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September James Gang

Each month, I interview authors or publishing insiders who have some form of "James" in their names or in their books. My October James Gang interviewee is multi-published author, Sally James!

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

I'd been publishing historical romances set in the seventeenth century under my own name, Marina Oliver; then I began to write Regencies. My publisher would only take two books a year under one name and I was writing four or five a year, so I needed a pseudonym or two, both to allow me to write more books and to differentiate the types.

My mother's name was Sarah, but I felt Sally was more modern, and my father's name was James - hence Sally James.

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

I've written historicals set in different times, from medieval to twentieth century. Some are Regencies, some family stories set in the 1920s and 1930s, but most are set during the English Civil war and Restoration, say from 1642 - 1670.

I've also written contemporary romances and a crime series featuring a middle-aged, wealthy woman sleuth. I have a historical crime set in the 1790s, which I plan to develop into a series.

3. Tell us about your latest release.

This has just come out as a reprint on Regency Reads, Courting Lord Dorney. It's about Bella, a wealthy girl who dislikes having men want to marry her for her money, so she goes incognito to Bath in the hope of finding someone who will love her for herself. This turns out to be Lord Dorney, but as his dead brother was badly damaged by his marriage to an heiress, Lord Dorney is aghast when he discovers the truth. Bella somehow has to win back his love.

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

There are two, often overlapping. Since most of my books have some mystery or adventure in them, I believe that true love should win in romantic novels, and that justice will triumph, in both the crime and other books.

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

It's usually the hero and heroine of the current book. If writers don't fall in love with the hero as we are writing about him, and like the heroine, I don't think the book would be successful, because we want readers to fall in love with the hero and like the heroine, too.

But writers tend to be promiscuous in that we move on to the new couple in the next book! In my contemporary crime novels it's a little different, being a series, and my sleuth, Dodie, is a continuing heroine in my eyes.

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

Being able to tell stories, something I have been doing since I was very young, and have other people enjoy them. There is also the fact that I can do the writing at home, though I do spend a lot of time researching locations. And I do not have to retire, I can go on doing this wonderful job for as long as my brain permits!

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

Several good reviews, but one highlight was having my Regency, An Accidental Marriage, long listed for the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Book of the Year Award. This is the major award for romantic fiction in the UK. This title is now available as an ebook.

I have been on the RNA Committee doing a variety of jobs and am now one of their Vice-Presidents.

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

Mainly through my website and by giving talks and workshops and guest blogs, when asked. As over sixty of my novels have now been published as ebooks, it keeps my husband busy updating the website!

9. What is your next project?

More Regencies, I think, though I may get distracted by other stories insisting on being told. I find it impossible to ignore these, and only wish I had twice as much time and energy to tell all those stories still waiting in the wings. I've almost finished revising an oddity, a book which I describe as a futuristic political satire, something quite different for me, and I hope to have it as an ebook shortly. The current title is Man Trap, but this could get changed.

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

Read voraciously. True writers will be reading all the time, absorbed in the stories other people tell, but also analyzing techniques and finding ways of using these techniques in their own work. I find it almost impossible to read a novel now without mentally critiquing the book, noting how particular effects have been achieved, and sometimes to think how it could have been done better!

NOTE: Sally's ebooks are available from W H Smith, Amazon, Sony, Apple, Regency Reads, Smashwords, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.


Thank you, Sally! My November James Gang interviewee will be Kensington author, Jaime Reed!

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