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July James Gang

Each month, I interview authors or publishing insiders who have some form of "James" in their names or in their books. My July James Gang interviewee is Loose Id author, Draven St. James!

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

I chose St. James for many reasons. I wanted to create a name that had meaning and, let's face it, I thought it sounded awesome. Draven has old English origins and means "defender of love." The St. James came about through much research. Part was of Galilean origin where St. James was nicknamed the "Son of thunder." Also, the name James was shown to be synonymous with creativity and the arts. So, putting them together simply sends the message of using natural power (thunder) to create a new world where love can exist despite all the obstacles. I want to portray that in my books.

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

Well, I primarily write in the LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual] genre, more specifically the m/m [male/male]. The sub-genre in Grey's Hidden Fire is contemporary.

3. Tell us about your latest release.

Grey's Hidden Fire book blurb:

Grey's entire life is wrapped around his job as a firefighter. It is all he has ever wanted. That is until his new coworker Mica Cruz saunters through the door with his smoldering dark looks and dimpled grin. Suddenly he finds himself wanting to get to know what Mica looks like out of his gear and between the sheets.

Mica has one rule…keep his work life and his personal life separate. It was easy enough to follow until he meets Grey and finds that his rule can't stand up to the fire that Grey ignites. There's one big thing standing in the way of all of his lust-filled musings. Grey is straight.

In a profession where being gay is often kept quiet, Grey must come to terms with his growing attraction to Mica. How much is he willing to sacrifice? Can they come together before someone's hatred threatens to destroy them both?

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

At the end the day, the backbone of my books is acceptance. I believe it is so important to accept people for who they are and be supportive of each unique personality. We're all so different, and it is great to be able to develop characters that reflect that. In this book it is about the prejudice that some gay firefighters are exposed to and overcoming the dangers that can result from it. Yet, within that chaos, the fantastic lust and love that can result from an attraction which is unbound.

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

Well obviously I love my main characters, Grey and Mica. I feel they are an amazing example of strong male gay men. Creating them was like using a brush to illustrate the layers each individual has. But I must admit I also love the other characters. Especially Simon. When I was bringing him to life, I found myself laughing out loud at his antics and dialogue. Yes, writers do laugh at themselves because we are just that awesome.  J  I think it is important to be able to connect with all the characters.

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

Really, what I love most is being able to create worlds that the reader can get lost in. To fill them with the passion and emotional tension that drives the characters past boundaries to reach each other. It's nice to provide people a unique perspective that allows them to take a step out of their everyday lives and exist in someone else's persona.

Oh and of course, it's wonderful to wake up in the morning, drink my coffee, and have an excuse to do what I love the most, writing.

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

I don't have any awards for my books, yet. The power of positive thought. This is my first published work. I do have some awards for my poetry. It has been quite some time since I've written any of it, but it was something I enjoyed very much doing at one point in my life. Maybe I'll write a passionate poet into one of my books…who knows?

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

I promote my books through doing guest blogs, interviews, Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, Wordpress, and by having an amazing community that is willing to post my blurb/book cover. This community of writers excels beyond what I could ever have thought possible. There is such a depth of support that drives me forward in all my writing endeavors.

9. What is your next project?

I have two projects that I'm working on. I'm currently working on what will hopefully be a series of books that branches off of Grey's Hidden Fire. I'm also working on a supernatural line of books. I really want to branch out to include many sub-genres to reach a broader audience. I love being able to draw people into my stories, and I know some people prefer contemporary while others prefer shifters or vampires. I guess I would like to have something out there everyone can enjoy.

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

I love the quote, "A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity." by Franz Kafka. I think this appeals to me because I constantly have multiple books going on in my head, thus multiple characters. Sometimes it seems as though I'm trying to direct the chaos of too many story lines all clamoring to be told. Other writers have told me that they are so happy in the writing community because they feel less insane for what they refer to as "hearing the voices" of the many characters who live in their imagination.

I suppose the wisdom I could impart is be open to the opinions of others, especially your editors. Writing a book is like falling in love. We see it through rose-colored glasses. However, when an editor reads it, they glimpse the good and the bad. It is through utilizing that knowledge that you can make the story better so that everyone has a chance to fall in love with it.

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Thank you, Draven! My August James Gang interviewee will be multi-published author, Sandy Loyd, who has a hero who's perfect for the James Gang!

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