Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Interview With Eppie Winner Ciara Gold!

On March 8, 2008, Epicon held its award ceremony for the 2008 Eppie Awards. On the following Monday, the Champagne author loop came alive with the announcement that Ciara Gold had won an Eppie for her sci-fi futuristic, A Noble Sacrifice. All very exciting because Ciara is the first Champagne author to receive this honor.

Epic or the Electronically Published Internet Connection is a professional writer’s association organized to benefit those authors that are electronically published. The Eppies were developed to award outstanding work within the electronically published community. The competition is stiff so this is one award that is coveted by those that enter.

1) Can we hear a preview of your acceptance speech?

Too fun. I actually rewrote my dedication page and when I was done, it was a full page of accolades for all those who’d influenced my writing in any way. I e-mailed my publisher and told her I’d even included the kitchen sink. And I know that I’ve probably left out someone very important. Isn’t that the way it always happens? But for those of you writing, the dedication page is very important. Writers don’t get as far as they do by themselves. So – my acceptance speech, eh? Without boring everyone to tears, I do want to thank the Epic Author’s Eppie committee and the judges for all the work they poured into making this a very prestigious award. That said, I owe a lot to the Champagne publishing team and all the writers that make Champagne a publishing company I’m proud to be a part of. I could go on forever, but you’ll have to buy the book to read the rest of this speech.

2) What, other than the Eppie win, makes A Noble Sacrifice special to you?

Some books take months, years even to write and some come very easily. A Noble Sacrifice flowed. The characters came alive in my mind and knew exactly how they wanted me to tell their story. As a sequel to Celestial Dragon, this book allowed me to redeem one of the bad guys in the first book. Doing so was a challenge, but one that allowed me to stretch my mind. I loved creating the world for both books. Writing sci-fi futuristic romance gives me a sense of freedom that is lacking in any other genre. The only rules that exist are the ones I create. Gotta love the power of the pen and the all mighty imagination.

3) A Noble Sacrifice is a sequel to Celestial Dragon. Will there be another book in the series?

I have actually started another book, and now that A Noble Sacrifice has done so well, I will consider finishing it. I’m not sure when as I have three other projects going at the same time and dang if they aren’t all calling to me at the same time. But I trust my muse, so when she finally makes up her mind which book gets first chair, I’ll know then how soon this one will be ready. Vague – I know, but hey, that’s the creative mind for you.

4) What is the best piece of writing advice you've ever received?

Most every writer I know would answer – perseverance. You have to have a thick skin. I was told by a writer friend of mine, Colleen Thompson, that all the rejection letters you receive help you prepare for dealing with tough reviews. Every time I get a review that isn’t quite what I’d hoped for, I remember those words. You just can’t take it to heart and even bad reviews help drive traffic to your site.

I would also add patience when imparting wisdom to a would-be writer. The wheels in the publishing world move very, very slowly. But – once, you are published, you’ll find yourself on a bus that won’t let you out. No worries, it’s a pretty comfy bus with lots amenities, but one with very few pit stops. Be prepared to devote a lot of time to both writing and promoting. Books don’t sell themselves. You have to let the world know the book is worth their time.

The other piece of advice that I was given and believe strongly in is to never stop learning. Just when you think you’ve learned it all, someone, somewhere will give you a piece of wisdom that’s a true gem. Be a sponge and soak up all the information you can on craft and marketing news. You will be a stronger writer when you remain an apt student. Dang, now there’s a profound statement for the books.

Thank you Ciara!

If you haven't read A Noble Sacrifice and want to read the best of the best of Sci Fi/Futuristic Romance, pick up a copy today. Better yet, start from the beginning of the series with Celestial Dragon because, although A Noble Sacrifice can be read on its own, you are going to love it so much, you'll want to read all the books in the series.


Patrica said...

qaqemyrcCongratulations Ciara on your win. While I'm not a big fan of futuristic stories, I will have a look at yours. As well the tips in your interview are all so well thought out and excellent. Thank you so much for them.

Again, congrats on your big win!

Ciara Gold said...

Thank Patrica! I love your name. It's different. I think you might like this futuristic if you enjoy historicals set in medieval times. This type of story isn't eveyone's cup of tea and that's fine. That's what make us all unique, but you can read a sampling on my website to see if it's something you might enjoy and again, thanks for the congrats.