TQ: Welcome to The Qwillery!
Cecy: Hello, Sally. Thank you for having me!
TQ: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Cecy: That would be acting out my action scenes. My husband has walked in on me throwing myself on the floor more than once. He once helped me work out a scene where my protagonist, Celia, impales a vampire with a fence post. My husband really got into playing the role of the vampire.
TQ: Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?
Cecy: I have a non-sexual crush on Harry Dresden, therefore Jim Butcher is one of my favs. I love Mercy Thompson’s trials and tribulations―Patricia Briggs really knows how to write beautiful pain. I also just started reading Karen Marie Moning. The woman is amazing. My greatest influence comes from my love of the Urban Fantasy genre.
TQ: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Cecy: I used to be a panster. The problem was my over-active imagination kicked into high gear and I’d forget all about the important things like the plot. ; )
TQ: What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?
Cecy: Probably finding the time and quiet. I currently work as a labor nurse and I’m also a mother of three busy children.
TQ: Describe Sealed with a Curse in 140 characters or less.
Cecy: One backfired curse. Four unique sisters. The supernatural world is about to get body-slammed.
TQ: What inspired you to write Sealed with a Curse?
Cecy: Heh, heh, heh. My editor at Penguin, Jhanteigh Kupihea. When my agent submitted the original WEIRD GIRLS novel, she felt too much happened and suggested I take the first three chapters and make that my new book one. That novel turned into SEALED WITH A CURSE.
TQ: What sort of research did you do for Sealed with a Curse?
Cecy: I had to learn a great deal about Lake Tahoe region since I’ve never been there―the weather, environment, area restaurants, and tourist attractions. It sounds like a beautiful area.
TQ: Tell us something about Sealed with a Curse that is not in the book description.
Cecy: The girls are half Latina, half Caucasian, and the cast is multi-cultural.
TQ: Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?
Cecy: Celia is the easiest because I’ve written almost four and a half books about her―so I’ve been in her “head” the most. Gemini, my Japanese werewolf, is probably the hardest since he’s the strong silent type and his creator tends to be a yapper.
TQ: Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Sealed with a Curse?
Cecy: I think I have to say when the girls get a strong dose of what’s happening and finally decide to get involved. It’s a beautiful / sad / tense moment with just them that highlights their fears and love for each other.
TQ: What's next?
Cecy: A CURSED EMBRACE releases on July 2nd, followed by CURSED BY DESTINY in January 2014. I’m rewriting A CURSED BLOODLINE, Celia’s fourth novel. If the series does well, I’m hoping WEIRD GIRLS, Book 5, will be Taran’s book. I’ve also just written a proposal for my OLD ERTH series, a high fantasy category romance my agent will be shopping soon.
TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.
Cecy: Thank you, Sally. You’re always so gracious.
About The Weird Girls
Sealed with a Curse
The Weird Girls 1
Signet Eclipse, December 31, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they're products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, weird…
The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren't aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders: are the vampires of Tahoe cursed with a plague?
Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha's family to keep the region safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and oh yeah, not lose her heart to the wrong guy—or die a miserable death. Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, it’s coming for her and her sisters. This Wird girl has never had it so tough.
The Weird Girls
Signet Eclipse, December 4, 2012
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they're products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, a little weird…
The Wird sisters are different from every race on earth—human and supernatural. When human society is no longer an option for them, they move in among the resident vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region. Could this be the true home they’ve longed for? Um, not quite. After the sisters accidentally strip a witch of her powers in a bar brawl, they soon realize the mistake will cost them. Because to take on a witch means to take on her coven. And losing the battle isn’t an option.
Includes a preview of the first full-length novel in the Weird Girls series, Sealed with a Curse—as well as introductions to the Weird World, and a letter from the author.
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