room with a cool cloth rinsed in lavender water, but the entity invading her home made it impossible.

   She had to search for the man who could help her save her family and the dragon who taught her everything. Never having met the man, seeing him only in a vision, she would know him by his aura and his scent, consisting of iron, cedar and citrus fruit and she knew his name: St. James, Captain St. James.

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

At its core, this is a good over evil story. I added a side note of women’s empowerment.


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

Definitely Arose Du Mouchelle. She is a strong-willed woman, and even when she found herself at her weakest, she was able to stand up, gather her inner strength and fight for what she felt was right. She would make a great role model.


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

I enjoy the reaction my stories get, when someone says, “Wow, that’s interesting. I didn’t think that would be how your story would lead. It’s different, I like that!”


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

I received two Five-Star Awards from Readers Favorite. I have just begun to enter the story into contests. But, I’m pleased to say the cover has won the Solstice Publishing Award for best cover!


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

I use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google plus. I have done some personal readings and signings, which went rather well. I also made videos to go with the story on You Tube. You can find them at https://youtu.be/8q5TF-x7p80 


9. What is your next project?

My work-in-progress is a continuation of Nights Arose. It takes off seven months after the end of the first book. It follows Arose Du Mouchelle and Blaze St. James on their adventures. I am writing it to be a stand-alone as well as a continuation.


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

My mother was Cuban, which means she was full of witticisms and down to earth realisms. I would like to leave off with one of her favorites:

The greatest glory is not in never falling, but rising each time we fall.

Thank you for allowing me to spend some time with you and your readers!

Andrea Roche’s Links:
www.Facebook/NightsArose
www.twitter.com/Rose121562
www.andrearoachauthor.blogspot.com


Thank you, Andrea! Stop by next month, when my interviewee will be author Anna James!


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