AuThursday – Cerise Deland

Please help me welcom fellow Resplendence author, Cerise Deland.  So Cerise, when and why did you begin writing?

Not counting my writing from age 8 as anything professional, I would tell you that more than 25 years ago I began to write for newspapers, magazines and then corporations and finally fiction! (Although I often say that what I wrote in the corporate world was also fiction, the time I spent there was invaluable in terms of character studies. And because it was Capitol Hill in Washington, I learned ever so much more!

Q:  What do you feel is the most important aspect for all new authors to remember when writing or creating their own stories?

Tough question!  I think making it realistic is the biggest challenge to any writer. This means so many aspects, such as dialogue, action and period details must be accurate.

Q:  Do you have a specific writing style?

I am a good mimic. That quality made me a good speech writer on Capitol Hill and it makes me a good dialogue writer. Given that, I think my voice changes according to the period, but my themes do not. What are they? Ah. I have discovered them (as I think most writers do, over a long period of time just by writing) painstakingly.  They are that romance and love are essential to a full life. That love, when honored, soothes the wounds of reality and makes life joyful.

Q:  What books have most influenced your life most?

KATHERINE by Anya Seton I read when I was a teenager and it inspired me to write historical fiction that was accurate, dramatic and yes, romantic.  Kathleen Woodiwiss’s novels were the next most influential, because I saw that this kind of writing could be commercial and accurate.

Q:  What are your current projects?

Under my real name, I write a non-fiction book, but also a big novel about an American nurse on the battlefields of World War I. Also with my son, I write a screen play about a woman who saved French art from Nazi destruction in World War II.

As Cerise DeLand, I am finishing two projects –both erotic thrillers—with my dear good friend, Desiree Holt!

Q:   Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

I would not be where I am without the guidance and inspiration of those who head ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA, a wonderful organization that has helped to make female authors of fiction respected in this industry.

Q:   If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

One allllllllllllways wants to change something!  That’s why every author writes The Next Book!

Q:  Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Plotting. Plotting. Plotting!

Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

My new website (not yet complete but working) at

or my blog,

Join me on Saturday when we read an excerpt from Cerise’s Hat Trick!


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