I love nothing more than featuring friends on my blog. Today I have Caroline James talking about when and why she decided she wanted to be a writer. Over to Caroline …
Huge thanks to Morton for inviting me onto her lovely blog.
I knew from a very early age that I wanted to be a writer. From the moment I first started to read I clearly remember wanting to write stories myself and hold a book in my hands that I had written. When I was a little girl, my dad used to read to me. Generally, poetry or something that he too had read as a boy, such as J Milton Hayes, Mark Twain, or Rudyard Kipling. I was both fascinated and hooked.
Dad and me
But my school days were unhappy and the writing bug went on a back burner. I went to an all girl’s grammar school in Cheshire and absolutely hated it. I was bullied at school and couldn’t wait to leave and instead of going to university, my life went in a very different direction.
I went to college in Bournemouth and studied Hotel & Catering and the hospitality industry became my life. I worked on the front desk of a five-star hotel in London in the 80s and it was an exciting time. Famous guests stayed at the hotel because it offered rooms on a high security floor and I met politicians, film and music stars on a daily basis.
Later on, I owned a pub in Cumbria and a beautiful country house hotel and for many years I was an agent representing celebrity and TV chefs, a fabulous job that took me to many exotic places.
My hotel in Cumbria
A hotel or restaurant is a revolving door and you never knew who was going to step through. I often felt like I was on a stage and each day a new play would be acted with the variety of people that I met and looked after. Perfect research for an author.
So, the years passed.
But my writing dream had never left me and one day I had an epiphany. I ran a business and had a hectic life but I knew that if I didn’t glue my rear to a chair and write a book, I would go to my grave wondering, and so my debut, Coffee Tea the Gypsy and Me, was born and I’ve never looked back. I am both self-published and traditionally published and enjoy the journey with both, I try to inspire and enable authors at the start of their writing journey too.
Seven novels later and my latest book is called Boomerville at Ballymegille which will be published on 6th October 2020. Boomerville is a retreat exclusively for guests of a certain age, wishing to stimulate both mind and body and is described as, “Britain’s answer to the Marigold Hotel”. The book takes readers to a new ‘Boomerville’ – this time in Southern Ireland with a different cast of whacky and eccentric characters. It is available for pre-order now.
Happy reading everyone and thanks again to Morton xx
About the author:
Best-selling author of women’s fiction, Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that often features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, which includes talks and lectures on cruise ships world-wide, Caroline is also a consultant and food writer. She is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association, the Society of Women’s Writer’s & Journalists and the Society of Authors and writes articles and short stories, contributing to many publications. In her spare time, Caroline can be found walking up a mountain with Fred, her Westie, sipping raspberry gin or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.
To contact Caroline James you can use the following links:
Website : www.carolinejamesauthor.co.uk
Twitter : @CarolineJames12
Facebook : Caroline James Author
Amazon Author Page : Amazon Author Page
To order Boomerville at Ballymegille you can use the following Universal Link:
Books by Caroline James:
Thank you, Caroline. How lovely to learn more about you! I’ve recently read The Best Boomerville Hotel and have added my review below. Mx
What a delight! It took me a couple of chapters to get to grips with the cast of characters, but when I did, I loved every minute! Love irreverent, unpredictable Hattie – I wish I was more like her. This book has a touch of everything – love, mysticism, pathos, humour, dark elements, real life scenarios. When I retire I want to live somewhere like Boomerville and be more like Hattie…