Today in the cage we have author Deborah Camp, Deborah is the author of Through His Eyes on of today’s book blasts. We would like to thank Deborah for stopping by and sharing with us.
Author of more than 50 novels, Deborah lives in Oklahoma. She has been a full-time writer since she graduated from the University of Tulsa. Her background as a reporter for newspapers helped her to write fast and enjoy research. After she sold her first few books, she quit newspaper work to become a freelance writer and novelist.
Deborah's first novel was published in the late 1970s and her books have been published by Jove, New American Library, Harlequin, Silhouette, and Avon. She has been inducted into the Oklahoma Authors Hall of Fame and she is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of the Author's Guild. She was the first recipient of the Janet Dailey Award.
Through His Eyes (April, 2012) is her first romantic suspense book. It has paranormal elements and is erotic. She plans at least two more books featuring Levi Wolfe and Trudy Tucker.
Also widely published in non-fiction, she and writes and edits for a magazine focused on small businesses. Deborah taught fiction writing for more than 10 years at a community college. She has been a guest speaker at numerous writers’ conferences, including Romance Writers of America (RWA), Writers, Inc., and the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. She has served as a judge in numerous writing contests throughout the United States and has judged manuscripts in RWA’s Golden Heart Awards and RITA Awards. She is currently working on her next historical romance set in the wild, wonderful west.
In 2012 her books were re-issued on Amazon for Kindle Direct and have attracted tens of thousands of new fans.
Deborah’s website www.deborah-camp.com
Welcome to Darkest Cravings, tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’ve had about 50 books published and this is my first romantic suspense with paranormal elements. Aside from writing and reading, I volunteer with Animal Rescue Foundation and save pets from kill shelters, then find good homes for them.
I have a keen interest in psychics and the paranormal.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I felt like a writer when I was in high school and started writing for the school newspaper.
Writing adult fiction isn’t for everyone, how did you end up writing for the toughest audience?
I don’t consider it the “toughest” audience. Never thought of it that way. I’m an adult and so I just started writing what I liked to read.
Most of the intimidating parts of being an adult fiction writer is the steamy scenes, how did you overcome the “stage fright”?
Sex scenes were never much of a problem for me until I wrote this new book and I decided to “up the ante” and go for a more erotic, adults-only kind of book. I read a lot of erotica as if they were textbooks (that’s the best way to learn to write, by the way). Then I just went for it. My first draft, however, was still timid. My agent said I should “sh** or get off the pot.” So, on the next draft I didn’t worry about “is this too much? Should I write that word?” I just wrote the sex scenes and had fun with them.
Which fictional character would you like to go on a date with? Why?
I’d like to date James Bond and let him teach me a few things. J Then I would reciprocate.
What was the first adult fiction novel that you read? What was your reaction?
I think it was “Dr. No.” I wasn’t supposed to be reading it, but I found it among my big sister’s stuff and I read parts of it. I loved it! But I knew it was “nasty” somehow. Something to do with sex…but I was too young to actually “get it.” Then I read “The Moonspinners” by Mary Stewart and became a romance fan for life.
Your favorite adult fiction book is-?
“The Moonspinners.” It turned my life around and made me want to be a novelist.
Your favorite Author is-?
I don’t have a favorite. I have many favorites. Mary Stewart, Stephen King, Truman Capote, Mia Sheridan, E.L. James, LaVyrle Spencer, Margaret Mitchell, J.K. Rowling.
We all have a treasured possession, what is yours?
My sense of humor.
Are your characters based on real people or did you create them from scratch?
They are mostly based on real people. I create them from scratch, but borrow stuff from real people – personality quirks, facial characteristics, etc.
Do you think adult fiction have reached its full potential yet, or are we still in for a huge surprise?
Fiction Is always evolving as humans evolve.
Do you think adult fiction helps improves relationships?
Yes, I think it can. There are always lessons to learn in every book. Your mind and heart just has to be open to them.
If you have to pitch adult fiction to someone that’s too shy to read it, what would you pitch?
I can’t imagine being too shy to read anything. A book never harmed a soul. However, I have known women (and men) who were embarrassed to let people see that they were reading a romance or an erotic book. That infuriates me. If you’re reading ANYTHING you’re ahead of the game! Especially today.
What is your motto?
“Don’t wait for your ship to come in. Swim for it!”
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