THE JAMES GANG
Each month I interview an author or publishing insider who has “James” in his/her name. My May James Gang interview is with Cobblestone Press author Lyric James.
1. Let’s get the most important question asked first: Why James?
Actually, Lyric came from a family name more so than “James.” I have a favorite cousin whose name is very similar to Lyric and it resonated with me. Then, when I was coming up with last names…it just seemed to “fit.” It flowed easy when I said it.
2. What fiction genre(s) and/or sub-genre(s) do you write?
I’m a multicultural girl, African American, Interracial more lately because it’s become really popular. With that framework…I write contemporary, mystery, and I have one paranormal that I just love and want to write more of.
3. Tell us about your latest release.
My latest release is Rebirth, in the “Vampire Oracle” series. A thief, a cop, vampires and murder! Here’s the blurb:
A professional thief by choice, Robyn keeps her heart under strict lock and key. An orphan human raised by a vampire. Brandon works tirelessly to keep the creatures of the night a secret from the normal world. Things get a little complicated, however, when the one woman he hoped to never see again gets blamed for a crime he knows she didn’t commit.
Robyn has always loved Brandon, but doesn’t know if she has the willpower to accept Brandon and everything being a vampire entails. Will they be able to mend their relationship before she becomes the killer’s next victim?
4. Is there a core story and/or a theme(s) in your books?
I love to write heroines who come into themselves, who finally realize who they are, but until they do, they usually don’t take crap from anyone…especially the hero.
I believe in the power of love. True love. Finding that one person meant only for you and that’s what I try to create with my stories. When you read my books, I want my readers to walk away knowing those two truly belong to each other. They couldn’t imagine anyone else with my hero or heroine.
5. Do you have a favorite hero and/or heroine in your books and why?
Reghan and Richard from the Secret Santa Project. She loved Christmas and he hated it. But when he started receiving Secret Santa gifts…he couldn’t help but change his mind.
6. What do you enjoy most about being an author?
The escape. I love a good story, whether I’m writing it or I’m reading it. It’s so much fun to escape into someone else’s world and “know” they’re going to get their happily ever after. You don’t always get that in real life, but I know when I pick up a book or sit down to write one, the hero and the heroine will be happy in the end.
7. Do you have any awards, reviews or kudos you’d like to tell us about?
You know…I love reviews. They’re awesome! It’s always nice to get that email and read what a reviewer thought of your story and they liked it. I’ve received a Joyfully Recommended Review for Temptation City, and a Recommended Read for One Day At A Time from Fallen Angel Reviews, and I’ve even gotten a couple of good reviews from Mrs. Giggles for Temptation City and Thoroughly Tempted, but the ones that stick with me are the ones I get from readers. It’s always nice to do a chat and a reader responds that she “really” loved your book and then recommends it to others. Those “reviews” are the ones that make your heart skip a beat and make you feel all mushy inside.
8. How do you promote your books and your author brand?
My website: www.LyricJamesBooks.net, and I’m a member of The Novelty Girls with a bunch of other lovely writers: www.TheNoveltyGirls.com.
9. What is your next project?
I am actually working on a couple of short projects for Cobblestone Press’s Wicked line. A ménage (m/f/m) and another story in “The Pleasure Club” series. Hopefully I’ll have those finished by the end of the month and have a couple of release dates later this year.
10. Do you have a bit of wisdom you'd like to impart or a favorite quote?
Never be afraid to follow your dreams. I did a lot of things “late” in life, although I don’t think I’m “old”…LOL. I went back to college and got both my bachelors and masters degree after I got married and had kids. Then, I followed my dream to become an author. And I still have more hopes and dreams attached to that, so, I’m not stopping until I finally get there, even if it takes me much “later” in this life to get it!
Thanks, Lyric! Next month I’ll interview Running Press author, Dina James!
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