I had the great pleasure of interviewing my friend and author, Ria Cantrell, writer of the Celtic Storm Series! She writes beautiful, heart-wrenching stories that will stay with you long after the story ends….
Here is my interview with Ria ~
Describe a typical writing day. Are you a morning, afternoon or night owl writer?
I can’t say I am any of those…or maybe I should say I am all of those. I write when the mood strikes (which is pretty much all the time). I get up in the morning and grab a coffee and sit out on the lanai with my laptop. When I am in the zone, I write until it becomes too hot to sit there and either I will have a swim or I will go inside where it is cooler. I will do errands and chores intermittently and come back to writing throughout the day. I must admit, that sometimes when the house is quiet and the pup and the hubby are sound asleep, I do get some of my best work done. The other night I was up till nearly 5 a.m. and had a very productive time. Sorry, I guess that really did not answer your question.
Can you tell us about your current work in progress?
I would be happy to. I am currently working on the fourth book of the Celtic Storm Series called Knight Storm. It takes place in Medieval England. The heroine, Rhianna du Montefort is a daughter of Welsh and Norman parents. Both parents met an early demise because of a shipwreck. The young Rhianna started having visions the night her parents died, which marked her as one who follows the Old Ways early on. She is really a healer. She and her brother are left to run the du Montefort holdings. Her brother has been missing and is presumed to be dead so the king sets one of his best knights to take the profitable du Montefort lands under his protection. Only, he has to marry the Lady of the Keep, much to his horror and protests. He believes that Rhianna is a crone and a witch, to boot. Nothing could make him want to marry her less. Rhianna has no desire to marry anyone, let alone a man who has Norse heritage. Erik Ragnorsen sounds like one of the Viking invaders from the past and Rhianna is loath to marry him. There are many trials and tribulations, but ultimately, love has a way of thwarting the best of their intentions.
I am also working on a novella called Morag’s Tears. This novella is about the old mystical woman who appears in all of the Celtic Storm stories. It is told in first person and describes the life of the old woman and the choices she made, all of which brought her to the point in her life that she is now able to relate in the telling of her story. She tells her tales of love, loss and redemption.
What inspires you when you are writing?
Love. Love inspires me. I am an incurable romantic so I seek out stories of love. Stories of love and the struggles to keep it. Stories of love that conquers all obstacles. Stories of love and passion. Love and passion are my greatest inspirations. My husband Paul is a complete romantic and he encourages me to write about love. He gives me great inspiration because he reminds me what love stories are all about.
What’s your favorite item on your writing desk?
I am laughing. Paul bought me a beautiful Elvin-style tiara/headpiece, which I leave dangling on a mirror on my desk (That is ELVIN, not Elvis). When I am writing medieval stories, I put the tiara on and am in the moment. I love that piece. Yes, I am wearing it now.
Do you Prefer…
Champagne or beer? Definitely Champagne, especially pink champagne
Southern Drawl or Scottish burr? Definitely the burr, but I do a great southern drawl, much to Paul’s horror. He is English and when he learned I lived in Florida he imagined me talking “real southern, y’all.” I am actually from Long Island…so he was happy with that accent much more or should I say maw. When I write Scottish burrs, though I hear them all as Rona Downey…which I know is Irish.
Kilt or Leather Pants? Yes, please.
Print or e-books? I love printed books, but I also love the ease of e-books. The instant gratification thing, you know? Also, my books are e-books, so of course I love them. I have some treasured print books, though.
Here is a peek into the third book of the Celtic Storm Series, CELTIC SPIRIT:
Can a man be redeemed of his ills of the past? Derek Campbell did not know the answer to that. All he knew was the pain and suffering he had caused…and the pain he now felt from the fateful fall from the tree limb that now lay splintered beneath him. As certain death was about to befall him, he was granted a chance of redemption. Somehow, he was deemed worthy of a second chance but it would come with a price. The price would plunge him into a world between the living and the dead, where isolation was his only companion. Isolation and time….Those were things he would have an abundance of to ponder the misdeeds he had wrought throughout his life. Old hatreds of the past prevented Derek from opening the path of redemption. Love would be the only thing to save his soul from the endless years spent not quite a man; not quite a ghost. His punishment was severe and an ancient curse prevented him from satisfying his human needs in every sense. He knew want; he knew loneliness. Only in the Tower, protected by the Guardians of the past, could he claim his humanity. The tower held the key to unlock Derek Campbell from the prison of his soul and of his heart.
Kiera Callum was running from a failed relationship and a career with a sadistic and abusive boss. The Highlands of Scotland seemed like just the balm to soothe her battered spirit. She never dreamed that taking the menial job as a tour guide would afford her to actually live in the main quarters of Castle Campbell. She also could not imagine that the Keep came complete with a 700 year old spirit. It seemed Kiera ran from many things in her life when the going got tougher. One of those things was her ability to sense the spirits of those who had gone before. She had denied that gift her entire life because it marked her as a freak. Only now there was nowhere to run. Kiera had to finally face everything she had run from in order to help the trapped soul of a medieval man whose presence was the most vital thing she had ever encountered. She would have to learn to trust in the things that could not be explained. Things are not always as they appear…
Could love end his torment? Would Kiera be able to open her heart enough to release him from the prison of isolation? Would her love be strong enough to let him go? Celtic Spirit spans six and half centuries where the past and present collide. Love can bridge time and space. Love is eternal.
As a special treat, I’m doing a giveaway to one random person. The prize is e-copies of all three of Ria’s books! All you have to do is leave a comment. I will announce a winner on Saturday.
And look for Ria’s upcoming book, KNIGHT STORM due to be released November 2, 2014!
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