One of the first questions people usually ask Cerella is how to pronounce her name (surreal-ah). The next question is usually, “What does it mean?” (It’s Latin for “of the spring”, though Cerella was born in the autumn, which is her favorite season.)
At the age of ten, Cerella decided she wanted to be a writer. She wrote her first book at the age of sixteen and began submitting to publishers at the age of seventeen. Thirteen years (and a healthy pile of rejection letters) later, she took a break from writing historical manuscripts to try her hand at a sweet, modern-day romance in a setting less than an hour’s drive from her own hometown: Hershey, Pennsylvania. After several submissions (and chocolate bribes), she was offered her first contract for her novel, Love Finds You in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
These days, Cerella spends her time writing and working on the side as a barista while also helping out in the office of her family’s small construction business. She is addicted to coffee, history, holistic nutrition, and the Cooking Channel. Her first novel with Harlequin Heartwarming, Gentle Persuasion, releases later this year and demonstrates her love of coffee and travel as it takes place on a coffee plantation in Hawaii.
She makes her home in York, Pennsylvania, with two precocious pugs, Darcy and Charlotte, named after Jane Austen literary characters. You can find her online at her website, http://www.cerellasechrist.com, where she pens her blog, Literary Fare, featuring food-themed posts and author interviews.