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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Author Spotlight: Celia Yeary, Romance Author

Hello, Celia and welcome! It’s so good to have you hear with me today. Please tell us about yourself. What makes you angry, happy, sad, snoopy dance?

Here’s a thumbnail sketch of “me.” I’ve been happily married for a long time, my children are responsible, successful adults, and my grandsons are the light of my life. Friends are very important to me—I value our time together and our history. Dishonest people, especially those in high positions, make me angry. Lost or abused children, throw-away animals, and lost love makes me sad.

Oh, I have to agree with you here. Liars, abused children and abused animals put me right over the edge. I really don’t understand the mentality of someone who can harm helpless children and/or animals.

Love lost is just plain heartbreaking. But when it is found, omigod! What a gloriously wonderful thing.

Snoopy dance? A contract, a good review, nice royalty checks, a finished manuscript, and completed edits!

Ditto! I can definitely relate to that one:)

How many books have you written?

I have twelve complete manuscripts—one released, two have a release date. (Snoopy dance here.)

Congratulations, Celia, on your releases. That is wonderful. Any yes, Snoopy dancing required and expected.

Also, I have six WIPs—ranging in length from 10,000 words to 50,000 words. I know, I know, that’s not smart. Staying focused and on track is a problem. I have too many ideas.

I will have to admit I am in the same boat, LOL But sometimes things just nag at your mind and you just gotta sit down and quiet the muse. Go with it and get the story down as it comes to mind. Otherwise, its lost. I don’t think a writer can help that.

Do you write to make money or for the love of writing?

If I said to make money, you’d probably laugh. When I make enough money to buy my new coveted Mercedes completely with my royalties, then I’d consider replying: “to make money.” No, really, I write for the love of it. I’m having the time of my life.

How long did you write seriously before your first book was published?

I like this question.
Answer: Four years. I do one thing at a time—get married, have children, go to college at age 26, learn golf at age forty, retire early, have fun and travel…and then sit down and begin to write stories. I have no idea why, except I became bored during a convalescence period and my husband placed a laptop in my lap! He said, “Here. Learn how to use Word or something. I know you. You need something new.”
After studying the program a couple of days, I pulled up a new document page, and to practice what I’d learned, began to write a story. That one became a Western Historical, titled Texas Blue, to be released January, 2010. This will be my third published novel.

Wow! That’s a great story, Celia, and so unique. Please tell us all about your upcoming release.:)

I thought you’d never ask! Now, it doesn’t have shape-shifters or ghosts or vampires in it. Is that okay?

Of course, Celia, we’re not partial here. I love all kinds of books.

My next release is a Contemporary Western for the Wayback, Texas rodeo series by The Wild Rose Press. Title: Showdown in Southfork. A humorous sexy romance.
Ooohh…now that sounds fun.

Where can we find your upcoming release? When will it be available?

Showdown in Southfork is a short novel available in pdf, September 16, 2009. Please find it on the The Wild Rose Press website, Amazon, or any other romance source.

What TV shows do you watch?

Television is a disappointment these days, but since I only watch it two hours most nights, I do have a few favorites: Dark Blue, the Closer, Raising the Bar, Dateline Mystery, The Cleaner, The Mentalist, and HGTV.

Ho, baby! Tell me those men on Dark Blue are not the hottest! Can I tell you I will not miss a show. Everything stops for that one.

Fun question (possible blackmail material down the line, LOL) What is the most uncharacteristic thing you have ever done? Please, no censoring? I have no qualms about placing a content warning on my blog!

Honestly? Write romance novels. Not one person, friend, acquaintance, or family member could imagine my writing romance stories. Generally, my life is very conventional— high school teacher, remain married to one man for all these years, attend church, bible lesson teacher to women. People think of me as the sweet, kind soul, gentle to others, honest with no vice, loyal, and rather quiet. Even my husband still can’t believe I’m a published romance novelist. But he’s proud---and he bought my book and asked me to autograph it and he liked it! That one act touched me more than any review or glowing report I’ve received.

Sounds like you’ve definitely found your soul mate. Family support is such a wonderful thing to have, especially your spouse. It keeps you going, doesn’t it?

Thank you so much for joining me today. Best of luck with all your upcoming releases.

More about Celia.
As a fifth generation Texan, I love the rich history of our state. Even though my degrees are in science and education, I use our ancestors and their accomplishments for endless characters and situations to create love stories.

