Clarice James Let’s Chat! Featured Favorite

Welcome, everyone!

Clarice G. JamesClarice G. James writes Smart. Fun. Relatable fiction. She makes my hit parade of favorites by producing writing perfection and keeping me smiling, chuckling, and laughing out loud at her wit in the midst of serious subject matter. That’s called a gift, folks.

I met Clarice in cyberspace four years ago when Christy Brunke, Clarice, and I were the three winners of the 2014 Jerry B. Jenkins Operation First Novel Contest. We saw our novels appear in print in 2015, and our friendships developed over the cyber waves.

I count Clarice as a big part of my contest prize. Her writing is exemplary, and so is her friendship. My favorite of Clarice’s books (so far) is Manhattan Grace, which I’m giving away as an ebook to someone who joins our chat circle below.

A Tidbit of my Take on Manhattan Grace

This 5-Star story captured me from Page 1. Who wouldn’t be mesmerized with an opening involving a fire, a Cape Cod playhouse, and a dream up in smoke? And who wouldn’t be captivated by subject matter like Messianic congregations, mohels, Metropolitan Opera stars, Moldovans, and a jewel thief from Palm Beach?

Clarice’s unique wit, understated and, frankly, plain funny, shines from the beginning–right in the midst of heart-rending subject matter. Right away the reader discovers clues to the author’s humorous take on life in its glory and its foibles. Just wait . . . 

Manhattan Grace


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hen a door opens for Gracie Camden to leave Cape Cod and move to Manhattan as a nanny for a Juilliard drama instructor, she fully expects God to use her acting talent and launch her to stardom. She’s been here been six months. What’s taking him so long?

Seymour Kaufman relocates to New York City from Iowa due to a shortage of mohels (circumcisers) in the tri-state Messianic congregations. Secretly, he hopes to explore a deeper relationship with Metropolitan Opera star and fellow Moldovan, Polina Zelenka. Seymour is conflicted when he meets her less complicated, widowed cousin.

Meanwhile, fresh from Palm Beach, the Chief plans to cap off his short yet lucrative career as an international jewel thief with a multi-million dollar heist during the Met’s gala in Polina’s honor. His usual modus operandi is to work alone—but this time is different.

While Seymour celebrates every closed door by believing God will open a better one, Gracie whines and wonders why God doesn’t bless her plans. Gracie finally learns success is not about making it big in the Big Apple, but about living God’s perfect plan for your life.

If you want an excellent read that touches your heart and your funny bone, Manhattan Grace by Clarice G. James is just the ticket.

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Lord, You are the Great Gift-Giver. We thank You for the unique gifts You’ve given each of us and the rare ones like Clarice’s that we can all enjoy. Please bless each word she writes for You. ~ For Jesus’ sake

4 thoughts on “Clarice James Let’s Chat! Featured Favorite

  1. Alicia Haney

    Enjoyed reading this, the book sounds awesome! Thank you for sharing. God Bless you all.

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining us, Alicia. Your name is in the hat! God bless. Linda

       
       
    2. Thanks for commenting, Alicia. Linda, with her gift of southern hospitality, made me feel quite special. Love this woman!

       
       
      1. And I love you, Clarice! So glad we “met” in cyberspace. I’m tickled to be highlighting you.

         
         

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Author Chat: Clarice G. James

All the believers were together and had everything in common.
Acts 2:44

One of the blessings of authorship is sharing with other authors. People I never would have met I now count among my friends. Take, for example, Clarice G. James, who was the 2nd place winner in the 2014 Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel contest. Join us as we chat about her debut novel Double Header.

Hi, Clarice. Thank you for joining us today. 

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You learned at the Writer to Writer Conference last January that you were the 2nd place winner in the Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel contest. How did you feel when you heard your name called? How and with whom did you first share the news?

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Christy Brunke (3rd place winner), Clarice James (2nd place), and Jerry B. Jenkins, NY TIMES best-selling author and sponsor of Operation First Novel

Numb is the word that best describes how I felt–mainly because I’d been sick the whole weekend and had not slept much at all! The first chance I got, I called my husband–my biggest supporter.

What’s the story behind your award-winning novel? And when did the idea begin percolating?

A rising Boston sports columnist (who shares a by-line with her double-headerbrother) fears losing the unblemished memories of her late father when she learns she has a half brother no one knew existed. In her search to identify this walking threat to her father’s reputation, she learns God’s playbook is less about her well-ordered plans and more about His.

The idea flowed from my first book entitled Party of One, which is the prequel to Double Header. Although a stand-alone novel, the protagonist in Double Header is the daughter of the protagonist in Party of One. I entered my first book in the Operation First Novel contest twice. I was a semi-finalist, then a finalist. The third time, I entered Double Header hoping for better results. It worked!

Reviewers have labeled Double Header as “a mystery of the heart,” a humorous women’s contemporary, a “breezy romp,” and a “refreshing change from the usual chick-lit.” Which of these descriptors comes closest to your own?

Definitely not a breezy romp. It does have humor and a bit of mystery, but I think a “refreshing change from the usual chick-lit” is a more apt description.

cj-02056On your website you quip, “First I change your name. Then I put you in my book. What happens to you next depends on whether I’ve had my coffee.” (Tweet That!) Are there people in your life or past who might recognize themselves in Double Header?

My daughter and three of my friends have all said the protagonist, Casey Gallagher, reminds them of themselves–all for different reasons. I definitely utilized my daughter’s work ethic, athletic interests, and relationship with me to develop Casey. I also incorporated my two sons’ back and forth humor and wisecracking. But some of Casey’s control issues are more me than anyone else.

I smiled and sometimes chuckled as I read your bio on your website. One reviewer referred to the “snappy repartee” between characters Casey and Griffin; another, to their “humorous bantering.” Have you always viewed the world through a lens of humor?

Yes, my brain automatically goes there–even when it’s not totally appreciated or appropriate. If I can make someone laugh, we both feel better. (Tweet That!) 

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Clarice on a research trip to Boston

Tell us about baseball’s connection to your life. Are you a lifelong fan of baseball or sports in general? Did you interview professional baseball players for Double Header? What other connections exist between your life and this story line?

As a child, the only person I knew who liked to watch baseball on TV was my paternal grandfather. And since he always fell asleep during the game, I assumed it was boring. Any connection to or interest I have in baseball or any other sport came much later through my husband and children who are avid fans. I didn’t interview professional baseball players, but I read a lot of blogs, did a lot of online research, and then ran my “facts” by those I knew would correct me if I was wrong.

I grew up on Cape Cod, and my daughter lives in Plymouth, so I know the area. When I was a teenager, my sister and I would go to the Cape Cod Minor League Games, more to see the cute college boys than to follow the game.

Thank you for sharing your story with us. Where can readers learn more about you and your special brand of fiction?

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Clarice in her office. I wanna visit!

Find me on my website, www.claricejames.com. I blog from there weekly, too. You can also catch me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and GoodReads. Thanks for the opportunity, Linda! I look forward to reading the 1st place winner: The Calling of Ella McFarland.

Readers, next week I’ll interview the 3rd place winner of Operation First Novel, Christy Brunke, author of Snow Out of Season. Subscribe to this blog so you won’t miss it!

Lord, we pause to thank You for the gift of sharing. Where would we be without it? In poverty of spirit. Lonely. Discouraged. And afraid. Teach us to share better tomorrow than we did today. For Jesus’ sake. Amen

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  1. Great interview, Linda and Clarice!!! I’m really looking forward to reading Double Header. Sounds funny, engaging, and thought-provoking.

     
     

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