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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Exciting Things Arrive!

Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My new on line magazine is up!!! I am so excited and I am getting really good feedback. I am so happy that my little idea is actually working out. It's so exciting!!! If you haven't read it yet here is the link; . Tell me what you think:) If your a collector or you make any kind of Jewels please let me know because I am doing a feature on that too. Please send me a note at

I am so happy, I just got such a great review of my novel Fantasy Time Inc. from Valley Scene newspaper. I knew it was coming and I was very nervous and I was delighted when I read it! Here is the link; . Pretty cool, huh? If you would like to get a copy here is the link to for Barnes and Noble; .

I was also really excited because two of my articles came out on the same day. They were very different from two separate publications but I was very proud of both of them. One of them is about Taking On A Job that appears in Working Writer, it was in response to a comment that made me think; how do you come up with ideas for the many types of things we write? Here is the link; .

My other article in was inspired by watching shows about loss and how to overcome it. Also how loss brings on a crisis of self worth and the ways to regain it. This is something I am striving for in my life so it is of much interest to me. Here is the link; .

I would like everyone to welcome my guest author Celia A. Andriello who has

agreed to come and chat with us about her five novels, her writing and the way she sees it all. Please give Celia a warm welcome;

What was the first book you remember loving?

My very first heart throb book was Man O'War. Like so many little girls , I was a horse addict. It was the public librarian that handed me that book. It was thick, hard covered and I handed it back to her and said, "Sorry, but I can't read."

"Can't read? Who said?"

"My teacher."

She handed it back, and with the conviction of a general she said, "You can read, and this book will prove it."

She was right. It took me forever to finish it and when I did. I read it again!

What kind of books do you like to read? Do those books have an affect on your own writing?

There isn't a genre of books that I haven't digested with gusto; but my all time favorite author, the author who holds my reverent esteem is Alexandre Dumas. I have read, and re-read his untarnished works countless times. With the stroke of his pen he cause me to hunger for more of his scrumptious prose. He has been a most singular influence in my writing. Throughout my novels there is always a modicum of Dumas' technique on every page.

Do you remember what is the first book that touched you deeply?

Perhaps it was because I was pregnant, but the first book that compelled me to weep had just hit the shelves. The title was Alive! by Piers Read. It was the true story of a sixteen young men, on a Colombian soccer team, that survived an airplane crash in the Andes Mountains. Their struggle to survive was heart wrenching throughout their entire ordeal, until they were able to walk/drag themselves to safety. I was only able to read it once; it was that powerful.

Is there an era of writing that affects you? 1920's, 1800's so forth?

An era of writing? My heart runs the gambit in this area, for if the writer is worth his or her mettle he/she will haul me by the throat into that period of time, and I will not return to the now until I have consumed all of the leaves offered.

Where do you like to write? Is there a favorite nook or corner?

My writers garret is here at my computer, but I cannot sit here and wait for inspiration to hit. Inspiration consistently comes through the efforts of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev. If there's a writer's block, this couple has the power to heal!

Do you prefer one genre to another?

Genres- I have digested so many, that now I have grown bored. It's why I started to writing my own novels. Everything out there has become re-runs. I require something fresh and odd, as well as inspirational.

Do you like the feel of a book in your hands or do you prefer an electronic devise?

Electronic devices clog my arteries. I do not understand Kindle or the alike. They do not do what they purport, that is, they do not save energy. When I hold a book in my hands my essence absorbs its vitality.

Can you tell us about what your working on now?

My latest novel, like all of my novels, weaves child abuse into the outcomes of adult behavior. In my perspective, child abuse is not a 90 minute talk-show laced with cure-all prescriptions. It is very real and should never be implemented as insensitive entertainment. What I try to do is recognize it for what it is, and develop the characters to enrich their mental states by understanding why they do what they do. Not to cure themselves-for that is an impossibility- but to develop from the abuse to be more comfortable in their skin. There is no perfect person; so why strive for perfection when the fun is in challenge of the game known as life?

This 5th novel takes an abandoned child, now in adult form, and through the support of her once repulsed lover, as well as her friends, she learns that her frustrations with herself are actually gifts to her constituency. She is charming as well as devious, and volatile. combining all three together she constructs an outcome she designs and executes with the confidence of a cobra! (Gotta put that hostility somewhere.)

Thank you for a great interview Celia! It was very interesting and enjoyable. Please check out her books:)

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