Interview with Celeste A. Daniels

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in South Africa. I had a lonely childhood and always felt that the people around me, did not understand me. When I was 12 years old, I wrote my first poem and found that I had a love of writing. I realized that I had tapped into a world where I could express my emotions, feelings and provide an outlet for the words I had trapped inside. Over the years, I grew bolder and started writing non-fiction and as the saying goes...the rest is history.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading fantasy, love stories and books I can relate to. If I can totally immerse myself (lose myself) into the story, then the author has successfully done their job.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get to escape to a world where I can be myself...completely comfortable, with a sense of fulfilment and happiness that money can't buy.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus when I was 29 years old. Having never heard of this condition before or what it meant, I started endless searches to find out as much as I possibly could. I was thrust into a lonely and very scary world, with no direction or support. After finding some support groups, I latched onto the people who shared my pain and experiences. We all share the same condition, yet we are different in some ways. What has come to light for me on this journey thus far is that there is not enough awareness or knowledge about Hydrocephalus - even among the Medical professionals.

My hope is to inspire others to tell their story and to help grow awareness. More importantly, to highlight the need for a cure.
What is your writing process?
I work full time and am a mother of 3. Writing is done as and when I get time but I take what I can get. Early in the morning before everyone wakes up, at night when everyone's gone to bed or the 15 minutes I get on the train to or from work. Weekends are better though and affords me more time to write. I also have a Blog under my pen name: SkyeWaters33
How do you approach cover design?
The cover I choose, needs to speak to the heart and soul of the book. There needs to be a deeper meaning...
What are you working on next?
I plan to write a book on ETV Failure outside of the textbook norm.
Published 2017-02-06.
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Books by This Author

Stronger Than You Know...
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,370. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: November 6, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Abuse
This book is an account of a young woman's experiences of being sexually abused as a young girl by not one but two family members. For years she has kept the truth locked in the crevices of her memory where it seemed to have faded. Feelings of shame and guilt are engraved into her soul until she breaks the silence and opens the door to recovery.
Hydrocephalus: Floating Faithfully
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,780. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Diseases / nervous system (incl. brain), Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Inspirational
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Floating Faithfully is a story, written from my own personal experiences, of the daily struggles I’ve endured and battles I’ve overcome while living with Hydrocephalus. A condition, which does not discriminate and affects millions across the world. Awareness is needed to kick-start required funding for research towards a Cure. You can help spread the Word.