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.
- 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.
- How long does it take to write your book(s)?
CG: Between 6 months and a whole year.
- 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).
- 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.
- When did you write your first book?
CG: 10 years ago.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? CG: 15. My favorite is my last one THORNGROVE, a horror story for YA.
- 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.
- What do you think makes a good story?
CG: Consistent characters and emotions.
- As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
CG: I wanted to be an artist or a journalist.