Storm Goddess Book Reviews welcomes Celia Roberts today, with an interview!
First off, tell me a little about yourself, and your books!
Thank you for having me on Storm Goddess book reviews, Nikki.
I’m a mother of two wonderful, albeit energetic children, living in Vienna. I work as an assistant nurse. I have one published book which is the one I am currently promoting. Truly, Madly, Deeply, You.It’s a story about two people, two best friends who have known one another since they were kids. One is going through a difficult time in her life, while the other is hopelessly in love with his friend and will do anything to take away her pain. It’s a ‘Friends to lovers’ story, as well as second chance at love.
How long have you been writing?
I’d say I began writing in my pre-teen years, then stopped. A few years ago, I decided to go back to writing. It has proved really helpful for my over imaginative mind.
Plotter or pantster?
Pantster. This way my mind takes me to different and fascinating directions, exploring lots of ‘what ifs’. I’ve tried plotting and ended up wandering off from the plot.
When you aren't writing, what are some of your favorite hobbies/ passtimes?
When I’m not writing, I’m working at my day job or performing house-ly and motherly duties. I’m a big believer in knitting and crocheting as wonderful stress relievers. I take archery classes, read, TV, spend as much time as I can with my two children.
Who are some of your favorite authors? Favorite genre?
My favourite authors keep changing, depending on what I am currently reading. Right now I am reading Historical paranormal by Robin LaFevers ‘Grave Mercy’ a first from the reader. And I’m loving it. Then there is Nalini Singh, Karen M Moning, Cassandra Clare, Lisa Kleypas, Simon Elkeles.
If you were given the chance to co-author a book with someone, who would you chose?
Mmh, gosh there are so many. I think I’d definitely hop in Nalini Singh’s band wagon. It’d be quite an honour.
What's the strangest thing you've done, or strangest question you have had to ask for research purposes?
I visited a fortune teller for my Middle Grade WIP. It was one of the strangest experience just being there. I didn’t know whether to run or stay. Being told about my future has never appealed to me as I prefer surprises. I ended up paying for the visit for no services, and when I left the lady’s house, I was sweating bullets. I’m still thinking of going back for research purposes, this time more prepared.
What talent do you wish you had, but don't? (For me, I wish I could draw better!)
I wish I could play the violin.
What's a typical writing day for you like?
It depends on what time of day I’m doing my writing. Usually I grab whatever little time there is. I write while the TV is running, kids yelling, or in the middle of the night when everyone has gone to bed. All in all, I have adjusted my mind to write even when chaos rage around me. That’s the only way I can achieve anything, really.
How many different genres do you write in?
So far I’ve written contemporary romance. My current WIP is dark fantasy with sci-fi elements, and another is paranormal. I can’t seem to stick to one. That’s the fun in writing, exploring genres.
If only one, do you ever think about writing a different book than what you are known for?
I’ve thought about writing a historical gothic story. Maybe I will.
What do you do to celebrate a book release day?
For Truly, Madly, I called my friends and family to remind them. Went out for drinks later with friends, then much later visited the bloggers hosting my book’s release. And finally enjoyed a good night sleep for the great achievement.
We all know there's trends in writing. A certain type of book, or genre explodes in popularity. Some fade into the dark. What's a type of book you'd love to see make a comeback?
Oh, I’d love to see dragonshifter stories. I love dragons.
What are three things your fans don't know about you that may surprise them?
I’m a big cartoon fan Phineas and Ferb & Co.
I prefer tea to coffee
I bite my nails when really nervous.
What are you working on at the moment in terms of writing?
I’m working on three projects at the moment.
I have a project I am working on – A YA dark fantasy with Sci-fi elements, Reaper’s Novice. It’s about a girl who trades her soul for the four souls of her family in order to save them, and becomes the Reaper’s Novice. After two years of Novicehood, Grim (decides to test her. If she passes the test, then her family’s souls are off the proverbial hook. But then, you know how these things go.
The second one is a Middle Grade fantasy/Sci fi about a boy who, upon her sister’s insistence, visits a local fortune teller, and from there everything takes a whole new meaning to the word weird and dangerous. He is transported to different dimensions. The only way for him to come back home is by completing three tests, and two of those will test his love for his family and friends. It’s a fun story to write.
