Happy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Clarice G. James. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:
- Who is your favorite author?
Clarice: Although selecting favorites isn’t easy, I choose Leif Enger and Cynthia Ruchti. Leif’s novel, Peace Like a River is rich and full, and kept me emotionally engaged in the story for months after I finished it. Since I write contemporary women’s fiction, I admire Cynthia’s skill in that genre, especially her ability to create believable characters who overcome in real-life situations.
Sounds like a great read. I am adding it to my book list. 🙂
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?
Clarice: A woman who struggles with fad diet after fad diet her whole life, then finds the help she needs in Scripture alone. Of course, that woman would be me. [smile]
Lol! I think that book would strike a familiar chord with a large audience. Now about one of your characters…
If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Clarice: I’d love to spend more time with Seymour Kaufman, one of the characters in my novel, Manhattan Grace, because of his big faith and unique way of overcoming life’s hardships and disappointments. We’d spend the day walking around Lincoln Center in New York City, while I listened to his stories and learned from his experiences.
He sounds like an interesting and wise character. Thanks so much for dropping by!
Giveaway: Clarice is pleased to give away a copy of either of her books: Double Header, Party of One, or Manhattan Grace.
When a door opens for Gracie Camden to leave Cape Cod and move to Manhattan as a nanny for a Juilliard drama instructor, she fully expects God to use her acting talent and launch her to stardom. It’s been six months. What’s taking him so long?
Seymour Kaufman relocates to New York City from Iowa due to a shortage of mohels (circumcisers) in the tri-state Messianic congregations. Secretly, he hopes to explore a deeper relationship with Metropolitan Opera star and fellow Moldovan, Polina Zelenka. But he is conflicted when he meets her less complicated, widowed cousin, Simka.
Meanwhile, fresh from Palm Beach, the Chief plans to cap off his short yet lucrative career as an international jewel thief with a multi-million dollar heist during the Met’s gala in Polina’s honor. His usual modus operandi is to work alone—but this time is different.
While Seymour celebrates every closed door by believing God will open a better one, Gracie whines and wonders why God doesn’t bless her plans. Gracie finally learns it’s not about making it big in the Big Apple, it’s about living God’s perfect plan for your life.
Clarice G. James writes smart, fun, relatable contemporary women’s fiction. When she’s not writing, Clarice is reading, encouraging fellow writers, or organizing author events. Eight years after Clarice was widowed, she was blessed to remarry (Ralph) David James. She and her husband live in Southern New Hampshire. They both enjoy the writing process and host a monthly critique group in their home. Together, they have five married children and ten grandchildren. Between children, grandchildren, and extended family, they have relatives in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Virginia. So, you know what their “vacations” are like. Here are five additional and fascinating (or not) facts about Clarice:
- As a little girl, she helped her mother clean by soaking all the family’s toothbrushes in Lestoil.
- She loves time alone with her grandchildren, so they can play make-believe without their parents spoiling it.
- She and her husband don’t keep score in Scrabble. They’re just happy they can spell.
- If she ever invites you on a road trip, say no. She once got lost in a beach parking lot.
- She’s a Christian who wishes all the wacky Christians of the world would stay away from those she’s praying for. She says, “You’re not helping.”