Interview: Mia Jo Celeste

fcportra-me-in-the-stairs-wMia Jo Celeste comes from a family of writers and English teachers, so it was no surprise when she chose to pursue both careers. She grew up watching horror movies and reading romances. To her, the two genres go together like salty and sweet in kettle corn.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I’m an English teacher, so you might say working with words is a big part of my life.

Do you have a reoccurring theme to your books?

Yes, and it’s not entirely intentional. I’m really a strong believer in second changes and in starting over, so many times my characters are on that journey. Most often, they succeed. We all have a broken place in our past and I write the story of its mending. That said, I have a big imagination and usually along the characters’ journey, a lot of fantastic, not quite real, stuff happens, which is why most of my work is also paranormal.

What do you hope readers take away from your work?

That people can change and grow. They can start again.

Have you ever written a scene that ‘creeped’ you out?

Yes, I’m one of those authors who believes that there must be emotion in the author if a scene’s going to generate emotion in the reader. Other Than, my new release is a paranormal tale, which has an element of horror to it. A scene that raised heebie-jeebies for me was when the heroine gets locked out of her room. It’s her first night on the island. She knows no one and she’s only seen a couple of rooms in the main house, so she gets lost. When she tries to find help, she ends up joining a line of zombie-workers. Then she discovers, they’re not only dead, but mindless and threatening. She’s surrounded, about to be attacked and she realizes as that these creatures have the same disease she does—they could be her future.

Do you read the same genre you write?

Yes, but pretty much, I read in every other genre, too. I’m addicted to stories, and I’m always looking for my next novel-fix, which leads to the next question—

What social media do you participate in?

I have a blog www.miaceleste.com —I’m on Twitter and Facebook, but I’d love for readers to look for me on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/62257812-mia-jo-celeste so we could share must-reads.

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