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An Interview With Cornelia Amiri
Bestselling Author and Queen of Celtic Romance
The Story I’ve Contributed Is I Love You More
What was the inspiration for your Mother’s Day Magic story?
A good deal was drawn from my own experiences as a single mother. I think most moms, especially single moms, can relate to it. There are a lot of families that are headed by women, sometimes just one mom and her child, but they are still families in every sense of what a family means. I wanted to acknowledge these strong, loving single moms and the wonderful children they are raising or have raised. They’re doing a great job.
How much research was involved in writing your story? How did you go about it?
Because it was contemporary and set where I live, I really didn’t have to do much research. That’s unusual for me; most books I write require a great deal of research.
How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?
In every book, there are moments when that happens. It’s one of the things I look forward to when I’m writing the first draft.
Do you miss spending time with your characters when you finish writing this story?
I will think of my characters forever. Certain ones are very close to my heart. My characters are part of me. In an emotional sense, they will always be alive to me.
What writer has been your biggest inspiration?
Morgan Llewellyn and Marion Zimmer Bradley are my strongest inspirations. Marion Zimmer Bradley wrote fantasies, Morgan Llewellyn writes historicals, and I write romances, but like them, I use historical knowledge and realistic fantasy that pulls from the ancient Celtic belief system.
What non-writer had the most influence on your life, and why?
The Celtic Warrior Queen Boudica is a main one; she made me start writing. I love history, and in reading a book about the dark ages, I came across Boudica. I was so inspired, I started jotting down notes, but they were fiction (it-must-have-happened-like-this type). Before I knew it, I had written a novel. I thought, "Gosh, I can really do this." So after accidentally writing that novel, I wrote one on purpose, The Celtic Fox, which turned out to be my first published book.
How important is the choosing of character names to you? Have you ever decided on a name and then changed it because it wasn’t right for the character?
The character names are important and yes, I have changed them. "Garland" and "Judson" seemed the right names for the characters. When I write stories set in the Bronze Age or Iron Ige, I have to try to find ancient Celtic names. When I wrote about the Picts, I could only find one authentic female Pict name, Bethoc, so that was the name of my heroine in The Scottish Selkie; there was no other name for her. However, it worked out perfect, because no other name would suit my Bethoc; her name was clearly meant to be Bethoc.
Do you allow others to read your work in progress, or do you keep it a secret until you’ve finished your first draft?
No one reads the first draft but me. When I have it polished enough to show my critique partners, then they see it. I send it to my editor when I feel I’ve done all I can for it. I don’t show it to anyone else until it’s published or submitted to a publisher.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I had an idea for a plot in my head that was inspired by the fairy tale, "Sleeping Beauty", with the dwarfs. But nothing much more than the plot idea. I was working as a file clerk at the time, and one day I was having an allergic reaction to dust. I closed my eyes to get a grip and in my head I saw the face of this man with reddish brown eyes and thick auburn hair. He reminded me of a red fox. Suddenly, the plot I had been kicking around had a hero and a title: The Fox Prince. I later changed the title to The Celtic Fox.
What might we be surprised to know about you?
That along with the romances, I sometimes try my hand at other genres. I wrote a contemporary mystery titled Dead End Job, a horror story titled Taliesin’s Song, a Young Adult fantasy, non-romance, titled Samhain Calls, and a modern-day, non-romance fantasy titled The Ghost Lights of Marfa. The latter is published by itself, and the other three are in a book titled, Reach…Reach across the genres.
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I Love You More, by Cornelia Amiri
Best-selling author The Celtic Romance Queen
Garland recalls memories of her life’s journey from an abusive childhood to a bad marriage to the ups and downs of a single mom. She’s rewarded with a magical mother’s day with her loving family.
She woke, changed Judson’s diaper and put him in his walker. Then she threw on a t-shirt and jeans and headed into the kitchen.
Her husband stood by the counter, drinking a cup of coffee. “I’m going to take a walk and get a newspaper from the little store,” he said.
“Okay. You’re not going to take the car?”
“No. I need to walk.”
Samuel left and Garland let out a sigh of relief. This was her chance to leave with the baby. She couldn’t help but think how ironic it was that today was Mother’s Day.
Her mind flashed back to earlier that week, when she got home from work, and stepped inside her apartment, her husband had smacked her in the face.
She recalled he’d yelled, “Where have you been?”
She’d still been reeling, trying to get her bearings. He’d never hit her before. She didn’t’ know what was going on. “I had to work overtime, I called and told you. What’s wrong?”
“The baby was crying for you and you weren’t here. You were at work with your boss.”
“Not my boss, a co-worker. The boss went home at the same time he always does.”
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