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July 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 July James Gang interviewee is multi-published author, Suz deMello, who has a character just right for the James Gang!

1. Let’s get the most important question asked first: Why did you pick Jim Wellman as the name of your hero in Walk Like a Man?

My first manuscript (Walk Like a Man), which was published by Five Star as a hardcover, featured Jim Wellman, an injured quarterback who's taught to walk again by a hot physical therapist, Marti Solis. I picked James or Jim because it has always seemed like a "good guy" name, as well as strong and masculine.

In fact, I told one of my boyfriends, "You're a gem," and he said, grinning, "Jim? Who's Jim?"

And as for masculinity--does one need to go further than James Bond?

2. Tell us about Walk Like a Man.

Here's the blurb:

Macho quarterback Jim Wellman meets his match in bright and sassy physical therapist Marti Solis, who goads him out of his wheelchair, pushing him to walk again. Unlike every other woman Jim has wanted, she refuses to jump into the sack with the celebrity athlete. Though attracted to his bedroom smile and rugged good looks, she's intimidated by his fame and turned off by his arrogance.

Can Jim become the lover Marti needs? Can he learn to walk like a man?

Set in California's beautiful Napa Valley, this multicultural romance delivers humor and pathos, sparkling dialogue, layered characters, a heroine to root for and a hero who's pure fantasy.

The book has reverted to me and as of this writing (June 4, 2015) isn't available except in used editions at

I plan to rerelease it soon, though.

3. Tell us about your upcoming release(s).

I've been focusing on creating boxed sets with a writing group called the Naughty Literati, and our next boxed set will be published on July 1, 2015. Called Naughty Escapes, it features eleven stories set in various places all over the world and in a number of different times: Chichen Itza, the Bermuda Triangle, 1970 Berlin, 1956 Havana--that's my story. There are shapeshifters, Doms, virgins--all sorts of writing, and all the stories are great.

My story is called "One Hot Havana Night," and in it, all journalist Ellie Wheeler's dreams come true--even dreams she didn't know she had, including a sexy menage.

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

I tend to write about women growing, finding, and then expressing their personal power.

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

This is a tough one--I love all my books! I've written 19 full-length novels and a number of short stories, so there are a lot to choose from. I'd say that Audryn, the young ruler in Queen's Quest, is a favorite. It's an interesting book and she's an interesting character. I like to reveal character throughout the entire book, and Audryn has surprises up to the very last page.

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

My workplace (home) and hours (whenever I want).

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

Well, I like to be modest, but I am a #1 Amazon bestselling author; have garnered great reviews in Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist; have won a few awards. I don't focus on writing contests anymore--I'm confident that the writing is good and I don't need that kind of validation. But I am proud that one of my books reached the finals of the RITA, the Romance Writers' of America's top award. It's generally thought to be very prestigious.

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

Poorly LOL. I'm still finding effective ways of doing that.

9. What is your next project?

I'm writing a story for the Naughty Literati's autumn anthology, Naughty Reunions, with a shapeshifter.

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

"Kill your darlings" and "Make them laugh; make them cry; make them wait." Both quotes are really about cutting unnecessary verbiage out of the writing. I get really bored with authors who don't know when to cut dull material, such as info dumps. Writers often get so enamored of their work that often superfluous material stays when it should be cut.

Thank you, Suz! Stop by next month, when my August interviewee will be author, Victoria James!

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