The first time I met Amelia James was when we were pitted against each other for an erotica writing competition called Erotica in the Cage. I’m still licking my wounds from losing that match (just joking…sort of), but it was fun, and the best part was learning more about Amelia, or @TrashyWriter, as she’s known on Twitter. Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing her and introducing you to this multi-published romance novelist.
She’s quick-witted, down to earth, and when she recently interviewed me on her blog, aptly named Trashy’s Treasures, I found out she also has a wicked sense of humor—perfect for my September humor month.
Please help welcome the lovely lady who makes me laugh, Amelia James.
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Amelia James started reading steamy romance novels in junior high, but her mom took them away from her, so she started daydreaming instead. After she got married, she wrote some of her naughtier daydreams down and sent them to Playgirl magazine. Two of them got published. She kept daydreaming and writing stories until her dirty stories turned into trashy books.
She lives in Colorado, but she’ll always be a loyal Wisconsin Cheesehead. When she’s not lusting after her next bad boy hero, she looks for inspiration in sci-fi and action movies, football players, bloodsucking lawyers, muscle cars, and kick-butt chicks.
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Inside Amelia James’ Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Lying naked in a hammock on a tropical beach, swaying in a cool breeze. I have a tray of fresh fruits and berries within reach, maybe a bottle of wine. Sometimes my imaginary boytoy is with me. Sometimes I’m alone. A thunderstorm is approaching. I can hear thunder rumble and lightning cracks the sky but rain never falls. There are no unnatural noises. Peace.
What turns you on creatively? Anything that turns me on sexually, but not just because I write romance. It seems like I’m most creative when I’m horny. I don’t get it, but I like it.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? That, just, seriously (my husband says I use that, er, seriously a lot when I’m drunk).
What quality do you most admire in a man? Long hair. It’s my favorite fetish. I also love expressive eyes, a sense of humor, a dirty mind, skilled hands…. Oh, quality = singular. Oops.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? Confidence. I can’t stand women who can’t (or won’t) take care of themselves.
What is your greatest regret? Getting on the wrong career path and waiting till my 40s to chase my dream.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d like a lower hairline so I don’t always have to wear bangs.
What is your greatest fear? Spiders!
Which living person do you most admire? My daughter’s birthmom. She is courageous, generous, strong and beautiful.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Now that I’m an author, I will never go back to a day job. I can’t even imagine working for someone else again. If I had the talent, I would be an artist, but I would still be self-employed.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? One of my cats so I can be spoiled.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? If I can write another book and be a good mom at the same time, that will be my greatest achievement. Free time is an achievement these days.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Blaming someone else for your bad choices. I believe in personal responsibility.
What is your greatest extravagance? I don’t do extravagant. I was raised to be frugal. I have a lot of shoes though, but I don’t like to spend more than $30 on a pair.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Go to Scotland and see my castle. 🙂 I’m a Stuart (Mary, Queen of Scots). I hear we have a little place in Edinburgh.
What is your present state of mind? Smart-ass.
What are some of your favorite curse words? I love dammit. It’s expressive but not too offensive. I can use it in front of my mother. I’m a trashy romance writer so I also like fuck and its variations. I don’t use that (fuck!) in front of my mother.
What is your motto? Lighten up!
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Thanks so much Amelia for sharing about yourself.
I told you she was lovely. 😉 I invite all readers to ask her a question or leave a comment.