Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Look Inside Cerridwen Press

Ever wonder what it’s like to write for Cerridwen Press?

Multi-published author Frances Stockton is here to share her experience with us and I hope that you’ll check out one of her many books. Within a few pages, I bet, you’ll find yourself rooting for her heroine and hero to deepen their compelling romance. Her Abcynian shape-changers are mystical, alluring and just plain yummy.

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1. How did you get started as a writer? Actually, I started writing when I was thirteen. I’d always been imaginative and loved telling stories, so when I sat down and put it all together and created a contemporary version of Laura Ingalls Wilder who wanted to be Nancy Drew, while dating one of the Hardy Boys (the oldest, btw.) While it wasn’t the best or most original concept, what I’d known when I’d written ‘The End’, was that I had many more stories to tell. Since then, life, school, education, working as a Veterinary Technician, a teacher, and volunteering at a community theater all helped prepare me to become the writer I am today.

2. Getting The Call is the moment many unpublished authors fantasize about. It’s that moment when authors hear that a publisher wants her work. Can you describe your experience? Well, for me, I decided to submit a partial of what became Seductive Persuasion to Ellora’s Cave Publishing for Cerridwen Press, according to the publisher’s guidelines. To my pleasant surprise, I received word from my editor on Christmas Eve that she wanted to read the full and she’d get back to me in six weeks. As promised, she let me know that they wanted to publish the book. Three books later, I am very happy that I made the decision to submit my work to Ellora’s Cave Publishing.

3. How long was it from the initial publisher’s request to see your manuscript until it reached published form? You know, I was so excited by the whole process that I lost track of time. Edits took some time, as Seductive Persuasion is set in 1453 England, and it was necessary to make sure that words were in use at that time. Once the editing process was complete, the book released rather quickly, and believe it or not, it came out on Christmas Day 2008. Three months later, it was available in trade paperback form.

4. What steps were involved to elevate your manuscript from a submission to a published novel? Honestly, my editor was the reason the book became what it is today. I had a lot to learn. But I believe that the story was always good, with just enough history to make it feel Medieval without bogging the reader down and leaving plenty of room for spicy romance.

5. What surprised you most about being published? I’d have to say the fact that since Seductive Persuasion released last December, two more books followed very quickly. Once Seductive Persuasion came out in trade paperback, Rhiannon’s Pride and Sea Captain’s Ghost came out within the same year.

6. What advice would you give other unpublished authors who hope to interest your publishing house in their manuscript? The best advice I can give here is to read both Cerridwen Press and Ellora’s Cave imprints. They are different in feel and content, of course, but reading what’s being published is a great way to know what editors are looking for.

7. What reasons would you give an unpublished author for sending his or her manuscript to Ellora’s Cave Publishing? In other words, what do you particularly like about your publisher? I love my editor, I love the cover art that I’ve received for all three books, and I love the freedom I’ve had to write in a genre that may not necessarily fit elsewhere.

8. How has your life changed since being published? It hasn’t changed all that much, except I am more and more excited about the next story I have to tell, especially regarding the Abcynians and I’d like to continue writing their stories. One of the things I’ve enjoyed the most has been receiving emails or friend requests from readers who’ve told me how much they like my books. It’s a rush that I can’t explain and will always hold dear.

9. Typically, how long does it take you to write a book? What’s your writing schedule? Once a story idea is down in a very basic synopsis, I can write pretty quickly. I’m very visual when I write, so I picture each chapter and recreate it with words. As to a time line, it changes, depending upon the time of year. Usually, I write for three to four hours a day and edit for about an hour before I begin writing for the day, this way I get into the mindset of my characters and just write freely.

10. How do you generate ideas for your stories? As mentioned before, I tend to be very visual. When the Abcynians came to me, I was at RWA Nationals in Dallas, TX, and I happened to see a big poster for a tiger while I was there, and I thought, wow, that animal needs to be in one of my books. I loved reading Paranormal Romances, especially featuring shape-shifters and vampires, and wanted to try something a little different. I decided to switch up the shape-shifter angle, step back into my love of history and animals, and the Abcynians came to be soon after.

