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April 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 April James Gang interviewee is romance author, Red L. Jameson!

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

Well, that’s a long story in itself. You see, after years of writing more literary-style books under my real name, I realized I wanted to write romance. Not because I thought romance was a genre easier to get published or easier to write, but because it spoke to my soul more. No other genre could analyze the psyche, spirit, and sex like romance does. However, many of my friends and family members considered romance as dirty, trashy, and just plain stupid. They hadn’t given the genre the chance I had and realized what a beautiful genre it is. Of the people who had particularly strong feelings against romance were a couple family members who openly mocked me or covertly belittled me—as if now that I considered writing romance, I no longer had the brain capacity to understand when I was being covertly bullied. It hurt. A lot. But I always had one supporter in my brother, James. I’d complain to him about my hurt, and he’d say, “Just do it. Write your heart out. That’ll show ‘em.” But I never did while he was alive. It wasn’t until after his tragic death that I finally had the courage to write romance. I became a bestseller because of the romance I wrote. And all of it is because of my brother’s encouragement, hence I became Red L. Jameson. I owe him so much and miss him every day.

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

Okay, this is much easier to answer. I write romance, specifically I am writing the Glimpse Time Travel series. And I have plans for a Regency series as well as paranormal series in the near future.

3. Tell us about your latest release.

**Cowboy of Mine, Book Three in the Glimpse Time Travel Series**

The matchmaking, time-traveling muses have a huge problem. An angry Norse god has just captured one of their mortals, refusing to tell them where he took Jacob Cameron, let alone when.

As a seventeenth-century Highlander, being shuttled through time by a man calling himself Odin, might have been enough to crack Jake Cameron’s sanity. He’s kept his mind only through grit, gumption, and the single goal to somehow return to 1653 and his brothers. Landing in the freezing wilds of Montana in 1887, becoming the sheriff for a small mining community, Jake now needs to make a plan to travel back in time. However, when a wee fae-like woman walks into his life, all his best-laid intentions becomes hazy.

As a thief and liar, Meredith Peabody knows she has no chance with the new sheriff in town. Although, he melts her frozen heart with his protection and smoldering looks. Even if she did have a chance with him, how could she ever relate she’s not from this time? She might never get the chance because as soon as she realizes her winter’s wish—for Jake to stay close—the criminal he’s hunting turns the tables on him. But there’s no way in h-e-double hockey sticks Meredith will let that happen.

The muses have their work cut out for this glimpse—chasing after a god, trying to find clues where and when their humans could be, and fitting in time for dress shopping has been murder. Gods, hopefully not literally!

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

I’m so happy you asked this! I LOVE working with themes in my books. As I mentioned above, psyche, spirit, and sex I’m keen to analyze and understand within a couple’s dynamic relationship. You see, I’m a very odd romance writer; I don’t believe love conquers all. But I do believe in healthy bonds. For years, I’ve studied the psychological and neurological aspects to making a couple’s bond a loving one, full of mutual respect and admiration. (I’m addicted to researching more about the Attachment Theory and how it relates to romantic relationships.) It doesn’t sound very romantic or sexy, does it? And I do dive into scientific studies for each couple I write about, ensuring the bond the couple has is accurate and will last—if it weren’t fictional, that is. :) All that to say, I guess my scientific approach is one of love, and I do love love. It’s what I write!

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

My current WIP [Work-in-Progress], Duchess of Mine, indeed has a duchess whom I love writing about almost more than her hero. The duchess, she likes to go by the name of Bit, wants to run, sweat, box, and swear. She’s most fond of swearing, and I had to do a lot of research for her, to ensure I used the right swear words. Mainly, she cusses in her head yet. She hasn’t quite worked her way to swearing aloud, but she just might get there. Bit is constantly cracking me up while I’m finishing her story.

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

I’ve had a day job most of my adult life and written on the side. Now, I enjoy the writing as my day job, and in a way I’m so relieved. While I’d whittle away at my day job, I’d usually spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about what I was writing, drifting off into my imagination, and in general I would look a bit like a loon from time to time. So, now not as many people catch me drifting off into my imagination, looking a bit odd.

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

I’ve won a Chanticleer Award, which really amazed me, and I’ve been a finalist in many other contests. I’ve gotten a few great editorial reviews that really made my ego soar, but it’s when my readers write to me that makes me crumble inside and so wish I could reach through the computer and hug the person writing to me. I’m in awe of my readers, the things they’ve gone through and shared with me, and how they read my writing for inspiration as well as entertainment. Oh man, that is humbling and so lovely. Nothing compares to how much I love my readers!

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

Well, I try out all sorts of things. I did the social media thing, but then worried I was more a spammer than a real author who wanted to reach out to my readers. So I try not to use my social media for much other than chatting. I might let readers know when a new release is, but that’s about it. I might place an ad here or there, see how it runs. If it helped my sales, then I stay with it. If it didn’t, then I find something else. I love the saying, “We know that 20% of marketing works. We just don’t know which 20%.” Honestly, I just try to write great books that I would want to read. That’s my best approach to promoting so far.

9. What is your next project?

Duchess of Mine is the fourth in the Glimpse Time Travel Series, and its release day is slated for mid-May.

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

A long time ago, I tried to learn Zen. I loved the idea of looking at life as if it was the first time, as if I was brand new to the world. Or, in Zen, one tries to look at life as if it was the last time. When my son was young, it was easy to look at life through his eyes, to see all the wonder and joy. After my brother passed away, it was easier to look at life as if it might be my last time—how precious every second is, and it truly is best to live a life with no regrets. So now that my son is older and the grief from losing my brother has softened a tad, I try to look at life, noticing the wonder and joy and to be courageous enough to never regret a moment.

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Thank you, Red! Stop by next month, when my May interviewee will be author, Victoria Adams, who has a hero just perfect for the James Gang!

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