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Chanel Cleeton

Chanel Cleeton

Author Interview - Chanel Cleeton

Author I draw inspiration from: There are so many. To name a few: I love Tana French’s writing and am in awe of both her prose and the manner in which she crafts her stories. I adore Rhys Bowen’s historicals and admire the charm she injects in her characters and settings. I have tremendous respect for Nora Roberts’ work ethic and dedication to her craft, as well as her impressive body of work. I am a huge fan of Beatriz Williams’ sweeping love stories.  I also greatly admire the wit and verve of Sophie Kinsella’s books as well as the meticulous research and detail in Margaret George’s writing.

 Interview with Chanel Cleeton, author Next Year in Havana: author she draws inspiration from

Interview with Chanel Cleeton, author Next Year in Havana: author she draws inspiration from

Favorite place to read a book: I love to read curled up in bed into the wee hours when everyone else has gone to sleep.

Book character I’d like to be stuck in an elevator with: Mark Watney from The Martian because I think he’d get us out in no time at all :)

 Interview with Chanel Cleeton, author Next Year in Havana: book character she'd like to be stuck in an elevator with

Interview with Chanel Cleeton, author Next Year in Havana: book character she'd like to be stuck in an elevator with

The moment I knew I wanted to become an author: I think the moment came when I received a slew of rejections from agents for the first book I’d ever written. Up until that point, I’d dabbled with writing, but I really wasn’t taking it seriously. I thought I’d send the book out, and if I was rejected, I would know writing wasn’t for me and try something else. But when I saw those rejections, I realized how badly I wanted this and got back to work, starting a new book and dedicating myself to the pursuit of becoming an author. That next book eventually landed me my agent.

Hardback, paperback, ebook or audiobook: Probably ebook because I tend to read late at night and it sufficiently avoids the eternal marital dilemma of, “Can you turn off the light? I’m trying to sleep.”

The last book I read: I’ve been binging Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent series and I just finished Criminal, which was amazing.

 Interview with Chanel Cleeton, author Next Year in Havana: the last book she read

Interview with Chanel Cleeton, author Next Year in Havana: the last book she read

Pen & paper or computer: Computer, definitely. I’m much slower with a pen and paper and always end up with hand cramps.

Book character I think I’d be best friends with: Elizabeth Bennet. Besides the shared love of books, she would be a witty and loyal friend, and I would definitely love to sit beside her at a party and listen to her observations about the guests. Plus, I feel like she needs a new best friend since I’m still not really over Charlotte Lucas going after Mr. Collins.

 Interview with Chanel Cleeton, author Next Year in Havana: book character she'd be best friends with

Interview with Chanel Cleeton, author Next Year in Havana: book character she'd be best friends with

If I wasn’t an author, I’d be a: I’d be working in international politics in some capacity probably for a think tank or an international organization.

Favorite decade in fashion history: I love the Regency period. It’s such a fun and glamorous time period in fashion history.

Number one on my bucket list/Place I’d most like to travel: Cuba. I was supposed to go on a family reunion right before I started working on the book, but my grandfather feels very strongly about not supporting the currently regime, and ultimately, out of respect for his wishes, we decided to cancel the trip. It’s number one on my bucket list AND the place I’d most like to travel, but I don’t feel comfortable doing so until there’s a sea change in the country.

 Interview with Chanel Cleeton, author Next Year in Havana: author she draws inspiration from

Interview with Chanel Cleeton, author Next Year in Havana: author she draws inspiration from

My signature drink: I can rarely say no to champagne ;)

Favorite artist: In terms of living artists, I love Royo. He’s this amazing Spanish artist who paints beautiful oil on canvas paintings of women in his life. There’s something so romantic and evocative about his work.

I also love Van Gogh, Renoir, Klimt, Monet, and Degas.

How I celebrated Valentines Day: A quiet evening at home with my husband, a bottle of champagne, takeout sushi, and dessert.

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