Coffee, Tea and Caroline James. Author Interview

27 Feb
Coffee, Tea and Caroline James. Author Interview

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Today, I am bringing you an interview with Author Caroline James whose book ‘Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me’ has just been released. I also have a brilliant book trailer to share with you.



I have read Caroline’s book, my review will follow this post. I loved the book, and recommend it to all who enjoy a good hearty book of comedy, romance, food and laughs.

Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me’ by Caroline James. 

February 12th 2016 by Ramjam Publishing Company


I loved that clip, and if you read the book you will really want to go to the Caribbean! Now onto my questions for Caroline. 

Hi Caroline, thank you for answering my questions. I was unsure whether to have Tea, Coffee, Champagne or Rum punch to drink during this interview! 😉 

book on beach

1. I love that your book is based in the Caribbean, the West Country (UK) and London. Did you spend time in all 3 places for ‘research’? 

Yes I did. I lived in Cumbria for several years and visit as often as I can. I am very

fond of the Lake District and the beautiful countryside and it is a great pleasure to

write about it. I have family in the Caribbean and have been travelling there for many

years. Barbados is a stunning island and life there is very different from the one I

lead here. It seemed natural to send my two Cumbrian characters, Jo and Hattie, to

a place that I know well and let them, through the pages of the novel, feel the warm

restorative glow of a welcoming Caribbean holiday. 


2. It was great to find out what all the characters that I love have been up to. Do you have a favourite character and did they come from a certain inspiration (e.g a person, or people)?

Hattie is probably my favourite character. She is a no-nonsense sort of person who

has a heart of gold and in her own way is very funny without trying to be. She’s not

based on anyone but an amalgamation of characters that I’ve observed in the past. I

would like us all to have a Hattie in our lives – a true friend and supportive rock when

you need her.


 3. I love your quote ‘ The time to be happy is now’, do you want to tell us where you got this from?

My mum always said this to me. What she meant was that we should be happy right

now, in the moment, no matter what is going on around us. I think it is a lovely quote

and say it often to myself. She had a very positive attitude towards believing that

living life in the positive not the negative enables good things to happen. I think she

was right.


4. Do you have a specific or special place to write? 

Yes, I do. I have a small oak desk that I bought at an auction a few years ago. I use it

just for writing and writing paraphernalia. This is in a corner of the room with a high

ceiling and vermillion painted walls, it is very atmospheric. I tuck myself away with a

favourite chair and cushion, light a fragrant candle,sip from a big mug of coffee and

nibble on a packet of biscuits and then when everything is just right, I begin to write.


5. What book are you reading at the moment?

I’ve just read The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid. It is a short novel,

beautifully written and I read it very quickly as the tale gathered tension. It is an

interesting analysis of the state of the world we live in today. I really enjoyed it.

 6. I love that your books and characters love their food, especially cake! I understand that you love to bake too. What is your favourite cake or recipe and do these help your inspiration in your books?

My background has always been in the hospitality industry. I loathed school and the

only two subjects I ever took an interest in were English and Cookery. Cookery has

always been a part of my working life and I love to bake and nurture my friends and

family through baking. A visitor will always get a slice of cake with their cup of tea.

My favourite is probably salted caramel brownie – so easy to do but so scummy, but

I made baklava for the first time recently and experimented with the spicy filling, it

was delicious!

7. Are we going to hear more from Hattie, Jo and the rest of the ‘Coffee, Tea’ crew? I hope so. 

Yes, I am afraid you are! Coffee Tea The Boomers & Me will be published later in the

year and introduces some new characters into the mix. We have an aging Major who

is sozzled most of the time and Kate, an IT specialist who has sold her successful

business and is looking for love and finds it in the arms of the irresistible Andy Mack.

The all come together when they stay at Boomerville – Jo’s new business. The book

is about having a blast in middle and later years when most folk think they are over

the hill. With Hattie’s help and hair-brained schemes, life for our boomers most certainly begins again.


About Caroline James.

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Caroline James was born in Cheshire and wanted to be a writer from an early age. She trained, however, in the catering trade and worked and travelled both at home and abroad.

Caroline’s debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me shot to #3 on Amazon and was Ebook of the Week in The Sun newspaper. Her second novel, So, You Think You’re A Celebrity… Chef? has been described as wickedly funny: ‘AbFab meets MasterChef in a Soap…’

Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me was a Finalist at The Write Stuff, London Book Fair 2015 and the judge’s comments included: “Caroline is a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing.” The book will be published February 2016.

Caroline has owned and run many catering related businesses and cookery is a passion alongside her writing, combining the two with her love of the hospitality industry and romantic fiction. She has published short stories and is a member of the RNA. Caroline writes articles on food and celebrity based interviews and is Feature Editor for a lifestyle magazine. When she’s not running her hospitality business and writing, Caroline can generally be found with her nose in a book and her hand in a box of chocolates, she also likes to climb mountains and contemplate life.

CJ Books on beach background



GOODREADS Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me.




Facebook – AuthorCarolineJames

book on beach


My book review of ‘Coffee, Tea The Caribbean and Me’ will be on my blog soon, so keep your eyes open for it. If you have read any of Caroline’s other books, I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

What did you think of the book trailer? Are you inspired to pick up this book? What would you ask an Author if you had the pleasure of asking them a question? 

Until next time, Happy Reading! ♥

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

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10 responses to “Coffee, Tea and Caroline James. Author Interview

  1. stuckinscared

    February 27, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    I’m gonna have to stop hopping over here… it’s costing me money lol The trailer is fab, though I’m more in the dancing mood than the reading after that. Catchy tune, bright imagery… inviting. Hattie sounds very much my cup of tea. My kindle loves purse..not so much 😉 #weekendblogshare

    • chocolatepages

      February 28, 2016 at 10:27 am

      I’m sorry to your purse, but not to your imagination. Thank you for the lovely compliments, I have woken with a smile today. 😉

  2. carolinejamesauthor

    February 27, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Amanda – thanks for hosting me on your lovely blog and for asking such interesting questions which gave me some new opportunities to talk about my writing and books. Warmest wishes Caroline xx

    • chocolatepages

      February 28, 2016 at 10:30 am

      You are very welcome Caroline. Thank you for kindly sending your books and cake! 😉 I’m looking forward to Boomers already. xx

  3. Carol Balawyder

    February 28, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Amanda, I was very much inspired to pick up this book and already have. Caroline, I am so happy to meet you and to read your books. I too write books about women in mid-life. ❤

    • chocolatepages

      February 28, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Thank you Carol. My review of the book is posted today. I really hope you enjoy the book. I will also have a look at your books.

  4. wendy

    February 29, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Ohh this book looks really good. It sounds like a lot if fun and the characters sound great. I love that cake and food plays a big role in the book, I love anything to fo with cake.salted camel brownies sound amazing, I would love to know Caroline recipe!

    Thanks so much for linking this up to #KCACOLS. Hope to see you again next Sunday x

    • chocolatepages

      February 29, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you, I love foodie books. Caroline has her brownie recipe on her site, and it does look amazing. See you next week on #kcacols

  5. A Moment with Franca

    March 5, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    What a lovely interview. It is very nice to meet Carolyn. She seems like a very nice and lovely person. I read your post about her last book and your review and as I said there it sounds like a very interesting story and beautiful places to read about and dream off a little bit too. I have never been to Barbados and it is definitely in my list to places to visit. Hopefully one day. Thanks so much for sharing this interview at #KCACOLS, 🙂 x

    • chocolatepages

      March 5, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Thank you, she is indeed a lovely lady, that I have been lucky to work with. I’m already looking forward to her next book.


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