Bookworms, please help me welcome Collette Cameron to the blog. Her books are new to me, and the one’s I’ve read so far have impressed me. I’m so happy to welcome her today and I hope you’ll join in the conversation and ask her some questions.
Collette Cameron: Thanks so much for having me here today!
b2b: Collette, before I start with the questions, how about you tell us a bit about your writing career?
CC: I haven’t been writing all that long. I sat down at my computer in February 2011 and starting tapping out my first historical, Highlander’s Hope. After rewriting it twice and cutting the novel in half, I started the whole query process.
I was very fortunate to find a publisher in a relatively short amount of time, and Highlander’s Hope released May 2013. The next two books in the series followed with the final book of the Castle Brides Series, The Earl’s Enticement, releasing in May 2014.
I’m well into my next series, The Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series, with the first book, Triumph and Treasure, expected to release this fall. I’m also a contributing author to a Viking/Highlander anthology and a historical Valentine anthology, both of which are expected to release early 2015.
As if that won’t keep me busy enough, I’m participating in an 8 book boxed novella set with seven other Regency authors.
I’m so glad school is out Friday, and I can concentrate on writing again. I’m only working very part-time from now on!
b2b: How have your characters and their stories come to you and which one/s whispered the loudest for their story to be told?
CC: Highlander’s Hope began with a single scene that popped into my head one day. I wondered if I could write an entire story around it. Not only did I do that, I created a cast of characters I so fell in love with, most of them get their own novels or novellas.
Adaira and Roark from The Earl’s Enticement pestered me and pestered me to write their story from the moment I introduced them on the page in Highlander’s Hope. But I told them they had to wait until Vangie and Ian’s story in The Viscount’s Vow was told. They’d nagged me all through writing Highlander’s Hope to get their story written. My characters aren’t known for their patience!
b2b: What was your favorite book as a child?
I loved Mother Goose’s Fairytales. I remember my dad reading them too me over and over until I could recite them with him. I was only about three at the time.
b2b: Is there a book you’re never tired of reading over and over?
CC: I don’t usually read books several times, with the exception of The Flame and The Flower. That book was the first full-length romance novel I ever read, and I think I’ve always had a special spot in my heart for it
I’ve certainly read many, many incredible stories since then, but that book was the catalyst for me falling in love with the romance genre.
b2b: Do you like reading classics and is there one that you’re embarrassed to say you’ve never read?
CC: Umm, do I dare confess this? I write Regency after all. I’m whispering here. I’ve never read any of Jane Austen’s book from start to finish. Yes, I’m hiding behind my computer screen. I’ve watched the movies. Does that count? And I adore Georgette Heyer. Can I score any points with that?
b2b: Is there a book that you recently read that you wish you had written?
CC: I don’t think I’ve ever wished I had written another author’s book, but I certainly can appreciate their work and their creativity. I might think to myself, “What a great idea,” or “Why didn’t I think of that?” but I’ve never wished the story was mine.
b2b: What’s a movie adaptation of a book that you loved or that you wish it is made?
As I mentioned above, I’ve really enjoyed all the movies derived from Jane Austen’s writing. I also adore The Count of Monte Cristo, and I just read The Bride Gift by Sarah Hegger which would make a spectacular movie. I think Ella Quinn’s books would make a fabulous movie series too.
b2b: Which book we might be surprised to learn that you loved?
CC: It’s not historical or even romance, but I’ve read Wonder to my class of third graders for the last three years. That book is amazing and teaches such an amazing lesson. I never fail to be touched and more determined to be kind after reading it.
Okay, so for the reading the book over and over bit above, I would read Wonder over and over to students.
b2b: If you were given only one genre to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?
CC: Can I just say historical romance? Then I can read everything up until about 1920. Yep, that ought to do it.
b2b: What was the last book that made you laugh out loud, and what was the last one that made you cry?
CC: The Duke of Morewether’s Secret by Amylynn Bright had me giggling. All of Amy’s books are filled with humor which is why she’s one of my favorite authors. As far as crying goes, I don’t usually cry while reading a book, but again, Wonder made me cry.
b2b: Do you read your books post-publication?
I haven’t yet, except for editing purposes for the print versions. Maybe someday I’ll sit down with one of the print books and read it. That would be a very unique experiences, I think.
b2b: During a thunderstorm – stay inside or sit on porch watching the show?
CC: Inside, under the bed, with my cowering dogs. Yes, I’m a chicken.
The last really nasty thunderstorm we had, lightening touched down about eight feet in front of me. I was putting my chickens up. Scared the pants off me. I literally crawled the rest of the way in the house and discovered my computer modem had been fried from the surge.
b2b: Flannels or Silk?
CC: Silk of course. Pink or blue please with copious amounts of lace.
b2b: Sports car or SUV?
CC: Oh, I’ve got my eye on a lovely white Toyota Highlander.
b2b: Cats or Dogs?
CC: I have both, but I’m really more of a dog person; especially dachshunds.
b2b: Champagne or Beer?
CC: Neither. I don’t like either one or wine for that matter.
b2b: Movies or TV?
CC: Movies. I watch very little television; writing all the time, you know!
b2b: What’s your favorite TV show or movie?
CC: Favorite movie is The Count of Monte Cristo.
b2b: Collette, thanks so much for stopping by b2b and we wish you great success with this series!
CC: Thank you so much!
And now it’s time for you Bookworms to be put in a hot seat!
If you had to give up your beverage of choice, comfort food of choice, or reading romance, which would you choose and why?
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