James Edwards

Read more about James Edwards.


Interview By: Tamazon

Date: August 01, 2007

James Edwards's Web Site

Interview

Hello James,

The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview

We would love to get to know you

Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?

Loving baseball and wanting to become an Air Force pilot while growing up on Sci-fi, I never dreamed I would write a romance novel. Later in life, I gravitated towards Buddhist meditation, composing poetry and computer science. I have taught meditation in North America and Europe for over 10 years and now live in Hawaii. When I am free and the weather is good, I hike, swim, and occasionally travel. Oh yea.I love dogs.

If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?

Well the Buddhist answer would be the Zen Master of the story, since Buddhists strive for enlightenment. But seriously, I think Jeff Garrity. He is Romeo's friend and seems to stay above the romantic tension of the novel.

What's your favorite genre to read?

The classics like Joyce, Dickens, Melville, along with a little Sci-fi and Steven King.

Who or what influences you when you write?

What I read influences my writing style and my life experiences help me build my characters.

What do you do on a typical writing day?

I try to write in the morning and not more than a few hours.

When you have writer's block how do you break free?

If I am paid to write, I just force myself. If not, I go on a hike and maybe think of another part of the novel I can work on or refine.

Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?

I might write some more books of Romeo and Juliet cast in the past or even future.

Please tell us what you have planned next?

Marketing this novel.

In 5 years, where do you see yourself? In general and in you're writing career.

Hopefully, writing with more copy-editing and marketing resources at my disposal.

Who is your perfect hero? And why?

Well I think Frodo and Sam are great heroes. They aren't pretentious. King and Ghandi are also heroes. They both suffered for their beliefs while advocating non-violence.

What do you do for inspiration?

Meditate, hike, swim.try to unplug from the high-paced society. Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?

Sci-fi. What type of book have you always wanted to write?

I've wanted to write a book with many layers of meaning. What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

I use search engines or I might just call my sister when I want to find out what brand of stocking Juliet is wearing in her current life as an actress. I usually don't enjoy the research process. I like to write about what I already know. Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?

They help if they aren't too tight.

Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.

I always wanted to write a novel and had a few workable ideas. What would you like to tell your readers?

I hope you liked the meaning behind the book and forgive me for some of the characters and the profanity they used. It was all in fun. What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?

Well the best advice is from the Buddha, to seek your own liberation. The worst advice is imparted to me constantly by advertisements telling me that through owning their items I will find happiness and health. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

Outline. Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?

No. What was your first published work and when was it published?

I Worked on the Oracle Unleashed series with other authors in the mid-1990s, through McMillan Press. What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?

www.romeopublishing.com

How can readers find out more about you and your books?

Contact me or post to our forum at the website.

Thank you for this opportunity!