THE JAMES GANG
Each month I interview a writer who has "James" in his/her pen name. My September James Gang interview is with Jamie Denton.
1. Let’s get the most important question asked first: Why James?
Why Jamie Denton? Well, let’s see. For one, it’s not a pen name, but my legal, married name. And I know Jamie isn’t James, but I was named for my uncle James, so that kinda sorta counts, doesn’t it?
2. What fiction genre(s) and/or sub-genre(s) do you write?
I write single title romantic suspense for Brava, and also fun, sexy romances for Harlequin Blaze.
3. Tell us about your latest release.
DEAD STOP, Kensington Brava (ISBN: 0-7582-1016-7)
HE’LL EARN THEIR TRUST, TASTE THEIR FEAR AND MAKE THEM PAY…
The recording that lands on reporter Ainsley Brennan’s desk bears no postmark and no return address, only an ominous label—“Day One”—and the agonized screams of a young woman. It’s a sound Ainsley will never forget, and when a pretty coed’s mutilated body is found in the nearby woods, she knows there’s a connection. But convincing Serenity Heights’ stubborn, sexy new deputy police chief, Beck Raines, that she’s right is another matter.
Nothing ever happens in Serenity Heights. That’s precisely why Beck Raines transferred there from L.A.’s homicide division before the inevitable burnout set in. Now suddenly he’s dealing with one dead freshman and another who has gone missing, not to mention a gorgeous, interfering reporter who’s quickly becoming a professional and personal complication.
As the attraction between Beck and Ainsley spirals out of control, so does the danger. Someone is torturing and killing the town’s brightest and most beautiful students—someone determined to make them suffer for their lives of privilege and success. With each grisly murder, the serial killer grows bolder, braver, and more brutal. And his next victim will be the most shocking—and personal—of all…
4. Is there a core story and/or a theme(s) in your books?
Trust usually plays an important role in probably 99% of my novels. Trust is such a fragile commodity, don’t you think?
5. Do you have a favorite hero and/or heroine in your books and why?
Sunny from Absolute Pleasure is probably still one of my favorite heroines. She’s smart, determined and practically fearless. I love that about her!
6. What do you enjoy most about being an author?
The commute and the dress code. My morning commute consists of a trip down stairs to my favorite coffee shop that carries all of my personal favorite flavored creamers and even has the occasional carb ridden pastry waiting just for me. Of course, the commute isn’t without its hazards and potential traffic jams that may require stepping over or around the dog or the cat. And don’t forget the dress code! Absolutely no make up or hair styling required. Jeans, pj bottoms or sweats are welcome. Fuzzy slippers optional.
7. Do you have any awards, reviews or kudos you’d like to tell us about?
My books have been on the Waldenbooks best seller list. Two of my books have been RITA finalists, and some have even been nominated for awards from Romantic Times. One of my favorite Blazes, Absolute Pleasure, was awarded best contemporary romance of the year from Affair de Coeur Magazine. In addition, I’ve also been a National Readers’ Choice Award finalist, Golden Quill Award finalist and a HOLT Medallion finalist, among others, as well as several awards from RIO (Reviewers International Organization).
8. How do you promote your books and your author brand?
The best promotion an author can do is to write the best book she can possibly write, then write another, and then another, and so on. Ultimately your skill as a storyteller is what is going to sell your books, much more so than any blog, bookmark or fancy promotional gimmick that costs more than what you’ll make in royalties.
That said, however, I do participate in two group blogs, Deadline Hellions (http://www.deadlinehellions.blogspot.com/) and Romancing the Yarn (http://www.romancingtheyarn.com/), and do have my own website, http://www.jamiedenton.net/.
9. What is your next project?
Currently I’m at work on my next romantic suspense.
10. Do you have a bit of wisdom you’d like to impart or a favorite quote?
Charlie Chaplin said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” I try not to waste a single day.
Thanks, Jamie! Next month, I’ll interview Jeannie James!
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