Name C.E. Black
Where are you from South Carolina
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
Well, there’s not much to tell about me. I’m quite boring actually. I am a full time author, wife, and mom. When I’m not running the kids here and there, I’m writing or doing the laundry. Coffee is my addiction. My day can’t start without it. And I have a serious weakness for cheesecake.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I joined nine authors, all NY Times, USA Today and Amazon Bestsellers, and we put together a boxed set called Gathering Darkness. I am so excited to be a part of this! It’s already available for pre-order and will be released Nov. 10th.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
In grade school, I used to write short stories, but the older I got, other things seemed more important, like boys lol, and I put down my pen and slowly stopped reading for pleasure for a long while. About five or six years ago, someone gave me a book and told me how great it was. Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons actually. And I began falling in love with reading all over again. I realized I tend to gravitate toward the romance in any story, so I began sticking with that genre. Then one day, my own story began to manifest in my head, and I had to write it down. I haven’t stopped writing since.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I probably didn’t call myself a writer for a good few books. Sometimes I wondered if being self published meant I wasn’t the real deal, but after hitting the Amazon and ARe bestseller’s list, it hit me that I, in fact, was a writer. And now, when someone asks what I do, I don’t say stay at home mom, I tell them I’m an author.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I don’t know exactly. I had been reading vampire romance books left and right for months before the story came to me. Though the story is unique and my own, I imagine it was those books that awakened my muse.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I guess. Most authors do. I’m definitely a panster. I’ve tried plotting out books on paper and my style of writing is too character driven for the outline to hold up. Though I usually do have a final destination in mind when I begin a story, I let the characters lead me where they want to go. I mostly write in first person, past tense, though I have done a couple in third person. I know many readers don’t enjoy first person, but I find that I connect with the characters on a much deeper level that way, as a reader and an author. And I also will give the reader other characters point of views by headlining a chapter. That way, if it’s important, the readers won’t miss it.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
That is a hard question to answer. There’s no process for me. Either one pops in my head before I even begin writing, or something in my words will stand out and I will use that. Though there was a case of one book where I wrote a whole list of possibilities and let my sister pick. It worked out perfectly.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I don’t know if there are any purposefully laid out messages in my novels or stories. There are some, of course. There usually are. One that comes to mind would be communication. I am a firm believer that without communication, a relationship, whether romantic or just friends, can’t survive.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I write paranormal and fantasy romance, so there are a lot of unrealistic ideas happening. But I would say what is real, is the relationships. No, there are not based on real events or people, but no matter if the Hero is a werewolf or maybe the heroine is a vampire, the trials of their relationship could very possibly happen in real life (if you take away the fangs.)
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I have used a couple of events from my own life, dramatizing them of course to make for a more interesting read. It may be as small as a character having the same obsession to the weather channel that my husband has, but I feel like each and every story has a piece of me and my life in it.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
There are so many books that have influenced me. Every book is an inspiration. I would say a few authors’ works stand out. Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake books blew my mind with such a kick ass female lead. And Charlain Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series was the first series I’d ever read that included sex scenes. It was a whole new world for me after that. LOL
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Buffed by S.H. Timmins. She’s a fairly new author and writes the most hilarious Romantic Comedies.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Well, Gathering Darkness, which includes a new book from me, Shifted Undercover, releases November 10th. And the long awaited 3rd novel in my Alpha Division series, Shifted Obsessions is with my editor and should release by the end of the month.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, actually. A Shifted Wedding turned out exactly how I imagine. It was funny and sexy and everything I wanted that novella to be when I came up with the idea.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure! Here’s a snippet from Shifted Undercover featured in the boxed set Gathering Darkness. Now available for pre-order and releases Nov. 10th! Only $0.99! 😉
Now boarding flight 342 to Miami, first class…
“That’s us.” The deep voice sent my stomach fluttering, as I grabbed my carry on and followed my husband to the attendant.
I couldn’t believe I actually had a husband. I shook my head, still processing the last few months of my life. It was such a blur.
“Here, let me get that,” he said.
Adam reached for what was the equivalent of a large purse that I’d planned to bring with me on the plane, but my grip tightened on the straps. “No, no, I got it.”
“Are you sure?” His head cocked to the side as he smiled, sending his adorable brown, wavy hair falling over one eye. The prominent dimples of his grin had a tendency to make me go weak in the knees and way too agreeable at times. This time, however, I had to hold my own.
“Yeah.” Nodding, I looked away.
“Alright,” he murmured, and turned to the flight attendant. I breathed a sigh of relief as I handed her my boarding pass.
“Have a good flight, Mrs. Hughes,” she said, with a bright smile. I smiled back, but she had already moved on to the passengers behind us.
As we boarded, my gaze scanned the interior of the plane. It was the first time I’d sat in first class. Though I’d protested that economy would have been fine, Adam wanted us to have the best of everything on this trip. It was our honeymoon, after all.
Sitting down, I placed my bag at my feet and shifted to look out the window. No beautiful sky to see just yet. Only an endless amount of pavement.
“Nikki?” Adam asked, as he sat down beside me.
“Hmm?” I answered back, without turning away from the window.
His fingers gripped my chin, the tips rough and calloused from years of working with his hands. He turned my face toward him for a kiss and right away, my stiff shoulders relaxed a notch.
I opened my mouth to receive his skilled tongue, as his fingers brushed lightly against my cheeks. I’d never known a man that could kiss like Adam could. He teased, his teeth nipping my lips between tentative caresses of his tongue, before he delved into my mouth completely. Both of his hands now held my head in place, possessing me in the most seductive way. It was probably the number one reason I’d said yes when he’d asked me to marry him.
“Now,” he murmured, as he licked his lips, causing my heart to skip a beat. “What’s with the stress? The wedding is over. No more plans, or worries about who wants what where. It’s our honeymoon. Relax.” He grinned.
Stressed? He has no idea.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No. Though I love to travel and do occasionally with the family for vacations, I don’t travel often and I’ve never done it for the purpose of one of my books.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I design my covers. Except for Gathering Darkness. The fabulous Mina Carter designed that one.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding the time to write.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Hire an editor and don’t be afraid to ask seasoned authors questions
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No. My memory is way too bad for that. lol
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I don’t cry easily, but I laugh at just about everything.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Right now, I very much enjoy Supernatural, Hemlock Grove, and The Walking Dead
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
My favorite food is cheesecake. My favorite color is red. And the music, well, I don’t have a favorite. I love all types of music and listen to just about everything.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I went to school to be an accountant, actually. LOL Funny how things change.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I do. You can find me at Website – www.ceblack.org
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/C.E.Blackbooks/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/CEBlackbooks