Caroline James in The Hub
Caroline James is the author of several Amazon best-selling novels.
Her awards include runner up at The Write Stuff - London Book Fair, E-Book of the Week The Sun and Best TV Drama - Winchester Writer's Festival.
She is a guest speaker at many events, including cruise ships worldwide and in her spare time enjoys walks with Fred her Westie and drinking raspberry gin.
Caroline, thanks for joining us in The Hub, can we find out a little about your background?
My working life has been spent in the hospitality industry. I went to college in Bournemouth then worked on the front desk of in a 5* hotel in London. As I progressed through different jobs, I eventually owned a pub in Cumbria followed by a gorgeous Country House Hotel. When I sold the hotel, I set up an agency representing celebrity chefs which was hard work and huge fun and took me to some amazing places.
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always wanted to write but I never thought that I was good enough, having completely messed up at school. Seven years ago, I vowed that I wouldn’t die wondering and glued my rear to a chair and snatched every spare moment to write. Twelve months later my first book, Coffee Tea the Gypsy & Me was published.
What was your journey to publication?
I couldn’t find a publisher or agent for my first book and after a zillion rejection letters, set about the self-publishing route. I found it very trying but soon learnt. The book went to #3 in women’s fiction on Amazon and my writing die was cast. I am both self-published and traditionally published now.
Can you tell us about your new book?
Hattie Goes To Hollywood is the first in a new series of mysteries with a female sleuth, Hattie, as the main character. It is set in the Cumbrian village of Hollywood and is, I hope, a humorous read. There have been three suicides in the village and the wife of the latest asks Hattie to investigate his death. Hattie gets to know the eccentric characters in the village with a surprising outcome to her enquiries.
How did you come up with the title for your book?
I was lying in the bath, sipping a raspberry gin, and the title appeared in my head. I thought it made a great hashtag. I wrote the book based on the title.
How do you celebrate publication day?
There will always be a bottle or two of bubbles and a big box of chocolates on the go throughout the day.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm writing the next in series of ‘Hattie’ mysteries and planning the next. Look out for Hattie & the Heirloom and Hattie & the Cruise.
Which of your books would you like to see made into a film?
I’d love to see my last novel, The Best Boomerville Hotel, made into a film. Reviewers have said it is ‘Britain’s answer to the Marigold Hotel’ – a hotel is such a great setting for a film with a revolving door of characters and I’d have Bill Nighy in a lead role.