p style=”text-align: justify;”>About
Clare James writes contemporary romance
and new adult novels with spunky heroines and sexier-than-sin heroes. Her books
have made several best-selling lists including the tender love stories in the
*Impossible Love* series; the steamy romantic comedy *Dirty Little Lies*; and
the touching family drama *Wednesday*. Her new title, *Caught*, is the first in
a series about the women of Elite PR and their very naughty clients. It will be
published with Entangled Publishing’s Brazen line in June 2015.
A former dancer, Clare still loves to get
her groove on – mostly to work off her beloved cupcakes and red wine. She lives
in Minneapolis with her two leading men – her husband and young son – and is
always on social media chatting with readers.
Jeri’s Book Attic is happy that Clare took some time to answer some questions for us
Author Interview at Jeri’s Book Attic.
Thanks for having me today, Jeri! So excited to
be here, now let’s tackle your questions!
1) What is the first book you read that comes
to mind? Why is it so important to you?
Oh boy, I have to think on this one. I loved
Pippi Longstocking books. She had crazy clothes and was fun as hell. I’ve
always loved books about girl power 🙂
2) How much of you and/or your surroundings is
a part of your stories? Is the influence based on a conscious decision, or do
you periodically recognize yourself in one of your characters and it wasn’t
I think there are pieces that just come through
that you don’t even notice. But mostly, my characters are their own people and
not based on anyone I know. And the same for the plot. Though with Caught, I did tap into my own experience
as a public relations rep. Still, I NEVER had a client like Jarod Cage…bummer.
3) What genre is the most intimidating when you
think about writing in it? Explain why!
Erotic Romance can be intimidating. Whoa, can
it. For me, it can be very raw and vulnerable and it’s tough to go there
sometimes. But, I really love it!
4) In your opinion, what is the most important
feature a book needs to have?
Interesting and unique characters. I often hear
of people complaining about books where the characters don’t do what they think
they should, or they are not nice enough, or not a reliable narrator. To me,
these are my favorite characters. I don’t need to like them, I just need to be
interested in them J
I also loved to be surprised!
5) If you had the chance to influence the
questions people ask you in interviews, what question is the most annoying and
you would love to never hear again? What question would you really like to
answer that you have not been asked yet, and what is your answer to that
I don’t like being asked about my favorite
books – just because it’s too difficult to answer. I have soooo many books I
love. Plus, I forget a lot of them, and then feel bad when I remember them
after an interview is over!
Gosh, I can’t think of a question I’d like to
answer. I’d rather just talk to people about books in general—a conversation
rather than an interview.
6) Name three characteristics of your writing
style that are important yet different from other authors.
*Structure – I always have something funky
going on. Maybe it’s different points of view, or the plot is anchored by some
rules, or part of the story is in a letter or interview, or it’s told
*Smart, strong women—My heroines are always
badass, even if they don’t know it.
*All over the map with the feels—you’ll get
humor, heart, and heat in all of my stories!
7) Which of your characters seems to be the
most independent, and has taken on a life of their own?
*Stevie Sinclair from DIRTY LITTLE LIES—my
family even refers to Stevie as if she’s a real person 🙂
8) What do you want tell your readers at the
end of this interview?
*Thanks so much for reading my books!! And…talk
to me! I love emails and notes on Twitter and Facebook. Oh, and I have a ton
more going on in 2015, so stay close!!