Get Inside the Mind of Author @CameronGarriepy

There are some people who are tremendously talented writers. They not only understand the mechanics of writing but are also excellent storytellers. Cameron is one of these people.

I’ve known her for over a year and had her on my blog in October when her debut romance novel, Buck’s Landing released. It’s received excellent reviews, so do yourself a favor and pick up a copy while waiting for the warm weather to roll in!

Cameron D Garriepy, New England, romance, novel, Hampton Beach

Earlier this year, Cameron invited me to take part in The Story Circle, her unique fiction relay for guest writers. It was a fabulous experience, and a wonderful story called “The Candlestick Killer” came out of it. I’d highly recommend all writers to participate in The Story Circle if you get a chance.

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I’m thrilled Cameron has returned to provide a personal glimpse into her life. The timing could not be better as she has a FREE OFFER  for readers over TWO DAYS ONLY—today and tomorrow.

Find out what Cameron is giving away and read about this incredible woman.

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Cameron recently collaborated with three other indie authors to publish Metaphysical Gravity, a collection of four short stories about love.

metaphysical gravity

Read a summary

“Love is metaphysical gravity.” R. Buckminster Fuller

A force beyond reason and the laws of nature, love draws us together in many ways. In these four short stories, four authors explore the essence of love, from practical to magical.

“In Her Hands,” by Angela Amman, explores the moment in which a woman weighs the choice between expectations and the lasting passion she craves.

A shy librarian offers her beautiful best friend a shot at the English teacher she secretly desires, in Mandy Dawson’s “Home.” But what if beauty isn’t all he needs in a lover?

Cameron D. Garriepy’s eponymous “Valentine” is a young woman whose fairytale is sidetracked by a trickster loose in the streets of New Orleans.

In “Elephants in the Atmosphere” by Kameko Murakami, a young woman in extraordinary circumstances finds love in an unexpected place and against all odds. Is a happy ending even possible?

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Now, let’s learn more about the woman behind the words by getting … 

Inside Cameron’s Mind

[eden] Thrilled to have you share more about yourself, Cameron. Why don’t you start by telling us what turns you on creatively.

[Cameron] Music, food, pleasure. Preferably all at once. I draw a ton of inspiration from music, from things I’ve tasted and my culinary and music education. From sensual experiences. Yes, sex, but also black sand, a perfect powder day on the mountain, a solo cello, raw oysters, power ballads, the smell of spring grass, the color red, being one of four voices in perfect harmony.

[eden] I love red too!

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? I always go back to hands and eyes. And then I see them everywhere. Sparkle and bloom appear a lot in my imagery, I’m noticing. When I talk? Lovely. So overused. I’m making a conscious effort to stop.

[eden] I am a fan of ‘Lovely’ too. Mental note to cut down.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? A lack of the everyday stress that sucks the marrow from your bones. No more worrying about paying the bills. I don’t mean wealth. I mean not juggling finances to make sure the bills all get paid. In that scenario, I’m home with my son while he’s still little and free to write. Hungry enough to need to be the best I can, but not worried about the wolf at the door. And maybe enough mad money for a trip to Paris.

What quality do you most admire in a man? Humor and intelligence; wit, I guess.  A real appreciation for women. Strong, well definined arms never go amiss, either.

And in a woman? Passion, but not the crazed kind. Dedication and practicality all wrapped around belief and big dreams. And compassion.

What is your greatest regret? There are so many, but they fade, as Steven Page once sang, “into dull tableaux.” Does that mean they’re not true regrets?

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I would love to front a band, but I never had the guts to go for it. Hey! There’s an answer to the previous question.

[eden] I agree!  

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My tendency to snack on my feelings. It’s a destructive habit. The trouble is, my feelings always taste so very good… salty, sweet, pungeant, chocolatey.

[eden] Hmm… interesting, no one’s answered it quite like this before.

What is your greatest fear? Rejection. Which is weird, since I routinely put bits of my soul out into the world for public comsumption.

[eden] I understand, Cameron. So many writers share this fear, myself included though I’d never let it stop me. I’m so happy to see it hasn’t stopped you either.

Which living person do you most admire? That might be the hardest question. There are some obvious answers: My mother, who amazes me all the time. Stephen King, whose imagination I covet and whose honesty blows me away. Every other indie author out there. I don’t know how you all get it done. I don’t know how I get it done. I’m not sure, though, if there’s just one Top Person.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A well-loved family dog or a trophy wife. Was that not what you meant?

What do you consider your greatest achievement? My books. Each of them as they have come out has surpassed the one before, because I’m always learning and discovering and getting better at some aspect of writing and publishing.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? False advertising. Be who you are. Even if it’s not perfect. I’ve been noticing a trend lately towards false sweetness and modesty and it bugs the crap out of me. Ambition isn’t a four letter word. Own yourself and what you want. I’ll start: I am an excellent writer, and I want to make a living selling my fiction. I’m also a pretty nice person, but my halo is more than a little tarnished and I know there’s a lot I can do better.

