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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Author Interview w/ Cecilia Grey & Giveaway

I have had the pleasure to interview author Cecilia Grey today. Cecilia is the author of Fall For You.
Cecilia Gray lives in Oakland where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case.

Cecilia has been praised for “instilling a warmth and weight into her characters” (Romancing The Book Reviews) and her books have been praised for being “well-written, original, realistic and witty” (Quills & Zebras Reviews).

Several of her titles – including A Delightful Arrangement (The Gentlemen Next Door #1) and An Illicit Engagement (The Gentlemen Next Door #2) – have spent, in her view, a shocking amount of time on bestseller lists for romance, historical romance and regency romance in the US, UK, Italy and Spain.

She’s rather enamored of being contacted by readers and hopes you’ll oblige.
Cecilia can be found at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Fall For You is available at these locations:

Now for the interview:
Can you share with us a little about yourself?
I’d love to! My name is Cecilia Gray, and I write fun, flirty romance and young-adult books. My latest release, FALL FOR YOU, is the first in a series of Jane Austen retellings set in an all-girl boarding school that (dum-dum-dummmmmm) becomes co-ed.

Growing up, what books do you remember reading?
I was obsessed with Roald Dahl – starting with James and the Giant Peach. I checked out so many of his books from the library that the librarians enforced a waiting period so my classmates could have a shot at reading them first. So I made my friends pretend to check out books when really they were for me.
The BFG was my favorite. After reading it, I pretended to sleep while keeping one eye half-open in the hopes of spotting the Big Friendly Giant slipping a dream through my window. I was seriously sleep-deprived as a child.
Where do you do most of your writing?
The couch. I have a friend who writes at her desk while walking on a treadmill which is crazy and awesome and enviable and nuts and I wish I could do the same and I hope I never do.
Who or what makes you laugh?
My girlfriends! Sometimes we get so giddy and ridiculous we go into this fugue state of cracking each other up. Afterwards we can’t even remember what was so funny.
Favorite snacks?
When I get into a writing groove, I’m not picky about snacks. Put anything remotely salty, crunchy or sweet and my fingers will reach for it and bring it to my mouth.
What books do you enjoy reading?
Awesome ones. Hunger Games is an obvious book that I read and re-read and then re-read again. I was also blown away by Daughter of Smoke and Bone. The writing, right down to the word choice, was incredible. Judy Blundell who wrote What I Saw and How I Lied also has an incredible style and voice that I an read over and over again.
Who are you favorite authors?
Suzanne Collins. If someone offered a master’s class in Suzanne Collins, I would take it. Then fail it, so I could take it again.
I feel it's important to have your children read at a young age. How does it feel when you see a young teen reading?
It’s always awkward because I usually want to engage – especially if I’ve read the same book they are reading - to ask how they’re liking their book or what they think or what else they’re reading. But I don’t engage because it’s not polite to interrupt someone who is reading and because it’s creepy, as a stranger and an adult, to approach a young teen in public. J So I usually just smile to myself and go along my merry way.
Any other books in the works? Future projects?
The next book in my Jane Austen Academy series – SO INTO YOU.
I’m also debuting a trailer for my series soon that is ah-mazing. The actors they cast were so perfect, the setting was epic and I love the whole thing so much I wish it was a real television show.

About Fall For You

The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is hot guys to flirt with. Please. They need to stay focused on something that lasts much longer: an acceptance letter from an Ivy.
But over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And it’s about to turn the Academy—and the lives of its students—totally upside down…
* * *
To say Lizzie and Dante are polar opposites is the understatement of the century. He’s a snooty Exeter transfer with more money than Google. She’s a driven study-a-holic barely keeping up with tuition. It’s obvious that Dante thinks he’s way too good for Lizzie. And Lizzie knows Dante is a snob with a gift for pushing her buttons.
But things are changing fast this year at the Academy. And when Lizzie’s quest to stop those changes blows up in her face, taking her oldest friendship with it, she has nowhere else to turn but to Dante, with his killer blue eyes, his crazy-sexy smile, and his secrets… Secrets Lizzie can’t seem to leave alone, no matter how hard she tries…

One ebook will be given away
Open to Everyone
Ends May 31st

Amy Fournier


  1. What a great interview!! It was very entertaining to read. Cecelia sounds like a great fun person, and the book sounds really good.

  2. Thanks for hosting such an interesting interview. About to Fall for You sounds like a hilarious book and I'm definitely going to watch out for it now.

  3. Thanks for having me, Jodi.

    Amy, I totally want to put "Cecilia sounds like a great fun person" as a blurb on my book covers!!

    Thanks for stopping by, Julie. :)


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