Welcome to The Colony Author Cami Checketts! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions about your life and book!
Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction.
Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. Cami teaches strength training classes at her local rec and shares healthy living tips on her fitness blog: http://fitnessformom.blogspot.com.
Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn’t snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing.
The Colony Interview with Cami Checketts:
Welcome to Cuzinlogic! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
Thanks! I am a part-time author, part-time exercise consultant, part-time housekeeper, full-time wife, and overtime mother of four adorable boys.
I started writing when my eleven-year old was a baby to overcome severe postpartum depression. A good writing session is still some of the most effective happy-up medicine.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I loved experiencing a society that I still think is a bit whacked, but is so intriguing to me. I also really loved falling in love with the hero. Sorry, can’t tell you which guy that is yet.
What kind of research (if any) did you have to do for this book?
Most of my research focused on different communes and how their infrastructure worked and learning about juvenile diabetes.
If you could visit anywhere in the world for 1 week, where would you go?
My only requirement is somewhere warm. My twenty-year wedding anniversary is exactly one year from yesterday. We decided we need to save and plan for the best week of our lives next January. We’re leaning toward Fiji or Costa Rica. Any suggestions?
What was the hardest part about writing this book?
The hardest part about writing any book for me is the end. I know a lot of authors celebrate typing those two words and it should be a celebration, a novel is a beast to write. But I become so emotionally invested in my characters I have a hard time letting them go. I also have a hard time deciding that the book is really done and ready to venture out into the cold, hard world.
How many books have you written?
Oh, wow. People usually ask how many I’ve published, that answer is nine. Written? Fourteen. Some of those are still works in progress, some are fabulous scratch paper, though I get embarrassed when my boys flip the papers over, read a bit, and say, This can’t be your book Mom, it’s terrible.
What books were among your childhood favorites and why?
Anne of Green Gables. I adored that series. Oh, to have Gilbert Blythe just say one word or look at Anne in a certain way :) In high school, I was cast as Diana and my best friend, Anne. It was a dream come true, though I still didn’t get to kiss Gilbert!
If you could go back and talk to yourself when you were writing your first book, what advice would you offer?
Just keep writing, you’ll improve someday.
What time of day do you like to write?
Whenever I can fit it in! I wish I could write in the morning when my brain is working, but with boys ages three to fifteen, I’m lucky to get some writing time in the afternoon or late at night. It’s ten p.m. as I type this and hopefully you can’t tell that my brain went to bed an hour ago.
What are your favorite movies and TV series based on books? Did you read the book before or after you saw the movie or TV series?
The Count of Monte Cristo was a wonderful movie and although I adored the book the movie was so much better because Edmund and Mercedes ended up together. Oh, and Edmund was delectable in the movie too.
I read the book several times before the movie was produced.
What makes a book appeal to you?
Quick pace, a bit of comedy, and clean romance.
What do you do in your spare time?
My favorite things to do are run, hike, bike, and swim.
What I actually do: drive boys to lacrosse practice, cheer for boys at lacrosse games, cook lots of food for boys, do lots of laundry, and chase boys around the house so they will kiss their mom.
Have you ever written anything that you thought would be controversial and found it wasn’t?
My latest book, Blog This, dealt with the horrific effects violent video games have on children. I thought I’d get an outcry but so far the book has received rave reviews.
My big boys haven’t read it yet, I’m sure they’ll be ticked off when they do. We have an ongoing debate about how violent video games affect them. Their certain they are the only boys in the world who can’t play m-rated games.
If you could require high school seniors to read one book, what would it be?
The New Testament.
What can your readers expect from you next?
Dead Running will be available on Audible in March 2014.
I’m writing a story about an actress who is being stalked by a man who murders those close to her and the firefighter who wants to protect her. The only problem: she thinks he’s the stalker.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Thanks for having me on your blog!
Thanks Cami, for joining us today and good good luck with your new story. We enjoy a bit of romance and mystery.
To protect her sons from the mistakes of her past, Brinlee Trapper escapes to a secluded mountain home. But there are dangers lurking in the mountains she has never encountered. The little family is saved from injury by Jed, a mysterious hunter. Brinlee is drawn to him, but she worries about his involvement with a peaceful commune hidden deep in the mountains behind her property.
Lance, Brinlee’s attentive neighbor, has his own troubled history. Between his obvious attraction to Brinlee and his developing love for her children, Brinlee finds it more than difficult to guard her heart against this tender intrusion.
While Jed offers a life of excitement and freedom, Lance holds the key to the family Brinlee always wanted. When it comes time to choose, she learns that both men have secrets that could shatter her fledgling trust in men and the wrong decision could leave more than her heart exposed to danger.
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