About Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer:
Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer is the pen name used by Australian poet, author and researcher, Cecelia Hopkins. (A.K.A. Cecelia Drewer).
Cecelia was born in 1967 in Adelaide, South Australia. Cecelia remembers the struggle to learn to read at primary school and this motivates her work in remedial literacy. Reading was a slow process until one birthday; she sat down with her gift, a mystery story. The tale was so exciting, Cecelia finished it in one session and she was a fast reader from that moment onwards. Along with the love of reading, Cecelia quickly developed a love of writing. After finishing school Cecelia moved to New South Wales to study, before returning to South Australia and living in Adelaide.
Current Books include: SPECIAL PICTURES TO TALK ABOUT (Speech development teaching aid); SILVER SPRINGTIME (Christian college romance); ALL FOR LOVE (Contemporary reality television romance) and MYSTIC EVERMORE (Paranormal romance and adventure).
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired by emotions, feelings, plot-lines and ideas I just HAVE to share.
Tell us about your writing process.
Well, I've always believed in INSPIRATION and writing from the SUBCONSCIOUS. So I try to get into the right mood and allow the words to flow through me to the page. On the other hand, I do plan and research. I compile a CONCEPT FOLDER, which contains notes, images, articles first drafts etc… The Concept Folder is more so that I can return to the same story months or even years later – or pen a sequel.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Not exactly. As the words come to me, the characters say and do things I don't expect. They take on a life of their own – but I don't talk to them. I'm more visual…it's more like a movie where they act their parts.
What advice would you give other writers?
I always say KEEP WRITING. This is so essential, I can't formulate any other advice. Perhaps, I could add to edit what you write, and don't be afraid to keep working until you feel it is perfect.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Well I had non-fiction and poetry published in magazines and anthologies – but my fiction transgressed genres and contained a literary influence – so I couldn't find a publisher. I also didn't trust editors not to change really crucial things about my stories. Finally Print On Demand (POD) arrived and solved the problem. I self edit and take it VERY SERIOUSLY.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think ebooks have changed the market a lot. But they are cheap and disposable, often tied to one device or another. Also, an electronic read seems better if it is shorter – so a lot of things once considered novellas are now calling themselves "books". However, I also believe people like to own a paper book. Paper will never go away.
What genres do you write?: Literature and Fiction, Christian Romance, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult, Fantasy, Myth and Legend, Paranormal Romance, Vampires, Shifters
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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