11. What excites you about your current work in progress? I can’t say too much about it, but I’m working on two projects. One continues with the Abcynians, the other is a new venture for me and I hope to see it grow into either a series or several books.

12. Could you share an excerpt from your books? I would love to share! Here are several links to check out, the first is for Seductive Persuasion, available in ebook and print:
For Rhiannon’s Pride:
And, for my latest release, Sea Captain’s Ghost:

13. Where can readers find you on the Web? (Twitter, blog, Facebook, Website)? I’ve provided links for all three of my Cerridwen Press books, however, I can also be found at,
We hope we’ve passed along some good insights into writing and Cerridwen Press, but if you have other questions, feel free to ask. We appreciate hearing from you.


  1. As someone who works in publishing--YAY Editors!

    Great list.

  2. i think book authors are the most creative person ever!

  3. Great, informative interview/post, Brenda. Thanks for visiting!

  4. It's amazing how many of us started when we were young.

  5. Journeywoman,
    I didn't know you were in publishing. Cool.

  6. Willa@FickleMinded,

    I agree. Authors are very creative. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. #3....a great era to write about. I love Old England history.

    Here's my 13 for fun this week. Come over and laugh a time or two. I always enjoy the company-- Have a great day!!

  8. Heather,

    I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

  9. Alice Audrey,

    I agree. Maybe authors are born. Grin.

  10. Hootin' Anni,
    I agree. I like English history too. I bet you'd enjoy Frances' stories.

  11. Hi everyone,
    Thank you so much for enjoying the post here, I hope that you'll check out my books, but more so, let me know if you have any questions about writing, publishing, Cerridwen Press, Ellora's Cave, or shape-shifters/Abcynians.


  12. Very informative! Thanks so much for sharing this. Stockton sounds like she is really into what she is working on.

  13. Thanks, Frances! I love reading about the experiences of other writers. Little House on the Prairie had some influence on little me back then, too. :)

  14. I'm having deja vu, like I read this before. I always enjoy getting a glimpse at a writer's process.

  15. I was fortunate to have attended a chat with Tina. Of course I'd heard of Ellora's Cave, I didn't realize Cerridwen Press was an imprint. I look forward to them opening the doors for submissions again.
    Happt T13!

  16. CountryDew,
    Yeah, I think Frances enjoys writing. Her books are fun to read too.

    It's always fun to talk writing with another writer. Thanks for stopping by.

  17. Colleen,
    I'm glad you're enjoying the series. Thanks.

    Adelle Laudan,
    It's cool when you can make connections between people and organizations. I'm learning right along with you.

  18. I always give kudos to writers! The most I can write is my blog.. and well, I'd be embarrased for an editor to peruse it!

    Happy Thursday!

  19. Editors are worth their weight in gold. I enjoyed the interview.

  20. Kimmer,
    Good for you. I think blogs take lots of work.

  21. Shelley Munro,
    Yeah, I hear lots of good things about editors. Thanks for visiting.

  22. What an amazing 13! I really enjoyed reading through it and seeing the insights of an author.

    Thanks for visiting my list today.

    The Misplaced

  23. Thanks Kim,
    I'm glad you found the interview interesting.

  24. I own all 3 of Frances books and love the. i adore her too. she is the nicest person ever & does answer emails from her fans.

    definitely recommend reading her books. Great interview.

  25. Heather B.

    I'm so glad you stopped by. I agree with you. Frances' books are great reads!

  26. Like Hootin' Anni, I love Old England history. And the medieval feel - now I'm looking at the author's name....

  27. Melissa,
    I'm glad to hear you got something from the interview. Thanks.

  28. Hazel,
    As a fan of English history, I bet you would enjoy Frances' stories.

  29. That was good, thanks for sharing

    And of course thanks for stopping by mine.

    Cya next week

  30. TT is a good way to get the word out about your writing and publishing--this is an excellent summary for wannabees and experienced both.

    My TT is up.

  31. Rims,
    You're welcome and I appreciate your visit.

    Thanks. What it's like to be published is a subject I'm interested in and I'm glad to have successful authors who will share their experience with me.

  32. Americanizing Desi,
    Thanks. I try to pass along intriguing information.

  33. Hi Frances! Great to get a perspective on Cerridwen. Thanks for sharing!