Interview with Cecilia Beatriz

When did you first start writing?
I was 9 when I first wrote a story. I became serious about it at 13 when a page or 2 could no longer contain the flow of ideas that incessantly kept me up in the wee hours of the night.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This is actually a decade old story that I'm rehashing. It's about a man who returns to the city after reading a story online that narrates the events leading up to the death of a friend.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My family and friends are supportive about the idea. It took me a while to decide on this, considering that it's a big step. Eventually, I took the plunge since the first novel I published wasn't exactly tantalizing to traditional publishers. Moreover, being an indie author allows me to create my own book covers and distribute my work to a broader audience.
Who are your favorite authors?
My all-time favourite authors are Tamora Pierce, J.K. Rowling, and Christopher Paolini. I am also a recent fan of Neil Gaiman. I love his books Stardust and The Graveyard Book.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
An interesting question. Probably knowing that there are new adventures just waiting around the corner every day. Knowledge and experiences bring spice to a writer's work. So, it's easy-yet-not-so-easy to embrace what lies ahead of us for each day that comes.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Researching interesting bits of information from the Web, cooking, baking, watching a series or movie, and reading books. But currently, my time is spent mostly on studying.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually visit goodreads and read the reviews before getting the book/ebook.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. I only remember it was something of a fairy tale.
How do you approach cover design?
The important things to remember in designing the cover are:the title and the author's name should be clear enough even if the image is the size of a thumbnail; and the illustration should be connected to the story. For The Realms of Ethair, I actually just doodled the symbol in Illustrator, experimented on it a bit, and voila!
What do you read for pleasure?
I read YA Fantasy and Adventure. It's the perfect balance of action, romance and the story always ends with good prevailing against evil.
Published 2014-12-19.
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Books by This Author

The Realms of Ethair
You set the price! Words: 63,970. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
College student Kristina befriends Arty, a foreigner vacationing in her country. When she is struck by an unknown illness, Arty brings her to his home in Merleina - a place of magic, healing and knowledge... and there lies her destiny...