A life-long Oregonian, Collette
Cameron was born and raised in a small town along the northern Oregon coast.
Today she makes her home in a rural community, 30 minutes west of Portland. Her
Victorian farmhouse sits on a one-acre certified wildlife habit, interspersed
with a plethora of gardens: English, rose, butterfly, rock, water, and of
An enthusiast of times gone by,
and anything related to romance, she writes Historical Romance, with a dash of
inspiration, a pinch of humor, and a liberal portion of suspense.
Having dabbled in interior
decorating in her youth, Collette returned to school, graduating summa cum
laude from Oregon State University, and went on to obtain her Master's Degree
in Teaching. She is member of Romance Writers of America, Rose City Romance
Writers, The Beau Monde, and Love Faith and Hope, Inc., and a whole slew of
other author/writer groups.
Some of Collette's favorite
things include unique blends of coffees and teas, trivia, Cadbury Milk
Chocolate, inspirational quotes, and scented candles. Her Christian faith,
husband, three adult children, and five miniature dachshunds round out her life
quite nicely. When she's not teaching or writing, she is a content and copy/line
editor for an Ebook publisher, enjoys amateur photography, bird watching,
gardening, interior decorating, rock-hunting, boating or fishing on the
Columbia River, and reading of course.
SDC: Welcome, Collette. Before you tell
us about your newest release coming, please fill us in on what got you started
writing from the beginning
Shirley, I’m so blessed to have
you host me. Thank you!
I’d contemplated writing a book
for years, but wasn’t exactly sure what that looked like for me. Initially I
thought I’d write a children’s book, or a self-help book, or maybe even
something about my growth as a Christian. The one genre I never thought I’d
write was romance.
I was sitting in a church
service one Sunday, and my pastor was preaching about reaching people by going
“outside the box.” I had a sudden urge to write a romance novel with
inspirational overtones, but my audience wasn’t to be believers. So, God and I
had this conversation—actually, it was a one-sided conversation—with me saying,
“Um, Lord, you do know how this will be received in Christian circles don’t
you? What will my friends think? My family?”
You know how it is though, when
the Holy Spirit prompts you. Yes, he’s a gentleman but a more persistent one
I tried the, “I’m a teacher,
what will the parents of my students think?” argument.
His response? “Use a pen name.”
I tried the, “Christians won’t
His response? “Your book isn’t
meant for Christians. It’s a way to get the God’s truths before people who
would otherwise never be exposed to them.”
So, without a clue as to what I
was going to write or how to go about writing an entire novel, I sat down at my
computer one day in February 2011 and started writing Highlander’s Hope.
SDC: how are you making contact with your potential
readers so far?
I’ve done all the typical
things. Started a blog and had a website built— two actually. I have started
dabbling in several social groups, as well as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and a
My teacher friends and parents
of my students have been enormously supportive and keep asking when Highlander’s Hope is being released. Oh,
and I’ve been privileged to be hosted on several blogs and have scheduled a
blog tour for May-July 2013.
SDC: Do you work
through an agent? If so, how did you go about finding yours, and what was your
criteria for selecting?
I don’t have an agent, though I
do have one interested in my work. I want to get the third book in my Blue Rose
Trilogy sold before I send her material. I have the first two sold and am
working on the third.
I met her at a workshop hosted
by my local RWA chapter. She represents a well-known, highly respected agency,
and from the conversations we’ve had, I believe she is a woman of integrity.
SDC: What’s your
favorite Bible verse or verse that has sustained you recently and why, Collette?
My favorite Bible verse is the
27th Psalm. It has sustained and encouraged me for the last 32
years. Verses one and fourteen are especially meaningful to me.
Psalm 27: 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my
life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart
SDC: Many of us writers have favorite rooms or
spaces in our home or around our homes that we use to get our creativity juices
flowing. Where is your favorite place to go and why? Does it often play any
part in your story writing?
Okay, I can’t help it...I’m
smiling a huge smile.
