Monday, May 16, 2011

An Interview with Author Anna James

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 It's Monday. It's May 16, and we're back to the author interviews! I'm excited to have some fine fellow author ladies coming up for you this week. Today, it's contemporary romance author Anna James. You can visit Anna's blog HERE to keep up-to-date with all her publications, book reviews, and more!

***One lucky commenter will have their choice of either Coming Home, Isabelle's Dilemma, or Guilty as Charged (.pdf ebook), so leave a comment with your email addy if you'd like to win. Drawing one week from today!** 

Thanks for stopping in Anna! Now, tell us a little about yourself. Who's the woman behind the screen?

Good morning Mysti and thanks for having me here. I am an author of contemporary romance stories that allow women of all ages to get lost in a world filled with passion, drama and romance. I also have a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked as an engineer for many years. I went into marketing about 5 years ago and I love it. I had my first book, entitled Isabella’s Dilemma, published in July 2010 from Sugar and Spice Press. I have had three other stories published since then. “A Picture Perfect Christmas” was included in Christmas Collectibles, an anthology of Christmas stories from several authors, published by Melange Books this past Christmas, Guilty As Charged – Book 1 in the Bradford Sisters Trilogy was published by Sugar and Spice Press on April 16, 2011 and Coming Home which was published by Melange Books on April 23, 2011.
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It says on your blog (yes, I snooped) that you have a degree in mechanical engineering. Being married to an engineer myself, I've found that the gears are always turning in an engineer's mind. Do you find yourself thinking about a million things at once? Are you plotting stories while you're working on something else?

Definitely! There is always a scene or a plot for a story brewing in the background of my mind.

I've read your latest release, Coming Home (see my review HERE) and loved it. Can you tell us a little about some of your your other titles?

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Guilty As Charged is the first book in the Bradford Sisters Trilogy. This book centers on the love story of Nicole Bradford, the oldest of three sisters and Max Paradis. You will also meet Natalie Bradford (the middle sister) and Reed McNamara (Max’s brother) in this story as well as Kate Bradford (the youngest sister). Shattered Dreams – Book 2 in the Bradford Sisters Trilogy will feature Natalie and Reed’s love story and the third book (still toying with the title) will feature Kate’s story.

Now… here is a taste of Guilty As Charged to whet your appetite:

The door to Reed’s office burst open, crashing against the adjoining wall. Reed looked up. Nicole turned to see who had made all the noise. Max stood in the opening, a thunderous expression on his face.
“Well, big brother, what can we do for you?” Reed queried in a casual tone.
Max didn’t answer; he just stood glaring at Nicole.
“M–Max, you’re home early.”
“Surprise,” he said sarcastically.
“What the hell is wrong with you?” Reed asked.
Instead of answering, he strode into the room and stopped in front of Nicole. 
Suddenly, she was on full alert. She noticed the large manila envelope in his hand. The letterhead on the front made her sick with shock.
“Care to explain this?” he drawled, his tone at odds with the aggression emanating from every fiber of his being.
“What is it?” Reed asked a confused look on his face.
It was what she feared most. Legal documents, containing, no doubt, her arrest record and everything else about that horrible incident that had happened so long ago.
“Well?” Max asked ominously.
Nicole couldn’t speak. What could she say? It was all there in black and white.
After several moments of electrifying silence, Max turned his attention to Reed. “Are you aware you’ve hired a convicted felon, little brother?”
“I am not a convicted felon.”
He turned toward her. “I stand corrected, you were never convicted, however…” Nicole made to speak, but Max overrode her efforts. His attention was on Reed again as he continued. “As I was saying, are you aware that you’ve hired a drug smuggler?”
Reed’s eyes opened wide and Nicole cringed in her seat.
She shot to her feet. “That’s enough.  You know nothing about what happened.”
“Oh, you’re ex-lover Carlo was more than happy to tell me what happened when he met me at the airport this morning. He told me what you’re really like. You present this sweet, innocent façade to the world, but these—” He picked up one of the documents that lay strewn across the desk and threw it at her. “These tell the truth about who you really are.”
“Max, you can’t be serious. There’s got to be some mistake.”
“There’s no mistake, little brother.  See, she’s not even going to deny it.”
Nicole glared at him, furious now, her body shaking with anger. “You think just because…” Her voice trailed off.  She threw her hands in the air, a gesture of defeat, and then slumped into her chair. What was the use in trying to explain?  He wasn’t going to believe her. No one had believed her before. No matter how hard she had tried to convince them that she was innocent of any wrongdoing.  She stood again and addressed Reed. “You’ll have my resignation on your desk tomorrow morning. I’m sorry.”  She turned and walked out the door with her head held high.

Isabella’s Dilemma features the story of Isabella’s Sheridan and Jake McAllister. Here is a short blurb from the story to spark your interest:

         Isabella Sheridan has a big problem and his name is Jake McAllister! Jake is now Isabella’s business partner. To make matters worse he owns more of the Sheridan Advertising Agency than she does. He is difficult to work with, has a hostile attitude toward her and makes business decisions without consulting her. So why does she respond with so much passion when he kisses her? 
        Jake McAllister does not like Isabella Sheridan. As far as he’s concerned she’s shallow and without moral values, both in her personal and professional life. So why is he so attracted to her? You’d think he’d know better based on past experience. And why, after just one passionate kiss, is he ready to give her the benefit of the doubt and become involved?
Will Jake and Isabella resolve their differences and find love or will past perceptions be too much to overcome?

What are you working on now and can you fill us in on any of it?

