Meet the Characters with Babette James

Babette james coverHello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters! Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, Babette James, and her characters from Summertime Dream. It’s a fantastic contemporary romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Christopher and Margie.

How did you first meet your writer?

Christopher: We first appeared in Nate and Kay’s story, Clear As Day. My friends and I would meet at Lake Mohave every July for two weeks of camping, fishing and fun. Margie and I were newlyweds and I was bringing her for the first time. It was about time that Nate finally got his act together and admitted he was in love with Kay.

Margie: That was an experience! I’d never been camping before. It was wonderful meeting everyone, although Dave did really gross me out with cleaning that catfish. Nate and Kay’s wedding was so much fun.

Christopher: I’ll always clean your fish for you, honey. (grins) We never really expected a story of our own, because at the time we were already married for almost a year and very happy. But then our writer started working on Dave’s story, and started asking question about our pasts, and how we met, and then she was playing around with that Fourth of July story idea…

Margie: And the two things combined and our story just came spilling out for her. I love when that happens when I’m writing my mysteries. I can’t wait until Dave’s story is finished. Now there’s a couple who deserves a happily ever after. We’ll make an appearance in that story, and the next as well. It’s exciting knowing what’s coming up and I’m so happy for them.

What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?

Margie: The romance, of course. I’m still amazed that I kissed you that very first day we met. My favorite scene is when you kissed me on the back porch. (fans self) Holy moly, that was a kiss.

Christopher (laughing): I still can’t decide if I’m glad or disappointed your brother interrupted. I have to admit, the romance was the best part for me too. Loving you is my favorite pastime, any time. Cleaning out that house, not so much. That was plain hard work.

Margie: But without the house, we’d have never met. I wouldn’t change that for the world.

Christopher: True. But the place being a little less of a disastrous mess wouldn’t have hurt. My favorite moment is when I saw you for the very first time. Meeting Margie turned my tidy, well-planned hectic life on end. If someone had told me I’d meet the love of my life in a place like Falk’s Bend I would have said they were nuts. I wasn’t the same ever again. And that’s a good thing.

Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?

Margie: It wasn’t so much hard convincing her to write some scenes, but some scenes were hard to get through. The scene where Christopher made me face my fear was really difficult. But he’s sweet and tender and he didn’t let me give up on us. He made me face my biggest fear, and he didn’t turn away when I believed he would.

Christopher: I hated pushing Margie like that, but I had to. We all needed to get through that moment to move onwards.

What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?

Christopher: We’ve been working on the house. My business has been keeping me far too busy and traveling often, but that’s nothing new. Margie’s been busy working on her books and subbing to agents.

Margie: But you’ve also been doing much better at taking time to relax. And I’ve gone with Christopher on some of his business trips, so we’ve both enjoyed the traveling.

Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?

Margie: Contemporary romance fits us perfectly, of course. And our book has a mystery in it that we needed to solve, so that’s right up my alley.

Christopher (grins): Definitely the right genre. I don’t think Margie would enjoy being in one of our writer’s fantasy stories. Camping is enough of adventure for her.

Margie: You are so right. The magic might be fun, however.

If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?

Margie: I would have liked my brother to not have had so much pain in his life. But I understand it from our writer’s viewpoint. Conflict and struggle is necessary for a good story. But for Joe’s pain and trouble, I might not have met Christopher and taken the risks I needed to take.

Christopher: Very true. We can wish the troubles away, but it makes us who we are.

Do you like the way the book ended?

Christopher: I’m very happy with the way our story ended. I have Margie, I have love, I have contentment, and I’m learning to make room in my life for things other than work. Some of the facts I learned about my family were disturbing and a shock, but it’s better knowing the truth.

Margie: Exactly. I have Christopher and my family is healing. You can’t beat a happily ever after.

What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you?

Margie (laughing): I would appreciate not being afraid of mice and bugs.

Christopher (kisses Margie): But that just lets me be your hero every day.


The Fourth of July is over, but for these summer lovers the fireworks have just begun.

An unexpected inheritance brings business consultant Christopher Gordon from Los Angeles to quaint Falk’s Bend. He’s carved a week from his demanding schedule to list his great-grandparents’ house for sale and explore his roots. However, disturbing family secrets and the sweet temptation of writer Margie Olsson derail his plans, challenging him to seize the elusive dream missing from his hectic life— love.

