Interview with Cecily Wolfe

Who are your favorite authors?
Joyce Carol Oates, Shirley Jackson
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
hungry cats
What do your fans mean to you?
Knowing that a character I've written has meant something to a reader - it's everything.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
reading
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
recommendations from friends, browsing
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was in the third grade and wrote a very short story about Helen Keller, who I was obsessed with at the time. I have no memory of what happened in the story, just that it was a way for me to connect with a real person I admired so much.
What is your writing process?
A lot of handwritten notes, drawings, charts, timelines - then Scrivener for a first draft, Word for revisions.
How do you approach cover design?
Free stock photos that have something to do with the story, something unique. For A Harvest of Stars, I wanted a blue dress similar to Lucy's, and the shape of a star.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything that looks good - no apologies.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nook Tablet - it's great for the treadmill.
Describe your desk
A mess. I clean it all the time, but it is still a mess.
When did you first start writing?
When I was eight, with my Helen Keller story.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Lucy, Locklyn's mother, has been with me for a long, long time. I didn't plan for her to be Lock's mother, but there she was, and she took over. Isaiah came to me before Lock, and told me the story of his best friend, the girl trapped with a dying mother and abusive stepfather, and it took off from there and became A Harvest of Stars.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Lots of submission to agents and editors with 'thanks but no thanks' and 'the writing is great, story is great, just not what we're looking for right now' and the worst - 'not a good fit for us, but do you have anything like it?'

Really?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My characters. Telling their stories, hearing from readers who can identify with them.
Published 2017-03-15.
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Books by This Author

The Competition
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,290. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Four teens with friendships in the balance and futures in the making compete against each other along with 96 other high school juniors for the chance of a lifetime: a full scholarship to a prestigious private college. Some students will do anything to win, but others may pay the price.
Crown of Beauty
Series: Cliff Walk Courtships. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,860. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Historical » Victorian
Catherine is rich and sheltered, with an eye for books rather than boys. Will has been misbehaving since the loss of his family's fortune and his father's suicide. When the two meet unexpectedly, will his secrets ruin the love that grows between them?
That Night
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,120. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Longlisted for the 2018 In the Margins national book award. Perfect for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why or Before I Fall. - Amazon reviewer Drug overdoses don't happen to girls with good grades and athletic prowess, with longtime friends and a devoted boyfriend. Or do they?
Reckless Treasure
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,650. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Coming of age
Francesca is weeks away from high school graduation and the hope of moving away from her trashy mother and hustling twin brother. She is busy crushing on their older neighbor and blind to the love her best friend Mitch carries in his heart for her. A mysterious stranger arrives in town, offering opportunities that she has never dreamed of; but at what price?
Throne of Grace
Series: Cliff Walk Courtships. Price: Free! Words: 67,330. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Inspirational
Arthur Davenport has it all: looks, money, and a successful future planned by his parents. He knows that something is missing, but when he and Josie, his mother's maid, develop a friendship that can only be based on Christian values, he realizes that his love for her is the key to his happiness. Can he convince her that he would gladly give up his life of luxury for a life of service with her?
A Harvest of Stars
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 46,630. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Locklyn Gaines isn’t her mother, but the residents of her small southeastern Kentucky town don’t care. She has grown up in the shadow of her mother's shame, suffering the abuse of a drunk stepfather, with only her friend Isaiah for companionship. With high school graduation days away, the two of them have the smallest chance of escape.