Monday, January 28, 2013

Author, author... all about it !!

Today we have...  Cameo Renae with us !!

Welcome, so great to have you here with us. 

Thank you so much for having me!!! It’s an honor to be here!!!

Do real life events find their way into your stories?
I think so. Not in a blatant way, but there are some instances where I used a real life event or memory. But majority of what I’ve written so far has been made up.

Do you ever mimic family members or people you know when you choose characters?
Yes. Haha My characters have multiple personalities of friends and family around me, mixed with my own weird humor.  

Do you find yourself going back to the same inspiration for each story or is it always something different?
Each novel I’ve written so far have totally different inspirations.

When do you write?  Early morning? During the day sometime or all day?  After the kids go to bed?
Right now, I only write at night after everyone is sleeping. It’s dark, cool, and quiet. The best time to create. That’s my magic time. That’s when I boot up the laptop, plug in my ear-buds, turn up my writing music, exit the real world and enter my writing world.

How do you feel about marketing your book?
I LOATHE IT…lol I don’t like marketing at all!!! When my kids had fundraisers in school, we’d buy all of the product because I didn’t want to deal with selling it to others. It sucks, and I’m not good at marketing my own stuff. Maybe one day I’ll get rich so I can hire someone to do all of my marketing.

What social sites do you feel work best for marketing?
Right now, Facebook seems to be the best place to promote. I try and use twitter, but I end up getting all twitterpated and stressed out. Goodreads is cool too. 

Do you like to pitch stories to your publisher or do you wait until you have written the story and have a final manuscript to turn in?
I don’t pitch. I have a bad arm. Haha Sorry, that was really bad. BUT… no, I don’t pitch. I wait until the story is complete to see if it’s even worth having someone take a look at.

Is there any other genre that you would love to try writing?  If so, what is it?
I’d love to try and write a contemporary romance. I don’t know if I ever will, because I’m more of a horror/suspense/humor writer. We’ll see.  

Do you always/ever see yourself as the heroine/hero when you write a story?
Oh yes… I do put myself in the main characters shoes because it’s easier to create feelings and movements when I’m there. I’ve been writing in the first person, which seems to work great for YA and for me. 

Just for fun, I have a few personal questions, 

Favorite 5

1) Favorite Male Actor  - Chris Hemsworth
2) Favorite vehicle – Audi A3 (that was our last car and I LOVED it.)
3) Favorite way to relax – In bed watching a good movie with my hubby, or reading a great book.
4) Favorite ice cream – Haagen-Dazs Coffee
5) Favorite outfit – Sweatpants and a t-shirt

And for a bonus:  If you could pick any place in the world to live, besides where you are now, where would it be?  (Of course, without the hindrance of jobs or money needed) 

Oh gosh…that’s a hard one! Maybe on a Scottish hillside, in a castle, surrounded by mountains, and nature.

Where can our readers find you??  


Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?

Hidden Wings..

Seventeen, for Emma Wise, would be a life changing year; sole survivor in car wreck which robbed her of the parents she loved, started a spiral of blurry happenings. A broken arm and few scrapes and bruises are all the outward marks she bares, but inside, her heart is broken and the pieces scattered to the ends of the earth. Whisked away to Alaska, and an aunt she’s never met, Emma must start all over… broken and alone.

Escorted by the gorgeous Kade Anders, Emma succumbs to a new barrage of feelings. Warmth rushes through her, accompanied by dizzy, euphoric feelings she’s never thought possible. His touch is electrifying to her body and soul. And…it’s only just begun for her.

The secrets unveiling themselves to Emma are going to send her life into a whirlwind of deceit. Her parents, who she loved dearly, weren’t hers at all, and she’s not who she thought she was, or even what she thought she was. Being one of a kind has now placed Emma in the heart of a danger she knew nothing about. Centuries have been passed, awaiting her arrival, and now creatures of horrifying, evil proportions are coming for her. With the help of six, mind-numbingly, beautiful Guardians, and the Aunt she’s just beginning to know, she must be kept safe until her eighteenth birthday. Only then, her transformation will be complete, and she will have a chance at survival. Time will tell what Emma will become, and if she will survive to see eighteen.

Buy link:    Amazon     

One last thing before we let you leave us today.   Do you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share?  I like to cook and am always looking for new recipes to try and share.

I have this recipe for Korean Chicken Wings. It’s a hit and I’m constantly asked to bring this dish to parties.

Chicken Wings parts. The wing drums and wing pieces.
Even mixture of flour and Mochiko (sweet rice flour)
Coat wings in flour mixture and refrigerate for about a half hour, deep fry to a golden brown and immediately dip pieces (as they come out of the fryer) into special sauce.

1 cup - Aloha Soy Sauce (Shoyu)
¾ cup sugar
1-2 tsp. sesame oil
1 TBSP minced garlic
Minced green onion
Mix together until sugar dissolves.

Once dipped put pieces on a platter and garnish with sesame seeds and more green onion. (optional) YUM!!!

Oh yummy, that sounds like a total winner !!!  My hubby loves wings.  Thanks for that recipe :)

So glad you could be with us today Cameo and congrats on your release, Hidden Wings.  Readers, make sure you get your copy of Hidden Wings today!!

Until next time, happy reading !


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