MFT Interview and Giveaway with Celia Rees

Please welcome the awesome Celia Rees to the blog today! Celia is the author of The Fool’s Girl, Sovay, Pirates!, Witch Child, and much more! I also have 2 copies of The Fool’s Girl and a copy of Sovay for giveaway, so be sure to check details at the bottom of this post.

Celia, thank you so much for joining me!Your newest novel, The Fool’s Girl, is a continuation of the tale in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Can you tell us a little more about it?

The idea for The Fool’s Girl came to me when I was watching an outdoor production of Twelfth Night. I have always loved the play. It is laugh out loud funny and holds the attention from beginning to end. As I watched, I found myself thinking: ‘What if Illyria (the fictional setting of the play) was a real place? And ‘What happens after the end of the play?’ And ‘How did Shakespeare come by the story?’ I had a feeling it was not happy ever after, so I began thinking about a story where everything went badly wrong . Two survivors, the Clown, Feste, and Viola’s daughter, Violetta, find themselves in London, performing in the street. Shakespeare stops to watch and they end up telling him their story, which he will use the write Twelfth Night, but they have come to England on a mission to find what is lost and what has been stolen from them and they are going to want something in exchange.

What was your favorite scene to write in The Fool’s Girl?

I loved writing all of it, but I especially liked writing in Feste’s voice.

If The Fool’s Girl was made into a film, who would you choose to play Violetta?

I don’t have any candidates – maybe your readers have some suggestions?

For those of us across the pond that are endlessly fascinated by all things English (that would be me), what is your favorite part of living in Warwickshire?

I was born in the Warwickshire, my family comes from here, so it is my county, just as it was Shakespeare’s. There are still historic towns and old houses that he would have known and would recognize, but the real magic is in the countryside, the remaining fragments of ancient woodland that made up the great Forest of Arden. To walk there when the new leaves are coming out and bluebells carpet the ground is to experience something magic and timeless that has not changed since Shakespeare’s day. His plays are full of allusions to the plants that still grow in the woods, fields and hedgerows. The River Avon still flows through the county, through Stratford-on-Avon, past Trinity Church where William Shakespeare was baptized and buried, and the same flowers grow beside it. Ophelia’s funeral bouquet. I like that feeling of connection and continuity.

I read in your blog that you recently toured Germany for The Fool’s Girl. What was your favorite part of the tour?

My favourite part of the tour was a six hour train journey between Munich and Berlin. I love to travel on trains, it is a great way of seeing the country and I am thinking of setting a book in post war Germany, so it was ideal. I could just stare out of the window and be doing research.

How do you like to spend your time when you’re not writing?

When I’m not writing, I’m normally doing everyday things like shopping, meeting friends, going to the gym, going to the cinema, going to the theatre, the odd concert, reading, listening to music, etc., etc., just like everybody else.

Name something that makes you laugh out loud?

Woody Allen and Jack Russell Terrier dogs.

What is the most dangerous or daring thing you’ve ever done?

Dangerous, daring? Not if I can help it! I leave that to the characters in my books.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why?

Mexico – I’ve always wanted to see the Aztec and Mayan temples.

Finally, is there any news of upcoming projects or events you’d like to share with us?

I have just finished a new book, called This Is Not Forgiveness. It is very, very different from The Fool’s Girl…

Thanks so much for joining me, Celia!

It has been a pleasure.

Visit Celia at her website!

*Giveaway is for 2 copies of The Fool’s Girl and 1 copy of Sovay (3 winners)
*To enter, leave a comment with your contact info and the book you’d like to win (if either one is fine, let me know. If you win, I’ll do my best to accomodate your request, but it will be first drawn, first choice, etc…
*Open to US only
*Must be at least 13 yrs old to enter
*Giveaway Ends July 5th, 2011


  1. Wonderful interview. Love being introduced to new to me authors. I would love to enter for Savoy. Thanks for the giveaway. (Hugs)Indigo

  2. Hey great interview….all of the book sounds great

  3. That was a fun interview to read. I haven't heard of these books before and they look good! I'd love to read either. Thanks for the chance to win.

    brandonaimee AT gmail DOT com

  4. Obviously not entering- but I have seen Celia Rees books around (of course) but haven't paid much attention to them for some reason. This interview has definitely sparked my interest and I'll definitely be making sure I get my hands on some.
    Also, her description of where she lives sounds EXACTLY like the England I imagine and would love to visit. Actual real (and OLD) history. Not stuff that's not older then a couple hundred years. I think I live in the wrong country…

  5. I'd prefer The Fool's Girl.


  6. I'd love to win Fool's Girl. Thanks!

  7. great giveaway
    follow via gfc

    would love either book

  8. Tipsy -

    ACK! I love Celia Rees! Her witch child and sorceress books were my FAVORITE in high school! I didn't know she came out with a new book!

    info (at) tipsyreader (dot) com

  9. Either would be great! Thanks!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  10. Great Interview! Celia Rees is a new author to me. I would like to win either book. Thanks for introducing a new author to me and for this giveaway!