[eden] Love your honesty and this response. 

What is your greatest extravagance? Food. Restaurants, ingredients. We’re not wealthy people. We can’t travel a lot, we pay our bills and live off what’s left over. I don’t have expensive shoes or jewelry. But we spend way too much on groceries and dining for a family of three. I can live without a vacation, but not without the occasional aji sashimi or truly excellent dry aged steak.

What is one thing you want to do before you die? There are too many to count, but just recently, I was telling my son a story about the honeymoon trip his Daddy and I took to Hawaii. I was reminded that I never saw the sun rise from Haleakalā. I want to do that.

Who is your favorite writer/musician/film director? Author Katherine Neville has written two books I reread almost annually, falling into them like the arms of a beloved friend, The Eight and A Calculated Risk. My favorite musician is harder… I had a classical music education, over whom Beethoven ruled, but the band who’s held my heart since 1991? R.E.M..

What are some of your favorite curse words? I was brought up an unwashed heathen, so I apologize in advance to Christians, but I love colorful uses of Jesus Christ! and Sweet mother… Christ on a cracker, sweet mother of (insert topical term here), etc. A mutual poet friend of ours and I share a love for Christ on a bike! Fuck is such a versatile word, too. Shitsticks is another favorite. And I hear ass hat is really making a comeback, which is nice, because it so aptly describes so many people… Wow. I’m a potty mouth. Yikes.

[eden] Ass hat makes me giggle. 

What is your motto? Almost 15 years ago, I read this in my horoscope: “Tap into that gorgeous weirdness at the core of your unique destiny: the inspired lunacy that would evolve into genius if you ever learned to make it sing and dance.” I haven’t always lived up to it, but it’s always there in the back of my mind, because it’s true. When I let the joyously crazy part of myself take over, that’s always my best work.

[eden] Cameron, agree that all too often we stifle the “crazy” in us, and we’d be better to unleash it more often!  

Readers, I invite you to connect to Cameron and don’t forget to get a copy of her book Metaphysical Gravity, available FREE today and tomorrow!  

Get it HERE. I got mine!

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Connect to Cameron

author, blogger, Buck's Landing, romance novel

Website | Facebook | Amazon | Twitter @CameronGarriepy | Book Buy Links

Self-described shenaniganist and unabashed romantic, Cameron wrote her first romance novel on an antique typewriter, using a stack of pink paper. Detours between that draft and her publishing goals have included a BA in Music, a professional culinary education, and twelve years in the child-wrangling industry. Cameron writes from the Metro Boston area, where she lives with her husband, son, and two poorly behaved dogs. She is a managing editor at the virtual writing community, Write on Edge.

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28 responses to “Get Inside the Mind of Author @CameronGarriepy

  1. Well, I just learned a whole new bunch of curse words! :)

    Red … you can’t beat it! Living on a budget makes you appreciate the little things in life, and have a blast with the big ones.

    Loved the interview, and thanks for sharing.

  2. I do like to find out about the face behind the words.

  3. Thank you, Eden, for the warm welcome and the continuing support. This interview was such fun. It’s a real pleasure to be here.

  4. Nice interview, ladies. Still working on conjuring up an image of an ‘ass hat’ … Have been over to Amazon and nabbed a copy of ‘Metaphysical Gravity’. Boy, was there a long queue! :-)

  5. I really enjoyed Buck’s Landing. I’ve always admired Cameron’s craft.

  6. kamekomurakami

    I am such a fan of Cameron’s, and not just because I’m in a book with her. She’s a wonderful author and a wonderful human being, and just so everyone knows, her hair is A-mazing! I’m lucky to know her!

  7. Really like that motto. And ass hat? That is so cool. I’m off to the haberdashery.

  8. Great interview! Got my copy of “Metaphysical Gravity”! Got some new curse words to use! Liked the ‘motto’ comment particularly. AND, unlike John Dolan, I’m witty, witty, and my arms have lovely length! I toast to two of my favorite ladies who just happen to be outstanding authors. I send mental hugs and always my very best wishes.

  9. All this Cam in one gulp? Christ on a bike, I love it. And now that phrase :)

  10. please never stop saying Lovely, Lovely. it’s who you are, and how you write! Eden, thank you for this wonderful interview of someone who has been (and still is) a true inspiration for my writing. everyone read Cameron!

  11. 2old2tap

    Wonderful interview, Cam! Great job Eden, getting inside that head

  12. I thoroughly enjoyed this! Thanks Eden, and thanks Cam!

  13. Terrific answers, Cameron!

    I don’t think I’ve ever used Christ on a stick as a curse before… and I tend to overuse lovely too. Usually when describing winter.

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