The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
We would love to get to know you
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
I would love to be Chelian from my best seller, Celestial Dragon. Not only does she get the sexiest man in the solar system, but she has special powers which include shifting into another human form.
What's your favorite genre to read?
I go through phases, but I always seem to gravitate back to historical western romance. Aside from that, I love any romance that's well written and grabs my attention.
Who or what influences you when you write?
Life influences my writing. I have teenage kids and I teach teenagers so I'm surrounded by drama. It's all fun and very inspiring. My family supports what I do one hundred percent and that's the best motivation around. I don't ever want to disappoint them.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
Well, let me outline today. I get up around 6:00 AM, and enjoy a wee bit of TV until 7:30. I work at a high school teaching art until 4:00 PM. Once a week I stay until 5:00 for art club. Today, I walked around the neighborhood and passed out invites to our annual Orphan's Thanksgiving. We feed the neighborhood, which is composed of mostly old generation and college students. Makes for a fun mix. Came home and found DH back from a three-day trip, so I enjoyed a beer with him and some neighbors before cooking supper. After supper, I tootled to the grocery to shop for Orphan's and pick up my daughter from work. Came home and started working on the computer. I do most of my writing from 9:00 PM until midnight. Tonight I'm working on an article for a local community magazine. Last night I think I actually accepted the job of editor for this magazine. It's the whole A-personality at its best.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Eliza's Copper Penny releases this December and I'm really excited about it as the heroine was fashioned after a school teacher. And the hero has red hair. (My first boyfriend had red hair - wags eyebrows) Kaitlin's Silver Lining was another fun one to write as it involves a very stubborn suffragist and a fun-loving, lanky cowboy. This one comes out in February. The project I'm currently working on has been the most fun so far because I'm actually inserting a wee bit of humor into it, something I haven't done much of in my past works. This book is Once Jilted and it's part of a series of books coming out from Champagne Books where the heroine once rode the orphan train. While the series will begin in January, mine comes out in June.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
Once Jilted is my last contracted project. Once that's completed, I have several books I've started that I'd very much like to finish, then I'd like to submit to the larger publishers. I have started another sequel to Celestial Dragon that I hope to submit to Champagne, but it will be a month or so before I commit to it.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? In general and in you're writing career.
I can retire from teaching in 6 - 10 years at which time I hope to be writing full time. I love creating stories. I just need more time to bring them to life.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
I adore the strong alpha types with beta qualities. My ideal hero has a strong sense of moral duty and the confidence to withstand outside pressures. At the same time, he's gentle with the ladies even if he's a bit rough around the edges. His most important obligation will be family.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step. I wrote my first under-the-bed book when I was twenty and I did submit it, got my first rejection, and never attempted another full novel again until 6 years ago when my husband's co-worker discovered that I liked to write. I was still writing first chapters at the time, just not full novels. Since she was also a writer, she invited me to join a critique group. So while Kim (who has one published book under the name, Jolie Mathis and two more contracted under the name Kim Lenox) was instrumental in lighting a fire under my creative soul, the ten members of the romancing history critique group nurtured me. Phyllis Campbell encouraged me to submit to Champagne Books and within a week, I was offered a contract. It was all very exciting. What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
I can be found in many places. My website is www.ciaragold.com , I blog regularly on each Wednesday at http://magicmavens.blogspot.com/ and on Thursdays at http://orphantrainbooks.blogspot.com/ I do have a myspace page at www.myspace.com/ciaragold and I love talking to readers and other authors.
Thank you for this opportunity!