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Member Spotlight on Cecilia Rene

by | March 27, 2021

Do you write full-time or part-time?

  • I feel like it’s full time, but it’s really part time b/c I work.

What’s the hardest part of writing? 

  • Writing, actually writing is the hardest part. Then research, lol. But sitting down and not being distracted is the hard part.

What’s your favorite historical movie?

  • Really it’s hard, but Sense & Sensibility is my current favor for the past few years.

Who’s your favorite historical figure?

  • Hmmm, That’s a hard one right now. I find someone new all the time. I’ve always loved Harriet Tubman, Duchess of Devonshire, it depends on the day or if I learn something new.

If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be?

  • Not to be too deep, but I would meet my grand parents and great grand parents. I would love to know how they survived slavery and the south. It seems like such a hard thing to overcome and live through to me. Me who lives this rather cushy life.

If you could time travel, what era would you visit?

  • Well, I would love to go to the Regency or 1920s prohibition!

What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

  • The best I’ve ever received was from my annoying husband. I was crying that I want to be a writer and he said: ‘You want to be a writer than just write.’ I glared at him and then just wrote.

 When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

  • It really goes back to like 5th grade and I wrote an essay on my elderly father. I got on the news and I just loved telling the story of my life and how people always thought he was my grandpa and he wasn’t. hahaha

Are there specific books or authors who have influenced you as a writer?

  • Although I haven’t read him often, just one book really. Reading James Baldwin made me want to write. It made me want to be a great writer.

Give us a brief rundown of your process. Are you a plotter, a pantser, or somewhere in the middle?

  • I’m a whole mess! Basically, I’m in between. I’ll write a summary, then get to an outline, get to about chapter 15 of outline, abandon it and start writing. Then start filing in the outline as I go. Change the summary here and there.

Can you tell us a bit about your journey to publication? 

  • I started working on The Bachelor Duke Novel way back in 2019, thinking I can write a Regency because I love them all so much. I was working always diligently when I found a premade cover made by my now cover designer, Holly of The Swoonies. I purchased that with only 10x chapters written. With my cover picked I kept writing and gathered my team of friends and fellow writers, hired me an editor who happened to be in my RWA chapter and published July 29th! I’ve been doing all my own marketing, and everything, getting myself in FB groups. It’s a fulltime job to publish, and market yourself but I’m aggressive by nature! I never give up or I try not too.

Tell us about your latest release and what’s coming next for you. 

  • The Bachelor Duke follows The Duke of Karrington, Remington Warren and his pursuit of one Lady Olivia St. John. What’s next is I’m currently working on the audiobook of The Bachelor Duke and Writing book 2 in the series: Ruined by The Bachelor Marquess.

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