Monday, April 23, 2012

Author Interview: Chelsea Cameron

Chelsea Cameron
Hey, I'm Chelsea, a YA writer from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, Red Velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer.I also can't tell my left from my right, hence the name of this blog.
1. What inspires you? Art? Movies? Music? Other books?

Completely random things inspire me. A lot of my book ideas come while I'm driving, almost asleep, or in the shower. The idea for Nocturnal came from an ad for Desperate Housewives, if you can believe that. They showed a hand plucking an apple off a tree. And then I saw Peter, one of the characters in Nocturnal. And that was it.

Songs inspire me a lot after I've started writing, or sometimes when I'm searching for where to go with a story. Taylor Swift, Linkin' Park, Neon Trees, Radiohead, The Civil Wars... I could go on and on. Music is a huge part of my writing. Other books inspire me with envy :)


2. What is your writing process like?

It's nuts. It makes complete sense to me, but probably wouldn't work for anyone else. When it comes to my writing environment, I love noise and chaos. Ideally, I'd have the television on something mindless, like Seinfeld re-runs or infomercials. Then I get Pandora on my iPod and crank it up. I can't have silence, I have to have something to tune out. Which makes no sense, but that's how I operate.

I write my first drafts fast. My record is two weeks, but I'd love to pull a Kiersten White and write a book in nine days, but so far, no dice. After I've finished that, I let it sit for at least two weeks. Then I do what I call a 'nuclear' pass. Killing everything I don't like, putting in more details, fleshing out characters. This takes a while. Then I usually go through at least three drafts before I print it out and read it out loud. I also scramble the pages up and edit that way. Once that's all done, I do one final pass. It's taken me several years to figure this process out and what works for me. I'm always changing and evolving.


3. Which of your characters is your favorite? Why?

Oh dear, that's like picking favorite children. I don't have kids, but my characters feel like my kids. I love Ava, because she's so sarcastic and I'm so comfortable with her voice. We'd be friends if she existed outside of my head. Peter is interesting, because his voice is so different. It's dark and deep and poetic. But I love getting lost in it.

Can I just say they're all my favorite?


4. If you inserted yourself into your novel, describe your character.

Oooo, good question. I'd probably be the one in the back saying, "you probably shouldn't do that." I've always been the cautious one when it comes to doing crazy things. I'd be the funny but boring friend who always has your back.


5. Name two YA characters that you love so much you wish you’d written them yourself.

DAEMON BLACK. DAEMON BLACK. DAEMON BLACK. OMG, I love him so much. For those who don't know, he's the love/hate interest in Jennifer Armentrout's Obsidian. He's a jerk, but a super hot one.

And for the second? Albus Dumbledore.


6. If you could have one super power, what would it be? Why?

The ability to blink and get from place to place. I've always wanted to travel, but just haven't been able to. I'd love to be able to blink and be in the Czech Republic or London or Bali. And if you forgot something, you could just blink yourself home.


7. What’s your biggest goal to achieve in your career as an author?

I would love to make someone feel about my book the way other authors have made me feel. That almost depressed feeling you have when an amazing book is over and you close it. I want people to want to re-read my books because they love them so much. That would be totally worth it :)


8. What is your next project?

I just released the sequel to Nocturnal, Nightmare. Next up is Whisper, a non-ghosty ghost story. It's more of a romance than anything. I'm hoping to have that out at the end of May. I plan to release at least six books this year, so stay tuned!


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Thank you for joining me on my blog today Chelsea! :) It was great interviewing you!


1 comment:

  1. LOL!

    This part: "I would love to make someone feel about my book the way other authors have made me feel. That almost depressed feeling you have when an amazing book is over and you close it."

    I love it. :-)

    I also love books where you check the remaining pages and feel sad about it ending.

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