This is another in the AmaBemma New Year New Books tour. If you haven't checked it out, you really should! There are some exciting new books coming out this year!
Today we are meeting C.E. Wilson, the author of eight YA books in science fiction, fantasy and romance! An eclectic girl, just like me! Let's get to it.
How are you? I am good! Tired, but good. I have a little girl who turned one a few mo
nths ago so things are crazy! She's just learning to walk and she's already an expert at climbing so I'm going a mile a minute with this little girl when she's not napping! And though things are crazy and I'm even more crazy tired, I wouldn't trade it for anything. I love her. I love the push she gives me to keep going and keep to my writing schedule. Everything I do now is for her.
What is the current book you are promoting? I have a book out now called “Five Seven Five” which is the first in a two book series entitled “The Boy with Words.” It is about a girl named White Frost who has spent her entire life in the dark and can't help but wonder if there is more to life than shadowy corners and whisperings of color. When a tragedy forces White to reevaluate everything she's ever known, she finds that the world is so much brighter than she could have ever imagined – and even larger. The second book in the series, “Five Seven Six” is due to come out at the end of February *fingers crossed* and both books will be released in one volume around the same time. I can't wait to show off the full cover spread!
What is your next project? Right now I am in the process of editing two works, both of which will fall into Young or Clean New Adult. The first is a longer novel entitled “This is Me.” and will focus on a type of artificial intelligence called Asists. There's going to be a bit of romance and a bit of science-fiction so it's always a fun combination. The second project I'm working on is also a little sci-fi, but has plenty of high school drama and romance. This book is entitled “Playing Human” and will focus on three very specific people after an alien crash lands right outside their door.
How do you write your books? I like to write all of my books in my little office on the second level of my house. It's a very small room, 8' x 8' and there is one window. But it's cozy and I love it to death because it's all mine. On one wall I have floor-to-ceiling shelving filled with shoujo manga and Pop Funko dolls, two things which I love very much. The other wall is filled with commissioned art pieces from those amazing people I have met on DeviantArt. I couldn't ask for a better place to write... though I wish it were just a slight bit bigger. Haha, I also like to write in silence, but edit to harder music to keep me pumping and moving forward.
Who is your favorite author? That's a tough one. Can I say two? I'm hugely inspired by R.J. Anderson. I love to read everything she's written, even if I have to order her books from Amazon UK to get them. Another author who is a favorite of mine is Stacy Kade who wrote The Ghost and the Goth. That remains one of my favorite books of all time and whenever I want to take a step back from everything that's out there in the writer world, I come back to this book.
What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? Keep writing. Even when you don't feel like it. Even when you just want to lay down and take a nap. Even when sales aren't going so well and even when you get a one or two star review. Keep writing. Don't stop. No matter what is going on in your life, find time to write if that is something you love. That's what I've always done and that's what's really working for me now. Just. Keep. Writing.
If you could never write again, what would you do? I'd probably be a teacher. I have a degree in Secondary English Education, but I don't think that's where my heart is. I love working with students and helping build strong educational values for children, but writing is truly what makes me happy. Always.
Tell us something unique about you: I have a huge shoujo manga collection! I must have over 1,500 volumes and it's still going. There's something about Japanese High School drama and romance that I can't ever seem to get enough of.
What is your favorite word? I'll tell what isn't my favorite word instead. Pucker. Ugh.
If you would like to learn more about C.E. Wilson, check out her Goodreads page