Featured Interview With C E Long
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in the Bay Area, California. I now live in Las Vegas. I have a lil birdy. It’s an albino parakeet I found flopping in my mom’s swimming pool one day. She at one point must’ve belonged to someone because her wings are clipped and she can’t fly. It’s been two years now, and she’s still here. Can’t get rid of her. I don’t keep her in a cage and I could leave the patio door open all day long and she won’t even go outside. So… some birds have wings but can’t fly. And even if you don’t cage them and leave the door open open, they won’t go outside.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I would say second or third grade, when I realized there were entertaining books out there to read that didn’t have anything to do with homework. Sideways Stories from Wayside School was the first one I really remember that made me start loving trips to the library. Probably around that same time I really gained an interest in writing as well. In third grade our teacher had us write fan fiction (before that was even a thing) to Olga Da Polga. I took that project super serious. Still have it too… or at least my mom does. As well as another book I made in 6th grade that might be publish worthy.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I love James Pattersons. His books are pretty damn awesome. They flow so well and read so quickly its like you can’t put it down once you start it.
My favorite genre, if you can call it that, would be self help books. I love getting to know myself and other people. Anything that has to do with psychology or the natural ways of the human mind interests me. Sometimes I feel like an outsider observing my own self objectively. It helps me better understand myself and others as well.
No one person in particular inspires me to write. It’s everyone I’ve known and have yet to know who inspires me.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
A Thin Line Between Love and Lust: A Poly Love Story, is an erotic romance novel that presses the boundaries of sex, love, and happiness in today’s times. I published it Feb. 24. It explores polyamory as an alternative to the standard relationships we find ourselves in. Most of the characters are African American but I wouldn’t call it an “Urban Life” genre as it’s not about “the streets” or “the hood life” that you find common in the genre, it just happens to have a lot of black characters. It’s an erotic romance so it does contain a few explicit sex scenes yet the book focuses more heavily on the building of different relationships between the characters. Some social and cultural themes are explored that can spark many topics of serious discussion. It definitely borders between what could be considered a genre novel for pure entertainment and literary fiction for topics of discussion.
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