ABOUT SYRIE

"The queen of nineteenth century re-imaginings." —Los Angeles Magazine

Syrie James is a bestselling author and screenwriter who specializes in writing heartfelt romantic drama and comedy. Her nine critically acclaimed novels have been translated into eighteen languages. A member of the Writer's Guild of America, Syrie has sold, been commissioned to write, or had produced twenty screenplays and teleplays.

Her 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, and became a bestseller. Syrie's books have won the Audio Book Association Audie, 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 Bookbub, Romance Reviews, Austenesque Reviews, Austenprose, Suspense Magazine, and others.

She writes historical fiction, romantic comedy, contemporary love stories, and young adult fiction. In all her work, Syrie places a strong emphasis on story structure, ensuring that the hero's and heroine's character arcs take them on a journey of growth and discovery.

Syrie has addressed many organizations as a keynote speaker. A life member of JASNA, Syrie has written, produced, directed, and performed in original theatrical productions across North America, and has appeared on stage numerous times as Jane Austen, including a performance at Chawton House Library in Hampshire, England.

Syrie's name is pronounced "Siri" -- but, as Syrie likes to say, "it's spelled better."

Syrie lived in France with her family as a child, an experience that instilled in her a lifelong love of language, culture, and traveling.

Syrie currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband. She enjoys reading in a wide variety of genres, and enjoys theater, great food, board games, costume design, the out of doors, and above all, spending time with friends and family.

Syrie loves hearing from readers, and hopes you will contact her here or on Facebook.



(L to R) With son Jeff, his wife Yakun, son Ryan, his wife Yvonne, Syrie, and her husband Bill.