Jen: Today we welcome Cecy Robson to Romancing the Book. Cecy, will you share a short bio with us?
Cecy: CECY ROBSON is the New Adult and Contemporary author of the Shattered Past series, the O’Brien Family novels, and the award winning author of the Weird Girls Urban Fantasy Romance series. A self-proclaimed professional napper, Cecy counts among her talents a jaw-dropping knowledge of useless trivia, the ability to make her hair big, and a knack for breaking into song, despite her family’s vehement protests. A full-time writer, registered nurse, wife, and mother living in the South, Cecy enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Cecy: Once Pure is the story of Sofia Tres Santos, Lety’s sister from Once Loved, and Mateo’s little sister from Once Perfect. When my agent asked me to dip my feet into the New Adult pool and create a few blurbs for a potential series, I found myself falling in head first and into these characters’ lives. Once Perfect was the first novel. I don’t know, but the more I wrote, the more these characters became real people who had led tragic lives and experienced real pain. Mateo, Lety, and Sofia were all brought up in a violent household. But where Mateo and Lety were able to draw strength and fight back, Sofia withdrew, especially when she was further victimized at age fourteen. What I love most is the hope and resiliency each character brings, and how they fight for their well-deserved HEAs.
Jen: What what age did you discover writing? Tell us your call story.
Cecy: I started writing May 1, 2009 (so 38?) just to see if I could write a novel. As I handed the first few pages to my husband, I remember him telling me, “This is going to get published . . . I think you have something here.” He was right. That novel turned into Sealed with a Curse which my agent sold to Penguin. I’d like to say I jumped up and down and lost my mind―that’s what my agent expected. Instead, only stunned silence greeted her on the other line. Anyone who knows me knows how chatty I am so they’re probably laughing as they read this.
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Cecy: Plotter. Otherwise any gut-wrenching story I’d start would end with unicorn and cotton candy-eating space ninjas taking over the earth. For everyone’s safety, and my editor’s sanity, I thus plot.
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Cecy: ADD inspired madness.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Cecy: Ha. Funny you should ask. I frequently (and excitedly) bark ideas into the notes app on my iPhone. I think Siri secretly hates me.
Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing?
Cecy: Hmm. That would be keeping characters fresh and unique. Easiest? Hee-hee. Humor. Most rewarding? Having readers “fan girl” on me and tell me how much they love and embrace my characters
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Cecy: Heh, heh. Free time? What’s fah-ree time?
Jen: What’s next for you?
Cecy: Wow. Fortunately, quite a bit. My editor, Sue Grimshaw, was so enamored by Killian’s brothers and sister, Wren, that I was offered a contract for an O’Brien Family spin-off including three full-length novels and a novella featuring the very loud, very memorable, and very loving siblings that make up this Irish Catholic clan.
Thank you so much for this wonderful interview! Time to get back to work.