Saturday, June 9, 2018

Sleuthing Women Authors: Meet CeeCee James

Hello Black Words-White Pages fans and thank you for stopping by!! Ready to meet another Sleuthing Woman Author? Today we are featuring CEECEE JAMES!! Click on her name to follow her on Facebook!! 

Now to get on with the interview!!


What is the first book that made you cry?
Oh that’s hard to narrow down. I have to go way back! I’m thinking it was either Charlotte’s Web (sobbed like a baby), or the Bridge to Terabithia. I could barely watch either of them with my kids when they came out as movies.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing is a lot like visiting with people. Sometimes it energizes me, like a fun family dinner. Sometimes it exhausts me, like making Thanksgiving dinner…everything has to be just right and you can’t stop until it’s done.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I am lucky to have so many talented amazing author friends.
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
Most of my characters are based on my imagination, but some of the events are real!

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? About two or three.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Even after being married for nearly thirty years, I still don’t always understand the way men think and rationalize some of their decisions.

How many hours a day do you write?
Three or four hours. Usually with lots of breaks.

If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
I’m also an advocate for adult survivors of child abuse and sexual assault. I do a lot of public speaking. I’d probably press into that more.

Do you read your book reviews?
How do you deal with bad or good ones? I do read them. I learn from both.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I definitely do!

What was your hardest scene to write?
My first book was my memoir, filled with hard scenes. After that, everything else has been pretty much a breeze.

What is your favorite childhood book?
The first book I remember reading as a little girl— The Pokey Little Puppy. Ha! My elementary school years were filled with the Box Car Children, Ramona and Beezus, and Anne of Green Gables.

What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?
I hope to make them laugh, entertain them, give them a fun puzzle to solve and close the book feeling good. I want them to care about my characters, and be excited when they grow and learn, and feel for them when they slip back and struggle.
Do you outline books ahead of time or are you more of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer?
About fifty-fifty. I have an idea of where I’m going, but the characters often do things that surprise me.

What do you do in your free time when you aren’t writing?
I love to paint with watercolors, quilt, crochet, and work with miniatures. The smallest scale I’ve worked with was 1/48. I glued everything to my fingers.

Do you put yourself in your books/characters at all?
There’s a little bit of me in all of them.

What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?
So many rewarding experiences. I really love making people happy, and when a reader lets me know my books did that, it’s one of the best things ever.

Out of all the books you’ve written, do you have a favorite? Probably Ghost No More, my memoir. That book has been used by adoption agencies, child advocacy lawyers, and teachers. The book continually is beauty from ashes for me.

What are your top three favorite books of all time?  
All time? The Bible, James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small, and Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal.  Hey, thanks for reading this entire list! Hope you got to know me a little better. Have a great day.

Booked For Murder 

(An Oceanside Mystery Book 1)

USA Today best selling author.

"I read cozy mysteries almost every day and CeeCee James is my benchmark on good ones. Enjoy!" Dianne Harman, USA Today Bestselling Author.

When Maisie Swenson takes over as manager at Florida's elite Oceanside hotel, she's thrilled to move on site with her Momma and their basset hound, Bingo. She expected by the job description to cater to the crazy whims of some of the richest people in America.

Make it snow in Florida--check. Helicopter wedding--check. Deliver a baby--check.

But what was never on her job resume was dealing with the murder of business mogul Norman Olsen. He's a huge figure in the gaming video business, but now it looks like he had some dangerous enemies - including his own wife and son.

When the murderer targets the hotel again. Maisie thought the worst of her worries was getting fired. But, as she uncovers clues, the murderer focuses on Maisie. Suddenly, it's personal.

"Wonderful First Book in a New Series!"

"This book kept me entertained and guessing until the end. Love the humor!"

"I really enjoyed this book. A. Great cozy read! The story-line kept me captivated all the way to the end."--Amazon reviewers


Thank you so much, CeeCee, for stopping by and letting us get to know you!! This has been a lot of fun!! To know more about this author and her books starting on June 12, 2018, join the Facebook group HERE!!! There will be takeovers and lots of fun things to come!!

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