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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Catching up with Caroline James

Today, it's my great pleasure to welcome the novelist, creative writing tutor and public speaker Caroline James as my guest on my blog.

Caroline has written many bestselling novels, the latest being The Best Boomerville Hotel, where older people can stay and have a really great time. Quite right too! Why should the young have all the fun? After a long working life, don't older people deserve some rest, relaxation and a few new challenges, too? 

'The Best Boomerville Hotel is a retreat for the more mature guest, who can book a stay and participate in various courses,' Caroline told me. 'These activities range from a conventional art or creative writing class to whacky sessions that include getting stoned with a Shaman or séances with Queenie, the resident clairvoyant.

'When I was compiling the research for the novel, I discovered that in the UK today one in three adults over the age of fifty live on their own. This may be - for example - though choice, death of a partner. or divorce. I talked to countless over-fifties and realised that many of them are lonely and unsure of what to do with the rest of their lives. I wanted to inspire readers with the message that it is alright to get older, to embrace this second bite at life, and to find ways to discover new adventures and friends and actively run down the road to happiness, not to stagger unhappily on a Zimmer frame. Boomerville is a book about the older protagonist having fun, but it covers serious issues too, and it has a surprising ending.

'My readers, both male and female, consistently tell me that they wish that there was a real Boomerville Hotel, for they would make a booking immediately!'

Caroline has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and she escapes whenever she can. 

A public speaker, she gives talks and lectures on cruise ships world-wide, and she's also a consultant and food writer. 

She's  a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and the Society of Women Writers & Journalists. She writes articles and short stories and she contributes to many publications. She also runs writing workshops.

In her spare time, she can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and  her hand in a box of chocolates!

Twitter: @CarolineJames12


  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today Margaret - lovely to be on your blog x

  2. A great post ladies. Lovely to learn more about Caroline and her work. xx