Interview with Camilla Isley

What’s your coffee order?
Skinny Caramel Macchiato.
Which cult 90s accessory do you miss the most?
Mood rings.
What’s your super power?
I can tell the color of M&Ms just by tasting them. (Serious stuff!)
What’s the last thing that sent you down an Instagram rabbit hole?
#catsofinstagram
What scares you?
Wearing uncomfortable high heels and hearing the phrase, “It’s only a few blocks we can just walk there, right?”
What should a woman never put up with on a first date?
Hearing the phrase, “It’s only a few blocks we can just walk there, right?”
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 right now?
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 one long, hilarious 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 typing machine—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!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Mostly, I am impatient.
Self-publishing is the quickest way to get your work out there. You don’t have to search for an agent, you don’t have to send away hundreds of copies of your manuscript to publishers, and most of all you don’t have to wait for an answer. Going indie gives me complete autonomy on how to distribute and manage my books; it makes me feel in charge of my “babies”.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have many. But just to cite a few… J.K. Rowling, Ken Follett, George R.R. Martin, Sophie Kinsella, Emily Giffin, Wilbur Smith (Egypt and Courtneys)… As for classics, I love Jane Austen, Alexandre Dumas, Mark Twain, Bram Stoker... and many others!
Published 2017-10-08.
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Books by This Author

A Christmas Date
Pre-release—available October 25, 2018. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,810. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
A fun, festive romantic comedy with lots of bad behavior and Christmas spirit. Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won’t want to put this deliciously hilarious novel down. Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Sally Thorne, and Jo Watson.
Just Friends (A Friends to Lovers Box Set)
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 201,660. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Love and friendship mix in the Just Friends series… the books follow the misadventures and exploits of a group of college students in Boston.
I Don’t Want To Be Friends
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,700. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Two brothers in love with the same girl. Two best friends in love with the same guy. A love triangle within a love triangle…
My Best Friend's Boyfriend
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,640. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Love and friendship mix in the Just Friends series… Meet new characters and catch up with old ones in the third book of the series.
I Have Never (A Laugh Out Loud Romantic Comedy)
Series: First Comes Love. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,310. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Twenty-nine-year-old Blair Walker is a girl with a plan, or more a girl with a list. A list of dos and don'ts to live the perfect life, land her dream career, and marry Mr. Right. When Blair loses her job and gets dumped by her boyfriend all in one day, she starts to wonder if she's had it all wrong. And what better way to find out than experience everything the list forbade?
Friend Zone (A New Adult College Romance)
Series: Just Friends. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,860. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Meet new characters and catch up with old ones in the second book in the Just Friends series.
Love Connection (A Feel Good Romantic Comedy)
Series: First Comes Love. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,880. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Love Connection is a romantic comedy about one woman, life’s infinite possibilities, and the destiny that lies beyond two different choices.
Let's Be Just Friends (A New Adult College Romance)
Series: Just Friends. Price: Free! Words: 41,600. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Let's Be Just Friends is a fast paced, captivating novel that will keep you glued to the pages with humor, heartbreak, and romance. It's a story about friendship, love, and the choices we make.
A Sudden Crush (A Romantic Comedy)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,540. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Discover what happens when a dream honeymoon turns into a hilarious tropical nightmare, and Joanna Price ends up stranded on a desert island with a gruff, handsome stranger.