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New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists. After being a finalist for a RITA—the top award in the genre of romance fiction awarded by the Romance Writers of America—over ten times, she won in 2013.
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. Her "double life" is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she's written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women's magazines such as More to writers' journals such as the Romance Writers' Report.
Eloisa... on her double life:
When I'm not 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. The Taming of the Duke (April 2006) has obvious Shakespearean resonances, as do many of my novels. I often weave early modern poetry into my work; the same novel might contain bits of Catullus, Shakespeare and anonymous bawdy ballads from the 16th 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 mother. When I wrote about a miscarriage in Midnight Pleasures, I used my own fears of premature birth; when the little girl in Fool For Love threw up and threw up, I described my own daughter, who had that unsavory habit for well over her first year of life.
So I'm a writer, a professor, a mother - and a wife. My husband Alessandro is Italian, born in Florence. We spend the lazy summer months with his mother 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 cavaliere, as you say in Italian.
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More about Eloisa
Eloisa appeared in the documentary Love Between the Covers, a film featuring Romance Authors and Readers.
In 2012, Eloisa was featured on the BBC radio program Loose Ends.
In 2012, Eloisa published a bestselling memoir entitled Paris in Love, about the year she and her family spent in Paris.
Eloisa was featured in the Wall Street Journal with "The Hidden Life of a Romance Writer." Watch the lovely video below on Eloisa's "double" life, and read the Wall Street Journal article »
Eloisa shared her personal story of real-life romance in the lovely collection, Fall In Love Like a Romance Writer.
Eloisa contributed to RealSimple's list of 50 Books That Will Change Your Life. Check out the book she chose!
Eloisa provides more fabulous Florence travel tips in her Summer 2009 article for Harper Collins.
During Christmas 2010, Eloisa and her family adopted a rescue mini-dachshund. Watch Lucy's first video here (will open YouTube in a new window).
Heartbreak, falling in love, and cooking — Eloisa shares the profound connection of risotto and love in Of Rice and Men.
In the summer of 2011, Eloisa participated in the K.I.S.S. and Teal benefit, supporting the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Watch Eloisa's video here (will open YouTube in a new window). Read more about the K.I.S.S. and Teal benefit »
Eloisa and Julia Quinn hosted a tea party booksigning for The Lady Most Likely..., a novel written in three parts by Eloisa, Julia, and Connie Brockway. Watch the video to see some highlights from the wonderful event!
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Once a month Eloisa expertly explores a facet of Romance. With titles like Out of the Broom Closet, and My Fairy Godmother, Myself, a study of the Cinderella plot line, Eloisa’s essays are a must read. Her column appears on the first Monday of every month.