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