Friday, June 28, 2013

Oregon Author Collette Cameron

Welcome to the Loft, Collette! Is there a story behind your book Highlander's Hope?

The story started with a single scene and grew from there. Actually, it was a 156,000 word monstrosity that I cut to 85,000 words. I think it may have been a tad too wordy. I changed the title twice too. 

What started you on your writing journey? 

I'm an avid reader, and writing had always come easily for me. The notion to write a book has been in the back of my mind for years, but I always thought I'd write a self-help book or something about my spiritual journey. I never intended  or expected to write a romance novel. 

The last Sunday in January of 2011, my pastor said something that changed my mind. He said "We have to go outside the box, go to where the people are to reach them. It will look different than what we are used to, and some might not understand." 

I knew at that moment I was supposed to write a romance novel with inspirational overtones, and my target audience was non-believers. I started writing HIGHLANDER'S HOPE the next week. 

What is your strangest habit? 

Gee, I'm glad you didn't ask my family this question. They'd give you a list.
Okay, don't judge me, but I sleep with my five mini dachshunds. Hey, it gets cold here! 

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

I have a great sense of humor and can find something funny in almost every situation. My dogs make me laugh, my students make me laugh, and I make other people laugh. My books all have a bit of quirky humor in them too.
  
What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?

I grew up in a small town on the northern Oregon coast. I love walking on the beach in the early morning hours when the air is crisp and smells of the sea and seagulls are calling overhead. It's a friendly tourist town with adorable little shops I enjoy exploring. It remains one of my favorite retreats today. 

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?

I've been to London twice and both times, I fell in love with the city and surrounding area. The city is riddled with history and fabulous architecture. I write Regency romance, and there's something about having walked the streets or visited the same places that those who lived during the Regency period might have, that is exciting and rewarding.  

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?

My stories have spiritual overtones which are subtle yet pervasive throughout the novel. My characters' relationship with God is portrayed as a natural, intrinsic part of their lives. It doesn't come across as preachy, which is important to me because my target audience is non-believers. I want to present God's truths yet still entertain and engage those who might not know him personally.    

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?

I just redecorated of my son's bedrooms and created my own piece of shabby chic heaven. It's where I write, pray, or just escape from all the demands of my life. 

Would you share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you?

Psalm 27 is my favorite Psalm, especially the verse below. It reminds me of what is truly important and what my focus should be daily:

"One thing I ask from the LORD,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the LORD."

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

I just finished and submitted the second book in my Blue Rose series, THE VISCOUNT'S VOW. It features some of the secondary characters in HIGHLANDER'S HOPE. Evangeline Caruthers and Ian Hamilton, The Viscount Warrick, are forced into marriage after they are discovered in a wholly innocent, yet highly compromising circumstances. Ian has been deceived into believing Vangie is a loose-moraled wanton. She thinks he's a foul-tempered, arrogant lord who deliberately set out to ruin her. Their tumultuous relationship is further complicated when attempts are made on both their lives. 

Find out more about Collette Cameron and connect with her at:

Her website
Blue Rose Romance Blog
FaceBook Page
Twitter
Google +
Pinterest
Soul Mate Publishing Author Blog

Collette Cameron is giving away a copy of Highlander's Hope. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.



7 comments:

Patty said...

The second book sounds like as much fun as the first!

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Diana Flowers said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome looking AND sounding book!

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squiresj said...

Please enter me to win so I can get to know this author.
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Cindi A said...

Thanks for another chance to win a copy of Highlander's Hope

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rubynreba said...

Highlander's Hope looks like a book I would enjoy. Thanks!
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Veronica Sternberg said...

This looks wonderful! The general market definitely needs more clean books! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

Merry said...

I love walking on the Oregon coast, it's wild and beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway!
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