When your children are young you spend much of your time as mother, chauffeur, sports coach, tutor, craftsman, launderer and hero (chasing monsters from under their beds). You’re so caught up in raising them that you can’t see that far ahead to the day when they leave the nest and venture out on their own.… Continue reading Surrogate Children by Elle James/Myla Jackson
As I near the end of the year, I produced a year in review letter to send out to family and friends. I went back over my calendar and wrote about all the trips I took with and without family, what was going on in the lives of my grown children, and the successes we’ve… Continue reading Planning for 2014 (ELLE JAMES)
As a writer, I can be very single-tracked. It’s how I get my work done. I go after it like a bulldog, tearing into a bone. I don’t let go until the work is done and turned in to my editor. But no matter how I try to plan, I have to be flexible enough… Continue reading Being Gumby by Elle James
Okay, so it may not be fall in your neck of the woods, but it’s getting close! Thing I love about fall is the beautiful changing of colors. It’s like the changing of the guard. Out with the green, in with the yellows, reds, orange and brown. The smell of dry leaves and chimney… Continue reading Joys of Fall
This year at Romance Writers of America’s annual conference, I received my 25-book pin from Harlequin. I spent a week in Atlanta attending the conference while my work piled up at home. Deadlines grew tighter with each day I was at conference. But it was worth it. Now, I have two weeks to write 50,000… Continue reading Deadline Hell
When I wrote my short story CHASING FIRE for the SMOKIN’ HOT FIREMEN Anthology, I didn’t realize how apropos and bittersweet it would turn out to be. I chose smoke jumpers because I thought they were exciting, sexy, brave and utterly insane to jump from an airplane into one of the most dangers situations imaginable,… Continue reading Paying Tribute – by Elle James
One of the best parts about writing is research trips! For my Cajun Magic Series, my sister and I traveled to Louisiana, toured the bayous, road an airboat, pet an alligator, toured sugar plantation manors and tasted Cajun food to die for. It was fun, it was a bit dangerous, but I’d do it… Continue reading Research Trips Aren’t for Sissies!