Have you ever wanted to write a book? Well then meet Celeste Norfleet. Celeste has written over 20 books in various genres such as romance and young adult fiction. As a National best-selling author, she continues to gain critical acclaim and stellar reviews for her work, and with over two decades in the industry, her bibliography just keeps on growing. She is most known for her Mamma Lou Matchmaker Series and the Kenisha Lewis Series from Kimani Tru.
Throughout her career, Celeste has been nominated for literary awards such as The Rose Award, the Romantic Times Book Review’s Reviewers Choice Award, the Romantic Times Book Review’s Lifetime Achievement Award, numerous Romance Slam Jam Emma Award nominations, as well as the prestigious YALSA Quick Picks for the Reluctant Reader in 2009, but did you know that at one time Celeste didn’t even consider writing as a career? After obtaining her degree from Moore College of Art & Design, Celeste worked as an art director and graphic designer for many years before making the big switch in 1999. Her first published work, Priceless Gift, was sold to BET Books in 2001, and she’s been writing hot romance ever since.
Check out our first feature for the month of February to hear stories about what life was like for Celeste at 16, and what keeps her excited about writing!
16 Dreams: What year did you turn 16?
Celeste: I turned 16 years old in 1975.
16 Dreams: What high school did you go to?
Celeste: I attended Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Philadelphia, PA.
16 Dreams: When you hear the words “Sweet 16” what is the first thing that comes to mind?
Celeste: The first thing that comes to my mind when hearing “sweet 16” is crossing a threshold from one point in your life to another.
16 Dreams: Do you have any funny or embarrassing stories from when you were 16?
Celeste: Sorry, sixteen was a long, long time ago for me. But the one thing that comes to mind is the time all the kids in my neighborhood had a huge egg fight. The next morning the neighborhood smelled horrible. But no one would admit they were involved. I guess I just confessed. Oops…
16 Dreams: List 3 things you couldn’t live without as a teen.
Celeste: I was a geeky art major, so as a teenager I couldn’t live without my sketch book, my pastels and my cheerleading pom-poms.
16 Dreams: Did you get along with your parents?
Celeste: For the most part, yes, my parents were very strict and I did my best to stay out of trouble.
16 Dreams: What do you enjoy most about the writing process?
Celeste: I enjoy researching my stories, developing interesting plots and story lines and creating memorable characters.
16 Dreams: Which do you like more, reading or writing?
Celeste: Wow, this is a really hard question. I can’t imagine not doing either. I love and enjoy them both equally.
16 Dreams: Who has been most influential in your career as a writer?
Celeste: I’d have to say my husband, Charles. He is my biggest fan and the one person I got to when I need clarity.
16 Dreams: What advice would you give young authors?
Celeste: I always tell young authors to read and study the craft. And by all means, never give up your dream.
So for all my avid readers and aspiring writers, this one is for you! Please be sure to check out her website/blog at http://celesteonorfleet.com or feel free to friend her on Facebook. I would also like to encourage everyone to join her reader group on Yahoo at LiveLoveLaughandBooks or at the very least sign up for her mailing list so that you can be one of the first to hear about special events and upcoming releases, such as her newest title, Mine at Last, set to hit shelves February 19, 2013!
And no matter what, don’t forget to keep writing, keep reading, and most importantly keep dreaming!
About The Book Via Amazon.com:
After years away from home, Shauna Banks has finally returned to Key West. But as a consultant hired to evaluate the local medical center, she immediately comes up against none other than the sensuous Dr. Dominik Coles. All through high school the compelling and intense heartthrob claimed her thoughts and her emotions. Now fate has brought them back together, and what’s worse—he doesn’t seem to remember her!
The passionate surgeon has one goal: to save his hospital. And Dominik will do whatever it takes to keep it from going under—even if it means tangling with the stubborn beauty whose recommendation could close it forever. But the closer he gets to Shauna, the more his physical longing for her threatens his best intentions. As they both play with fire, could the flames destroy their chance at love?