3 Questions Wednesday with Clarice G. James

headshot high resolutionHappy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Clarice G. James. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

  1. 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?

book-1209805__340Clarice: 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!

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Giveaway: Clarice is pleased to give away a copy of either of her books: Double Header, Party of One, or Manhattan Grace.

Manhattan Grace

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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.


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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:

  1. As a little girl, she helped her mother clean by soaking all the family’s toothbrushes in Lestoil.
  2. She loves time alone with her grandchildren, so they can play make-believe without their parents spoiling it.
  3. She and her husband don’t keep score in Scrabble. They’re just happy they can spell.
  4. If she ever invites you on a road trip, say no. She once got lost in a beach parking lot.
  5. 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.”

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3 Questions Wednesday with Clarice G. James

Today, we welcome author Clarice G. James, to 3 Questions Wednesday. She enjoys writing smart, fun, relatable contemporary fiction with a dash of humor, love, and mystery.  Clarice is also graciously offering you a choice of Double Header or Party of One (print copy) to one person who leaves a comment.

So let’s get to the first question:

What inspires you?

Clarice: Most of my inspiration to write stems from interacting with people. All kinds: odd, serious, funny, sad, bubbly, shallow, super intelligent and not-so-much, and a little bit weird. I love to listen to their stories. Another good chunk of my inspiration comes from the wacky and challenging conversations I have with my husband. He’s a bright man with a quirky sense of humor and a quick wit. We laugh every day. I love our times together.

He sounds like a great source of inspiration, and conveniently close by. Now…

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Clarice: I would be a neutral color, like “fresh cream” or “warm gray,” because that would allow me to use every other color in the box to make my life pop! I have this thing about colors. I love mixing and matching them to find new complimentary combinations. You should see how long it takes me to match my coffee mugs, cereal bowls, and Tupperware tumblers each morning! (I fall under the “little bit weird” people category. 🙂

Sounds very festive! 🙂 Last question: 

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Clarice: As a pre-teen, I wanted to be almost every character I read about in dusty library books: Cherry Ames, nurse (Helen Wells and Julie Tatham); Nancy Drew, detective; Peggy Lane, actress (Virginia Hughes); Sally Baxter, reporter (Sylvia Edwards); Kit Hunter, horseman and show jumper (Peter Grey); and Vicki Barr, flight stewardess (Helen Wells, Julie Tatham, and Trixie Bedlen).

That’s certainly a wide variety of occupations, and great imagination.  Thanks, Clarice, for dropping by…

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered to win. Here’s more information about Double Header…


Double Header 

After learning she has a brother no one knew existed, a rising Boston sports columnist fears losing the unblemished memories of her father, but soon discovers that God’s playbook is less about her well-ordered plans and more about His. 

Casey Gallagher credits a carefully crafted game plan for her wins: her solid marriage to Sam; her lucrative marketing career in Boston; and her popular sports column, Double Header, which she writes with her brother, Griffin McGee. When Casey discovers that her late father, the one man she idolized, had an affair which produced a son even he didn’t know about, she’s determined to find him before he can do any harm.

She narrows the field to three: two Boston Red Sox rookies who’ve recently befriended her and a rookie state cop who works with her husband. When Casey attempts to fit the changes that life throws at her into her idealistic plan, she’s challenged by the dialogue running in her head. Is it her conscience or her imagination? Or is it the voice of the God she’s not sure she believes in?


After years of writing and editing for business and ministry, Clarice G. James now enjoys writing smart, fun, relatable contemporary fiction with a dash of humor, love, and mystery to keep things interesting.

Double Header [Published by Mountainview Books LLC] was one of three winners in the 2014 Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel contest. Her next novel, Party of One [Published by Elk Lake Publishing Inc.] has a Spring 2017 release date.

Clarice and her husband, David, live in Southern New Hampshire. Together they have five children and ten grandchildren. She has been a follower of Jesus Christ for over 36 years.

Website: https://claricejames.com

Blog: https://claricejames.com

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