How much of your books are realistic, based on your own personal experiences?
CJ: My book Twenty One Days to a Better Attitude features a lawyer as the heroine and since I'm a lawyer in real life, that is sort of based on personal experience. My story in Milestones (A DD anthology) is about a spanking fiction writer and some of that is also based on real life and the challenges of having a secret life, especially when people around you fancy themselves to be good writers. Some of that was totally venting my spleen/therapeutic for me.
MT: How same/different are you from your main character?
CJ: Sarah, the heroine in Becoming Lady Amherst, often gets into trouble for snarky comments, so that is exactly like me. (Hard to believe...ha!)
She is different from me because she is also rather sweet and innocent.
MT: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
CJ: Gosh, I'd like to say that there is some deep meaning in all my books and that reading them will open new horizons for everyone. Mostly I just hope to offer a steamy and fun diversion from everyday life, and if I accomplish that I'll be happy.
MT: What advice would you give to aspiring writers? CJ: Go for it. Chances are the first story you write will be awful. Mine was too. But with each one, you learn something and improve. Find someone you trust, not family or friend who is willing to give you some guidance. Be willing to take their advice.
MT: What is the trait or characteristic you find most appealing about your husband?
CJ: There are several. Currently, Mr. Jones and I are in the process of moving in with my aging parents. This is not a small thing to ask of my husband, but watching him treat my parents with kindness and patience (also no small task) is humbling. I realize that the way to show someone you love them is to love and care for the people and things they love.
MT: Does he read your work? Either way, why or why not?
CJ: No. He's one of those "I love all of it" readers and that's not really very helpful. However, he does very patiently listen to me talk about my story ideas, which is a big help.
MT: Biggest guilty pleasure, or which you are willing to risk a spanking...
CJ: TV and Facebook!
MT: Dear Celeste, I know how often you are on the evil thief of time, aka Facebook, so we can imagine you are willingly taking a risk often!
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