Friday, April 10, 2009

Welcome Ms. Maddie James! Let’s get right into it. Maddie, tells us a bit about how you started writing.

Hi Ava! Thanks so much for having me on your blog. I started writing years ago, before I even conceived that I could be a writer. I’d jot down scenes and exchanges of dialogue, and then I’d fold them away in a notebook or in my underwear drawer. Then I’d tell myself, “You’re not a writer, you’re a teacher,” and off I’d go and do the teacher thing. But before too many years passed, I couldn’t ignore it any longer and it became more than an occasional thing, it became a way of life. I started out writing and publishing non-fiction locally and kept working on the fiction all the while. It took ten years of writing and learning about writing, before I published the first book.

Isn’t it funny how the writing bug bites you to get working on those budding ideas we all have. I see that you have been published in print and epublished. Do you have any advice for newer writers out there?

Keep writing. Think writing. Do writing. Every single day. Make it a lifestyle. Finish the manuscript, polish it up as pretty as you can, and market it. Then start the next one. Most of all, don’t give up.

Easier said than done, but you are proof that it can be done. I am hoping to enter print in the near future. I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN…
In three words, tell us how your best friend would describe you.

Creative. Witty. Smart.

Hum, those are all polite ways to say opinionated and troublesome—I would know since my friends describe me in much the same terms. Hey, we witty and smart women have to stick together and shine.
Moving on to one of my favorite questions…What do your heroes wear underneath their trousers, faded jeans, or leather pants?

Oh, boxers. Of course! Unless it’s nothing at all.

I agree. Although, I think nothing at all takes away from the suspense. LOL
What genres do you write? Do you have one that is your favorite to read or write? I am a lover of Sci-fi movies, but the writing and reading it is a whole different ballpark.

My friend Jan Scarbrough used to say, “Maddie, focus! Find one genre and stick to it!” I think she’s given up on me and frankly, it’s difficult to pin me down. I write time-travel with a hint of suspense and paranormal and oh, a little erotica thrown in there (how is that for a sub-genre?) I also write romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and erotica. I’ve just come out of the closet with a new pen name for my erotica—Mia Jae. You can read more about her at

I think the technical term for women like us who float around the genre and subgenres to write whatever comes to mind is genre whore. LOL

Here is a fun question, who is your Favorite and Least Favorite Hollywood Actor/Actress?

My new favorite actor is Nathan Fillion. Sigh. Have you seen him on Castle? ABC, Monday evenings. 9 p.m. Don’t miss it.

Did you see him in Firefly or Serenity? Yummy! I love him as a thieving scoundrel. Honey, I will be watching his new show as faithfully as possible—darn my day job.

As far as actress, I’m a huge Sandra Bullock fan, and Julia Roberts, as well.

Can’t argue with them. They are each fabulous and seem like genuine people, unlike so many in the spotlight. I hate to end this, but why don’t you tell us where we can find you lurking online?

Oh heck. I’m usually bantering about with my SisterWriters (my critique and writing partners) on our own little loop. We also banter about on our SisterWriter blog, I check in with a few reader loops now and again. I blog (semi) regularly at my own blog, Life, Unedited, and I also blog once a month on the Resplendence Publishing blogsite.
I also have my own yahoogroup, too. Feel free to join us at Oh, and I’m always a LOL

Thanks so much, Ava!

You are more than welcome. It was a pleasure having you and I wish you many more sales in the future Maddie!

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  1. Ava James ~Romance Writer said...
    Anyone notice that the two men in this blog are right beside eachother in a very similar, alluring pose? Be still my beating heart and raging hormones.

    Maddie James said...
    Hi Ava! Thanks so much for having me visit. what a great place to be. I love your space. I'm linking right up right now, okay? LOL I have to say that I just recently discovered Mr. Nathan but more than one woman has told me to check out his other work. Nexflix here I come... :) Again, it is a pleasure being here with you.

    p.s. look for your own interview coming up on examiner next week!
    Ava James ~Romance Writer said...
    Sounds great!

    Yes, he has even done a few musicals. Can't recall the names now, but he is a wonderful writer and all around creative stud.

    You are very welcome!
    Sarah Simas said...
    Great interview and I couldn't agree more about the hotties! Hoo-La-la, that's a lot of man-meat to drool over.

    Great choices for a Friday fix. ;o)
    Maddie James said...
    The young versions of both are fine but I'm very much liking the older hottie looks as well. Sigh. Men. They age so well...
    Ava James ~Romance Writer said...
    It's not fair that they get better and better looking!

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