Last week I reviewed The Undesirable by first time author, S. Celi. This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Sara. The following paragraph is from Sara’s Goodreads profile – she can be found at the link below:
New Orleans born Sara Celi has lived all over the United States. She calls the Greater Cincinnati area and the Queen City home. She’s currently a TV reporter and anchor in Oklahoma City, and has spent more than a decade working in journalism. She graduated cum laude from Western Kentucky University in 2004. Celi is also a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive. The Undesirable is her debut novel. In her spare time, she likes to read, shop, write, travel, run long distances, volunteer with the Junior League, and fundraise for Cooperative for Education, a non-profit providing educational opportunities for Guatemalan kids.
Teri: You’re currently a TV reporter and anchor in Oklahoma City. How did you get into writing?
Sara: Writing has always been a part of my life, and it’s even a huge part of my life in TV. I write so much of what I report on during my nightly newscast, and every day I am expected to write multiple versions of stories for various platforms. As for creative writing, I’ve been doing that since I was a kid. I have tons of journals I wrote as a child, and I’ve always written short stories. In college, I even wrote a (very bad) chic lit novel!
Teri: Where did you get your idea for The Undesirable?
Sara: It’s a combination of some of the things I’ve observed as a reporter, some of the research I’ve done over the years as a journalist, and some strange dreams I had that I wrote down.
Teri: What do you like best and least about your main character, Charlotte?
Sara: One of the things I like best about her as a character is her sense of individuality. She’s her own person in a society that doesn’t value that. Being your own person is important. However, I think as a character, she sometimes can be blunt and cold when it’s not warranted. In fact, those traits get her into trouble sometimes, especially in book two of this series.
Teri: How many books will be in the series?
Sara: I have three books planned for this series, and I am working on completing book two right now. It will be called THE RESISTANCE.
Teri: What made you decide to self-publish?
Sara: It was the right avenue for this project. I did it after careful consideration and research of all options. That doesn’t mean self publishing is the right decision for every work. I think it’s a case- by-case basis, and I’m still a big fan of traditional publishing. In fact, I’ve even been a part of a traditional project before. I am a contributing author to the book “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive”, which came out in October 2012.
Teri: Tell us five things about yourself that are different.
Sara: I am a huge fan of Enrique Iglesis. Yep. I’ve been a fan since 1998. I love shopping, and handbags are my weakness! I have a weakness for Reese’s peanut butter cups. I climbed Pike’s Peak last September and I almost died from dehydration, but I made it back thanks to my husband and two other good friends who I now owe my life. I ran the 2011 LA Marathon by myself while my husband was deployed to Afghanistan.
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The following link is a book trailer for The Undesirable.
Thanks so much, Sara – looking forward to The Resistance!