Author Interview and Giveaway: Cerian Hebert

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Cerian Hebert, whose latest release Light the Way Home, will be FREE through August 21. Leave a comment or ask Cerian a question to be entered into a drawing for the winner’s choice of one of her backlist books.

Cerian started writing when she was about 12–she and her friends were certain there was a haunted house in their neighborhood and Cerian saw them all as a team of young ghost hunters and wrote down their adventures. As she got older, her interests shifted from the paranormal to horses and then to boys.

“Now-a-days I manage to write about all three,” she told me.

Even though she started writing at 12, she was 16 before she thought of it as something she wanted to do with her life and, even then, it took another ten to fifteen years before she really made a commitment to her writing.

Cerian told me that she’s surrounded by interesting people.

“My mother came from England when she was 17, my father was an army brat. He made his love of antique and classic cars his career. Growing up we’d always have interesting old cars. In fact, when we moved from MN to NH I did so in the back seat of a Rolls Royce. He literally wrote the book on hood ornaments for classic cars and would travel overseas all the time to examine hood ornament collections (yes, it’s a thing). His cousins in South Dakota are ranchers (which is why I write stories set in SD) and one of them was the proud owner of Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex, which was subject of a custody battle between my cousin, the Sioux, the paleontologist who found her and the US Government. My cousin won. I have 3 siblings. Sadly, my oldest brother passed away about 15 years ago, my sister was once a smoke jumper and fire fighter, and my other brother is a pilot with American Airlines. Compared to everyone I live a very dull life.”

In fact, when Cerian was growing up she wanted to be a paleontologist, museum curator, actress, Olympic horseback rider, archaeologist, oh, and of course a writer.

“One thing I did NOT want to do was work at a desk in an office,” she declared. “Unfortunately my mundane job is a data entry clerk. But at least I get to fulfill one of my dreams.”

Cerian is originally from Minneapolis, but she moved to New Hampshire when she was 11, so she considers her hometown Rindge, NH.

“As a kid coming from the big city, I loved the country setting, the forests and stone walls,” she said. “I loved the little pond across the road from my house, the little stream that ran through the woods in my back yard, the tiny library in the center of town, the town common that hosted fairs in the fall, and I loved loved loved all the horses in the neighborhood!”

Cerian has several projects she’s currently working on (she admitted she is very fickle when she writes). She has two contemporary westerns in the works, two horse-oriented stories that take place in New Hampshire and a paranormal romance set on the Maine coast. She has a hard time deciding on which one she wants to work on full-time.

Her reading shows the same trait–at the time of the interview she was reading three books.

“When I’m in the van waiting for someone I’m reading Till The Stars Fall by Kathleen Gilles Seidel. At home I’m reading Hank and Chloe by Jo-Ann Mapson (a random book I picked off the library shelf) and I’m going old school with When The Music Stopped by Elisabeth Ogilvie (because I love a story set in Maine). Plus I have several books on my Kindle I’ve started but put aside. Kind of draws the books out this way, but I like all my bases covered,” she explained.

I asked her to describe her writing space for us.

“Currently it’s wherever I can find a place for a tv tray. It’s not ideal, but we’ve had to reorganize the house and I had to sacrifice my desk for the greater good. My desktop is now in my daughter’s room so I’m generally in the living room with my laptop. I remember when I first started writing seriously-as an adult-I bought a book on how to publish a romance and the author was very big on setting up the perfect writing area, making sure it reeked of romance. I always dreamed of having one of those perfect spots. Maybe someday I can reclaim my place. For now, the tv tray will have to work.”

The hardest part about writing for Cerian is actually finding the time to write.

“My schedule tends to be crazy, with four kids needing to be here, there and everywhere,” she said. “I’m also the fetch-it girl for my husband. He works close to home and works 2nd shift, so if he wants an ice coffee during one of his breaks guess who gets to bring it to him. Also, without having a quiet room to work in, I tend to get constant interruptions. I’m sure I’ll be sad and lonely when the kids leave the nest, but at least I’ll get more time to write.”

Finally, I asked, “What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?”

“Be persistent. Writing isn’t an overnight process and you can’t expect to sit down at the computer and tap out a best seller in a day or two. Be patient, listen to your characters, they may take you in all sorts of wonderful places you didn’t plan on going (but also rein them in if they get a little too out of hand and take you completely off course). Find a critique group. They’re few and far between, but a good crit group is invaluable. Make sure you have a thick skin. It’s hard to listen to people criticize your baby, they they’re doing it to help you. Don’t give up. If this is your passion, then keep writing.”

About the Author: 8_18 author photoOriginally from Minnesota, Cerian is currently settled in southwestern New Hampshire with her husband and four children, working for a well-known children’s magazine company. She’s known she wanted to write since she was twelve and between mucking stalls in New York and booking cruises in Maine, she’s been filling notebooks and now flash drives with her stories in pursuit of her dreams. ~ Facebook ~ Twitter

8_18 book cover LTWHcov2aTorn between the home she loves and the man shes falling in love with, Hayden must decide which one she will leave behind.

Hayden Merrick has one thing in mind when she arrives in South Dakota. To meet her grandmother for the first time, then return to the life she loves on the Maine coast. She doesn’t expect to discover the truth behind her mother’s departure from South Dakota, find the father who abandoned her or a man who could prove to be the love of her life.

Ben Winslow hasn’t much time for romance, and no woman has interested him enough until Hayden arrives at his neighbor’s home. As soon as he meets her, Ben believes she could be the woman he’s always hoped for. First he has to convince her she could love the prairie as much as the ocean.

Hayden’s plans to return home are put on hold as she struggles with a difficult decision. Pursue a life in South Dakota with the man she’s falling in love with, or return to the life she loves at the edge of the ocean.

Ben hopes he can give her the best of both worlds.


  1. Thanks for hosting me today!

  2. Fab interview ladies, I really like the style. Now off to read more of Light The Way Home…thank you kindly!

  3. Hi Cerian, You certainly have an interesting family. I remember watching a documentary about Sue the t-rex and later seeing the skull at the (now closed) Fresno Met.

    Good luck with your recent release. I wish you many sales.


    • Hi Janice,
      Thanks for visiting. LOL I like to live vicariously through my more interesting family members. There’s actually a brand new movie/documentary called Dinosaur 13 that just came out on Friday all about Sue and the whole legal battle over her (I get the idea my cousin doesn’t come out looking too good).

      Maybe I’ll use something similar in a story some day. 🙂

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