Today I’d to introduce you to my fellow CIR author, Ciecie Newson.
Ciecie Newson is a writer who grew up in North East Ohio. She has written stories since she could hold a pencil, but her published work until this point focused on medical research and technical software documentation.
Ciecie has a blog site where she muses on the healthy lifestyle of a writer and gives out tips on writing and marketing.
Ciecie, currently a single woman loving her single life, lives with her plants, travels with her sister and still manages to work a full-time job at Case Western Reserve University.
Welcome, Ciecie, thank you for joining me here today.
Thank you for allowing me to speak to you and your audience about my Clean Reads works.
So, before we learn a little about your debut book, let me ask you three questions. What was the inspiration for your current work in progress?
I love gardening. I also love farm animals. Many times I sit and visualize having my very own homestead. Sometimes I take this visualization further by looking for farmland, or 2-4 acre parcels of land in a suburb near me. I have spent hours each month watching YouTube videos of homestead families. One day when I was in my visualization zone I wondered about farms that have been abandoned and how cool it would be if I could just squat on that land and create my dream homestead. That led me to do some research on squatting laws in Ohio and other states. It was this thought of Squatting on abandoned land that launched my story idea for my current book Squatter. I have completed the first draft and am now working on refining the story for publishing. It is a story of a young lady who Squats on the land she feels she has a right to and how the rich landowner deals with her when he finds out.
Well, that will certainly be interesting to read when it comes out! Next question, where are your books set? And have you been there, or spent significant time there?
My first book, The Man Next door is set in the location of my current apartment, and neighborhood. (I hope I have no stalkers. – LOL) The apartment across the hall from me was empty and my landlord was chatting after he had completed preparations to rent the unit. I was teasing him and said to him, “You can only rent this apartment to a single man over the age of forty and under fifty-five.” We had a good laugh over it, but when I went back into my apartment, I thought about if I were my perfect version of me, and my perfect man moved in across the hall, what would our perfect romance look like. So I wrote the story, in my apartment, in my Kamm’s Corners neighborhood, with guest appearances from my friends who own a local restaurant.
They do say to write what you know, so it sounds like you’ve followed that advice! Now, one last question then we’ll learn more about your debut book. Are you indie published, traditionally published or hybrid? And what are your thoughts on the whole indie vs. traditional topic?
I can answer hybrid on this question. My book I self-published on Amazon. I started my writing career as a journalist and that is where my first writings began being published in the local city paper, The Cleveland Plain Dealer and medical journal, Pulse. I currently have a blog where I actually answered the question about my thoughts on the topic which way I preferred to publish. You can read the full answer by visiting my blog, Ciecie’s World.
Well done on taking the self-publishing plunge … it’s an incredible journey, and different for everyone. Now, let’s find out about this book of yours.
L O V E – Many want it. Leanne wasn’t one of them. But when she meets Donovan, love becomes a possibility in her life she never expected.
The Man Next Door is a sweet BWWM romance. It is a book a mom can read with her teenage daughter. It is a story of building a relationship and friendship. There is not a sex scene in it, no man disrespecting his woman, no bondage, no taking a person out of their relationship with another. There are sweet kisses, passion, and alpha men that respect their strong women. Please enjoy this book and leave me a comment about why you found it enjoyable. 🙂