A few years back I met Author Cami Checketts. Cami is one of those people who you feel an immediate connection to. She is a talented and prolific writer. I got to ask her some questions that I think you'll find interesting. She's giving away a bunch of great stuff with her latest book blog tour. Check this out. Read the interview and enter. After reading the interview and blurbs enter by clicking on the Poison Me icon on the right of this post.
1. You are a busy mother, how do you squeeze time in for writing?
I had to give up non-essentials: cleaning, cooking, television, scrapbooking, sleep.
2. How many novels have you published?
Poison Me is my sixth published novel.
3. You are physically active and care a lot about exercise. That seems to play a role in some of your novels. Does it in Poison Me and if so how?
The heroine in Poison Me is a runner, but it’s not an integral part of the storyline like it was in Dead Running.
4. Tell us about your perfect day.
It would have to be a Saturday. I’d wake up and go for a long run then come home to waffles (made by my husband) and a house already cleaned (by my children). Go on a bike ride with the family to the park, picnic lunch, arrive back home, baby goes to sleep without fighting (this is becoming more and more unrealistic), older boys play outside without fighting, while I write for a couple of hours (seriously, this is a dream), read stories to boys until dinnertime, they make themselves dinner and offer to babysit while husband takes me to dinner at Café Sabor. You don’t want to hear what happens when we come home to a houseful of freshly-bathed, sleeping children.
Haha, okay, my perfect day is when I spend quality time with my family (without Mom getting grumpy) and accomplish even one sentence of writing.
5. Besides writing, what are your passions?
My family, my testimony, exercise, and chocolate (the only four things I’d get passionate about at least).
6. What are some of your favorite books and some of your favorite authors (besides your own)?
I hate this question, I could go on for pages! Here are a few I’ve enjoyed recently.
Line of Fire by Rachel Ann Nunes
Poaching Daises by Carole Thayne Warburton
Gifts & Consequences by Daniel Coleman
The Walk Series by Richard Paul Evans
Anything by David Bunn, Susan May Warren, or Karen Kingsbury
7. How did you get involved in writing novels?
I was fighting postpartum depression after the birth of my second son. My mom came to visit, hauled my rear out of bed and said, “You need a hobby, go…write a book.” I’m an obedient child, so I went to my office and wrote a book. I haven’t had time for a nap since.
8. What advice would you give someone who is starting out?
Learn all you can and find a fun, positive critique group.
9. What was your inspiration for Poison Me?
My parents worked at a retirement home and my mom told me one day that they had four deaths that week. I was shocked and asked what the police said. She told me that they police didn’t even investigate. It got me thinking, what if someone was murdering these sweet people? Hmmm.
10. Are you working on a new novel and if so what is it about?
I’m writing the third book in my Running series, polishing the sequel to Poison Me, and I just had a horrific nightmare that gave me the inciting scene for a new book. And to think I used to pray not to have nightmares!
Thanks for having me on the blog!
Jake Merrill was raised by his grandmother, Ruby, and her hilarious friends. After a suspicious death at the retirement home where Ruby lives, she enlists Jake and Chanel, the beautiful activities director, to help her find the killer.
But secrets Ruby has kept for decades threaten her family and the man she’s always loved but could never have. Chanel’s unstable ex-boyfriend, a presumably dead relative, and vicious criminals add to the confusion. Time is running out as Jake, Chanel, and Ruby desperately search for clues to solve the murders and fight to save those they love.
Praise for Poisen Me
Poison Me made me laugh out loud and thoroughly enjoy myself. I wish I had a friend like Ruby! Snappy dialogue, romance, and a strong sense of family made this book well worth reading.
Rachel Ann Nunes, bestselling author of Line of Fire andBefore I Say Goodbye
Author Cami Checketts
Cami is a part-time author, part-time exercise consultant, part-time housekeeper, full-time wife, and overtime mother of four adorable boys. Sleep and relaxation are fond memories. She's never been happier.
A portion of the proceeds from Cami's books will be donated to The Child & Family Support Center. For more information on this worthy cause, please go towww.cachecfsc.org
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