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Celine Chatillon is the alter ego of multi-published romance novelist, Cynthianna. Celine finds writing erotica a very pleasant departure from her day job as a manuscript evaluator and copy editor. She grew up watching Dark Shadows and Star Trek and reading Dracula and classic science fiction tales--along with several thousand Harlequin romance novels.  Her erotic-romance tales with eXtasy Books include the Kindred Vampire series and the humorous sf/erotic series, Brandi Whyne and Her Incredibly Erotic Adventures. You can read excerpts from her fiction on her web sites: and

Why write romantic fiction?

I've always been a bit of a cock-eyed optimist. I love the "happy ever after" ending (or at least "happy for now" ending). Even when all else goes wrong in the world, it's nice to think that lovers can find each other, fall in love, and have a wonderful life together. Romantic fiction has the best of all genres along with this inherent optimism that just can't be denied.

How do you write?

Mostly I write by the seat of my pants. I've tried outlines in the past, but I didn't feel they helped me much. Once the characters start "talking" to me and I have their backgrounds and a setting and time established, there's no real need to create extensive outlines. I just follow the characters' choices and journeys.  Characters can be quite chatty at times. They won't stop talking to you--in your dreams, while waiting in line at the store, driving home, etc. Writers, as a whole, seem to be schizophrenic with all these voices in our heads!

Any writing advice?

Listen to your heart and write what you like to read. It shows in your writing if you're not happy with either the genre or the characters you're attempting to write. Don't follow the crowd--be original.

Boldly going where no genre has gone before... Celine Chatillon!

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