Although my husband and I travel, no place on earth is more precious to my heart than our home in the Texas Hill Country, surrounded by acres of live oaks and whitetail deer. Romance novels are not my only form of reading material, but they are my favorite, and I wouldn’t leave home without several tucked away in my luggage. Organizations and a writing group (The Write Girls) have provided information, encouragement, and guidelines to help me on my exciting journey. What fun it is!

Find Celia here:
Yahoo Group: The Book Spa (as a moderator)

Find Celia’s books here: The Wild Rose Press


  1. Hi, Dayana--nice job! thank you for asking me to be on your blog. I do so appreciate it. Now I know you, another lovely young author making progress, one love story at a time. Celia

  2. I love the title, Showdown...mostly because it brings to mind pictures of sweaty sexy gunslingers. I have issues. I know.

    Sounds like you have a lot going on! Congrats on your releases!

  3. Hi Celia and Dayana

    Very nice interview--loved the questions! AND the answers! LOL

    I learned some things I didn't know about you Celia! I am looking forward to celebrating (cyber wine, etc.) on Sept. 16 when the book is released! I'm so glad we're friends.


  4. Great interview, Dayana! Celia, I love the Wayback series. Looking forward to yours!


  5. Hey Dayana, how are you?
    Celia you abhor the same things that I do. I think we think a lot alike.
    Great book jacket.
    Good luck Celia!!!

  6. Isabel--yes, that's the picture in our head. But this is a contemporary, and the cowboy is lazy and won't move from the shade, and the one with the gun is a petite strawberry blond!And your "issues" are common, I think! Thank you--Celia

  7. Cheryl--yes, let's do the wine thing, my friend. You know, I'm so excited about this release. Nervous, too. Worse than with my first.thanks for coming by--Celia

  8. Hele--thanks. that's what makes me nervous--readers who love the Wayback series--I have a lot to live up to! Celia

  9. Mary--thank you for the comments--Sometimes it's good to right down just what we abhor--so we'll pay more attention. I love the cover, too. Thanks--Celia

  10. Hi Celia. I totally love the cover of "Hopes and Dreams" - I still think it's one of the most stunning I've seen. What a lovely interview. Sounds like you have some great stories to tell. Best of luck on your new releases. May you have many more. ~ Mickey

  11. Howdy, Celia! (from the other Texan) Congrats on all those contracts! And don't worry. All those manuscripts you have socked away mean MORE CONTRACTS!!! I know. That's how I seem so productive these days. LOL Isn't writing a wonderful way to use one's time when sick? Let's call it occupational therapy for life.

  12. Hi Celia and Dayana! Great interview. I agree with you about traveling...it's so fun to do, but it's always great to be back home.

  13. Hello Everyone!

    Wow! Celia, you've had quite a day:) I was off at the day job all day so unable to check in until now. Thank you all for dropping by and enjoying this very vibrant author. I've had a wonderful time interviewing Celia and look forward to having her back again.

    Off to make dinner! Talk soon.


  14. Fun interview! The 16th is just around the corner. :-)

  15. Michele--thank you! I also think my "Hopes" cover is quite spectacular. And I, too, hope for more releases--at least, I'm trying as hard as I can. Thanks for stopping by-- Celia

  16. Skhye--yep! I understand. I think now, that I was lucky to know nothing about publishing, and just wrote, and wrote and wrote. Even though I have a big stack of manuscripts, every one need rewrites and editing. But I do love my stories. Thanks--Celia

  17. Debra--exactly--one of the fun parts about traveling is the planning and anticipation--don't you think? I love looking forward to a trip. About halfway through, I start thinking aobut home. Celia

  18. Celia, I love learning a little bit more about you here. With twelve books already written, you are going to keep your readers happily busy. I am so glad you have three books coming soon.

    I agree with you we don't write for money, otherwise we would have quit long time ago.

    Great job, Dayana.

  19. Good Morning D~ and Celia,
    I'm a day late getting here, but better late than never.
    Very nice interview. Celia you are a very busy woman. Best of luck with your new release this coming week. Definitely happy dance time.

  20. I'm late... again. Sorry Celia and Dayana. LOL... those of us who write paranormal don't always ONLY read paranomral, Celia. Your book sounds wonderful. What's not to love about cowboys? Fun toating or otherwise.