Spotlight On Celia Breslin
Celia Breslin Interview –
February 2021 Calendar Girl
Celia 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, angels, and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find Celia editing for other authors, exercising, reading a good book, hanging with her family, or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies, as well as everything in the Marvel Universe franchise.
How many different genres do you write?
I write in several genres, including urban fantasy, paranormal romance, science fiction, and fantasy. My current published works are urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I also dabble in poetry under another pen name.
Tell us about the type of characters you love to write about.
I like to write vivid characters with flaws, fun quirks, strengths and weaknesses, hopes and dreams. Basically “real” people in fantasy settings.
Do you have a new book or series?
Yes! This year, I was invited to write in a high-heat romance, multi-author, shared world called The Cupid Dating Agency. All stories in the series are unique standalone reads so you can read them in any order. The backstory for the series goes like this: A big war between Heaven and Hell happened, Lucifer lost and no longer runs Hell, humans know about angels/demons, and angels/demons/humans now co-exist and often get matched for potential partnerships (business and/or personal) by the Cupid Dating Agency. I have four stories planned, starring a team of four, Warrior-class angels who find love in the Northern California wine country. My first two stories released in 2020, in August and December: “A Warrior’s Kiss” and “A Demon’s Embrace.”
Hm, what to choose… Let’s go with “A Warrior’s Kiss.” Nicky is a wicked smart woman who doesn’t appreciate the cupid’s meddling ways… She’s chatting here with her snarky BFF, Maya.
(Nicky) - “The cupids are a bunch of pushy, nosy matchmakers. No one is running my love life but me.”
(Maya) - “You need to actually have a love life to run one, you know. And admit it, you’re not totally immune to love. I saw you with him.”
(Nicky) - “I don’t know what you mean.”
Maya rolled her eyes. “You were attracted to Mister Wrecking Ball.”
What do you do when you just don’t feel like writing?
After I released “A Demon’s Embrace” in December, I took a break for the holidays. It’s good to take time off to relax and recharge. If we’re referring to a workday when new words need to happen for the WiP, then I’ll work on the story outline and/or review and edit previous scenes to get in the mood to continue writing.
There’s a lot of controversy going around about how authors shouldn’t write about things they’ve never experienced, i.e. if you’re not trans, gay, an addict etc. don’t write a character like that…what’s your take on that?
Research, research, research. Also, find beta readers who have the experience you do not. Have them read and review your story. Expert beta reader feedback is invaluable.
Many indie authors don’t get their books edited by professionals. What advice would you give them?
Always get your work edited. You want your work to be as professional as possible, right? Editors add the layer of polish every story deserves.
What do you do to go beyond your comfort zone when it comes to writing and life?
Try new things! In writing this could be different types of characters, a whole new fantasy world, a different genre… just go for it. The new Cupid series has me writing angels for the first time and I love it. In life, I’d say the same thing, for example, I love to exercise, so I try new workouts, especially ones outside my usual comfort zone. Variety makes working out fun, interesting, and challenging.
Will you be attending any book signings or conventions?
Due to the global pandemic, I am staying home. You can check my website or subscribe to my newsletter to keep up-to-date on future appearances and giveaways. Or, say hello on social media!
Pass on some words of wisdom, please, to aspiring authors?
Write what you love. Trends come and go, so discover what lights a fire in your muse and go for it. Also, it’s easy to procrastinate with all the distractions available to us, especially via social media, so set writing goals and a schedule, gather some accountability author buddies, and write, write, write!
Web site: http://www.celiabreslin.com/