Women in Horror Month – Cécile Guillot



When Cécile is not busy doing vintage shopping, saving cats or drinking tea, she writes stories. She likes to navigate between different genres and atmospheres… Horror, Gothic or Chick-lit and children’s fiction. Reading her books is like a journey into a curiosity cabinet, sometimes dark, sometimes sweet.


  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

CG:  I sent a short story for an anthology – just for fun – and the publisher loved it and decided to publish it. It was a big surprise and it made me want to write more and try to publish other stories.


  1. How long does it take to write your book(s)?

CG:  Between 6 months and a whole year.


  1. Do you read reviews of your books?

CG:  Yes, I do. Good reviews are always good for the ego, and bad reviews is also important: it makes you understand what your strengths and your weaknesses are and help you improve your writing. (Of course, bad reviews must be argumentative and respectful).


  1. Where do you get your ideas or information for your book?

CG:  I don’t really know where my ideas come from – maybe a mix of feelings and moods inspired by other books or music, but concerning information, I love doing research and often buy nonfiction books to help me.


  1. When did you write your first book?

CG:  10 years ago.


  1. What do you do when you’re not writing?

CG:  I’m working in a french publishing house. At home, I take care of my daughter, I read a lot and I like doing crochet or embroidery.


  1. What does your family think of your writing?

CG:  My parents think something like “stories about witches? what a weird idea, there are so many subjects more interesting. Nobody reads this kind of bull.” XD

Fortunately, my husband thinks it’s great.


  1. What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating your books?

CG:  Maybe, that it could help me know myself better and it could help people feeling better by reading it.  Stories are not just stories.


  1. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?  CG:  15.  My favorite is my last one THORNGROVE, a horror story for YA.


  1. Any tips/suggestions on getting started?

CG:  Write what you love and be yourself. Don’t try to stick to a genre, or to follow a trend.


  1. What do you think makes a good story?

CG:  Consistent characters and emotions.


  1. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

CG:  I wanted to be an artist or a journalist.






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