Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Interview with Cameo Renae

(Cameo Renae)
Growing up with a love of reading great love stories and anything about paranormal, Cameo Renae says to be happier when she's writing. She lives in Maui, Hawaii where encouraged and supported by her husband and their two children (now teenagers), Cameo started writing In My Dreams, her first novel.

For those who don't know about the book, I invite you to check my review, while here you can read the summary: It was happening again. The dreams. The nightmares. It was something seventeen year-old Elizabeth "Lizzy" Hayes thought she'd outgrown; dreams that would come true; detailed premonitions of how people would die. This time she dreams about her boyfriend, Michael Young, and soon discovers that he's been found... dead. Michael hasn't crossed over because he was murdered, and now his murderer is coming for Lizzy. His spirit won't rest until she is safe, and as a newbie spirit, the easiest way for him to make contact is through Lizzy's dreams. When she dreams, it's as if he hasn't died. Lizzy must learn to pull on her inner strength to survive horrifying events. Meanwhile, in the spirit world, Michael learns everything he can about his supernatural gift to help. But will it be enough to save her?

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Optimist, happy, random.

When did you realize it was the right moment for you to start writing?

When my kids were old enough to take care of themselves. :) I’ve always loved writing. In school when we had creative writing assignments, I would get totally excited. So… a few years ago, I started a writing course. Then I joined a writing community where I began writing short stories and shared critiques. I had so much wonderful feedback, that I thought I might give a novel a try. It was a terrifying thought at the time, but I’m glad I did it!

In My Dreams is your debut novel. How did you feel after it was published?

I couldn’t have been prouder. I was one of those criers. Yep… tears flowed as I held my paperback in my hands for the first time. I couldn’t believe it. It was just… awesome.

Would you mind telling us how you came up with this story?

In My Dreams sort of wrote itself, but there were a few things that inspired it. First was the passing of my mother-in-law. Second, was the dream I’d had. The dream actually started me writing, and became the first part of Chapter 1. (Of course with extras) After the dream, the whole story, character’s, plot, just - fell into place.

(book cover)
What was your favourite part of writing this book?

Some nights after writing, I couldn’t wait until the next time I could write again. It was such a suspenseful book that I wanted find out what would happen next.

How would you describe the relationship between Michael and Lizzy?

Their love is the kind of love that anyone would want to have. It’s a real love, a true love. The kind of love that breaks barriers of time and space. They started out as best friends and their love grew from that. That’s awesome.

Is there a scene with them that you particularly love writing? One that moved you deeply?

I’d have to say the ending. The part in the cemetery. I was actually in tears (like sobbing) while writing that part. It tugged at every one of my heart-strings. I’m glad no one was home at the time. They would have thought I was nuts! Ha-ha

I love the slang you used for the bad guy, very appropriate. Was it difficult for you writing with that style or you actually enjoyed it?

I wanted to give the “bad guy” his own voice. Something distinct, so readers would know it was him speaking. I enjoyed writing his slang, because it made me hate him even more.

I know you love anything about Paranormal. Is there any creature in particular that you love the most?

Oh yes… Growing up my VERY favourite creature was the Unicorn. I used to have stuffed animals, posters, and would draw pictures of them all the time. They are the most beautiful, magical creatures. I still want one. I know they’re out there… somewhere!

You finished writing a new novel, the first in a YA Paranormal trilogy. Can you tell us anything about it?

Hmmm… without giving too much away. It is definitely another suspense novel, but this one has a LOT more action. In My Dream’s had Guardians… and I loved the idea SO much that I carried them into this new novel. But they are TOTALLY different. There are six Guardians in this new novel, all gorgeous, all kick-a$$ (Sorry if I offended anyone. Those are money signs!), all trying to save one girl. There’s a lot behind it, but I don’t want to give too much away!  I’m totally EXCITED!

Thank you so much for the interview, Cameo! It was a total pleasure to work with you and I wish you all the best with your amazing stories!

If you wanna know more about Cameo and her stories visit her official site: but don't forget to follow her lovely blog as well and of course to buy a copy of her touching novel, "In My Dreams"!

And now a little surprise for you all... Cameo Renae is giving away 2 e-books (any format can be chosen). All you have to do is comment on this post telling us what's in your dreams! At the end of the week Cameo will choose the two most original answers and give them the prizes!! Ready? Let's find out what you're dreaming about then! ;)

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