A recent brush with death shook Margie’s life, but not her dreams and she’s ready to move forward. Only, standing up to her loving, over-protective family isn’t easy. Helping Christopher explore the derelict mansion and unravel his grandmother’s mysterious past should be a harmless fun taste of independence. But when her experimental summer fling ignites into unexpected love, how can her small town dreams work with his big city life?


“I can help. If you’d like. I’m not working at the moment.”

Relief jolted him. “Thanks, that’s very nice of you, but I don’t want to impose.” Yeah, actually, he did. If he had to beg, borrow, or hire her.

“My volunteering’s not you imposing. You need help and I don’t go back to work until August. I have plenty of time.”

“You’ll brave the bats, mice, and spiders?”

Her smile bloomed. “Well, I can’t promise brave, but I’ll try to grin and bear it and not freak out too much. I may be a fraidy-cat over silly things, but I am very organized and come from a long line of expert spring cleaners. Plus, you’ll be there to protect me from the creepy crawlies, right? Also, you’d be giving me a thrill to poke around through the house and its history that’s intrigued me all my life.”

His heart just warmed up. Yes, he could hire someone, but the opportunity to spend more time with her was irresistible. He grinned. “How can I say no to giving a pretty woman a thrill?”

She giggled lightly. “Great. It could be fun, you know.”

Fun? Not the word he would use for the work ahead. But Margie…In her feminine, floral dress,

sandals, and neatly polished nails, she made an utterly sweet and appealing picture.

Hey, a week, remember. Don’t even go there. You’re only here until Sunday.

“You have work clothes?”

She blushed, tugging self-consciously at her dress hem. “I like dresses, I know. However, I do own jeans and work boots.” She wiggled her fingers. “And I wear gloves.”

Yeah, he’d like to see her in jeans. “First step tomorrow, I’ll unboard the unbroken windows. Getting some light and air into the place will help. I’ll have to search around the place for tools or hit a hardware store before I can get to work. Considering the mess, buying them would be more efficient.”

“Let me ask Dad if we can borrow his tool box and ladders. That way you don’t need to buy any tools until you see what’s already in the house. He’s not working on any project at the moment, so it shouldn’t be any trouble.”

“That would be great, thanks.” He stood and offered her his hand.

She slipped her hand in his and rose daintily. “I was wondering…” Her shy smile grew.

“Yes?” With her in her heels and standing on the step above him, her rosy mouth was temptingly in line with his.

Her blush deepened. “Would you like to go out to dinner tonight? I mean you have to eat, and you were probably going out anyway, and I thought, maybe you’d like some company? I could show you around town a little. Unless you already had plans?”

“I’d like that, a lot.” Without thinking, he grazed his lips over hers. Her mouth was soft and welcoming.

At her sweet sigh, sweat, dust, and annoyances all faded from his mind and keeping the kiss light was difficult.

When he finally stepped away, she gave him a smile that wrapped his heart in warmth. “Sealed with a kiss.”

“Yeah.” He grinned. He definitely was failing on the hands-off plan. He picked up the flashlight and dug out his car keys before he could cave to the sparkling light in her eyes tempting him to steal another kiss.

“Okay, time to hit the showers. What time should I pick you up?”

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Babette James writes sweetly scorching contemporary romance and loves reading nail-biting tales with a satisfying happily ever after. When not dreaming up stories, she enjoys playing with new bread recipes and dabbling with paints. As a teacher, she loves encouraging new readers and writers as they discover their growing abilities. Her class cheers when it’s time for their spelling test! Born in New Jersey and raised in Southern California, she’s had a life-long love of the desert and going down the shore. Babette lives in New Jersey with her wonderfully patient husband and extremely spoiled cats.

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12 thoughts on “Meet the Characters with Babette James

  1. I believe it is imperative to add that the way you clean a catfish (which has a slimy skin and extremely sharp fin bones) is to nail It’s head to a tree, stomach facing out. Then with a sharp knife make a T cut beneath its head. Remove guts. Then with a pair of pliers grab hold of a corner of the T cut and pull down, skinning him just like you would a squirrel.

    To be honest, I’ve never skinned a cute little squirrel. But that was what I was taught growing up in Arkansas. I also know a way to kill chiggers if your characters ever need that. (Just saturate yourself with baby oil.)

    Enjoyed the interview so much I felt like sharing things you didn’t want to know. However, I was provoked by the word CATFISH.

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