As a Multiple Sclerosis patient, it has become necessary for me to reinvent myself. I have ... and continue to ... refuse to lie down and die, or in this case, follow the normally prescribed drugs and treatments that do nothing to defeat my disease. I am not only surviving by pursuing alternatives, I am thriving. I do the things specialists told me I would never be able to do. I walk and hope to one day even run regularly. I retain my cognitive and creative abilities for the pleasure of my readers. Although you may never see me on my daily walk, you are welcome to read my novel(s) and in doing so, come to ask yourself, "How can the 'out of the box' protocol she has followed, help my loved one with an autoimmune disease like Multiple Sclerosis?"

Celia Talks

Celia Yeary is a eighth-generation Texan, and her life revolves around family, friends, and writing. San Marcos has been her home for thirty-eight years. She has nine published romance/women's fiction novels, three short stories, two novellas, three anthologies, and published essays with the Texas Co-Op Power Magazine. The author is a former science teacher, graduate of Texas Tech University and Texas State University, mother of two, grandmother of three boys, and wife of a wonderful, supportive Texan. Celia and her husband enjoy traveling, and both are involved in their church, the community, and the university.

She meets with The Write Girls on Tuesdays at a local coffee house.

I didn't even have to pinch her! She came with her own box of chocolates.
Thanks for bewing willing to answer a few questions.
What hidden talent do you possess outside of writing... something you do for fun, but are good at?

Hmmm, interesting question. I really don't play golf anymore--too hard on the back and knees, and neither of mine are good. But I learned at age 40, thinking it would be a good way to get fresh air and exercise. A friend taught me, and she always says, "I taught you too well. You always beat me." True. Oh, we had so much fun playing golf! And I was fair for someone who began late. I still miss playing, too.

You and my hubby. I bet you're competitive, too!
Name some of your most favorite things.
A baby's smile or giggle.
The bright green of early spring.
Tiny kittens.
Any kind of Mexican food.
That first cup of coffee in the mornings.
Dark chocolate with nuts.
A new car smell.

I hope readers can see our smiles.
What’s your favorite Bible verse or verse that has sustained you recently and why?
"Sometimes God calms the storm, sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child."
Why do I like this verse? It tells me two things. God doesn't control turmoil around us, but He will calm the turmoil within His child. We or someone we love can be heartsick, ill, mournful, lonely, hurt, dying, destitute, or helpless, but those things can be calmed within us so that our hope and faith are restored.

Celia, we don't share the same religion and yet I'm really touched by this. Thank you.
What or who inspires you to write?
I read my first romance novel around 2011, and it was a Western Historical by Janet Dailey. I loved those Calder series. Then I discovered LaVyrle Spencer, who wrote historical romance and contemporary. That's when I learned an author could make you laugh or cry. Her novels--now old and rereleased--could make me cry at the end. Titles--The Hellion, Hummingbird, Separate Beds, etc. She wrote 23 and I have every one saved in paperback form, and they are the only novels I have read and re-read. She is definitely my idol.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Oh, this is easy. I love it when someone says, "Oh, I loved your book! When is your next one out, and what is it about?"

We authors are such needy people, don't you think? We say to ourselves, "I write for myself. As long as I'm pleased, then that's all I want." Balderdash!! We thrive on praise, good reviews, and questions such as the one above. Any little kind word about a story or plot will carry us along for days.

I agree with you, you have a friend for life if you like my writing!
Have you experienced writer’s block? And if so, how did you cure it?
It's been said by someone famous, that there is no such thing as writer's block--only lazy writers. But I'm not sure I believe that. I have suffered through a couple of periods in which my mind was simply blank concerning a new idea or scene. What did I do? Rode it out and did something else. I find that my blog is a good way to express myself, so if a plot I'm writing grinds to a halt, I don't force it. I find something else to write, usually a blog topic.

Tell Us About Your Series:
How did you come up with your premise and decide on the setting THE CAMERON SISTERS SERIES:?
That's was easy--Texas. All nine novels, and all of my short stories, novellas, and anecdotal childhood stories are set someplace in the state. It's what I know best--I am an eighth generation Texan, having had an ancestor here before the War with Mexico, and during the time when Texas was a Republic. Usually, I see no reason to set a story someplace else, although I have because that's where the story took me!

In my contemporary with Desert Breeze, The Stars at Night, I do have a few scenes in New York City. But I've been there a few times, stayed in a hotel near Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Times Square, so I felt comfortable enough to include that.

In the first book of The Cameron Sisters: Texas Promise-Book I, I moved my hero and heroine across the state into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico. I lived one year there, so I knew that area pretty well. Again, I felt comfortable doing that.

Is there a message in Texas True you want readers to grasp?
A message? I suppose that love always conquers many heartaches and disappointments. True was a young lady raised like a hothouse flower, loved and protected by all the family because she was "the baby." When she married Sam Deleon, she learned how hard and cold he was, and what had made him so, and she set out to soften his heart and make him love her. What better theme is there in a romance? Although she almost gave up, she didn't because she saw a crack in his persona. That's when she knew she could get in and
make him believe he was worthy of being loved.

Where can we get your books and what is the cost?


AMAZON: all my books


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