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January James Gang

Each month, I interview authors or publishing insiders who have some form of "James" in their names or in their books.  My January James Gang interviewee is debut author, Dakota James!

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

Why did I pick the last name of James, you ask? Well, my "real" last name begins with a "W" and as a kid I got soooo tired of always being one of the last to get picked for ANYTHING that I thought when it was time to pick a pen name, I wanted one that was one of the Top Ten letters of the alphabet...and I wanted a name that had just one syllable, which is why I landed on James. Plus, it just sounds so darn COOL.

I picked Dakota because I actually did live in the Dakotas! I'm a military brat, and among other places, my Dad was stationed all over the western states--both North and South Dakota, Montana, New Mexico, and Arizona. I absolutely love the western states! So, when it was time to pick out a pen name, I immediately thought of Dakota James!

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

I write military romantic suspense, which really is a bit of an oxymoron, isn't it? I mean, you don't read too many military romantic erotica stories. Hmmm... I don't know. What do you think of something along the lines of JAG meets 50 Shades of...? Nah, maybe not.

3. Tell us about your Home For the Holidays anthology.

Home for the Holidays anthology

The anthology is a collection of romantic stories from the Ohio Valley Romance Writers of America that runs from sweet to poignant, darkness-tinged to comedic, but in all, people find the hope of love and joy in the holidays. Stories featured married couples and those newly-met, some whose lessons lie in the past, and even vampires--all of whom find happiness and peace when they come home for the holidays.

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

There will always, always, always be an HEA [Happily Ever After] in my stories. I live for those. This is one reason why I can't go to art-house films with my mom. They usually don't end happy. UGH.

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

I love creating and I especially love creating fiction. Life is hard, and I like creating fun stories for people to read and get swept away from the stress in their lives. At least, that's what I hope happens. One of my biggest fears is that when someone is reading one of my stories, they pick up a red pen and start editing. YIKES!

6. What is your next project?

I'm currently finishing up a project that is a single title contemporary, set in a fictional middle eastern country that is a bit of a May-December romance. Those are my absolute favorites!

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

One of my favorite quotes is from Master Yoda: "Do or do not. There is no try." I love that little green guy. For an 800-year-old-dude, he's amazing!

Thank you, Dakota!  My February James Gang interviewee will be author, Jamie Leigh Haden!

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