Interview with Elizabeth James

Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Laura Kaye, Stephanie Rowe, Kresley Cole, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, and J.R. Ward. There are a ton of others but those are my top go-to when the publish authors.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My life inspires me to get out of bed every day. I have a wonderful husband, three beautiful doggies, a good job that I love and my passion for writing and the ability to follow that passion by publishing books.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My husband and I love to ride our motorcycle in the mountains and on the coast of NC. We also love spending time with our family and friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually word of mouth is the way I discover new ebooks. My friends have very good taste and can usually point me in the right direction based on my tastes.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I began to write a book when I was just 15 years old and I almost finished it but as most 15 year old do, I got involved with other interests. Now all these years later, I've started writing again and that book is possibly going to make an appearance again!
What is your writing process?
I write in the complete silence and I do it as it comes to my mind in a story not in jumps from chapter to chapter. I don't do outlines, I just start writing and let it flow out.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My first real book was a book by Victoria Holt. After I read it, I got every book she ever wrote. Loved her style!
How do you approach cover design?
I usually try to visualize my characters and then find something appropriate. My first covers were architectural in nature because that's what the character's jobs were. I didn't use an actual person on my covers until Secrets of a Hart.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Stand (Stephen King) This book was long but so well written. I honestly don't know how he could write it and keep all the storylines straight but I loved it!
Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell) I read this book in high school as part of project and I got lost in the story. Loved the complexity of the storyline and the characters!
Intensity (Dean Koonce) Dean Koonce writes like no other and that book had me literally freaking out the entire time I read it.
Lothaire (Kresley Cole) I loved this book for its witty style as well as it's exciting storyline. Love all of KC's books!
Hearts in Darkness (Laura Kaye) This book wasn't long but it was enough to get me to fall in love with everything Laura writes! I'm also blessed to call her my friend!
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything. I love all genres...romance, paranormal romance, mystery...all of it!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a tablet so I use the Kindle and Nook apps.
Published 2014-06-30.
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Books by This Author

Protecting Her Heart
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,870. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Mason Leffler has always been able to keep from crossing the line between his professional life and his personal life, until now. The client he's been secretly in love with is now within his grasp. Should he maintain the line and keep his feelings to himself or reveal his true feelings and possibly have the love he's always longed for?
Securing Her Heart
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,160. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Jolene Anderson left her family and friends behind to study fashion design abroad. Ryder Brisson's military service has prepared him for civilian life with his own security firm. His future is looking bright but there’s one thing that would make his life complete…the one he’s loved all of his life, Jolene. His job is to protect her but will he succeed in securing her heart?
Chasing Rain
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,580. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Averi Rain has always been in love with one man. The problem is he’s always loved everyone else. Ian O’Neal has been known for his reputation with the ladies, but a series of events throws Averi and Ian together. Can Ian prove to her that he’s worthy of her love? Will Ian find love for the first time or will he be forever…Chasing Rain.
Secrets of a Hart
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,180. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Five years ago, Kendall Hart’s life changed forever. A tragedy forced her to grow up fast and become a responsible adult overnight while her friends were still enjoying high school. She has no room for complications in her life…then Tristan walks in. Sometimes you have to let go of the one person you’ve always loved in order to protect them.
Forever by Design
Series: Design, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,230. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.00 from 1 review)
They met by chance, and fell in love. But is it meant to be forever?
Life by Design
Series: Design, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,790. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Jane Carter’s life has never been easy. Leaving her parents behind only to be abandoned pregnant by the one man she thought she could depend on, she had a sense that things just weren’t going to be easy for her or her precious daughter Jolene. She’s so skeptical about life that she thinks she’s dreaming when she catches the eye of handsome, successful architect, Jay Anderson.
Love By Design
Series: Design, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 36,240. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Callie Brandon wasn't looking for love; it always ended up at the feet of someone else. But when a sexy architect sets his determined, baby blue eyes on her, she starts to believe maybe life has designed her very own "happily ever after".