Monday, August 20, 2012
Cambria Hebert Interview and Giveaway
Someone suggested I reach out to Cambria Hebert in reference to my pursuit of writing. I vaguely remember liking her page real quick so I wouldn’t forget. Funny thing I can’t seem to find the email or message that contained this information. Maybe it was just destiny. She and I started corresponding on facebook and before you know it her first book Masquerade was on my Kindle. I read it in less than a week and can’t stop thinking about what Sam and Heven are up to now.
Personally I would love to know more about Cambria and her journey to writing five star novels and novellas.
Aww! Thank you! I didn’t know all of that! I am so glad we could talk and get to know each other! So glad you liked Masquerade!
Was there a particular book or author that inspired you to take the leap to writing your first book?
You know there really wasn’t. Although if I wanted to (and I guess I do, cause I’m still yapping about it, lol) I could say that perhaps my love of storytelling came from when I really started to love to read when I was younger. I credit that to R.L. Stine. His Goosebumps and Fear Street books were so fun for me to read. I loved the imagination behind them. When I wrote my very first book (a middle grade book still unpublished) I remember thinking that I wanted it to be like his books.
How long did it take to write each of your books?
Each book varied. Masquerade took a little longer than the others in the series. I wrote Tirade (book 3) in a month and I remember walking around with a notebook and a pen babbling about God and demons. I would call my husband at work and say outlandish plot points and ask him if they made sense. LOL. That poor guy. Tirade is my next release and I went in to edit it and I changed some stuff and rewrote a lot of the ending though... so I guess it took a little longer than a month.
Do you write in a linear fashion?
No usually. I wrote Masquerade and Charade out of order. I would write the scenes that came to me or the scenes that seemed to be loud in my mind and then I would work backwards or forward to piece the book together, it sort of made me crazy. I made myself write Tirade in order... I was still crazy, lol.
When do you do most of your writing?
Now that both my kids are in school I do it then when they are at school. Sometimes I write a night when they are in bed. I find that most of my ideas flow better in the early morning though before I get involved in other things during the day.
Do you have any special quirky things you do or need when you sit down to write?
I yoddle. Bark like a dog and wear a toboggan. LOL! No, I don’t do any of that. That would be weird. I don’t really need anything but sometimes some hot tea or coffee is nice to have around. I also keep my notebook and pen nearby to take notes.
Can you tell us a little about your editing process?
Well, I have an editor, Amy Eye. She is really great and she does a fab job of keeping my books plot tight and reminding me of little details. Before I send her my book for editing I sit down and read the book and I correct errors as I go or if something reads funny I rewrite the sentence or two. Also, since I know the ending and everything that happens I can add little things to the beginning to maybe tie it all together more. Then it goes to Amy and she will fix grammar and commas and things. She also makes notes (in the margins) about plot points and details that I then go back in a rewrite or change if needed.
What do you think about the idea of your book on the big or little screen?
I think that is the best idea ever. LOL. I would LOVE to see it as a movie. I hope that happens some day.
Is there a series or trilogy you wish had not ended?
Hmmm, that’s a tough question. I don’t think so. I think it’s always good for great books to come to an end. If they didn’t people would get tired of them and they wouldn’t be so great anymore, you know? I do sometimes wish that Stephanie Meyer would write a spin off of Twilight about Jacob and Renesseme. (I have no clue if I spelled that name right...)
I know that you are a fan of Vampire Diaries as am I. If you could go on a date who would you chose Damon Salvatore or Ian Somerhalder?
OMG, how can you ask that?! LOL. Aren’t they the same person? NO? Sigh. Actually, I would pick Ian Somerhalder. From what I know about him he is really great. He involved himself in really worthy causes and he seems to really care about the people around him and his fans. He seems really grateful to have the life he does and that makes me really like him.
What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received?
Just keep writing. No matter what. Oh and “butt in chair” because nothing gets written if you don’t put your butt in the chair and write.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
I like to watch TV, movies, spend time with my kids and my husband. I used to paint a lot but I haven’t done that in a while.
Besides writing books wheat else has your writing led you to?
Good friends. If I hadn’t started writing I never would have met Amy, my editor. But she is also a really good friend of mine. I can’t imagine not talking to her now. I have met a lot of people I am so glad to know bc I started writing. It’s also made me realize I can do a lot more than I thought I could.
Where can we find you on the internet?
Everywhere! LOL. Here are my links:
Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/CambriaHebert?feature=guide
Thank you for having me here today!
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