Camille Cabrera, author of Catalina’s Tide

When and why did you begin writing?

I first began writing about a decade ago. It came from a deep love of reading that eventually grew into writing down my own creations.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer and how does that affect your writing?

I am currently writing full-time. It’s a passion of mine so every day feels more like an engaging exercise instead of a grueling task. My days tend to center around coming up with content and writing drafts.

What are some day jobs you have held?

Previously, I never connected the dots on why all my jobs focused on journalism or writing. I eventually understood that it was my unintentional way of being involved in the writing process before I finally mustered the courage to do it myself.

Do you have a special time to write, or how is your day structured to accommodate your writing?

Generally, I write from 10 pm to around 4 am in the morning. Then I enjoy waking up in the morning and proofreading my earlier concepts and creations. It’s more of a constant cycle when I’m inspired instead of a solid structured day of work.

Can you share with readers a little bit about your latest book?

Yes, here is the description that I like to use on book purchasing websites. Seven friends set out on a Fourth of July vacation that turns sinister. Paranoia runs high after they hear about the successful cloning of Dolly the Sheep. But is 1996 the first time an animal has been successfully cloned or the first time that the public finds out about the success of cloning? Friendships are tested and motives come into question when a member of the group begins to act differently after adventuring on the island. The situation of once unfounded paranoia spirals into actual terror when people start to go missing.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing this book?

Less than a year ago, I decided to write down an idea that came into my mind. The idea to create a young adult novel on Santa Catalina Island transformed into a novella in less than two months.

Tell us more about your main character. What makes him or her unique?

Jennifer is the main character and hates the concept of vulnerability. She has a cool and playful demeanor to her that is similar in style to Marilyn Monroe, but it’s all a facade to avoid talking about what’s important to her. When isolated away from the mainland she really tries her best to protect her younger sister, Kelly. Jennifer’s attachment to materialism stems from her wayward attempt to find meaning in her life through objects. She tends to shy away from revealing her true emotions because she fears they make her difficult to love. She’s the exact opposite of Kelly and loves to point it out. Jennifer is the mean girl that you love to hate because deep down she really has a heart of gold.

What role does research play in your writing?

Since my first visit in high school, I have always wanted to create a book set on Santa Catalina Island. The full idea came to me after I researched about Dolly the sheep. I couldn’t ignore how new and interesting the idea of cloning was during the 90s. I wanted to play with that idea and I thought that the relatively isolated island was the perfect setting.        

What do you do to get book reviews?

I enjoy engaging my readers in order to get book reviews. Mostly I try to share with listeners of my podcast about any upcoming events. It’s really important to me that reviews are enthusiastically provided by engaging my readers.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer?

Read as often as possible. I have learned more from reading the works of intelligent authors than any other form of education. Reading is an invaluable tool not only for an author, but also for a person looking to grow as an individual. 

Learn more about Camille and buy the book!

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Book Links:

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