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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Interview with Amelia James

Name of the book:

I have two:

Tell Me You Want Me

Secret Storm


Kindle Price:

$2.99 each


Available from:

Amazon Kindle US, Amazon Kindle UK, Amazon Kindle DE (German), Smashwords, Nook


Authors Website:

http://trashystreasures.wordpress.com/


Bio:

Amelia James has been reading romance novels and other forms of erotica since junior high. When she isn’t busy daydreaming and writing, she lives happily in the real world with her goofy husband, spoiled cats, and hyper dog. Besides reading and writing wicked stories, her hobbies include watching action movies, watching football, and tempting her husband.


Tell me about your book?

Tell Me You Want Me is a contemporary erotic romance. It’s flirty and fun, sexy and steamy. It’s the story of two people who have a lot to learn when it comes to love and relationships. Austin Sinclair is a charming bad boy who has so many women he can’t remember their names. Jane Elliot is a career-oriented woman who desperately needs some fun in her life.

Secret Storm isn’t a sequel, but it takes place after Tell Me and it involves the same characters. It’s darker than Tell Me, and it has more emotional depth and passion. Jack Wheeler is a man with a dark past, but he won’t let anyone close enough to help him deal with it. Sara Jensen is a caring, giving woman who jumps at the chance to help others, but she runs away from her own problems.


What will readers like about your book?

Steamy sex scenes. ;) I think they will like characters they can relate to – strong women and sexy men – people with realistic problems who help each other overcome them—and fall in love in the process.


What inspired you to write this particular story?

I finished writing a short story about a man who was dark and brooding and it took a lot out of me, so I decided to write about a fun hero, a charming bad boy. After I finished having fun with Austin in Tell Me, I went back to my dark side again to write Jack’s story in Secret Storm.


When did you start writing?

I’ve been writing short stories since the third grade. My teacher wrote ‘tends to daydream’ on my report card. I’m gonna have that carved on my tombstone. I started writing romance novels in July 2009.


When did you realize that you were a serious writer?

I’m a serious writer? ;) I try not to take myself too seriously that’s why my Twitter handle is TrashyWriter. My books are all about having a good time. There’s a message in each one if you want to see it, but mostly they’re just trashy romance novels. I like trashy books. I started writing seriously when I lost my job in January 2011.


When did you decide that you wanted to write a book?

I was in the middle of writing Tell Me when I realized I had a lot more story than I could fit into a short story format. I never wrote a full-length novel before so it was a challenge, but I loved doing it. I loved it so much that I wrote another book for my secondary characters, and I’m daydreaming my next novel now.


Why did you choose this particular genre to write your book in?

I think the romance genre chose me. I grew up in a very conservative and sexually repressed environment. I wasn’t allowed to explore my sexuality so I do it through my writing. And it’s just a lot of fun to write romance, especially the research and fantasizing, er, plotting. ;)


What is your writing process?

I get to know my characters and listen to their stories. Then I write a basic plot so I know what I want to do to them. After I finish the first draft, I edit, re-write, nitpick, re-write, proofread, re-write, etc….


How long does it take you to write your first draft?

Tell Me took almost a year. Secret Storm didn’t take as long, about 9 months. I hope my next book will be finished by summer 2012. Marketing my current books takes up a lot of my time.


Why did you publish on Kindle and other eReaders?

Because I have no patience. When I lost my job, I realized I wanted to get my books in front of an audience as soon as possible, and I couldn’t wait months on end to hear from a publisher who may or may not accept my manuscript.


What kind of advice would you like to share with an aspiring writer who’s looking to publish a book for the first time?

If you choose to go through a publisher, be prepared for brutal rejections. They are not kind when they say no. If you choose to self-publish, be prepared for a lot of hard work. Publishing is the easy part. Selling the book takes patience, persistence and more determination than you know you possess. Be prepared to deal with the stigma that because you’re self published, your book is crap. Never stop learning and never give up.

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