Ciar: Welcome to Lyric James, Cobblestone Press author of erotic romances! My first interview on this blog. I was drawn to learning more about Lyric because 1) her name is so cool and 2) her website and blog are so gorgeous and 3) she seems like a relatively new writer. So, enough about me. Let me down slowly. Lyric James isn’t your real name, is it? How did you come up with it?
Lyric: No – LOL – Lyric is not my real name. I actually have a cousin named Lyrica and it crossed my mind one day. So, I just took the “a” off and voila! I wanted something that rolled off the tongue and Lyric James worked for me.
Ciar: And you aren’t married to that guy on your site, are you?
Lyric: Ummm. . .no. But, I am married to my own hero that I get to see in uniform every day. Henry and I have been married for 7 years and we have three children.
Ciar: You named these folks as your favorite writers: Catherine Coulter, Julia Quinn, Amanda Quick, Nora Roberts, Mia Zachary, Jodi Lynn Copeland, Jaci Burton, E. Lynn Harris, Dr. Suess, Barbara Park, Eoin Colfer, Jenny Nimmo, Lemony Snickett, J.K. Rowling, and John Grisham. I really like that list of writers. I’m an unapologetic Nora fan myself. You’re also a middle school librarian. How does this influence your writing? Have you considered doing young adult? I guess you don’t read your own work aloud to the adolescents–they’d arrest you.
Lyric: And you know what, I didn’t list them all either. There are so many more I could mention. Right now, being a middle school librarian doesn’t influence my writing at all since I write erotic. . .can’t share that with my kiddos. LOL. But yes, one day I would love to write a young adult and I actually have one brewing around in my head. . .so, we’ll see.
Ciar: Tell us about your (first is it?) release with Cobblestone. No, not your blurb, but what clutched at your heart and made you write this book.
Lyric: This book actually does have a long history. I wrote it about two years ago as a writing challenge with my critique group. We were all going to write a short story to submit to Arabella Magazine. Of course it didn’t get accepted by Arabella, but it left me with the background for something much more. . .which is now “A Thin Line.”
Ciar: Why Aruba?
Lyric: I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Aruba and I haven’t made it yet. But I will. Of course, I’ll have to bring my hero with me.
Ciar: Okay, now I have a bone to pick with you (or maybe it’s not with you). I once heard an African American writer complain that white writers describe non-whites as food-colored. A number of other writers chimed in, equally insensed! Milk-chocolate, etc. I crawled into a hole, basically, realizing that my favorite character in a fantasy of mine was described as caramel-colored. AHA! Read Lyric’s excerpt! Seriously, is there a difference between African-American romance writing besides the color of your skin and that of your characters? Who have been your role models in that regard? Are there stereotypes you work to avoid?
Lyric: ROFL You know, there are not that many ways you can describe “brown.” African Americans are so many different shades. And when I type brown right now and click my thesaurus . . .this is what shows up. . .chocolate, coffee, tan, russet, brunette, auburn, tanned, sunburned. I also get ginger, golden brown. And honestly, when I see some of these words, I think of a white person, i.e. tan, brunette, tanned. And let’s face it, chocolate is redeemed to be rich and decadent. But, I’ve recently brainstormed and come up with some “different” descriptives. So, we’ll see.
Ciar: What’s the best part about writing so far? The worst?
Lyric: The best part of writing so far was Cobblestone Press sending me a contract for my book. Selling a story is always the best part for me. And I’ve sold three so far, which makes me a very happy person.
The worst part is having so many story ideas in my head and not enough time or energy in the day to get them all on paper. I try to be a multi-tasker, but sometimes you can only concentrate on one at a time.
Ciar: Okay, the dreaded stranded-on-a-desert-island question: you get to take one man, one object, one food. Who/what are they?
Lyric: Man – my husband, Object – a computer with internet,
Food – chocolate
Ciar: Reality TV or drama? What’s your favorite movie?
Lyric: Drama. I can’t stand reality TV. Well, that’s not exactly true. I do watch America’s Next Top Model (my girls love it) but I won’t watch any of the others. I get enough reality in my own life. When I watch TV I want to watch fiction. It just like reading a book to me, I want an escape and reality TV just doesn’t do it for me. I don’t think I have a favorite movie. There are several movies that I can watch over and over and over again and not get bored (Sleepless in Seattle, anything Star Trek, The Brothers…
Ciar: Tell us anything you’d like about your website, WIPs, friends, writing, etc. Thanks very much for indulging my Passion! xoxo