Meet Camilla

Camilla’s an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband in an adventure abroad.

She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

Ten Random Things about Me

  1. I got married twice. Same man, different dresses.
  2. In total, I’ve earned three driving licenses from three different states. I failed only one driving test overall.
  3. I did bungee jumping once.
  4. I’m a picky eater.
  5. I think tea is disgusting.
  6. I love Coke; I hate Pepsi.
  7. I love the iPhone but I can’t use an Apple iMac for the life of me. I always end up pressing apple c and instead of copying text, I delete everything that I’ve written.
  8. Once I was involved in a spectacular bike accident. A classic, a lady opened her car door without looking and I rode into it at full speed. I flew over to the other side of the door and landed flat on the concrete, unscathed.
  9. I’m not a morning person.
  10. I used to be good at baking cakes, but lately they either burn, don’t cook, or don’t rise properly. My mom says it’s a clear sign I got married.

interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sometimes I make myself laugh. When I come up with a good joke or a great line… that makes my day.
Sometimes I make myself cry. When I find myself sniffling over a passage that I wrote I feel silly at first, then very silly, and finally extremely satisfied.
My greatest hope is to bring those same emotions to my readers…

Tell us something about your latest release
My second book will start with my heroine, Joanna Price, at the top of her game, with a job she loves, the perfect guy she just married, and a wonderful honeymoon ahead. Then of course I’m going to wreck her life… Literally!

What are you working on next?
A Sliding Doors type of novel. I will develop two parallel story lines, and the reader will discover what happens when one of the characters catches or misses a plane.

What’s the story behind your first book?
Have you ever asked yourself—if you could have a super power what would it be? Or what would you do if all your wishes could suddenly come true?
My book is a very long answer to those questions.
Have you ever fantasized about getting a magical solution to all your problems, especially when you hit a low bend in the road?
For example, if you saw you ex-boyfriend that you still love with a Victoria’s Secret model look-alike, would you wish for her to have horrible skin and twenty more pounds to bring around?
I wanted to write a magical story, witty and romantic at the same time that would make me dream and make my readers dream.

What is your writing process?
I write the parts that I’ve a clear mental picture of first, and then I go back and fill in the blanks. I don’t always start at the beginning, sometimes I know how a story will end before I know how it started.

When did you first start writing?
Apparently at a very young age. Recently my mom emailed me a scanned copy of what must’ve been my very first masterpiece, or at least the first recorded one. The short story—one page—is dated January 14, 1991. I was six years old, and I wrote it on an old-fashioned typing machine.
The plot pivots around three brothers arguing over presents. I was probably inspired by the Christmas aftermath, even if I’m an only child, and if I remember correctly the instrument of the craft—the typewriter—was in fact a Christmas present being put to the test.

Do you remember the first story you ever read?
No, but I remember my favorite book as a kid: The Night of Wishes by Michael Ende.
It has plenty of magic and the protagonists are a cat and a raven who have to save the world by preventing their evil masters from brewing a dreadful Satanarchaeolidealcohellish Notion Potion. I mean, it doesn’t get any better than that.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The promise of coffee!