"The queen of nineteenth century re-imaginings." —Los Angeles Magazine
Syrie James is a bestselling author and screenwriter. Her nine critically acclaimed novels have been translated into eighteen foreign languages.
Syrie's books have won the Audio Book Association Audie and have been designated as Editor's Picks by Library Journal, named a Great Group Read by the Women's National Book Association, a Discover New Writer's Selection by Barnes and Noble, and Best Book of the Year by many publications and websites including The Romance Reviews and Suspense Magazine.
Syrie is a member of the Writer's Guild of America and has sold, been commissioned to write, or had produced twenty screenplays and teleplays to Universal Studios, Tri Star Pictures, Columbia Pictures, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Animal Planet, and Lifetime.
After many years as a screenwriter, Syrie followed her passion and wrote a novel about one of her favorite authors, Jane Austen. That novel, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, sold at auction in a bidding war between three major publishing houses to Avon, an imprint of Harper Collins, was published in November 2007, and became a bestseller. The success of that book launched a writing career which includes historical fiction, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and young adult fiction, novels which are all meticulously researched and focus on empathetic characters and a central love story.
In her books about Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, Syrie adopted the authors' voices and wrote from their points of view, believing that readers would connect more to the stories if they felt as though they came from the author's own pen.
Syrie has addressed many organizations as a keynote speaker and served on numerous author panels. A life member of JASNA, Syrie has written, produced, and performed in original theatrical productions across North America.
Syrie's name is pronounced "Siri" -- like the iPhone personal assistant. Syrie's father, Morton Astrahan, was one of the fathers of computer science, and the first PhD hired by IBM in Endicott, New York. Syrie was born in Poughkeepsie, New York. When she was a year old, her family settled in San Jose, California. Her parents wanted to see the world, however, so when Syrie was seven years old, her father transferred to IBM Paris, and they lived in France for two years. During that time, Syrie visited more than twenty countries, instilling in her a lifelong love of language, culture, and traveling.
Syrie was valedictorian of her high school class and graduated cum laude from U.C. Davis with a B.A. in English and Communications, where she was awarded a Departmental Citation for Outstanding Accomplishment in English.
Syrie lives in Los Angeles. She enjoys reading in a wide variety of genres, everything from the classics to graphic novels. (She dressed her sons as Batman and Robin for Halloween long before it became cool.) Her other favorite passtimes include movies, theater, great food, board and card games, photography, sewing, costume design, the out of doors--and above all, spending time with friends and family. She loves hearing from readers, and hopes you will contact her here.
(L to R) With son Jeff, his wife Yakun, son Ryan, his wife Yvonne, Syrie, and her husband Bill.