Last fall I commandeered one of
my adult son’s bedrooms and turned it into a shabby chic writing room. It’s all
pink and white and lace and flowers, and I love it! I have a fabulous view of
my large backyard and the meadow behind it.
I see deer, squirrels, and dozens
of species of birds darting from feeder to feeder. All of my books have
references to birds in them.
I surrounded myself with all the
things I love; pictures of my family, my dogs, Regency and Victorian era
images, scented candles, teacups, bird cages and houses...It’s very busy, very
girly, and very me.
SDC: Have you ever written anything that you had
to later toss? How would you describe your OLD file system of “works in
progress” that you chose not to pursue?
I’ve not yet written anything
that I’ve had to toss. I’ve been very blessed to have had contract offers on my
first two manuscripts. I have cut major portions of my manuscripts though. I
save those pieces on external thumb drives in case I want to use them for later
work. I also post some of the outtakes on my blog for my readers to enjoy.
Let's read a little about Collette's newest book.
Not a day has gone by that Ewan
McTavish, the Viscount Sethwick, hasn't dreamed of the beauty he danced with
two years ago. He's determined to win her heart and make her his own. Heiress,
Yvette Stapleton, is certain of one thing; marriage is risky and, therefore, to
be avoided. At first, she doesn't recognize the dangerously handsome man who
rescues her from assailants on London's docks, but Lord Sethwick soon have her
reconsidering her cynical views on matrimony. On a mission to stop a War Office
traitor, Ewan draws Yvette into deadly international intrigue. To protect her,
he exploits Scottish law, declaring her his lawful wife—without benefit of a
ceremony. Yvette is furious upon discovering the irregular marriage is legally
binding, though she never said, "I do." Will Ewan's manipulation cost
him her newfound love?
Yvette has returned to England,
desperate to find security and peace after her parent's deaths and Edgar's
attempted rape and abduction. Leery of fortune-hunters, she intends to remain
unwed rather than risk a loveless marriage or lose the independence her newly
inherited monies allow her. Yet, even in England she's not safe from Edgar or
his treachery, and Ewan McTavish—a man she's met before, though at first she
doesn't remember him—comes to her aid again and again. After another abduction
attempt, she accepts Ewan's offer to take her to Craiglocky. During their
journey, a storm forces them to seek shelter in an unsavory inn. Yvette is in
danger of being ravished until Ewan exploits his knowledge of Scottish Canon
Law to declare her his wife—without clergy or a ceremony. She agrees to the
deception, assuming it is only a ruse to protect her. Although she's in love
with him, Yvette is heartbroken and infuriated when she discovers they are
legally wed. She's convinced Ewan tricked her into marriage for her wealth.
Though it's been two years since
the Napoleonic Wars ended, Ewan McTavish, Viscount Sethwick and Laird of
Craiglocky is still seeking the traitor in England's War Office. He's
determined to catch the mastermind who has eluded him for five years. He is
equally determined to protect the woman he can't forget; the woman he fell in
love with when they met at her cousin's wedding. Sent to escort Yvette to her
cousin's, he doesn't tell her that her stepbrother, Edgar, is a spy, or that
Ewan has unwittingly drawn her into deadly international espionage. And he
certainly doesn't regret claiming her as his bride in an irregular Scottish
marriage because since her return to England, he's wanted to make her his own.
Though he performs the duties required of his English title, his true devotion
lies with his Scottish clan. He's ready to put spying aside and take his place
as Laird of Craiglocky with his reluctant bride.
SDC: Collette, I understand you have a book you would like to share with one of our readers. That is always exciting to us here at the blog. Tell us which one you are planning to donate. Also, what question would you like to have answered to help me select the winner?
My debut novel, Highlander’s Hope releases in May. I’d love to give an ebook copy to a reader to enjoy.
Share your thoughts
and your name will be added to the random list
for the potential winner of Collette's new book
When God calls you to do something unconventional or unusual for believer, how do you overcome any fears associated with stepping out in faith and obedience to do what he’s asked of you?
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