Is it a lovely day in your neck of the woods? I am unbelievably excited to be able to interview Rosalind James, author of today's book, Just For Fun. Please help me welcome Ms James and leave lots of comments For her to ponder and hopefully respond to. Welcome Rosalind! (APPLAUSE FROM THE TUNED IN PEEPS)
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Rosalind James Author Interview
Your series is called
“Escape to New Zealand.” Why New Zealand?
I spent 15 wonderful months living and working in New
Zealand, and fell in love with the country. The beauty and diversity of the
landscape (not to mention the seascapes), the Maori culture and its integration
into the country’s life, and, perhaps more than anything, the people: modest,
good-humored, unfailingly polite and hospitable, and so very funny. I think everyone would like to escape to New
Zealand—I know I did!
On the same note, why
did you decide on rugby players as heroes?
In New Zealand, being an All Black (a member of the rugby
team that represents the country in play against other nations) is the absolute
pinnacle of achievement—what every boy longs to be. But what’s different is
that the players are expected to be model citizens off the field as well. These
young men face so much pressure and are under such a spotlight—it’s a
completely different environment from the U.S. sports world. The combination of
superb athletic achievement and celebrity with the expectation that you’re
still a “regular Kiwi joker” or a “good bloke” makes for fascinating hero
How many books have
you written and which is your favorite?
I’ve just finished my fourth book, Just for Fun. They are all my favorites while I’m writing them!
Here’s how they fall out for me:
Most cathartic to write/favorite hero: Just This Once
Snarkiest banter/most interesting research (Maori hero): Just Good Friends
Funniest/easiest to write: Just for Now
Sexiest/most heart-tugging: Just for Fun
Do you see yourself
in your heroines? Which of them is most like you?
There’s something of me in all my heroines. Most like me:
absolutely Hannah, in Just This Once. People
say “write what you know,” so I did! That book has a fair amount of
autobiography in it. The funny thing is that some reviewers haven’t liked her
as well as my other heroines (I try not to take it personally!). They’ve
thought her emotional issues should be resolved once she meets our wonderful
hero. If only life worked that way, huh?
Least like me: Kate, from Just Good Friends. I wish I
were that confident and tough.
What surprises your
friends about your books?
That they’re so steamy! J
When did you begin
I’d been a marketing writer for 10 years, but I never had a
thought of writing fiction.
I was on holiday in New Zealand with my husband almost exactly one year ago,
and I had a story unfolding in my head as I so often do.
For some reason, instead of telling myself to stop daydreaming, I let the story
continue for days. I asked my husband, "Do you think I could write a
book?" and being the great guy he is, he said, "Of course!" So I
had him stop the car in Te Kuiti and bought a notebook, paper, and a pen. It
was Oh So Scary to write the first sentence of “Just This Once.” But within two
weeks, I was writing six hours a day on top of my regular job, and I knew this
was all I wanted to do.
How long did it take to complete your
Six weeks, while working at my “real job.” (I finished the
book and quit the job.) I think up/write/edit a book in about three months, but
that's because I've been a professional writer working to deadline for so
long--writing my own stories is so much more fun, it's just a matter of keeping
up on paper with what's in my head.
I notice that you’re
self-published. Did you try the traditional publishing route first? Any advice
for other writers considering self-publishing?
I queried agents for about 3 months with "Just This
Once," and got requests for more of the book from a few agents and one
publisher. One day in June, I heard back from a very prominent agent, who'd
requested the full manuscript, that she really enjoyed the story, but that "New
Zealand rugby" would be too tough of a hook. An hour earlier, I'd heard
from my doctor, who said, "I'm referring you to the oncologist, because we
can't tell what your tumor is." My first thought was, thank God my
children are grown. And my second was, thank God I have had the chance to find
out what I wanted to do in life, and to do it. The one thing I knew for sure
was that I didn't want to die without publishing my books.
