Guest Interview: Celia Breslin

16 Jan

I’m not currently doing a theme of interviews, but today’s guest is up-and-coming Champagne Author, Celia Breslin, and she’s here to talk to us today about her debut novel, Haven!

Celia Breslin lives in Northern California with her family. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance about vampires, mermen, The Fae, and assorted other sexy and mysterious creatures of the Otherworld. Her debut novel, HAVEN, releases July 2013 from Champagne Books (BURST imprint).

You can connect with Celia via her website, Facebook, and on Twitter.


Tell us about HAVEN.

Short answer: Vampires, mayhem, and love. 

Long answer: Here’s the back cover blurb…

Chosen by Destiny. Bonded by Blood.

San Francisco nightclub owner Carina  “Rina” Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes a left turn when a witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday.

Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles to evade her new protectors and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic, undead musician. Insta-lust flares, leaving her wanting more.

With evil’s minions hounding her every move, and everything she thought she knew turned on its head, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel her vampire family’s web of deceit, and fight to have a love life…without getting killed in the process.

In HAVEN, do you have a favorite character? How about least favorite?

In truth, all of my characters have a piece of my heart. But I hope my heroine Rina will forgive me if I confess her “uncle” Jonas is my favorite. An ancient vampire originally from England, Jonas embodies extreme violence in a pretty package.  He’s a man of few words, dark and moody, fiercely loyal and violently protective of those few people he loves (such as Rina).

I adore Jonas so much I gave him his own short story, a prequel to HAVEN entitled “The Vampire Code.” It’s in the edit stage at the moment, after which it will go out on submission to Champagne.

Dom,  I, Rina’s brother, is my least favorite. I’d like him better if he’d lose the huge anti-vampire chip he’s carrying around on his gorgeous Italian shoulders. He might just do that in the next book. TBD. J

Tell us a bit about your writing style – is there anything you find really easy or, really hard?

I prefer to write novel-length fiction and write in both first person and third person, depending on what my characters want. For HAVEN, Rina was such a dominant personality that I had no choice but to allow her to tell the tale.

My stories typically unfold in a linear fashion and follow a basic, somewhat skeletal outline. If I try to jump around and write scenes out of order, my Muse gets cranky. If I try to work from too detailed of an outline, my Muse throws a tantrum and veers wildly off-script. It’s a fascinating and fun process.

Do you have anything else in the works we should know about?

Why yes, I do.  A paranormal romance featuring one sexy-as-hell and wicked-smart human-merman hybrid, one sweet lit geek (his love-interest) and a slew of mostly evil mermen said hybrid must battle to save the girl.  

Also in the works: the second book in Rina’s vampire world. My girl is none too happy at the onset when an archenemy sends a gift-wrapped box of blood to her house…

Who would win in a race around the world: Superman or The Flash?


Do you play a musical instrument of any sort?


In the spirit of sharing, tell us about another author you adore.

Oh, there are so many. Currently, I have to read (and reread) everything by Laura Kaye and Kresley Cole.

Would you like to leave a shout-out to anyone?

Yes, thank you Leia, that’s so kind of you. I’d like to *throw confetti* and *pop champagne* for my friend and critique partner Amber Belldene. Her debut novel, BLOOD VINE, a vampire paranormal romance, releases last week from Omnific Publishing. Congratulations, Amber!

Even though I don’t know her, I’ll extend the congrats to Amber as well! Thanks for stopping by today, Celia, and I hope to have you back here perhaps sometime in June leading up to Haven’s release. 

In completely unrelated news, this has been a hectic tour (I’m a paramedic, 96 hours on the pager and you go a little something something on your last day…) and I might be a little slow on moderation of comments. There’s a large system coming in – where I’m located we either get missed or we get hit, and my net might go down – so my apologies if I’m a little bit slower on the uptake then normal.


2 Responses to “Guest Interview: Celia Breslin”

  1. Michele January 20, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    Sounds riveting! Can’t wait to read it!


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