Author/Celebrity Publicist Cece Vance Interview

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Introduce Yourself 

Hello, my name is Cece Vance Author and Celebrity Publicist. Founder & President of VanceNyCC PR Firm 

Where you from and what were it like growing up there? 

I grew up in suburban Houston, Texas. Growing up in Houston as an only child was wonderful being around different cultures plus all the good restaurants not to mention the talent Houston has. 

When did you first start writing? 

I have always been a reader, but had never thought of writing until I became a celebrity publicist, my Hidden Writer decided to make her presence known. Although I had absolutely no idea how to go about it, she nudged me into writing about my life. I release my first book "The life struggles of a celebrity publicist" March 2014. My second book was release on August 31, 2014 For Immediate Release: The Public Relations Bible: "How to Turn the Power of the Press to Your Advantage? I'm working on my 3rd book now "An inmate life" true story 

How did you choose the genre to write in? 

Right now I'm exploring all genres. I'm open to writing in any genre because I'm free to purse any idea that grabs me. Even if I wanted to write a gothic horror novel, followed by a love story 

Who’s your favorite author?

William Faulkner, I really got into him while I was in college and homesick for The South. When I was reading Light In August, I had to put it down every once in awhile because I was so excited by how good it was.

He's very experimental in style, each book is so different from the one before it, but it never comes off as a gimmicky like something by Barth or even DFW. It's so perfectly integrated with his stream of consciousness style that the wild parts just seem so natural. All of his characters are so complex and larger than life, but just so human. There's so much writing advice how there about eliminating, shortening, and deafening as the only means to substance and I can always point to Faulkner as a writer of extravagance in style as much as substance.

 What are you reading lately?

I'm currently reading The Rook by Daniel O'Malley, and I am riveted. I only started reading it last night and I can't put it down. The book is wry, exciting, and mysterious. A woman wakes with no memory, standing in a rainy park surrounded by unconscious bodies wearing plastic gloves. She's been beat to hell and there's a letter in her pocket that begins, 

What inspired your latest book?

My latest book was inspired by my kids father and his life without parole sentence.. 

Do you read more fiction, or non – fiction? 

My favorite books are Fiction but I read them all.. A Good read is a Good read. 

How did you come up with the title of your latest book? 

I came of with The life of an inmate (true story) by my kids father servicing hard core time.  
What was your favorite chapter in the book and why? Well my favorite chapter in The life struggles of a celebrity publicist" was chapter one I speak on me leaving my hometown My arrival to New York City was nothing short of a miracle ride. Leaving my hometown of Houston, Texas in 2007, I felt a mixture of anxiety, excitement, fear, hope, and determination. As much as Houston taught me over the years, I left my hometown to live out the lessons once learned, some more than once, in my youth to find myself learning a few more while journeying to the “Big Apple” on my two day trip on Grey Hound.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

 I overcome writer's block by going for a walk, Eliminate distractions, Change your environment. Or listening to music. 

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? 

I'm such a family person so all of my free time is spent with my husband and kids. 

Who’s your favorite artist or music group? Why

My favorite artist is Toni Braxton I love her style of music and I can so relate to her sultry word play... 

Give us a WTF was I thinking moment?

When I put my life story out for the world to see I was like oh lawd people are going to judge me WTF was I thinking publishing this book.  

Outside of being an author, what can we catch you doing?

You can catch me doing PR work for my clients who are signed to my public relations company. 

What projects are you working on right now? My 3rd book The life of an inmate true story. 

Do you have any thank you’s? 

I would like to thank my husband Corey Pickens, my kids Romarcus, Cailyn, Taylor, Tyler and stepson Anthony Pickens my Mom, Aunts and clients for all the support and being my go to people. Last but not least you for this great interview.

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