Today I am thrilled to welcome Monica James to my blog.
Having recently read Dirty Dix (A Hard Love Romance Book 1) and Wicked Dix (A Hard Love Romance Book 2) I just had to ask if she would consider an interview. I was over the moon when she agreed!
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your books please?
Well, I’m a humbled girl from Australia, who is incredibly grateful to be doing an interview with someone halfway across the world. I’m a little wacky at times, and talk incessantly when nervous. I’m obsessed with lip gloss, cats, and chucks!
Life inspires me to write. I love being able to tell a story, and share my vision with anyone who reads my work.
I’m the author of the: I SURRENDER SERIES which was published in 2013. It is self published. I have also written the SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL SERIES, which is published by Limitless Publishing. And my latest series: A HARD LOVE ROMANCE series is published by BOOKOUTURE.
Foreign Right have also been acquired worldwide by:
Hebrew rights sold to: Kinneret Zmora
German rights sold to: Heyne, Random House
French rights sold to: Hugo & Cie
Portuguese rights sold to: Planeta
Where did/do you get your ideas from?
From living. I know it sounds ridiculous, but reading, watching, listening, and feeling are my biggest inspiration.
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
Not at all. But in saying that, I hate to admit it, but with every character I write, there is in fact a piece of me in them. It may be minuscule, but I must be able to relate to my characters to be able to articulate their voice. In no way am I saying that my characters are based on me—that would get boring fast!—but each character holds a small part of me in their DNA. So, for those of who have read DIRTY DIX, are you wondering which parts of me are ingrained into Dixon and Juliet? I can promise you, I am not a raging she-devil or a promiscuous manwh@re!
How do you pick your character’s names?
Easy—they’re names I would call my children (or pets!)
Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?
I don’t have a process per se, but I do like to write while listening to music, as music in most circumstances helps me get into a certain frame of mind and allows me to get lost in my writing.
I feel so blessed because 99% of the time I can write anytime, anyplace, anywhere.
Writing each book varies tremendously. Getting the story down usually only takes me a few weeks, but the reworking and overanalysing is my problem. Seriously, I am my own worst critic.
Do you have a favourite author?
This is such a hard question. It does vary, depending on what mood I’m in, but my go to authors are Anne Rice and William Shakespeare.
Were you a big reader as a child?
YES!! And I still am. I was, and I guess still am, addicted to Dr. Seuss.
When did you start to write?
When I was about 12— I entered a writing competition and won! The piece was on the first rock concert I ever attended.
What are you working on right now?
I actually am working on two different manuscripts at the moment. My agent has my new project, which I hope you’ll all love. And I might be working on a character you’ve all grown to love…watch this space!
When can we look forward to a new release?
I really hope mid/late year. I’m just about to hit the USA to celebrate the release of my new series, and will be in The UK in July! I will also fit in a tour of my stomping ground in August, and then back to Europe later in the year! What a mouthful!
How can readers keep in touch with you?
Thanks so much for having me. It was fun xo
Thank you so much for joining me, Monica. I really hope Dr Dixon Mathews will be back sometime soon! It’s great to hear you’ll be visiting us in the UK soon also 🙂 I hope you’re having a fabulous time in America!
If you haven’t read them already, you really should add The Hard Love Romance series to your list. I can’t recommend them highly enough!
If you haven’t already and would like to, you can read my review HERE
My review for Wicked Dix can be found HERE
I will now be adding Monica’s entire back catalogue to my TBR list! You can also do the same by visiting her Amazon author page HERE
Many thanks again to Monica for joining me on my blog.