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Meet SciFi Fantasy Romance Author, Cornelia Amiri

1) What is your Author name; use your Pen name if you have one.

Cornelia Amiri

2) What is your genre and what drew you to it?

Romance— because to me love and happy endings symbolize hope and the human ability to transcend to a better state of being. And scifi/fantasy romance because in fantasy I’m drawn to the magic of druids, gods, and the fey and in scifi it’s tech (the magic of the future): AI, starships, aliens. But whether it’s scifi or fantasy or love —they’re all magical. And I love magic. I believe in magic.

3) Do you prefer writing dialogue, action, or other scenes?

I like writing action scenes and writing banter between the hero and heroine is fun. What I enjoy writing the most is descriptions that bring an unreal place alive to the reader so they can smell it and taste it. But to be honest, what I find the most challenging to write is love scenes. I find it funny that so many people think those are the easiest scenes to write.

4) How did you come up with your cover design?

I looked through stock photos for about four hours until I finally found one I liked. It fit the heroine, Niamh, and a scene in the book. I sent it to my amazing cover artist, Kyra Starr, and she did the rest.

5) What is your favorite book and why?

This is a hard one because to me, favorite doesn’t mean you think it’s the best written or had the biggest impact on your life. To me it means the book you are the most comfortable with, that you feel the most connected to, that you like to have around, that fits you for some reason, and for me that’s Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles. Because when I first read it at 15, it spoke to me. I got those characters and the situations they were in. I knew them, even though they were all on Mars.

6) Pick five books that are must-reads in your mind.

Another hard one cause it’s only five. So I have to cheat a little to answer it. I’ll say The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, The Lord of the Rings series, The Harry Potter series, Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents, and all of Morgan Llywelyn’s books.

7) What is your favorite character from any book you have ever read?

Charlotte, the spider in Charlotte’s Web, is my favorite character. I read that book when I was either 7 or 8 and it is the first book that made me cry. It amazed me that words on a page could have that effect on me. Ever since then, books have always seemed like the most magical things on earth to me.

8) What is you preferred method of reading a book? (Audio, paperback, hardcover, or eBook)

It’s just a matter of convenience or mood or the format the book comes in. I truly don’t have a preference. I read in and am fine with all four formats. But I do have a warm place in my heart for ebooks. I have been ebook published since January 2001. I was one of the many people who read ebooks before Amazon came out with the kindle in 2007. I am sorry to say I never owned a Rocket e-reader, but I did own a gemstar e-reader.

9) Name one of your favorite authors.

I have to cheat again. Morgan Llewellyn (and also Jules Watson, Manda Scott, and Marion Zimmer Bradley) because I love their Celtic/historical/fantasy novels. They are a great inspiration to me and my writing.

10) What is one book that is currently on your To-Be-Read list?

Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

11) Do you prefer to read series or independent novels?

Usually, I prefer independent novels, but when a series grabs me, it’s an incredibly enjoyable experience.

12) If you could live in any “book world” what would that be?

Honestly, I would want to live in one I made up. I want to live with Niamh and Robbie on the starship, Celestial from the book Rare Finds.

13) What is the name of your book/series? Tell me a little bit about them.

I have 35 books mostly scifi/fantasy romance, and most of those are historical fantasy romances. Of those I have two novella series: Dancing Vampires and Druidry and the Beast. My new release is a called Rare Finds. It’s a scifi fantasy space opera romcom set in the far future aboard a huge starship. The heroine, Niamh, is the Irish Goddess of beauty and brightness and the hero, Robbie, is an archeologist who travels from one crazy planet to another to dig for relics from lost alien civilizations. Together they encounter one adventure after another. It’s an opposites attract romance trope. It’s written to be really funny. The spice level is a 3 or some readers may consider it a 4.

14) Do you have a website? If so, what is it?

15) Where can we find and follow you? (Name your social media platforms.)

16) Is there anything important that you would want my readers to know about you?

On my historical fantasy romances, I strive to include the history in an interesting way which creates a desire in them to learn a bit more about that period. And in all my books, I hope readers find the different belief systems intriguing and that it leaves them a little more open to new or different ideas. Also, I want my characters to reach the readers, to feel like close friends. And I want to give the readers a bit of an escape, an adventure, and a little romance. I want to lift their spirits with a happy ending. And not all, but most of my books are comedies, like Rare Finds, because I also like to make my readers laugh.


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