Chelsea Luna is the author of the bestselling NEW ENGLAND WITCH CHRONICLES, a young adult paranormal romance series comprising of four novels. Chelsea is also the author of the UPRISING series. Chelsea received a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in 2007, and is a practicing attorney in Tennessee. Chelsea is represented by Brianne Johnson of Writers House.
Marina Raydun: Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
Chelsea Luna: A gift. I love creating worlds and characters – I couldn’t imagine not doing so.
MR: What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
CL: I went to Scotland after I read the Outlander Series. To see the countryside where Diana Gabaldon created her masterpiece was breathtaking.
MR: What’s your favorite childhood book?
CL: I loved R.L. Stein’s Goosebumps series. I’ve probably read all of them.
MR: How do you select names of your characters?
CL: When I start a new novel, I always know my main characters’ names. Somehow, they are already in my mind. For other characters, I go to the Social Security website of the top 100 baby names for that particular year and browse the names.
MR: How did publishing your first book change your writing process?
CL: When I went from self-publishing to traditional publishing, I learned to keep better outlines and notes as the traditional process is much slower than self-publishing. It was easier during rewrites and drafts to have a much bigger, broader novel base to return to.
MR: What book do you wish you had written?
CL: Harry Potter, of course.
MR: If you could cast your characters in a Hollywood adaption of your book, who would play your characters?
CL: For my New England Witch Chronicles series, I always envisioned Alex Pettyfer as my Peter LaViollette.
MR: Is there one topic you would never write about as an author?
CL: I’m not sure. I write YA and MG novels, so those topics are pretty narrow to begin with, but I’m not sure that there are other avenues that I wouldn’t explore. I wouldn’t want to limit myself in any way.
MR: What are you currently reading?
CL: 11.22.63 by Stephen King and it is phenomenal! I’m about a third of the way through and I can’t stop reading it.
MR: What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
CL: I don’t really! I listen to audiobooks when I drive by myself.
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