bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her ovels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from wrote of Eloisa 's very first book that she " found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar "; later raved that " romance writing does not get much better than tha. " Her ovels have repeatedly received starred reviews from and and regularly appear on the best-seller lists.
After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Currently she is an ssociate professor and head of the Creative Writing program at Fordham University in New York City. Her " double life " is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she 's written a op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women 's magazines such as More to writers' journals such as thi.
When I 'm onl writing novels, I 'm a Shakespeare professor. It 's rather like having two lives. The other day I bought a delicious pink suit to tape a television segment on romance; I 'll never wear that suit to teach in, nor even to give a paper at the Shakespeare Association of America conference. It 's like being Superman, with power suits for both lives. Yet the literature professor in me certainly plays into my romances. ( April 2006) has obvious Shakespearean resonances, as do many of my storie. I often weave early modern poetry into my work; the same novel might contain bits of Catullus, Shakespeare and anonymous bawdy ballads from the 17th century.
When I rip off my power suit, whether it 's academic or romantic, underneath is the rather tired, chocolate-stained sweatshirt of a mom. Just as I use Shakespeare in my romances, I almost always employ my experiences as a other. When I wrote about a miscarriage in, I used my own fears of premature birth; when the little girl in threw up and threw up, I described my own aughter, who wa that unsavory habit for well over her first year of life.
So I 'm a writer, a scientist, a mother- and a daughter. My husband Alessandro is Italian, born in Florence. We spend the lazy summer months with his father and sister in Italy. It always strikes me as a huge irony that as a romance writer I find myself married to a knight, a, as you say in Italian.
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