Our lucky author this week is M.C. Cerny who has agreed to answer some questions for Interview with an Author.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
– Hi, I’m M.C. Cerny. Book lover, writer, cat hoarder and professional procrastinator. I tend to fight for the underdog and I think many of my stories have that element no matter what I’m doing. I’ve been writing since I could hold a crayon, dabbling with stories here and there. I began writing historical romance about ten years ago and never really did anything with it moving towards a more contemporary vein in the last three years, finally pubbing my first book in January 2014. I wanted to write in the thriller genre (think Tom Clancy) until all my characters were making out too much, and the thrill became more in the romantic sense. I wonder what my hero Tom would say about all of this.
Tell us about your latest project.
Ah… my latest project feels like my baby. It’s a summer story about a young couple trying to make things work after an unexpected heated summer romance. Can they survive the realities of a long distance relationship with all the complications and baggage they both bring to the table? As I was writing this story (it was originally a novella “One Summer” in the Nighttides anthology) I found my characters were really evolving and maturing in their decisions and learning about how to pursue what their heart’s really wanted. They both hurt each other and have to grow from the experience. This book is planned as a complete standalone and will be titled “Summer Ever After.”
What is your favorite book and why?
Straight up easy answer for me. I loved reading Where the Red Fern Grows as a kid. I had a serious meltdown cry and a good talk with my grandmother about the book that stays with me today. I read it once every year to kind of remind myself of the books I want to write and the goals I have for myself.
What do you like to do when you need a break from writing?
I’m a long distance runner so I mix up running workouts and races in between big writing deadlines. I also love food and museums so I go to NYC often to visit friends.
Where do you usually write? Do you write in silence or with music or other background sounds?
I need absolute silence which is hard to find. I have two different offices, you would think the pretty decorated one at home would work, but I get less done in there. It’s mostly my work office that looks like a hazmat team swooped in where things percolate the best.
Who is your inspiration? What inspired you to become a writer?
Its other indie authors I watch working hard and making it happen. I don’t know that anything in particular inspired me to be a writer, that calling sort of happened on its own long ago, but being in a supportive community of other writers is where I find the support and comradery to keep doing this crazy thing.
What is your least favorite part of being an author?
Writing Blurbs. I suck at them and if I could have someone else do it then even better. Any volunteers I can outsource these demons too?
What is your favorite part of being an author?
Meeting new people and creating whole new worlds for character to live in. It’s awesome when a reader asks questions about why I had a character make a certain decision or fall in love the way that they did. It makes me smile when readers take the time to read my books and contact me with questions.
What is your favorite motivational phrase, and why?
“Suck it up buttercup.” I don’t have time to complain about why things happen. I’m all about going out there and doing it. That’s not to say I don’t ever have bad days or low ones but I’d rather stay positive.
Do you have a writing space? Tell us what it’s like.
It’s a notepad and a pen wherever I’m at. No matter what I’ve done to make my home office inviting, I always end up writing elsewhere and at the strangest of times. I’ve been known to scribble notes for key scenes in the middle of an important meeting, the airport bathroom, or while my monster is at dance class. I should buy stock in post-it notes, pink ones of course!
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Flashpoint – Romantic Suspense
“Everything you’ve ever loved could be gone in a flash.”
Under The Mistletoe – Rom/Com – Book One
“I want to be with a woman who is confident, sexy, and smart. Maxie, I want you.”
The Naughty List – Rom/Com – Book Two
“It’s been awhile, but this isn’t my first rodeo.”
Night Owl: A Curvy Short
“Her kiss is heaven with a kick in the ass.”
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