Celina Adrian I American Author, Poet


From the Author:


Hello, my name is Celina Adrian, born Celina Denkins.

I grew up between North Carolina and Atlanta Georgia but credit New York City for raising me. My current and primary residence is Los Angeles, CA, though I have been known to tuck away in the quiet of Atlanta's familiarity or behind the consistent anonymity of New York's busy streets.

I find comfort in conversation just as much as I do in silence. You might find me hiding behind words or somewhere at the end of a sentence attempting to punctuate my life experiences.

My Grandmothers golden plethora of stories and profound influence in my life are the reason I chose to write, a taste of chocolate. In this book, there lives some weaving of elder’s stories, a tiny tapestry of my own life experiences and a general concept of the story idea based on an Uncle's death. Though it is a fictional piece of work, with a ton of fluff and fold, these culmination of influences embody the womb from which a taste of chocolate was birthed.

Until recently, a taste of chocolate was a manuscript that sat collecting dust for about 20 or so years. I wrote this book while living in San Francisco for a short period of time. With at least a hundred plus cups of coffee totaling about 4 or more cups a day, amateur cigarette smoking of barely inhaling (you’ve heard this before), a month later, some nights turning into days without shut eye, a manuscript surfaced from my mind. Voices came. Voices went. 4 of them stood out. 4 children became the narrators and I became a tiny piece of almost every character and of every moment in hopes that anyone who reads this story, would become the same. Its a deeply personal piece of fiction and I hope it resonates with you.


Thank you for purchasing a taste of chocolate. Please enjoy it!

Sincerely, Celina