James L. Rubart is 28 years old but trapped inside an older man’s body. He’s the bestselling, Christy Book of the Year, Carol, and RT Book Reviews award-winning author of nine novels, and co-owns The Rubart Writing Academy. He lives with his amazing wife in eastern Washington.
Why do you like writing romantic suspense?
James: I’ve thought about it. Yes, all my novels have romance in them. And all of them have suspense. But I never set out for those things to happen! I’ve simply written the stories that won’t stop pinging around my mind. I’m one of those unusual men who loves epic adventure and suspenseful movies, but also loves rom-coms. So I suppose it was natural for both to come out in my stories. Add to that the fact I’m still madly in my wife after more than a few years of marriage, and I can’t help but put romance in my novels.
Have you ever regretted killing off a character? Why?
James: Yes. In my Well Spring series (Soul’s Gate, Memory’s Door, Spirit Bridge) I killed a strong, wise, mentor character I loved who was … wait! I didn’t kill him, he was killed in the course of a battle with an enemy. I had nothing to do with it!
What did you want to be as a child (and did that dream come true)?
James: Since 7th grade, my second biggest dream was to play in the NFL. The first was to be a novelist. In 2010, the biggest dream came true.
What is one of your favorite ways to connect with readers?
James: I love getting emails from readers, and love connecting on Facebook or Twitter, but there’s nothing like meeting a reader in person and getting to hear about their life, to share a smile together.
What is absolutely essential for you to write?
James: Absolute quiet. I’ve tried writing to music and it doesn’t work for me. And, of course, a bag of jumbo size sunflower seeds.
Current book: The Man He Never Was
A modern day reimagining of the classic Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde story with a spiritual twist you won’t see coming.
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