About Camille Cabrera:
My name is Camille Cabrera and I love writing almost as much as I enjoy reading a new book. Writing was a risk that took more effort than I originally realized, but has made me happier than I ever thought possible. I have worked for over ten years in varying capacities for PopSugar, Los Angeles Confidential Magazine, The Los Angeles Business Journal, The Odyssey, The Daily Mail, College Magazine, The Dollar Stretcher, and more. This year my debut novel, CATALINA’S TIDE was successfully self-published and placed for purchase at various stores. I look forward to creating more novels in the future.
What inspires you to write?
I can't go to bed if the words are still swirling in my head. Ideas tend to come to me at odd times and then I feel compelled to put them on paper and see if they have potential for growth. I gain inspiration for most of my larger works when I visit the beach.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I am a massive fan of Stephen King and Agatha Christie. Plots that encourage me to keep turning the pages really hold a special place in my heart. I am also actively expanding my horizons and reading the works of excellent authors like James Baldwin and Zora Neale Hurston.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process tends to be rather random. I wait for inspiration and then enjoy breathing life into the characters and plot. I try to create a brief outline of the plot and draft a few diagrams that explain the main characters before I sit down and write. Most of it really is a seat of the pants process with a vague general direction. I love to write my first draft with pen and paper before typing it out and editing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I really try to understand their motivations and get to know them. Sometimes I like to envision what they would do in different situations just to better hone their preferences and personalities. Overall, I've had to interpret their pasts and emotional history into action.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep reading! It's a strange part of the puzzle, but an absolutely integral part of improving your style. I try to read at least one book every two weeks because it just adds to my perspective as a creator and my knowledge as an inquisitive individual.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish my first few books because I didn't want to explore traditional publishing. It was a bold move and not one that I would take so lightly if given the chance to repeat my path. I am extremely proud of the opportunities provided to me as a self-published author, but I now understand the value of a traditional publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of publishing will proceed to expand as the universe of writers continues to grow and push outwards. I do believe that self-publishing options will continue to grow as more sites join the movement.
What genres do you write?: Young Adult, Women's Fiction, Commercial Fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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