The third is called Love According to Luke – A teenager who thinks the world revolves around him, until he finds a girl who doesn’t even look at him. And the worse is, they have a connection which keeps pulling him to her.
What's something you'd like to accomplish that you have not yet done?
Non writing stuff: I’d really, really like to try hang gliding. If I ever achieve that, I’ll know I can achieve anything. I guess I’ll have to conquer my fear of heights first.
Book Title: Truly, Madly, Deeply, You
Author: Cecilia Robert
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Publication Date: March 21st 2012
Format: eBook, Kindle
Four days before Valentine’s Day, Liese Hansfeld is determined to shut the door to her house, as well as her heart, for her annual four days of mourning her one true love. Little does she know her best friend Freytag Meier is just as determined to keep her from her ritual. He’s ready to pick the lock to her apartment door and camp in her living room if that’s what it takes.
What Freytag isn’t prepared for is the surge of deep-rooted emotions he feels for Liese, but two things stand in his way: the grief and guilt she still clutches close to her heart, and a man who threatens to snatch Liese from under Frey’s watchful eye. Frey is determined to distract her into forgetting her pain. But is that enough to ease her grief, or help her see he can be more than her best friend?
“You all right, Li?”
She nodded as her eyes swept the room, then back at him. “Really, Frey, you didn’t have to do all that. I was going to clean after the four days.”
He shrugged. “No worries, sweetheart. What are friends for?” He smiled and beckoned her to him with his free hand. She followed the delicious smell of food more than she obeyed him, and stood beside him. He smiled at her, and pulled her into one arm hug and placed a kiss on her forehead. “Feeling better?”
She nodded, peeking inside the pot. “Yes, I am,” she said, hoping her voice came out cheerful. She didn’t want to have him worried. “Smells good. What’s this?”
“Healthy food.” He turned his attention to the pot of whatever delicious concoction he was cooking and continued stirring.
Liese glanced around for something to do while he went about preparing the meal. She frowned, as her gaze zeroed in on the sofa.
“Er, Frey, what’s that?”
He glanced up from the pot, and followed her pointing finger. “Oh, that. My overnight bag,” he said nonchalantly. “Didn’t I tell you I’m staying here for those four days? No? Well, I am.” He turned, unconcerned, and continued stirring, dipped two fingers inside the array of bottles of spices in front of him, pinched small amounts and sprinkled dashes into the pot. He repeated the action a few more times before he grunted in satisfaction.
She glared at his back, watching the rise and fall of the muscles there. “No, you’re not.” She glanced up, then poked his arm with her finger to make her point. “You can’t do this to me, Frey. Another time, but not these four precious days. I need to be alone.”
Frey tilted his head slightly, his midnight blue eyes gentle and kind as they’d always been. “Sorry, I’m not leaving. Get used to the idea, Li. Besides, I have five votes from your mom and dad. We voted who should come over and stay with you. I won.” He grinned, and turned away to stir what she now saw was red sauce. The scent of mint filled the air, and her stomach grumbled.
She ignored it and twisted out from under his arm. He snatched her back and held her snug and tight against the length of his body. She leaned into his soothing touch, savouring the comfort of his fingers as they caressed up and down her arm. Her body began to relax. “If I needed you, I’d have called you and asked—”
“Eat, and then if you want to talk later, we’ll talk.” Frey pecked her on the forehead once again, then brought his hand to her face and tucked a few strands of her wayward curls behind her ear. He let her go. “Now sit over there like a good girl.”
She grunted in frustration and stalked away, well, as much as her weakened body would allow her to stalk without losing her pride. She plopped down on the sofa. “You’re no better than my parents.”
He chuckled. “You bet I’m not. I’m worse.”
Cecilia Robert enjoys the play and weave of words that make up a good story. She enjoys creating fantastical worlds and getting lost in them. She often meets a prince, a princess, a pirate, ordinary and badass boy or girl who take her through the wonderful world of dreaming and fantasy.
She doesn't have particular leanings to any kind of story as long as it captures her attention She reads and enjoys urban/dark fantasy romance, paranormal, contemporary, sci-fi, mystery or horror as much as her children's school books.
Some nights, you can find her reading Puss in Boots for her daughter, or trying to understand how to read Manga comics from her son.