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Nicola (nikki-lou) | 2115 comments

This week we have International Bestselling Author Monica James with us. Monica is the author of I Surrender, Dirty Dix, Something like Normal and more!

Monica is with us all week taking your questions. Leave your questions below!


Tiffany Mastro (tipper85) | 34 comments Which book was your favorite to write?


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S.Shade | 170 comments How do you choose names for your characters?


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Elle P. Golden | 186 comments I don't know exactly how that works, but do you plan on translating your books to any language?


Monica James (monicajames) | 38 comments Hi Tiffany. Thanks for your question. Honestly, I love all the books I’ve written because they’re so different. The most emotional to write was Forgetting You, Remembering Me. I sobbed throughout.
The most fun was definitely Dirty Dix and The Hunt!


Monica James (monicajames) | 38 comments Hi S.Shade. Thanks for your question. Wow, that’s a tough one. I usually have an idea of who the characters are and then work what name would suit them. My first book, I Surrender, I named the hero Jasper because I love that name!!
The others, they were names I heard and loved. My new book Absinthe of the Heart has a bad boy as the hero, so his name had to be badass. I can’t wait to reveal to readers what his name is.


Monica James (monicajames) | 38 comments Hi MiDouradoP. Thanks for your question. I’m so lucky to have books translated into: French, German, Hebrew, Portuguese, Bulgarian. I have upcoming releases being published in: Italian, Brazilian as well.
It’s so cool seeing your words in a different language!


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Elle P. Golden | 186 comments Monica wrote: "Hi MiDouradoP. Thanks for your question. I’m so lucky to have books translated into: French, German, Hebrew, Portuguese, Bulgarian. I have upcoming releases being published in: Italian, Brazilian a..."

Really??? I looked for translated books by you here on GR but didn't find them! And I'm so happy to know you're publishing in Brazilian (that is portuguese, but brazilian-portuguese), because I'm from Brazil!!! It would be easier for me to have paperbacks. (although I rather read in English, as it's the original language).
I've been dying to read Forgetting You, Forgetting Me for a while now. I need to be faster!!


Monica James (monicajames) | 38 comments Yes!! Addicted to Sin is published in Portuguese and my new book Chase the Butterflies will soon be published by Harper Collins Brazil! I hope you love Forgetting You, Forgetting Me xx


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Daniela | 27 comments hi Monica,
do you have any say in the cover design for your international releases or do you just see the final result once the publisher has decided on something.

Thank you.
Daniela


Monica James (monicajames) | 38 comments Daniela wrote: "hi Monica,
do you have any say in the cover design for your international releases or do you just see the final result once the publisher has decided on something.

Thank you.
Daniela"


Hi Daniela,
For the international releases, my foreign publishers take care of the cover. I see it once they reveal it and I am SO lucky because my publishers have nailed it every time!
Monica xoxo


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Elle P. Golden | 186 comments Monica wrote: "Yes!! Addicted to Sin is published in Portuguese and my new book Chase the Butterflies will soon be published by Harper Collins Brazil! I hope you love Forgetting You, Forgetting Me xx"
Great to know!! Thank you!
I'm sure I'll love! xoxo


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Debra Shutters (debrashutters) Who or what inspired you to become a writer?


Book Maniac Forever (bookmaniacforever) | 15 comments Hi Monica! Do you still plan to write a fourth book in the Something Like Normal Series? I love these books so much and have been waiting for more of Mia and Quinn.


Monica James (monicajames) | 38 comments Hi Debra. I’ve always loved reading and writing, so I guess life inspired me to write. I’ve always had ideas running around my head, and when I penned my first book, I was like wow... I can do this.


Monica James (monicajames) | 38 comments Hi Book Maniac Forever. Thanks for your question. YES! I am. I’ve been so busy writing other books, this book got put on the back burner. But once I’m finished with my current projects, I will start book 4! You heard it here first!! Xoxo


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Clara Martinez Turco (midnight-pageturner) Monica,
First, I loved both "Forgetting You, Forgetting Me" and "Forgetting You, Remembering Me". They took me on an emotional roller coaster, especially the second book (at about 84% in). So I was really curious to know what inspired this story. Was it clear from the beginning where the story was going? Or did it naturally evolved? (I'm trying to avoid spoilers, so sorry for the open questions). Did you write book 1 already knowing there would be book 2?


Monica James (monicajames) | 38 comments Clara wrote: "Monica,
First, I loved both "Forgetting You, Forgetting Me" and "Forgetting You, Remembering Me". They took me on an emotional roller coaster, especially the second book (at about 84% in). So I was..."


Hi Clara,
Thank you so much. I'm so happy you enjoyed them. Yes, I always knew there would be 2 books and how the story would end. It was fitting, as I wanted the story to come full circle, which I think it did.
The inspiration behind it was love. I wanted to write a story which had the reader feeling everything Lucy felt. Many have condemned her for her actions, and they wanted her to end up with Saxon, but that's not how love works. It's not clear cut. She had to wade through tough waters to find her HEA and I think it would have been unrealistic for her to just end up in the arms of one brother, and not question her feelings for the other.
It naturally evolved I think. I had a rough idea of how I wanted it to go, but it did veer a little from the original ending.
I loved writing these books! xoxo


Book Maniac Forever (bookmaniacforever) | 15 comments Monica wrote: "Hi Book Maniac Forever. Thanks for your question. YES! I am. I’ve been so busy writing other books, this book got put on the back burner. But once I’m finished with my current projects, I will star..."

This makes me so happy!!! 😊 Thank you!


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Clara Martinez Turco (midnight-pageturner) Monica wrote: "Clara wrote: "Monica,
First, I loved both "Forgetting You, Forgetting Me" and "Forgetting You, Remembering Me". They took me on an emotional roller coaster, especially the second book (at about 84%..."

Thank you for answering me! And I love how you made the story feel so real because, as you said, love is not clear cut.


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Irma *Irma The Book Whisperer* | 325 comments Hi Monica :) Which character of yours is your favourite and why? Thank you. xx


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Jessica Traver cashen | 44 comments What is your favorite genre to read?


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