  11. I'd love to win The Fool's Girl. The Twelfth Night is my favorite of Shakespeare's plays.

  12. Melissa (Books and Things)

    The Fool's Girl, please!
    btw, you should try dobermans… they are hilarious!
    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  13. I read her Pirates! for a graduate class and LOVED it! Fun interview :o)

    Either book is a-okay with me :o)


  14. I'd love to win either book, they both sound excellent.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  15. I would be so happy with either.

  16. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to read The Fool's Girl.

    Miss Lauren

  17. I love both so I would like to be entered for either. 🙂 Thank you for the great interview and giveaway!


  18. this is a very generous giveaway!!!! thank you!!!!
    any of the books would be fine for me, as i haven't read any of them……..


  19. Offbeat Vagabond

    Another great interview and another author added to my TBR pile. I love that the idea came from trying to create more from the Twelfth Night. if there is any inspiration it is Shakespeare 🙂 I agree, going to Mexico to see the Mayan and Aztec temples would be amazing. I use to always want to go, but the older I got, the more places I wanted to visit 😀 It is nice your train ride from Munich to Berlin helped you get work done. I think I have only been on a train once in my life. I was too young to remember much now, but I do remember it was nice. Thank you so much for the giveaway and interview guys, This was a great read 🙂

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. Offbeat Vagabond

    Forgot to mention, either book is fine. They both sound like a keeper. Thanks again hon 🙂

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  21. Lisa ~ Bookworm Lisa

    I loved Witch child and it's sequel Sorceress. I would love to read anything she writes. Thanks for a great interview. Put me in for either book. Thanks!
    Ke7yca at gmail dot com

  22. I'd love to win The Fool's Girl, but either is fine. Thanks for the giveaway.

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

  23. Thank you for the great interview and giveaway. I would love to win The Fool's Girl. Thank you for the chance!


  24. Ishita aka Fishy

    these books sound great! i'm going to go and look for them ! thanks for a great interview and giveaway!

  25. I would love to read Witch Child, but as I have not read any of Ms. Rees' work I would be happy with whatever should I win this wonderful giveaway. Thank you for the great interview and sharing today.


  26. They both look awesome! Thank you for the amazing chance to win 🙂 GFC Krystal Larson edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom

  27. I would be thrilled to win either book. Thanks for the chance!

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  28. Thanks for yet another great giveaway! I would consider myself lucky to win either one of these fine books 🙂 Thanks for the chance!

    jwitt33 at live dot com


  29. I would like to win Fool's girl but either would be fine. Thank you for the chance to win!

  30. Please enter me to win The Fool's Girl
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  31. I would like to win Witch Child but I would be happy winning either of the books. They sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

  32. Thank you for this giveaway! Please enter me in the Sovay contest!

    ajiehuang1997(at)gmail (dot) com

  33. Stacy (Urban Fantasy Investigations)

    Thanks for the giveaway. I would like Sovay.


  34. Sierra Cullen.♥

    -Thanks for the chance. I have Witch Child at home, and I love it. Celia's writing style is magnificent! If I win, I would like any of them. :]


  35. Fool's Girl sounds like a great read, which i bet it is since the last book I read by Celie Rees was amazing.

    Thanks for the great interview and giveaway. 🙂

    The HAunting of Orchid Forsythia

  36. I'd love to be entered for either. Not picky.

    aliciacald at gmail dot com

  37. Aw, Jack Russells are adorable. 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway! Either book is fine by me.

    imagesandwords at optonline dot net

  38. Linda: By the Book

    I love all things Shakespeare and Twelfth Night was one of my favorites. The Fool's Girl looks great.
    My own Jack Russell terrier makes me laugh too.

    Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  39. I'd love to win The Fool's Girl, but either would be great!

    robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

  40. hedgerhousehold

    Either one would be fine.
    Thanks for the giveaway
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

  41. Casey (The Bookish Type)

    I LOVE Twelfth Night, so I've had my eye on The Fool's Girl for a while. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    thebookishtypereviews AT gmail DOT com

  42. either one is fine for me. Pirates is my favorite pirate book!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  43. michellesheavenlyreviews

    either is fine!
    thanks for the giveaway!
    starlightgirl678 at aol dot com

  44. Either is fine, I don't have any of these books! They look great! Thanks for the giveaway.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  45. Michelle @ The True Book Addict

    Please enter me for The Fool's Girl. Thank you!


  46. Mare/TommyGirl

    I'd love to win either book! Thank you!

    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

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