What is your author name or penname – Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer
What genre/s do you write in – fantasy, dark fantasy, horror, poetry, children’s literature,
Christian romance, general romance, non-fiction.
Where do you get you inspiration from and do you feel the sources of your inspiration have changed over the years? – I feel inspiration is very precious. I get the initial
idea in my mind and use a variety of dreaming, modelling and research techniques to develop the idea. My first couple of books were almost 90% inspiration and I was totally driven to write them. As I write more professionally it is turning into 90% effort
and an elusive 10% inspiration. That is not to say that the quality is dropping – in fact, my technique may be improving with experience and involvement in a variety of publishing ventures!
If you had a ticket to ride where would it take
you and why? – When I was a child, I would have said the U.K. because I wanted to see my roots. Europe has also fascinated me over the years, because of the rich history, churches, castles and mountains. When I began studying Teaching English
as a Second Language I got very curious about China. Recently, I’ve set stories in America and visiting the states I selected would be a source of inspiration. However, I would do none of those things until I had explored Australia and Oceania thoroughly.
What were your favourite books as a child? – Enid Blyton’s Famous Five Series.
If you could travel back in time what era would you visit and why? – I’ve always fancied the Medieval period.
So simple and structured around village and church life – it is somehow easy to associate with magic and adventure. I’m sure it was really quite uncomfortable, with poor sanitation, manual labour and the risk of plague, but it seems unpolluted
by the depredations of the industrial revolution, let alone the subsequent commercial and technological ages… Do I have to stay there though? There is no printing press until the Reformation/Renaissance.
What are you working on now?
– I’m moving house! Oh did you mean writing? Well, I am wrapping up a number of anthology submissions. I set myself the goal of being in anthologies this year, and I’m proud to report I have achieved it in multiple occurrences so far.
- I also have a new release LOVE ALWAYS HOPES which is the third in my “Silver Springs University Series”.
- I have hopes to release another independent speculative work by early next year if I am not too distracted by the anthologies.
The story is written, but needs editing, title and cover. The working title is “Island in the Sky” watch out for it if the name sticks!
Have you any hobbies? – I usually answer ‘reading, writing and computing’.
Other hobbies vary. Do It Yourself home renovating and decorating come high on the list. (Yeah, I also watch THE BLOCK).
What do you like about where you live? – I live on the edge of the Barossa Valley, (South Australia). I am
not far from a riverbank, which is beautiful. I am conveniently placed to visit my father, which is handy. The freeway takes me back to town quite quickly for business. The highway will also take me out in the opposite direction to Flinders Ranges and the
outback, or alternately to the Riverland when I feel the urge for a rural “fix”. I think that I have the best of both town and country, with a temperate, almost Mediterranean climate.
List your publications –
July 2017 – Silver Springtime, CGH Literacy Institute, Adelaide. ISBN-13: 978-0648116011
Jan/Feb 2018 - All for Love: on The Charity Dating Show, CGH Literacy Institute, Adelaide. ISBN-13: 978-0648116028
2018 - Mystic Evermore, CGH Literacy Institute, Adelaide. ISBN-13: 978-0648116004
2018 - Faith and Love, CGH Literacy Institute, Adelaide. ISBN-13: 978-0648116035
2018 - Saints and Sinners, CGH Literacy Institute,
Adelaide. ISBN-13: 978-0648116042
2018 - Autumn Secrets, CGH Literacy Institute, Adelaide. ISBN-13: 978-0648116059
2019 – Love Always Hopes, CGH Literacy Institute, Adelaide, ISBN-13: 978-0-6481160-7-3 COMING JULY 2019
Anthologies and Journals currently available:
"New York, Culture Shock, and a Glimpse of the Future in "He", in Lovecraft Annual 11 (Edited by S.T. Joshi) Hippocamus Press, 2017
"Feminine Powerlessness and Deference in The Case of
Charles Dexter Ward" in Lovecraft Annual 12 (Edited by S.T. Joshi) Hippocamus Press, New York, 2018
“Flashback”, “Radiation Sickness”, “The Black Hole”, “The Duel”, and “The Takeover”
in Worlds: Dark Drabbles #1, (Edited by Dean Kershaw), Black Hare Press, June 2019
“Pride”, “Prisoner”, “Seraphin”, “Shepherding”, and “The Temptress” in Angels: Dark Drabbles #2, (Edited by
Dean Kershaw), Black Hare Press, July 2019
“Manchine”, “Spider Alert”, “The Slime Monster”, “The Waygrim”, “You” in Monsters: Dark Drabbles #3, (Edited by Dean Kershaw), Black Hare Press, August,
Links to your books –
“Silver Springs Christian University Series”
Silver Springtime https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074CR5DCW/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i10
Faith and Love https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G1ZCR22/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i5
Love Always Hopes https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RRLYN6D/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i12
“The Nevermore Brothers Parables Series”
Mystic Evermore https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07C1RP69X/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i7
Saints and Sinners https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D1FPG4Y/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i8
Autumn Secrets https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HKWJZ83/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i6
Anthologies and Journals:
Lovecraft Annual 12 (Edited S.T. Joshi) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1614982295/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3
Annual 11 (Edited S.T. Joshi) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1614982031/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i4
Worlds (Edited by Dean Kershaw)
Angels (Edited by Dean Kershaw) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RGXYMFR/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2
Monsters (Edited by Dean Kershaw) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SGWSQVY/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1
Blurb from one of your books
with an elevator pitch –
I’m going to push my latest release (sitting here in proof form, looking so good, but very soon to be available to the reader.)
LOVE ALWAYS HOPES
is a bright, energetic girl who loves the outdoors. Her life has been placed somewhat on hold as she waits in faithful hope for her boyfriend Kaleb Proctor, to return from America.
In the meantime, Cara has to deal with her friend Dylan Perett,
who was once her faithful suitor, but has become embittered by constant rejection. Is it too late for Cara to regain Dylan’s friendship and what does he mean to her really?
Love always Hopes is the third instalment in the “Silver
Springs Christian University Series”. Each tale features a different heroine, and can be read as a standalone or serial continuation of the loves and losses of your favourite characters. The preceding books were Faith and Love and Silver
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