Jessica James is the author of four historical fiction novels and is the first two-time winner of the coveted John Esten Cook Award for Southern Fiction.
A former editor, James spent 18 years in a newsroom before turning her attention to writing historical fiction and Southern romance. Her Civil War novels ABOVE AND BEYOND and NOBLE CAUSE both won the Cooke Award for Southern Fiction in addition to a number of other national literary awards in both the historical fiction and romance categories. Those novels also hit #1 on the Amazon bestseller list in the categories of Christian Historical Fiction and Military Romance.
James added another literary honor to her list of accolades when her first Civil War novel SHADES OF GRAY was used as a clue on the popular game show Jeopardy. The novel was re-written and entitled NOBLE CAUSE to provide romance readers with a happily-ever-after ending.
James stays busy working part-time as a stagehand where she assists with shows ranging from country bands and comedy acts, to operas, symphonies and ballets.
James is featured in the book "50 Writers You Should Be Reading," published in 2010. She has been a featured author at the Amelia Island Book Festival and the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville.