Interview with Astrid Cielo

When did you first start writing?
I wrote all the time as a child, and my grandmother supplied me with endless amounts of paper. I was always a shy child and for some reason I could express myself best through written word. I wrote a story in junior high, but it was never published--except by myself. I wrote it out on white copy paper, illustrated it (my writing skills are exponetially greater than my illustration skills), then sewed it together and binded it with cardboard. It was great! I did several more over the years.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I am working as a nurse in my local hospital. It's quite fulfilling to serve others, although I will always love to write. I also enjoy playing World of Warcraft, surfing the web, and jogging (although this is a new hobby and I'm not quite a triathlete or anything, but I'm working on it).
What is your writing process?
I always say that I used to not have a writing process, but I did and it has evolved with each story that I write. I like to take an idea and just run with it, but I've found that an outline is actually easier to contain all my ideas. So, now I do a little outlining before I begin writing. Does it alway end up the way I outline it? Nope, but it does speed up the process and brings everything into perspective.
How do you approach cover design?
I actually do my own covers, with the exception of The Witch's Birthday Brew, and I have enjoyed learning how to use photoshop to manipulate the pictures to make really neat covers that sort of tell a story of its own. So, how do I decide what the cover should look like? I search through stock photos and let the ideas come to me. Sometimes those ideas don't work out, but each time I don't make the perfect cover, I do perfect some skill set that has proved quite enjoyable.
Describe your desk
So, my desk is quite messy. But its mine! I have a lamp, my minons from Despicable Me, and a couple of bottle holders--a rattle snake and a frog--because I collect bottles. My pencils, pens and sharpies are contained in a cup and a vase that my mother bought me for Nurse's Day. I am now the proud parent of an iMac and I do enjoy it, however it has been way different that Windows OS.
Published 2013-12-08.
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Begging for Forgiveness (Pinewood Creek Shifters, Book 2)
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State of Unrest (the Chronicles of JJ, Book 1)
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Embracing Ember (Salin's Salvation)
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Surrender Serenity (Salin's Salvation, Book 1)
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