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Author spotlight: Emma James

5 February 2019

We’re featuring a wide range of Australian authors participating in ARR2019 in venues across Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. 

Today we’re having Elevenses with Emma James, author of eight romances and two novellas in the genres of contemporary romance, dark suspense romance/thriller and paranormal romance. She will be attending ARR2019 in Brisbane.

When did you first realise you wanted to be an author?

I had a voracious appetite for reading as a small child, starting with Little Golden Books. At twenty-two, I bought myself an electric typewriter because I knew a writer was hiding inside me wanting to break out. Nothing ever came of it for too many years. I started a family and life got busy. Finally, I knuckled down and wrote my first book I felt I was ready for readers to read. A Little Faith was self-published and released in 2014, and I haven’t looked back. You could say it was inevitable I would become a writer. It was a journey that took more time than it should have, but I know I am now doing what I should be doing in life.

Why romance and not a different genre?

I love a good meet-cute. I want readers to escape into the lives of my characters and laugh and cry with them and feel the connection, taking the journey with them to that happily ever after. I do want to also step outside of romance. I have far too many ideas needing the story told.

What was the first romance you read and why did you love it?

I can’t remember the first romance book I read, but I did read a lot of Mills & Boons books.

What is the single most important characteristic for an aspiring author wanting to be a published writer?

Be prepared for the steep learning curve, especially found with self-publishing. We have to be able to do nearly it all. It’s just not about the words on paper. You need to be able to sell your work to readers globally. Writing a good story does not come with instant success. Hard work will often be needed to pave the way to a bigger audience.

What is your favourite part of creating a story (pick one):

I have to choose two, sorry. Character creation and dialogue.

What is your best tip for fighting writer’s block/writer’s fear?

I have three things I do if I am stuck on where I am going next in the story. I take a shower or lie down, or go to the ocean and listen to the waves and have a notebook handy. I give myself permission to breathe. When I take a step back, ideas will come. I can’t force the story.

Pick a favourite (bold your preference):

  • series or stand-alone?
  • ebook, paperback or hardcover?
  • first person or third?

Who has been an inspiration to you, in life or your writing career?

JK Rowling. She was a single mother who wrote in a café, with a baby and she went on to become … well, we all know Harry Potter.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

Will to Protect is #4 in the Men of Ocean Beach series. I will be releasing it as soon as I can finish writing the book. It’s time for Harley and Will to find their love. Will is going to be a bit of a handful. She’s set to rock Harley’s world. I write in multiple POVs, which enables the series to be ongoing and not standalone books within the series. All characters continue to play their parts with side stories woven around the main two characters. Harley and his brother Jase aka Text (a mute character) are probably the two most popular of the MOOB men (Men of Ocean Beach). The series is set in Ocean Beach, San Diego and comes with all the feels.

What else will you be working on in 2019?

  • Hitched (a spinoff story).
  • More in the Men of Ocean Beach (contemporary romance) series: Will to Protect # 4, Walk of Shame #4.5 and Chance for Freedom # 5 (final book).
  • Cake by the Ocean (standalone rom-com).
  • A vampire novella.

Please recommend an Aussie romance you read recently.

I’ve always enjoyed the Dive Bar series by Kylie Scott.

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2019 yet, you can buy one here.


One Comment
  1. Emma James permalink
    5 February 2019 1:20 pm

    Thank you, Laura, for this wonderful spotlight.

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