Erica James' novels include It's The Little Things (2009) and The Queen of New beginnings (2010).
From her Q & A at the Independent:
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him?Read the complete Q & A.
It's almost an impossible task, but if forced I'd say Agatha Christie. Having written a mere 15 novels – compared to her 75 – I'm in awe of such output and the enduring quality of her work.
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Which fictional character most resembles you?
Mary Poppins. Because, as anyone will tell you, I am practically perfect! Joking, of course.
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Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Olga Korbut. I was 12 years old when I watched her compete in the 1972 Olympics and was spellbound. She astounded everyone by doing a back somersault on the beam – it had never been done before – and it made me want to be a gymnast.