This is my first Author Interview and I am so excited!! Yay!
And, what is more awesome is that today, I have CJ English as my first author Interview.
One of my Favorites author!
For those who don’t know CJ:
C.J. English is an Amazon Kindle Best Selling Author in Love and Romance. She made her debut with the sexy and scandalous memoir AFFAIRYTALE which soared into the Kindle top 100 in five categories within thirty days of its release, #1 in Diaries and Journals. C.J. lives happily ever after with the man of her dreams and their growing family. She is a lover of life and sushi, wine and wandering. C.J. is a passionate vegetarian and consistent rule breaker in writing and in life.
I remember the day I stumbled upon CJ’s website of AFFAIRYTALE. I just knew that I had to read that book!
The day after, I saw that there was giveaway for the book but, unfortunately I couldn’t enter the giveaway. I mustered courage and sent CJ a message on Facebook on how I so wanted to get lost in Affairytale.
The next thing I know: Affairytale was in my inbox!
Once I started reading, I just couldn’t put the book down.
I recall when I was having my me-time under the shower – my mind would wander to the memoir of CJ, asking questions whether she will end up with Grant or not, what will happen next….
It was that captivating of a story… I had to know..
“One sinful night,would change everything…. ~ Affairytale”
Let’s dive in CJ’s mind – The Interview
- How long did it take to write Affairytale?
3 years. I was writing a weight loss book which eventually would be WTF Am I Supposed To Eat? A Dieters Manifesto, which will be release in November of 2016 when AFFAIRYTALE took over my mind and refused to let me work on anything else!
- Did you always wanted to share your story with Grant? Is that what inspired you to become a writer in the first place?
I’ve always known I wanted to write. In college I knew that I wanted to write something that was “all mine” but I could never figure out what was worthy enough of my and the readers time. I toyed around with a few things, mostly in the weight loss/wellness field since that is what I was immersed in. I actually began writing a terrible manuscript I called “50 Ways to kill your husband.” It was a health book that illustrated all the daily things you could do if you wanted to slowly push someone toward their grave. Simple things such as, go get them an egg mcmuffin and frappuccino every morning for breakfast—that’ll speed up the death process or make sure to cook pasta in butter and cream every night for dinner (recipes included). Basically it was a what-not-to-do if you want to live a long time book. That was my first terrible start at writing and when I realized it was probably too over-the-top and weird and would never sell, I shut my laptop until I figured out a better spin. Which eventually became AFFAIRYTALE as I was writing a much better manuscript on weight loss, WTF am I supposed to eat? Out in November of 2016.
- How did your family and closed ones reacted when they read the book, knowing that it was your real story?
Not a single person in my family (except Grant and Dani, my daughter) knew I was writing or releasing AFFAIRYTALE. A few weeks before it was set to release and there was NO turning back, I told my brother Dylan, my mom and dad and Grant’s mom so they could be prepared. Of course at the same time I told them about the book, I had to divulge the title and premise which then let the cat out of the bag that he and I had been together much longer than any of them knew about.
They were all pretty shocked about the book and didn’t really know what to say or think. We all just kind of existed in silence for a few weeks. After it was released, within 30 days it had hit #1 in Diaries and Journals on Amazon. When that happened, everyone got behind me and the book and has been supportive ever since. Slowly, to my supreme embarrassment, my family, extended family and half my home town has read it. I’ve had nothing but encouragement and support and a lot of “that was the best book I’ve ever read and I hate to read!” or “I read it in two days, I couldn’t put it down.” The outpouring of support has been amazing and fueled me to keep writing.
- What is your favourite motivational phrase?
I can’t pick just one! I have favorites for all aspects of my life—career, parenting, marriage, friendships etc.. but specific to writing these phrases are written on the first page of my current journal. I read them every time I sit down to write. In this exact order…
Do you have the courage to be a writer?
All the good ideas feel daunting at first.
Be the weirdo.
