As promised, Cecy Robson is here for an interview. Her awesome three-book series, “The Weird Girls” will be released soon with Penguin’s Signet Eclipse. Here’s your chance to get acquainted with her before she hits the big-time, so consider yourself lucky.
My questions are in black, while her answers are in a friendly shade of blue.
Hello, Cecy. Thanks for coming!
Hey, Joe! Thanks for having me.
Well, let’s start off by talking about your characters because you’ve created some great ones. You have a hot-tempered girl who can control fire (Taran), a shy girl who can heal people (Emme), a knife thrower (Shayna) who talks like a surfer dude, and a smart-as-a whip protagonist who turns into a tiger, or sometimes just part of a tiger (Celia). But let’s get down to the real issue – at least for your male fans. Namely, which one of your characters is most likely to make a sex video and leak it onto the internet to drum up publicity? And can we get a copy of it?
If given a choice I’d have to say Taran, my little vixen, is most likely to make a sex video for fun. If it leaks, it’s likely because she took the wrong guy to bed and he released it without her consent. Taran’s bedroom romp with the wrong kind of guy is not anything new. In fact, it’s what lands her and her sisters in vampire court in the opening pages of SEALED WITH A CURSE.
Vampire Court? Is that like traffic court? Did she run over a vampire with her Volkswagon Jetta?
I’m glad it’s NOT like traffic court. Otherwise “driving without a seatbelt” offenses would end with torture and/or decapitation.
Ah, violence. I’ve noticed a certain amount of it in your books, and by “a certain amount” I mean quite a bit. Do you like a good fight, Cecy? Are you a fan of the UFC? Mixed martial arts? Cable news networks?
Why yes, Joe. As a matter of fact I enjoy a good rumble. I grew up watching Kung-fu Theatre, “professional” wrestling, and occasionally watch UFC matches with my husband. There was also a reality TV show on a while ago called Fight Quest―in which two men travel the world to learn various martial art techniques―which I loved. I draw the line at cable news. Some things are just too violent. *shudder*
I think part of what we love about supernatural characters is their ability to kick ass. If you had the opportunity to throw bolts of lightening and fire, how many people would you incinerate in a year? Be honest, and keep in mind that I know you’re originally from New Jersey.
Hmmm. In all honesty I have to say none. Mostly because I was raised Catholic and the guilt associated with such an upbringing haunts me to this day. I do, however, take revenge on my guilt by dressing up my vamps like naughty Catholic schoolgirls.
Whoah! Now that’s interesting! While everyone out there is busy thinking filthy thoughts (hey, I know the kind of people who read this blog), let’s talk about love. There’s some romance in your books. Your main character seems to think about it a lot, and she seems lonely. Why did you make her that way? Was it something personal, or was it something you think many girls will relate to?
My series is actually an Urban Fantasy Romance so there’s action and romance on every page. Celia’s loneliness developed from how I perceived humans would react in the presence of a tiger. Although they couldn’t necessarily “see” Celia’s inner beast, they could sense her on a primal level. And while most humans agree tigers are beautiful creatures, they’re not foolish enough to approach one―much less cuddle up to one. Because of this innate fear, most humans stay far away from Celia―leaving her lonely, dateless, and awkward around males. I think any woman who’s ever felt like the odd gal out can relate to Celia. I know I can. When the sisters move to the mystical region of Lake Tahoe, however, Celia encounters other preternaturals. And let’s just say vampires and werebeasts don’t scare easily.
I originally thought the concept of four gorgeous girls being “weird” was far-fetched―because let’s face it, attractive girls get a lot of forgiveness in our society. But after reading the book, I’d say you definitely pull it off. These girls would have some social problems.
The girls definitely face social scrutiny since humans sense something different about them. “Different” isn’t typically embraced by human society and “weird” just plain terrifies.
Let’s talk about music. Poof! Your book has been turned into a movie. What is the soundtrack like? Or is it eerily silent?
My ideal soundtrack would have to be both dark and sexy like AFI’s Prelude 12/21. Enter Sandman by Metallica is one I listen to prior to writing fight scenes and would fit during a more heated supernatural smack-down. I’ll also need something gut-wrenching. A time will come when Celia’s heart is basically destroyed. The Washing of the Water by Peter Gabriel captures that moment beautifully.
I’d have to say those tunes capture the vibe of the book perfectly.
Speaking of Celia, she is a nurse. In fact, all your characters are nurses. What’s going on with this? Do you envision a day when they will start a detective agency or something? Because I can’t picture Taran or Celia emptying bedpans. Also, Emme has the power to heal people. Shouldn’t she at least be an MD?
Excellent questions. Um, no. The girls will not have their own detective agency. Sorry if this disappoints all the die-hard mystery readers out there.
The girls are nurses because their creator is also one. I wanted to give them a profession I was familiar with and one where they could all realistically work near each other. Babies settle Celia’s beast. Therefore she is a labor and delivery nurse, as is Shayna. Women in labor everywhere would want someone like Shayna cheering them on. They’d also want someone like Celia to care and protect them during one of the most terrifying moments of their lives.
You’re right, Taran doesn’t empty bedpans. She works in the cardiac catherization lab which is more technical. Emme can heal wounds, but she can’t, however, cure diseases. She also couldn’t openly practice as a doctor without alerting humans of her power. As the most sensitive and caring of the sisters it’s only natural for her to work in hospice. While she can’t save those close to death, she is able to grant her patients a peaceful goodbye.
I hear that nurses work long shifts. Did you ever take your eye off an EKG and scribble down a story idea?
Heh, heh. My RN job is actually pretty intense. I’ve never written
anything at work aside from jotting down a few notes while on a break.
Now that’s dedication. How much writing do you do every day? Are you very disciplined? Or does your agent call you up screaming for the rest of the story?
I write any chance I get which is at the very minimum 6 hours a day,
Monday-Friday. I have a tendency to turn things in to my agent early―like
WAY early. My next novel is due December 15th and I just finished writing it. My agent, Nicole, and I usually do a few passes before I submit it to my editor, hence the need to get it done early so it’s in the best shape possible.
Do you eat anything while you write? Foie Gras? Anchovies? Chocolate bars?
I’m a picker so I usually try to have grapes on hand. My favorite though
is buttered popcorn sprinkled with chocolate-covered raisins.
Do you have a special outfit you wear when you sit down to write? Like a superhero costume?
My favorite thing to wear when I write is my pajamas. But I actually do
have a cape on hand for writing emergencies.
If this book was a movie, would it be rated G, PG, PG-13, R, or something else I’m not familiar with?
Somewhere between PG-13 and R. If it were on TV it would definitely
belong on cable. *tap, tap, tap* You hear that HBO / Showtime?
Well, let’s hope some network person out there is listening.
Thanks for coming, Cecy. All your promotional information is posted below.
Thank you, Joe. It’s been a pleasure being here.
Anyone who leaves a comment on this blog and also “likes” Cecy’s Facebook page will automatically be entered for a chance to win a free Weird Girls gift pack. I won’t tell you what’s in it, but it could be a new Cadillac – or it might even be a water bottle, a magnet and some lip balm. Leave a comment, hit the LIKE button, and you might find out.
But if you really want to do something useful, preorder the books at http://www.cecyrobson.com. DO IT NOW! You can also find Cecy’s bio and a ton of other information there.
THE WEIRD GIRLS: A Novella, Dec. 4th, 2012
SEALED WITH A CURSE: A Weird Girls Novel, Dec. 31st, 2012
A CURSED EMBRACE: A Weird Girls Novel, July 2, 2013
Published with Penguin’s SIGNET ECLIPSE