Fangirling over Eloisa James by Alexa Aston

Alexa Aston with you today at Embracing Romance, here to share with you that even romance authors have fangirl moments when meeting other authors.

Last month, I went to Burbank for InD’Scribe, and the highlight of that trip was meeting my publisher and mentor, Kathryn Le Veque. Kathryn is one of the most generous souls on the planet and it was a thrill to meet her in person. She is as warm and witty as I knew she would be from our many emails and her Facebook posts.

I also got the goosies when I recently attended a showing of Love Between the Covers, a documentary about the romance writing industry ( It featured big industry names such as Nora Roberts, Beverly Jenkins, and Jayne Ann Krentz. The bonus was that Eloisa James, who’s also spotlighted in this documentary, gave a short talk after the film—and signed autographs! (SWOON!)

Eloisa James is the pen for Mary Bly, who is a Shakespeare professor at Fordham University. I love her story of becoming a romance writer! She began writing historical romances while a student at the University of Virginia. Her husband wanted to put off having a second baby because they both still had student loans to pay off. She wrote Potent Pleasures and received an advance for this novel that paid off those loans in full. By the time it, she’d landed a university job—but was an untenured professor—and feared her colleagues wouldn’t deem her academic enough if they learned of this published romance novel, which was far from her academic papers. Hence, the pen name.

She kept Eloisa James a secret until she realized hiding her identity was a disservice to her readers and gave the appearance that she was ashamed of her romance writing career. At a faculty meeting, she revealed her second career and has gone on to be both a respected professor and New York Times bestselling author, with books translated into nine languages. Her chat after the documentary was humorous and interesting and she was delightful as she autographed a copy of Seven Minutes in Heaven for me.

I find her personal story to be fascinating and I’m wild about her books, including Wilde in Love—which I just finished reading. Eloisa’s writing (and characters) are sharp, sexy, and witty. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the delightful Eloisa James and hope I entertain my readers as she does hers.

Follow Lauren Linwood:

As a child, Lauren Linwood gathered her neighborhood friends together and made up stories for them to act out, her first venture into creating memorable characters. Following her passion for history and love of learning, she became a teacher who began writing on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones. Lauren’s historical novels focus on two of her favorite eras—medieval times and the American Old West. History is the backdrop that places her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire and yearning for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. She also writes romantic suspense, where modern heroes and heroines unite to defeat a strong antagonist and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey. Lauren, a native Texan, lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with five mile walks. She is thinking about starting a support group for House Hunters addicts—as soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.

3 Responses

  1. Santa

    I agree about Eloisa James on all counts. I just finished Wilde in Love, as well, and it did not disappoint. Her writing never does. And that documentary was fantastic!

  2. Jacquie Biggar

    Exciting! Eloisa seems like a super nice lady with a great sense of humor. I’ve seen Love Between the Covers and really enjoyed it. Romance is in the fabric of our lives, whether naysayers want to accept it or not!

  3. dholcomb1

    How wonderful you’ve met her. I’ve been following her career and reading her books for years.