When it’s for love, we will always do it anyhow.
No tears in the writer
No tears in the reader
No surprise for the writer
No surprise for the reader
If a ray of light came out of nowhere and said “your next book will NEVER be published.” Would you write it anyway? That is a book worth writing.
- Who is your favorite writer or idol?
I love non-fiction. I love reading real stores about triumphs, or harrowing tales of tragedy and adversity where the human spirit has endured, rebounded. I loved reading Jane Goodall’s books about her time with the Chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, and John Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, the ascent to the top of Mt. Everest where many went up and few came back, Amanda Lindhaut’s A House In the Sky, an account of being kidnapped and taken to Somalia which she survived, In the Heart of the Sea, where survival required doing things unspeakable. I am currently reading Life, Love and Elephants, a beautiful, poetic story of the first woman to successfully rear an orphaned elephant. Real life is often more fascinating to me than fiction.
- You followed your heart. You followed your dream and I really admire this. What would you say to people who find it hard to live up to what they really want?
There is no such thing as happiness when following your mind. The heart will always do what it wants anyhow…
“It was real. It was extraordinary. We both knew it” ~ Affairytale
- What is your favorite movie?
The Note Book and… 50 First Dates
- Something that you love other than reading and writing?
Paddle Boarding, going for long walks with my Golden Doodle, Hiking with my husband, visiting National Parks, reading to my two little kids, watching The Bachelor with my teenage daughter.
- Did you expect so many of positive reviews and to after become Kindle Best Selling Author?
In everything that I do my motto is hope for the best, expect the worst. That way my bases are covered. I hoped there would be a great response but I was prepared for disaster. I’m so glad it wasn’t disaster!
- I’m currently writing a novel. I am only at the beginning. Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer?
I heard George R. R. Martin say in an interview that the only thing worth writing about is the human heart against itself. That always stuck with me. I have thought of the many books’ I’ve read and loved and how each of them has had this at their core in one way or another. As a reader, I am drawn into a story that is deeply emotional and conflicted, tormented, and find his sentiment to be true.
Where you can keep in touch with CJ
One click Amazon here: https://goo.gl/KyXluB
#1 Amazon Kindle Best Selling Book in Diaries and Journals
Finalist, National Indie Excellence Awards 2016
Finalist, Readers Favorite Book Awards Non-Fiction Drama 2016
Finalist, Beverly Hills Book Awards 2015
If you liked Eat Pray Love and Wild, you will love AFFAIRYTALE.
“…a love story of epic proportions!”-Reading Escapade Book Blog
“The must read book of the summer.” -Making Me, Lifestyle Blog
“5 Riveting Stars!” -Coffee Addict Books
True Love always finds a way. Sometimes…it starts with an affair.
AFFAIRYTALE, a Memoir
“I had an affair. The most forbidden and seductive affair, and fell in love.”
He was a rare gentleman, intelligent and gorgeous; a man every woman desired. Every cell in my body was telling me that he was my happily ever after.
I was stuck in a marriage of mediocrity, I ached for red silk romance and carry me away passion, but not with my husband. I craved Him. Living without him was cruel and unusual punishment, even for my wandering heart.
AFFAIRYTALE is a tantalizing memoir of sultry encounters, hidden grottos and secret hillside cabins. From the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes to the Southern shores of Maui you’ll fall in love with this tell-all memoir that pulls back the veil on infidelity and gives you rare look into hearts and bedroom of a real life extramarital affair.
Woven with original love letters and scandalous text messages, this engrossing true love story is sure to break then win your heart.
My Personal review:
“I wanted to embark in CJ’s world the moment I read about the reviews of the book. The true story of CJ captivates my whole mind as I dwelled into the pages of her life. The story was so addictive that I just couldn’t stop reading, I had to know whether CJ was going to get her love or not. Affairytale is proof that true love is worth the wait and is definitely the best memoir I have ever read.”