Interview & Contest: Lola James

Jen: Please help us welcome Lola James to Romancing the Book.  Lola,will you please share a short bio with us?

Lola: Well, let’s see live in sunny (most days) Southern California. I’m married with three children and I have a day job as a HR Manager. When I’m not moonlighting as an author, I’m a daydreamer, a lover of all things vampire, a I lover bracelets (especially the sparkly kind), and outside of loving to write, I love to read! I write mostly Paranormal Romance but I am not limiting myself to just that!

Jen: Tell us about Bound to Remember and where is can be purchased.

Lola: My book, Bound to Remember, is about a doctor named Toni that is under a spell that made her forget her past. Outside of her lost memory she has trouble with men (don’t we all) and she happens to works with her ex. She meets a hot guy named Ben that turns out to be a vampire. After meeting him her life begins to change but is it for the better?

I’m self-published and it’s available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Lola: When I was about twelve years old, I started writing short stories with my friends as the stars. I simply wrote them to entertain my friends and to have fun. I never thought that I would be a writer so I never even thought anything about any of the stories I wrote ever being published.

Fast-forward twenty years later, when I began a romance with my Kindle. I shortly discovered that I could self-publish my own books. I started writing and viola’ I finished my first book.

I extensively researched the self publishing avenue before I jumped in. I published, Bound to Remember, on October 28, 2011 and I have never looked back!

Jen: Describe your writing in three words.

Lola: Witty, suspenseful, and romantic!

Jen: Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?

Lola: Music is my must have! I love and need music to guide me as I write!

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?

Lola: I carry a journal with me everywhere I go and my iPhone take voice notes when I am driving. I have woken up in the middle of the night to jot down notes. It’s strange when brilliance hits you!

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from? Why?

Lola: I actually want to write a tween book series. I have two daughters that are tweens and I’d love to write something for them to read. I can’t think of a genre that I will stay away from… I like to keep my options open!

Jen: Do you feel as if the characters live with you as you write? Do they haunt your dreams?

Lola: My characters live with me, they go to work with me, sometimes jump in the shower with me, and nightly they’re in my dreams. I mean they’re like my best friends; I talk about them as if they were real people. I swear my real friends must be tired of hearing about my book friends. Lol

Jen: Who has inspired you as an author?

Lola: Well Charlene Harris made me fall in love with reading all over again with her Sookie Stackhouse series, but a little indie write named H.P. Mallory helped me realize that I could actually publish the stories that lived in my head.

Jen: Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?

Lola: Well I really didn’t do anything for my first book, but I did dress up like one of my characters for Halloween. My next book I plan to have a good ole fashioned book release party.

Jen: Most people only dream of becoming a published writer. Now that you’ve accomplished this, is there something else you dream of doing?

Lola: I’d love to write full time and leave my 9 to 5 behind, that’s my dream now. I hope to accomplish this dream before the end of 2012!

Jen: What’s next for you?

Lola: I just finished a new book in a new series named, Fate’s Design, which I am planning to release in February 2012. And I am finishing the next book in the Spellbound series named Unbound that should be out in March 2012.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Lola: Where can’t I be found! Lol
Twitter: www.twitter.com/1lola_james
Facebook: http://facebook.com/LolaJamesAuthor
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/Lola_James
Website: www.lolajames.com
Blog: www.blogger.com/LolaJamesAuthor

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Lola: Yes, but it’s more of a request. Please leave reviews, indie authors including myself thrive from reviews it’s the only way we can get the word out! Plus the more reviews the merrier!

Jen: I understand you have a contest for our readers.

Lola: Yes, I am holding a contest. The prize is a copy of my e-book Bound to Remember and the winner will also get a chance to read Unbound before it is published! Score!

Here are the rules:

  • The contest is for anyone 18 and over.
  • Ok, first leave a comment on this interview.
  • Next, send me an email to lola@lolajames.com to let me know you are entering the contest (also please inform me of the type of e-reader that you have).
  • Lastly, you can do one of the two things (or both) Friend me on Facebook or Follow me on Twitter if you don’t have a Facebook or Twitter profile simply tell me the email!
  • The contest ends January 20, 2012
  • The winner will be announced here and on my blog: www.blogger.com/LolaJamesAuthor
  • I will email the e-book 48 hours after the winner is announced and the advance copy with be sent two day before the official release of Unbound

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