Julie James – Romance, Uplifting and Joyful

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Romance and the Joy of Shared Moments

In a recent interview, I was asked how I began writing romance. And the truth is, in some ways, romance chose me. 

My writing career began with screenplays, the first of which was a romantic comedy that,SOS final cover while optioned, ultimately was never made into a movie. When the option on that script expired, I decided to turn the story into a book instead. After we sold the book to Berkley (my publisher), in my first conversation with my editor, I referred to it as a “romantic comedy.”

“Just so you know, in the literary world, we don’t call this a ‘romantic comedy,’” she explained. “This is a contemporary romance.”

“But I’ve never read a romance,” I said, surprised.

She chuckled at that. “Well, you wrote one.”

Nine years and eight books later, I’m obviously a lot more familiar with the genre than I was during that first phone conversation. What interests me, as a writer of contemporary romance, is not just the big moments—the Meet Cute, the Grand Gesture, etc.—but also the little moments that happen between two people as they navigate the trials and tribulations of falling in love, work through any obstacles or emotional baggage they might have, and ultimately decide, “This is the person I want to spend the rest of my life with.” Life isn’t all big moments and grand gestures, and in real life, often, it’s the little moments between two people that are the most romantic.IHOW final cover

Romance is a genre that celebrates good moments. It’s a genre that uplifts and entertains. And that is something in which I’m whole-heartedly thrilled to take part.

Julie recommends:

I just had the delight and privilege of being on a panel at the RWA conference with these great authors, and heartily recommend their books!

Meredith Duran –  meredithduran.com (See her fun Q&A on Jen McQ’s RARM post.)

Sherry Thomas – sherrythomas.com (See Sherry’s fun RARM post.)

Lauren Willig – laurenwillig.com  (See Lauren’s fun RARM post.)

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

I could say something about my husband or kids here, but we’re on Day 22 of R-A-R Month and I’m assuming lots of authors have given answers like that. So, as a long-time Star Wars fan, I’ll say the first time I saw the trailer for Episode VII—The Force Awakens.

“Chewie, we’re home.”

Seriously, I’m sitting here misty-eyed just typing it.

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

I know it’s cliché, but Disney World. I have such fond childhood memories of it—it was the one “big” vacation my family took when I was young (because my grandparents lived in Florida). And now I have the thrill of seeing the joy on my kids’ faces when we go there.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

My kids laughing.

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

For me, it was the Trixie Belden series. TrixieWhen I was younger, I devoured that series, and re-read them numerous times. In fact, I loved those books so much that, out of nostalgia, a couple years ago I tracked down and bought old copies of the entire set. (I foolishly hadn’t saved my own.)  Here’s a pic of my collection, which I proudly keep in my office next to the desk where I write.

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

Tough choice… but because I just so happened to see Jurassic World for a second time today (my son is into dinosaurs big-time), I’ll go with Chris Pratt.

Julie is generously giving away three signed copies of SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER to U.S. readers, and one signed copy of SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER to an international reader.

Julie James (new)After graduating from law school, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie James clerked for the United States Court of Appeals. She then practiced law with one of the nation’s largest firms for several years until she began writing screenplays. After Hollywood producers optioned two of her scripts, she decided to leave the practice of law to write full-time.

Julie’s books have been listed on the American Library Association’s Reading List for Top Genre Novels, Booklist‘s Top 10 Romances of the Year, and have been featured as one of Cosmopolitan magazine’s Red Hot Reads. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages and Julie’s eighth novel, Suddenly One Summer, is now available.

Julie James lives with her husband and two children in Chicago, where she is currently working on her next book.

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