Julie James clerked for the United States Court of Appeals in
Jacksonville, Florida. She then practiced law with one of the nation’s
largest law 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. Her books
have been translated into six languages and Julie’s most recent novel, Something About You, is a national bestseller.
Welcome Julie, to the blog! First
off congratulations on your newest release “A Lot Like Love”. There has been nothing but great buzz on this
book all over the blogs! The buzz is
very much deserved. So for readers not
familiar to your work or not aware of this new book can you give them some
details on “A Lot Like Love”? What can
they expect plot, pace, sex, etc?
Thanks for having me here! I’m thrilled that the
book has been so well-received. Here’s
the basic premise: A Lot Like Love is a contemporary romance about a wealthy
wine store owner who agrees to pose as the girlfriend of an undercover FBI
agent (as part of a sting operation) in exchange for her twin brother’s release
from prison. Like my other books, it
features a couple who “thinks” they don’t like each other—an opposites attract
fast-paced. My writing style is to get
in, tell the story, and get out. : )
Can you tell us a about the hero Nick McCall (Note…he’s very
yummy)? What about Nick do you think
will draw the readers in and make them love him?
his character! Nick is an undercover FBI agent and the most “guy’s guy” hero
I’ve written. He has all sorts of rules
about the things that men don’t “do.” Men don’t do boysenberry colored ties,
they don’t do bubble baths, and they definitely don’t watch Dancing with the
Stars instead of football on Monday nights.
What I love about Nick, however, is that underneath the FBI agent
exterior is a guy who calls his mother every week. Unlike what I think is often the
stereotypical law enforcement hero, Nick isn’t a loner: he’s close to his
family and feels guilty that his job as an undercover agent often means that he
can’t see them for long periods of time.
I call him a tough guy/secret softy hero.
Now tell us a bit about the heroine Jordan Rhodes? What about Jordan do you think will draw the
readers in and make them love her?
non-lawyer heroine I’ve written. She’s
smart and sophisticated, and she owns a successful wine shop in Chicago. She also happens to be a billionaire heiress.
But despite Jordan’s wealth, she’s very relatable—she has a job she works hard
at, she’s protective of her family, and she’s ready to find “the one.”
Why are these two perfect for each other? What about them individually makes them so
drawn to each other? Why do you think
the readers will fall in love with this couple?
Ooh, good question. I think, like most of my heroine/hero
pairings, they are a great couple because they challenge each other. They make each other laugh, and they keep the
other on his/her toes. And even though
they come from two very different worlds, they respect each other and are
willing to bend their “rules” to accommodate the other’s interests.
What was a scene that stood out or was memorable for you when writing A
Lot Like Love? Why did this scene stand
out for you?
Julie: Early on in the book,
shortly after the hero and heroine realize they have to pretend to be dating at
an exclusive wine-tasting party, the hero sarcastically calls the heroine (a
billionaire heiress) “princess”. Let’s
just say that doesn’t go over too well. . . .
The banter/quips that follow set the tone of their relationship
throughout the rest of the book.
I like knowing and hearing the back story about how a book or series
came about. Can you tell us where the
idea for A Lot Like Love came from?
The idea for the book came to me after my
husband and I took a trip to Napa Valley.
All I knew when I first began outlining the story is that the book would
have wine as a backdrop and that the heroine would not be a lawyer (unlike the
heroines in my first three books). I kicked around a bunch of ideas and
ultimately decided that the hero would be an FBI agent, because I had so much
fun writing an FBI hero in Something About You.
Can you tell us or give a peek at what you have up your sleeve
next? What else can we look forward to
from you for the rest of 2011 and possibly 2012? Could you give some deets on
these upcoming projects?
a year, and A Lot Like Love is my 2011 release.
I’d like to get on a schedule of releasing a book every nine months or
so, but it won’t be this year because I had a baby a few months ago and I took
some time off. But now I’m back writing
and working on my 2012 release. That
book is tentatively titled “About That Night,” and the hero is the brother of
the heroine in A Lot Like Love.
Who is a character that you get a lot of e-mails about that you have not
written a story for yet? Will you or do
you have plans for these popular characters?
Well, a lot of people
have been asking me about Kyle, the brother in A Lot Like Love, which is good
because his book is next. People also often ask about Wilkins, Jack’s partner
in Something About You. I’m happy to say
that Wilkins has a small part in A Lot Like Love, and he may also show up in
the book I’m currently writing.
Now on to questions about you. We
want to know more about Julie James.
Who are some auto buy authors that you read now?
I read a variety of romance and literary
fiction. Nalini Singh is an auto-buy
author for me, as is Alexander McCall Smith, who writes the No. 1 Ladies
Detective Agency books. Currently, I’m
reading Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, the second book in the Hunger Games
What was the first romance book you ever read? Do you still have the book on your shelf?
romance I read was Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie, and the second romance I read was
Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard. Yes—both
are on my keeper shelf, and both are books I often recommend to others, particularly
to people who are new to the romance genre.
Any movies you’ve seen lately that you would recommend? Or TV shows that
you love right now and don’t ever miss?
to the movie theater in three months with the arrival Baby Girl James. We’ve been catching up on TV shows via
Netflix instead. My favorite show by far
is Modern Family. People, if you aren’t
watching this show, you need to check it out! I’ve also started getting into
Mad Men as well.
If you could be one of your heroine for a day which one would you be and
Jordan from A Lot Like Love. And not just
because she’s a billionaire heiress, but because she gets to drink all that
incredible wine. Not to mention, she has Nick. : )
If you could go back to your younger self what would be the one advice
you would give yourself?
Julie: Ha! Not to tie myself
with a jump rope to Lisa Anderson and rollerblade down that concrete hill.
Because that cost me a broken elbow in third grade, the day before my family
went on vacation.
If you weren’t writing what else would you be doing right now for a
Julie thanks so much for stopping by today! I really appreciate you stopping by and
answering all these questions.
Congratulations again on the entire great buzz! Do you have any last words or questions you
would like to pose to the readers of this blog?
having me here! I’ll be popping in throughout the day, so if anyone has any
questions about me or my books, fire away!
And readers can always visit my website at www.juliejames.com to read an
excerpt of A Lot Like Love or find out more about my books.
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