THE JAMES GANG
Each month I interview an author or publishing insider who has "James" in his/her name. My November James Gang interviewee is The Wild Rose Press author, Silver James.
1. Let’s get the most important question asked first: Why James?
I married my name, actually. And yes, I do know the connotations of the name and the James Gang. In fact, my husband's family is originally from Clay County, Missouri. His great-grandfather was a cousin to THE James boys. He moved to Oklahoma with the railroad and there are many legends about the James Gang coming through that part of the state—and stopping to visit. Frank actually lived there for a time, after Jesse's murder.
2. What fiction genre(s) and/or sub-genre(s) do you write?
I describe myself as a cross-genre writer. It doesn't matter if I'm writing romance, mystery, or paranormal, every story has a touch of each one of those elements. Well, all but the contemporary novella I wrote. It's a straight-up contemporary with humorous overtones. I had no idea I could actually write such a thing! While I've mostly written paranormal romance, I do have a couple of romantic suspense novels on the back burner, and I'm actively branching out into paranormal crime novels. I even have a paranormal steampunk romance lurking about in my files. If pressed, I explain that I write romance with magic and mystery....or mystery with magic and romance, depending on my audience.
3. Tell us about your latest release.
I actually have two “latest” releases. My second paranormal romance novel released two days after my contemporary novella.
Fairy Tales Can Come True is part of the Class of '85 Reunion series from the Wild Rose Press. What happens when people return for their 25th Class Reunion? That's the premise behind the series. This was a fun novella to write, and I hope people will enjoy reading it and the other novellas about the people in the Class of '85. It's available in digital formats only. Here's the blurb:
Going home for her 25th class reunion isn't on Alex London's radar until her assistant pulls out the fairy godmother card. News correspondent Deke Carpenter would rather cover the nearest war than attend the reunion—yet deep down he hopes to encounter the girl who got away, Dorothy Reagan, now well-known fashion photographer, Alex London.
Alex, on the other hand, has hopes of seeing the boy she carried a torch for all these years—basketball player Marty Keegan. In one whirlwind weekend, surrounded by the ghosts of high school past, Alex and Deke discover each other and the unwritten rule of fairy godmothers everywhere: Fairy Tales Can Come True.
My novel, Faerie Fire, also released in mid-September. The second book in my Tir Nan Og novels, it explores reincarnation, the continuing feud between the fae king of Tir Nan Og, Manannan Mac Lir, and his harper, Abhean, and how that affects a human couple. Here's one more blurb:
Old grudges. Family secrets. Vows intended but never sworn. Memories of lives entwined then ripped apart…
Disgraced SAS Captain Duncan Ross, is on a one-man crusade to find the international terrorist known as Brian Boru. Moira O'Connor, daughter and chief of staff of a US Senator, harbors a secret legacy passed down from her mother's people. When they first meet at a weekend party in Virginia, time turns topsy-turvy. Memories of a former life, one in which Duncan was her lover, overshadows the present. Back then, Moira was burned as a witch and Duncan was too late to save her, the words to bind them forever unsaid.
Boru crashes the party even as the faerie harper, Abhean, steers the lovers on a collision course with destiny. Will Duncan save Moira this time? Will he survive to say the vows and make her his for eternity, or will they succumb to Faerie Fire?
Without the words, history is doomed to repeat itself.
4. Is there a core story and/or a theme(s) in your books?
Ooh. Good question. And tough! I think perhaps, at their core, all of my books touch on redemption on a very personal level. I don't mean redemption in the sense a bad boy finds his heart of gold. I'm talking about finding one's soul and purpose in life.
5. Do you have a favorite hero and/or heroine in your books and why?
I love all my heroes and heroines. Faerie Fire's Duncan is a good example of redemption. He's a tortured hero and has to discover his inherent nobility and his willingness to sacrifice everything important to him. As for heroines, the one in my current WIP (Work-in-Progress) is near and dear to my heart. I've lived with Sade for years now and I'm enjoying the telling of her story.
6. What do you enjoy most about being an author?
Going to work in my jammies? Besides that, I love creating worlds, the people in them, and telling the stories that reflect their lives, loves, and destinies.
7. Do you have any awards, reviews or kudos you’d like to tell us about?
Fairy Tales received five teacups from Happy Ever After reviews:
"Silver James writes a cute, witty, charming story about the pros and cons of attending your high school reunion, however long it has been. The two main characters are so relatable and loveable." ~Kris, reviewer for HEA Reviews
Award-winning author, Roxanne St. Claire had this to say about Faerie Fire:
“An expert blend of edgy romantic suspense and captivating magic, Silver James spins a tale that places the mystical heart of a paranormal into the rock hard torso of a suspense.” ~Roxanne St. Claire, national bestselling author (and Silver James fan!)
And people had this to say about Faerie Fate:
FOUR STARS "This is a wonderful mix of adventure and humor, with an unforgettable heroine who follows the voices in her head and travels back to a time of handfasting, dreamy Irish men and clan wars. Although Ciaran and his Irish ways are not new to romance novels, Becca is extremely humorous and fun, and makes the reader laugh out loud as she waltzes into yesteryear." ~Romantic Times Book Reviews magazine
"How often have we said, 'If I only knew then what I know now?' Silver James has given her heroine just that opportunity. Faerie Fate is a magical and fulfilling fairy tale that made me want to wake up as that heroine (without the pain), and again enjoy the thrills and the passion of youth. I loved the romance of it all, and the thought that it can happen again and again." ~Joysann, WW Ladies Book Club, Publishers Weekly's Beyond her Book blog
8. How do you promote your books and your author brand?
Wow. Tough question! Being a small press author, I'm my own PR assistant and marketing manager. I have a website my terrific tech guru set up for me and I blog there every day. I'm always hoping review sites will pick my books and will give them good reviews! I'm also on Twitter—probably more than I should be! I don't actually tweet that often, but I sure am nosy and have to keep up with everyone. I have a fan page on Facebook and I'm on LiveJournal. I never pass up an opportunity to pass out bookmarks and promotional postcards with my covers on them. I also blog hop and guest blog whenever the opportunity presents itself. And I'd like to thank you for the opportunity to join your James Gang and visit here with you and your readers!
9. What is your next project?
I'm currently finishing up a paranormal crime novel that's the first book in a series. It's hitting the submission trail as soon as I polish it up and get a series synopsis written. I have some interest in the project so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I don't want to say a whole lot more than that—not that I'm superstitious or anything but...
10. Do you have a bit of wisdom you’d like to impart or a favorite quote?
My favorite quote is plastered right above my computer monitor so I see it every time I look up. By Napoleon Hill, it says simply: "Goals are dreams with a deadline." While this likely speaks especially to writers, I think its wisdom is universal.
Thanks, Silver! Next month I'll interview N.J. Walters, the author of the "Jamesville" romance series from Samhain Publishing.
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