Coffee Talk with Marie James



What inspired you to write your first book?

I started writing as a way to take my mind off of a miscarriage I suffered in October of 2014.


Do you have a specific writing style?

I write in first person present, and I love to use dual perspectives in all my books.


How did you come up with your titles?

I came up with the name Ian Hale for my debut book, and the titles stemmed from “Hale” being used in place of Hell.


Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?

That sometimes love is enough.


How much of your books are realistic?

I’ve been told my books are very realistic. Some of my characters may be incredibly rich but they don’t flaunt their wealth. Some of books have dealt with crime victimization, death of a loved one, suicidal ideation, and domestic abuse. I try to use subjects people can relate to.


Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I work in the criminal justice field so I’m able to pull from families I work with and their struggles.


What books have most influenced your life most?

Where the Red Fern grows was my childhood go to. I read more than I sleep, so reading is a very important part of my life.


If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Kimberly Bracco was instrumental to getting me off the ground. She was VERY patient with me and the six million questions I had about self-publishing


What book are you reading now?

I’m currently writing, but I’ve recently experience SE Hall and Angela Graham’s books and I’ve loved them all. And of course I’m waiting anxiously for the final book in the Crossfire Series. Sylvia Day is my idol!!


Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I love lots of authors!! SE Hall and Angela Graham as I mentioned above. M Never is a personal inspiration and one of her books gave me the strength to get through some seriously rough times.


What are your current projects?

I’m currently working on a FanFiction. The cover reveal and blurb is actually available as a sneak peek in my newest book Kincaid: Cerberus MC Book 1, and it will crossover with the MC series in the book 2 title KID


Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

All indie authors I’ve had the privilege of friending since beginning this journey has been wonderful.


Do you see writing as a career?

I can!! I’d love to write full-time, but I’m committed to my job as well (at least until the student loans are paid off!)


If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Absolutely not!! Reviews are coming in and people are loving it. I’ve had ideas of things I could do with my debut novel (things I’ve learned since beginning this journey) but my current novel, Kincaid, is on point… plus it has Matthew Hosea on the cover and well… there’s NOTHING I’d change about working with him!!


Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I’ve always wanted write. I won a contest for short stories in 6th grade, but it wasn’t until the last year I actually had the gumption to sit down and tell a story.


Can you share a little of your current work with us?

SINdicate is a FanFiction that takes the life of a popular model into account as well as adding some fiction to it! I also wrote Psychosis, which featured Matthew Hosea. That book was crazy and wild. This current WIP is more like my other books. The storyline is believable and reads like an actual novel that just happens to be focused on a real life person. 


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

TIME!! I never have enough time. Between work and kids and general family obligations, I don’t always get a chance to sit down and type the words out!!


Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Hands down Sylvia Day. I’m obsessed with the Crossfire Series, it’s beautifully written, and if you listen to it on Audible it will blow your socks off. I literally go to sleep with the book playing on my heads phones every single night!!


Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I haven’t yet. I have a signing in Dallas later this year, but my first signing to travel to will be in Maryland next summer.


Who designed the covers?

Kari Ayasha of Cover to Cover Designs… she a mad scientist with covers!!


What is the hardest part of writing your books?

The damn synopsis!! Worst part ever!


Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?

I’ve learned loads of stuff! I do a lot of research for each book, because I want it to seem as legitimate as possible to others who may have had the experiences I haven’t!


Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep doing what you’re doing. Success and popularity grows if you feed it! Don’t be afraid to ask other authors for help or advice!!


Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

KEEP BUYING MY BOOKS! Seriously I’m blessed and overwhelmed how amazing the last year has been!! I’ll keep writing even if they don’t sell, but I have so many stories in my head I can’t write fast enough! And of course sharing is caring, that’s what helps us the most!!



What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing your books to life?

Love Me Like That was difficult to write just because it dealt with many emotional issues. I spent many a night sobbing and being a little depressed with what my characters were going through. Other than that I love the entire process of each book.


Rapid Fire


Coffee – Tea: coffee

Boxer – Briefs: umm panties?

Jeans – Sweats: sweats!

Silk – Cotton: cotton!! (Texas girl come on!)

iPhone-Galaxy: iPhone

Rightie – Leftie: rightie

Soda-Water: both? Ok I’m addicted to diet coke. You can’t blame me the stuff is like nectar of the Gods!!

Cake-Pie: cake (or pecan pie)

Rock n roll – Country: country

Mountains – Beach: beach!

Cat –Dog: both. I have one of each. But allergic to the cat do the dog wins out



Favorite Movie: Sweet Home Alabama

Favorite Book: Where the Red Fern Grows

Favorite TV Show: Criminal Minds (I hardly EVER watch TV)

Favorite Car: I love my Dodge Challenger!

Favorite Color: Purple!

Favorite Male Film Star: James Deen? And Jamie Dornan right now

Favorite Female Film Star: Rebel Wilson, Melissa McCarthy

Favorite Fast Food: BURGERS!! And pizza!

Favorite Cocktail: Tequila… not time for that fruity mess

Favorite Musical Band: David Nail, but Sam Hunt is gaining ground quickly!!

Favorite Singer: Sam Hunt

Favorite Song: Where are you now (Bieber)

Favorite Season: Spring

Favorite Candy: Twix!


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