I am working on the Shattered Dreams – Book 2 in the Bradford Sisters Trilogy. Here is a blurb from that story to peak your interest:

         Natalie and Reed seemed so happy when they got married just a few short months ago. But an unexpected pregnancy and a subsequent miscarriage throw their marriage into turmoil.
         Natalie deals with the loss by burying herself in work. Reed is supportive but doesn’t understand why she is spending so much after-hours time with her handsome, sexy boss. And what about their dream of having a family? How can that happen when with each passing day Natalie becomes more distant?
        Will Reed and Natalie find a way to work things out or will all their dreams be shattered?

Don't look now, but the random question is here to steal your cookies! Which of the characters you've written so far can you most relate to and why?

I think there is probably a little bit of me in every heroine I create. But, I most relate to Molly Quinn from To Love and Trust Again (Available January 2012 Melange Books). To Love and Trust Again was actually the first romance story I ever wrote (obviously not the first one published!) and it’s true what they say about writing what you know about. Molly, the heroine, is a Mechanical Engineer and some of the struggles she faces when it comes to her job are similar to what I faced when I first started my career.

Finally, Ms. James, can you share a short excerpt from one of your published works or even a work in progress?

I just received a contract for my erotic, contemporary, paranormal romance novella entitled Visions from Sugar and Spice Press. I am not sure of the exact release date yet but hoping for some time this summer or fall. Here is an excerpt from the story:

Sweat trickled down the sides of her face. Her eyes were huge with fear and tremors racked her body. “No! Please don’t.” Prudence Bailey could hear the terror in the woman’s voice as she begged for her life. Someone came toward the woman; he was holding a knife. Or was it a she? Pru couldn’t tell from this angle. She saw the woman’s arms shoot up to try and ward off her attacker. It was a futile attempt. He overpowered her easily. Then it happened. The knife plunged deep into her chest. The screams were terrifying. She saw the woman crumple but it wasn’t over. The knife plunged into the woman again and again. Finally, the screaming stopped.
Pru shot straight up in bed. She too was drenched with sweat and her body shook with fear. This was the third night this week that she’d had the nightmare. It was the same each time. She pulled the blankets aside and got out of bed. Why is this happening to me? she wondered as she went down the stairs to double check that the windows and doors were locked. She didn’t know but she was sure as hell going to find out.
 It was great having you here, Anna! I wish you much success! For more about Anna, visit her Melange Books author page here:

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***Remember to comment with your e-mail addy if you'd like a chance to win one of Anna's books (an e-copy of Coming Home, Guilty as Charged, or Isabelle's Dilemma)***


  1. I love when an author goes deeply into the characters' lives and needs to show the whole picture in more than one book.

  2. forgot my email (sorry)

  3. i would love the chance to win this book. i have not read either book so would love the first book of the series. thanks for the giveaway. congrats on the new release.

  4. Love to win a chance but I have Isabelle's Dilemma on my wish list already. I love the blurb on it when I saw it the other week.


  5. The all sound really good.

  6. I have both on my wish list and I love it when the characters are deeply developed because then you can get an emotional connection with the story.
    Thank you for the contest :)



  7. Terra, if you haven't read Coming Home or Guilty as Charged, you can enter to win either of those :)

  8. OMG,

    I love the blurb and excerpt from Guilty as Charged. I was already hooked and getting seriously involved with Nicole. I can relate to her being accused of something and you didn't even do it.
    Definitely want to be in the contest for this book. I hope it sells millions.

    Teresa K.

  9. I have always loved reading books that have the characters experencing REAL EVERY DAY LIFE problems & not just some fantasy life... It allows you to connect to the character, even if for just the time that you are reading the book.. But the iceing on the cake would be the books like GUILTY AS CHARGED, beacause you know that the story isn't going to end there , that there will be a part 2 & possably a part 3 etc.. I would really like to be entered in this contest for this book.. Love your books 5 ***** :)

  10. I would love the chance to win this book.

  11. I love being introduced to new authors. All of your books sound like "must haves" for me, Anna. Adding to my TBR pile here. Would love to win any of them. Thanks for sharing your creativity and talent with us.

  12. I love the blurb and excerpt from Guilty as Charged and have Isabelle's Dilemma on my wish list. Thanks for the chance to win a free book.

  13. Hi, Anna-

    When did you first start writing and what genre did you try first, if not romance?

  14. Great post and interview. What was your decision to give up engineering for writing?

  15. Hi Ann,

    Although I have been writing for several years my first book, Isabella's Dilemma, was only published last July. I have always written contemporary romance, although, I just received a contract for Visions which is an erotic, contemporary romance with a paranormal flavor. It should be coming out sometime this summer or fall from Sugar and Spice Press.

  16. Hi Harlie,

    I went from research and development engineering into running research and development projects then on to Marketing new products which I still do today. My goal is to some day soon leave my day job and write full time.

  17. This book looks really good! I especially loved the excerpt for Guilty as charged. Just wondering how long it takes you to write a book.


  18. Isn't Anna cool? I loved Coming Home and can't wait to read the others. So glad all of you have come over to comment. Keep spreading the word!

    Drawing next Monday!


  19. Hi Val -

    For a short novella (15,000 words or less) it usually takes me a month maybe 2 to write the story. As the word length increases so does the time it takes to write.

    Thanks for asking!

  20. I really enjoyed Isabella's story.
    lisa gk at yahoo dot com

  21. They all sound very good. I love if an author gives a good summary, it makes decisions so much easier - or not, if all the books sound like a real good read.

    Thanks Mysti for introducing another author to me and I hope you keep on writing Anna, I'm looking forward to reading our books.

    ute at blogcon dot heikaemper dot de

    Isabella’s Dilemma would be my choice

  22. Congratulations to NayNay! You've one your choice of one of Anna's 3 books. I'll send her your email and she'll get in contact with you!

    Thanks for commenting!! ~Mysti


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