And the other thing I knew for sure was that "New Zealand rugby" was
a GREAT hook! I finished writing "Just for Now" two days before going
into the hospital and started editing again seven days after surgery. I decided
that I still didn't want to die without publishing my books, so within a month,
I’d published all three! And by the way: I’m not dying anytime soon, unless I
get hit by a truck—lots more time, I hope, to write lots more books!
We’re living in a wonderful time when you can see for
yourself if your book has “sales appeal” or not. Why not give it a try and see?
The risk and cost are low--professional editing and cover design, an author
website. The dream, of course, is to get that lucrative publishing contract—but
whether or not that happens, doing it this way is working great for me so far,
and I’m so very thankful to have the opportunity to share my work with so many
What have you learned
from writing and publishing your books?
Life is all about taking risks. Anything that’s worth doing
is going to be scary. The trick is to feel the fear and go ahead and do it
anyway. Fall in love, write a book, pursue your dreams. That’s the underlying
theme of my books, and my life.
is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor
do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in
the long run than exposure. – Helen Keller
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Brief Author Bio:
Rosalind James is the author of the Kindle bestseller "Just This
Once" and the three subsequent books in the "Escape to New
Zealand" series (#4, "Just for Fun," due December 8!). She is a
former marketing executive who has lived all over the United States and in a
number of other countries, traveling with her civil engineer husband. Most
recently, she spent several years in Australia and New Zealand, where she fell
in love with the people, the landscape, and the culture of both countries.
I was on holiday in New Zealand with my husband almost exactly one year ago, and I had a story unfolding in my head as I so often do. For some reason, instead of telling myself to stop daydreaming, I let the story continue for days. I asked my husband, "Do you think I could write a book?" and being the great guy he is, he said, "Of course!" So I had him stop the car in Te Kuiti and bought a notebook, paper, and a pen. It was Oh So Scary to write the first sentence of “Just This Once.” But within two weeks, I was writing six hours a day on top of my regular job, and I knew this was all I wanted to do.
How long did it take to complete your first book?
And the other thing I knew for sure was that "New Zealand rugby" was a GREAT hook! I finished writing "Just for Now" two days before going into the hospital and started editing again seven days after surgery. I decided that I still didn't want to die without publishing my books, so within a month, I’d published all three! And by the way: I’m not dying anytime soon, unless I get hit by a truck—lots more time, I hope, to write lots more books!
Just For Fun
Nic Wilkinson is a responsible, organized, disciplined rugby player at the top of his game. Emma Martens is a sometimes-scattered, often-emotional, and always-broke would-be designer with a big chip on her shoulder where Nic’s concerned.
They have no history together, except one perfect week. Nothing in common anymore, except the most important thing of all.
Getting together again would be messy. Complicated. Scary. And, just maybe, worth every risk.
My Review:This is book #4 in the New Zealand/Rugby player series. It centers around Dominic Wilkinson and his fling of six years ago, Emma. He was a young rugby player with hot red blood flowing through his veins and she was a young jilted bride who shared her non honeymoon with him in Fiji. It turned out that Nick and Fiji were the better deal for Emma as she left the island with a gift she would cherish forever.
As time and luck would have it, Nick found out about the precious gift six years later. Now he wants to share in the life of the young gift, Zachary. And his memories of that week on Figi with Emma, well let's just say, they haven't lessened or tarnished with time. I think this was my favorite of the four stories, although I absolutely loved them all. They are steamy!! And they are heartwarming.
Simple romance at its best Folks!! Characters are very well developed, premise was pleasing and story flowed smoothly. It was a very enjoyable read. What's up next Rosalind????????
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Thanks so much for the interview and the wonderful review, Beth! And to answer your question, I'm writing the first of a new series right now. Set in Idaho, which is lots of fun. And then, in March, it's back to New Zealand, literally and . . . literally, because I seem to have a couple more NZ books in me. I'd also like to write an Australia series, so . . . So many books, so little time!
That is so exciting! Can't wait as NZ has captured my heart! Thanks Rosalind!
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