Name: Cecilia Grant
Book: A Lady Awakened
Current Home: Seattle, WA
Job (when not writing): Data wrangler
Do you write under a pseudonym?: Yes. A non-writing friend of mine calls Cecilia Grant my “secret superhero identity,” and I like having one of those.
How many manuscripts do you have hidden under the bed?: One complete, and about half a dozen that I started, abandoned after a short time, but never could bring myself to throw away.
How long did it take you to sell your first book?: From the time I first submitted something to an agent, until the day I got The Call, about 2 and 1/3 years.
What was it like writing A Lady Awakened? Did you know at the time that it was going to sell to a major NYC publishing house?
Considering the number of people who write books as compared to the number of debut authors actually picked up by the big houses each year, it’s hard to imagine that anyone knows their book is going to sell! I certainly didn’t.