Interview with Celia Breslin
Celia Breslin lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for werewolves, vampires, and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find Celia exercising, reading a good book, hanging with her family, or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.
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October Calendar Girl
Welcome Celia! Thank you for taking the time to chat with us.
Where are you from?
Hi everyone! I’m originally from the Midwest, but I’ve called California my home for about twenty-five years.
Married/In a relationship? Children? Pets?
Yes, I’m happily married to my soulmate. We have one Awesome Sauce child, and two cats that love to jump up on my desk and demand my attention while I’m working.
Do you have another job other than writing?
I also do freelance editing and sometimes read the slush pile for one of my publishers.
What is your favorite place to eat?
Well, I live in San Francisco, the land of abundant, excellent restaurants, so my favorites list is long! Here are two: Moki’s Sushi & Pacific Grill and B-Star (Pan-Asian cuisine).
Ha, I bet the answer is obvious from restaurant answer above this. ::grins:: Japanese, Thai, Burmese, Vietnamese, Chinese, etc.
If I came to your home and looked inside the refrigerator, what would I find?
Fresh fruits and veggies; a lot of coconut water, almond milk, and regular milk; assorted cheeses; white and brown rice (always making rice around here!); proteins (meat, tofu, fish); takeout boxes of Asian cuisine, etc.
Where do you like to go when you want to run away? Where is the farthest place you have traveled from home?
The farthest from home I’ve been is Europe. For a quick getaway, I love going to the Napa or Sonoma wine country, about an hour north of San Francisco (in good traffic!). For longer getaways in the car, Southern California or Oregon are both great.
Do you have a critique partner?
I do indeed trade crits from time to time with a few of my close, writer pals.
Attending any conventions/conferences this year?
Alas, probably not. Family events are front and center for the next few months.
What genres do you write?
I write urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Same thing I love to read. J
What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Write every day if you can.
Tell us your latest news? Current projects
I released my fifth story, Under A Mating Moon, in September, yay! ::happy dance:: Under A Mating Moon is my second “Moon” story for Decadent Publishing’s multi-author, Black Hills Wolves series. My first was Diamond Moon (March, 2015). I’m currently working on the third, Jasmine Moon. Each of my stories is a standalone read and features one of three Wolf siblings: Ross (Diamond Moon, #12), Lexi (Under A Mating Moon, #27), and Evan (Jasmine Moon, in progress).
One or two of your biggest learning experiences during your writing and publishing process?
One of the biggest learning experiences was my first book tour for my debut novel, Haven (July, 2013). It was loads of fun appearing on many blogs and chatting with readers. Love it.
Biggest surprises you didn’t expect once you became a published writer?
I was impressed at how supportive the writing community can be. It’s nice to be surrounded by people sharing my passion for the written word.
What would you have done differently if you could do it again?
If I could go back in time armed with what I know now, I would write my first novel faster!
Easiest and hardest thing about writing?
Writing, LOL. Okay, I bet you want more than that. Whipping out raw copy is easy, but at times hard when Editor Brain tries to interrupt Artist Brain’s flow. Writing sprints are helpful in keeping the Editor Brain corralled so Artist Brain can play.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I love vampire fiction, and I wrote the story I wanted to read. That’s Haven. Carina, the heroine, is a San Francisco dance club owner with an entertaining but dysfunctional vampire/human family, and a load of enemies out to make her life challenging.
What ignites your creativity?
Moving. I can’t tell you how many times an idea has come to me when I’m taking a walk in my lovely city, or exercising, or driving my car.
Let's talk about the day to day creative process. Take us through a typical writing day for you.
A typical writing day looks something like this: Chauffeur child to school, exercise, write, edit and/or read slush pile for indie publisher, pick up child, spend evening with family (and maybe sneak in a little more writing). Rinse, repeat.
Is your writing area/office organized or strategically placed chaos?
I’m so glad I can say, “Why yes, my office is organized.” If you’d asked me two months ago, the answer would’ve been “strategic chaos,” LOL. I recently renovated my workroom and it’s the most organized it has ever been!
Do you listen to music while you write or do you need complete silence?
It varies. Music definitely inspires my muse, and all of my books have soundtracks. You can check them out on Spotify.
What writer would you like to meet and have lunch with?
OMG, hands down, no contest, one hundred million percent Joss Whedon! The man is a genius. Can you tell I’m a fan? LOL.
Name one actor/actress you would love to get naughty with? (If you were free to do so)
What books do you have on your favorites shelf?
Let’s talk virtual shelf, aka my Kindle: J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series, Larissa Ione’s Demonica series, Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series.
What book are you reading now?
Guarded, by Carmen Fox
What do you like to read/favorite genre?
Same thing I write: urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I do also enjoy contemporary, military, highlander, and erotic romance. And more… basically, I love to read!
Any new authors who have caught your interest?
Carmen Fox. I had the honor and pleasure of being her editor for her debut novel, Divide and Conquer (Champagne Books). She recently released Guarded and it has been in the #1 spot on Amazon (Books-Mystery-Supernatural-Vampires/Werewolves) for quite a while now. Go, Carmen!
If you could say one thing to the next generation of authors, what would it be?
Same thing I was told: write every day if you can!
What would you like to say to your readers?
Thank you for taking the time to read my stories!
What is your web page/facebook/twitter contact information?
Here’s where you can find me in Social Media Land:
Celia's Web site
Celia's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CeliaBreslinAuthor
See you there! ::waves::