Don’t you love that cover? I can just pretend I’m sitting on my deck, watching the starry sky.
Jill: Let’s get started. Have you been to any of the places you write about?
Celia: Of all the real places, yes, I’ve been to all of them. Many of the places I write about are fictional, but always near or similar to a real town. I live in Texas and know the state very well. It’s easy to make up a town in a particular place…readers who know might think…is she writing about Kerrville? Or Amarillo? Or Blanco?
Jill: I’ve been to Texas many times over the years. Every corner of it is different. So, who is your favorite author?
Celia: My favorite author retired by the time I discovered her books, about ten years ago. LaVyrle Spencer. I have mentioned her repeatedly, because in my opinion she was absolutely the best. Her stories varied, Historical vs. Contemporary, but mostly were set in the upper Midwest…where she lives. But she could take an ordinary group of people and write a story that would just tear out your heart, and in the end always make you sigh with love. Fantastic talent and ability.
Jill: Darn! LaVyrle Spencer retired? Boy, the things you learn in an interview. OK, fantasy time. If you got a $1 Million Dollar Deal tomorrow, what crazy things would you do?
Celia: Interesting question. Since I don’t know how to do anything crazy, I’d have to think a long time about that. Material goods don’t inspire me, I’ve traveled enough that I’m not yearning to see anything in particular, and I’m not in need of anything. But I feel compelled to think of something. Let me see…I would buy a real luxury vehicle, I would clean out my closet, hire a fashion consultant and buy a whole new wardrobe, I would go to a dermatologist and have some simple cosmetic procedure done…not to look younger…but to look brighter! And I would throw a big party somewhere like Hawaii and pay for all my close, faithful friends to come for a week on the beach. How much would that cost? I’d probably still have a lot of money left, right? More thinking…thinking…thinking…
Jill: Cool, I think you covered it all. Vehicle, clothes, party with friends. Sounds like you would have a good time with that book deal money. So, let’s go back in time for a moment. What books did a childhood Celia like to read?
Celia: Oh, The Bobbsey Twins, Strawberry Girl, the American Classics about famous Americans, and Nancy Drew.
Jill: Nice selection. I loved Nancy Drew. I see you have a published book. How did you celebrate your first sale?
Celia: First, I cried. Then I told my husband, and cried again. Then we sat down with a glass of wine and talked about the excitement and how, at retirement age, I had written a book someone would publish for me! It doesn’t get any better than that, and friends, it never gets old.
Jill: Isn’t that the truth? Something about making your dreams come true makes you young at old, no matter how long the road took. Now, tell us all where we can get the lovely book above.
Jill: Please let the readers know where to find you.
Jill: Thank you Celia for joining me today at my blog. If you have any questions or comments, just leave them in the comments and Celia will be stopping by the blog from time to time to check them out.