Publication date: October 27th 2015 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Today we have the distinct honor of interviewing Celeste Grande-author of Live Me. It’s always great fun to get inside the mind of an author! 🙂
When did you decide to become a writer and what was the first thing you wrote? I decided to try my hand at writing and the indie world about three years ago. Live Me is my first book baby! The story is so massive and intricate that it took me so long to finesse and write properly. And it still isn’t done 😉
Where is your ideal writing spot? To be honest, Live Me was written entirely while I commuted to and from my day job in New York City. I almost can’t even believe I did it, but it’s where I do my best writing. I hand wrote the entire one hundred and forty thousand words. I’ve tried to type, tried to write at home, but I just can’t.
How do you get your ideas? I get my best ideas talking them through with beta’s and critique partners. It’s hard for me to see a story in its entirety even if I’m trying my best to plot. I need to weed through the what if’s for a while.
What are you currently working on? I just finished a short story that was included in the Hot For The Holidays box set called Promise You Forever. Now, I’m cleared up to write the sequel to Live Me. As fast as I need to be with that one, I suspect it won’t be an easy write. The story is very involved.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead characters from your book in this post? Hands down Kostas Martakis is Blake and Amber Heard is Eva. From day one that’s all I saw as them.
What books/authors have most influenced your life? I have to give credit to the author that brought me to where I am and sucked me into the romance genre, E.L. James. To me she is creator and queen of this world. It wasn’t until that book that this genre blew wide open the way that it has and became so widely accepted.
When you think back on your childhood, who is one person that influenced you or encouraged you to become the person that you are today? Thankfully, I had a childhood overflowing with people who did just that. I come from an artsy family, so I attribute my creative side to that. My grandmother always encouraged that piece of me and I’m grateful for that. My parents stressed the fact that I could be whatever I wanted to be. They never held me back and never discouraged me. I think they always saw that I was a bit deeper inside than most.
Where does this story take place, and what influenced your choice of setting? Live Me takes place in New York. It being my first novel, was the easiest for me to envision and take the reader to. I’ve been told that people actually feel like they’re in the story and that’s what I was aiming for. A lot of the places actually exist and I went there to get a feel before writing it.
How can you begin to live again when you’ve already been forced to…die?
Evangelina Ricci is trapped in a world that’s a never-ending nightmare, a constant ache in which consumes her every breath. Unable to bear the torture any longer, she does the one thing she can to take back control.
With her best friend Jace in tow, Evangelina attempts to escape her darkened past by leaving for college and diving head first into an aggressive schedule, determined with everything she is to make a name for herself. There’s only one problem—she can’t run away from the demons she struggles with. The demons that’ll forever be there, locked inside, battering her soul. Hiding behind a flawless façade, Evangelina faces her ghosts until her world is turned upside down, invaded by…him.
Blake Turner. Sweet, witty, flirtatious and drop-dead gorgeous, he finds Evangelina at every turn. Scared he’ll uncover the truth she keeps so well guarded, Evangelina tries her best to put on her act, deterring him like she has so many times before—only this guy’s different. He’s relentless. Utterly, absolutely and completely relentless. He sees her and he wants her and won’t stop until she’s his.
Will Evangelina succeed in pushing Blake away? Or will he break down her walls and be the person to make her realize life is worth living?
She lives in New York, still putting pen to paper and anxiously awaiting the debut of her first novel, Live Me, a new adult romance, in October of 2015.