Where can we find information about you and your books online?
Can you tell us about your current release, The Sister Pact?
You've got me hooked...sounds like a great book. Where can we find it online?
Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
After my second baby I was dealing with postpartum depression and sleeping a lot. My mom woke me up from a nap and told me, "You need a hobby. You should write a book." I started writing that afternoon. Haven't had time for a nap since.
What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
I had a nightmare about a man attacking my younger sister. It terrified me. Had to use writer therapy to calm myself down.
Wow, I would hate to have had that nightmare. I have a younger sister also and it would terrify me, too. Definitely get using writing as therapy.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
Both. I usually base my books on a nightmare so someone I know is always in the dream, but the characters really take on a life of their own. I love that.
How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
I stew about an idea for several months, living with the characters, and bouncing ideas off of my sister and sister-in-law. Sometimes they'll tell me my idea is too crazy. I am awful at describing things verbally so when they listen with interest to an idea or a scene description, I know I'm on the right track.
I can write a book in about six weeks but it takes me six to nine months to revise it.
Who is your favorite contemporary author? Are you currently reading any contemporary novels?
Favorite is so hard, usually the one I'm reading right now. I'd have to say Davis Bunn. I love the way he weaves words and his books are always intense.
I've read some of his books. He's a great writer.
What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
With a five-month old I am struggling! I usually write in the afternoon while my youngest naps or late at night. Lately I have to beg my twelve-year old or husband to hold the baby so I can fit ten minutes in. Honestly, I'm enjoying that chubby baby so much I haven't been too upset about my low writing production.
Congrats on the newest addition to your family!
How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive?
They've been amazing. My husband is great. He told me when I started, "Just think of writing as your golf. You might win some money at a tournament, you might have days when you're so frustrated you break a club, but you do it because you enjoy it." How can you not love a man like that?
That's some great advice!
What’s the most challenging aspect of writing for you?
Description. I get annoyed reading too much description. I have to force myself to include it because it never works when the reader doesn't know what color of hair the heroine has.
Cami, thank you so much for stopping by today. I enjoyed our chat. I hope everyone stays around for a visit!