Your new book is ABOUT THAT NIGHT, featuring Kyle from A LOT LIKE LOVE. Can you tell us about it?
ABOUT THAT NIGHT is a contemporary romance that hits bookstores on April 3rd. It's a twist on a reunited lovers theme—or maybe it's better to say the theme is one of missed chances. The hero and heroine are Kyle Rhodes and Rylann Pierce, who first meet when they're in grad school. They share a walk home, and a pretty hot kiss, and make plans to see each other the following night. But Fate intervenes, and when Kyle has to leave school unexpectedly because of family circumstances, he and Rylann don't see each other again. Nine years later, they are reunited when Kyle is a convicted felon (for hacking into Twitter) and Rylann is an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Rylann's office needs Kyle's help in a high-profile homicide investigation, and despite the fact that Kyle wants nothing to do with the very prosecutors who'd previously thrown him in prison, he finds that Rylann may be the one person he can't say no to. It's a story about two people, an ex-con and a prosecutor, who really don't make that much sense as a couple, but find themselves drawn to each other no matter how hard they try to fight it.
More information about the book, and an excerpt, can be found at: http://juliejames.com/books/about-that-night/
Where did you first get the idea for this story?
Kyle first appeared in my previous book, A LOT LIKE LOVE, which is about his sister, Jordan. In that book, Jordan agrees to pose as the date of an undercover FBI agent (as part of a sting operation) in exchange for Kyle's release from prison. There's a scene early in A LOT LIKE LOVE when Jordan goes to visit Kyle at the prison in which he's incarcerated, and I knew from the moment Kyle stepped out in his orange prison jumpsuit that he was going to get his own book. That's the first time that happened to me as an author, that a supporting character intrigued me that much. So my new book, ABOUT THAT NIGHT, is the story of what happens to Kyle after he gets out of prison.
Of all your books, which one stands out for you the most?
Oh, I can never answer this question! Each of my books has a special place in my heart. I will say this, however: ABOUT THAT NIGHT is the first book that made me teary-eyed when I was writing it.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Free time? What is this "free time" you speak of? As the mother of two young kids, (five and seventeen months), I vaguely remember the concept… : ) Hmm, when I do get some down time, I suppose I like to do the usual stuff. Try to make a dent in my ever-growing To Be Read pile. Go shoe shopping. Meet friends for a glass of wine. Watch bad reality TV, like The Bachelor.
What's next for you? What are you working on now?
I'm writing my next book, which will also be part of the FBI/U.S. Attorney series. I haven't said who the characters are yet, although I can give you a small hint: the hero is a character in ABOUT THAT NIGHT.