Interview with CAMILLE TABOULOT

Published 2020-05-18.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing my very first "short story" when I was 8. It was about a cute white rabbit and a young girl discovering that in spite of their differences, they may become really good friends. I have never published it, but if I find it, I will be happy to post in somewhere on my blog!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I would say it is as much in the process than in the result. I have been writing for free since the beginning, so my joy does not come from profit at all. It comes from grabbing a cup of coffee in the morning and writing next to my cat. It comes from talking about ideas with my loved ones, and it comes from helping readers improve their knowledge and self-esteem.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have been running a blog since 2015 and the question I get asked the most is "How do you manage to speak 5 languages even though you are so young?" and thus, I wrote that book ("Learn Any Language in 11 Steps") to help my readers. Then I decided I would publish it for free on different platforms to make sure I am helping as many readers as possible.
Who are your favorite authors?
I am a big fan of Jane Austen, I think her writing is absolute Heaven. I would also like to mention Céline for his very original writing (I recommend "Voyage au Bout de la Nuit" for those of you who like French literature) and Dostoevsky for his tortured mind and extraordinary characters.
When it comes to non-classics, I really love the magical world of Christelle Dabos.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Change. I would say that I am inspired by the idea of making a change in my own life and in the lives of the people I love. It can be something as small as helping my boyfriend do the chores, but I want to make a change in his life and make it all easier for him.
I also want to make a change for myself by getting better at something or challenging myself. My biggest nightmare would be to go to bed being exactly the same person I were the morning before.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I usually spend my time reading, or proofreading, or translating. Books are a gigantic part of my life, I am not going to lie. Nonetheless, I also enjoy a good cup of strong coffee with my beloved boyfriend, a cuddling-session with the cat or a great work-out. I am especially interested in self defense and Tolpar!
What is your writing process?
I usually write in the morning, when the world is still silent. It all starts with a cup of coffee and the cat (I can't write without her by my sides!), and it stops when I need to focus on going to work or university. I want writing to be one of the first things I do every single day because it brings me joy and makes me calm. It is just like a special kind of meditation, and starting my morning with it sets the tone for the whole entire day.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small French town near Paris. It is rather silent and peaceful, I think it is why I am always so calm when I write. It has obviously influenced my writing in the sense that it taught me French and that I tend to end up translating everything into French. It also made me realize that life did not need to be all "glittery" but that a calm and peaceful life in front of a desk and a cup of coffee was totally desirable. That is the life I desire living and the life I do live.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually discover the ebooks I read on Booksirens.com. I have been working with this platform since the beginning of 2020 and each month, they show book-recommandations. Then, I pick a book, read it and review it. Usually, the ebooks I read are self-help books and children's books. I have a thing for paper when it comes to huge Fantasy novels (I love them!) even though I have already read a few ebooks which were novels.
What keeps you motivated even when almost nobody reads you work?
I think it is an important topic to address because most authors just do not have thousands of readers: that is such a competitive world!
I personally approach writing as therapy: it is therapy for myself and therapy for my readers. When it comes to myself, it helps me put my ideas somewhere and feel alive. It calms me and helps me feel like I am doing something great, something beautiful. When it comes to my readers, I always have this idea that even if I can help ONE person only, I would be happy. I would rather help one person for real than have 1000 readers who take nothing out of my book. I put quality before quantity and I think that knowing exactly WHY you write is the secret when it comes to having few readers.
How do you see your writing-routine in 5 years?
Actually, the only thing I know is that I will have a "writing-routine" as writing will always be a big part of my life, I can feel it in my bones.
I think it will be something really calm, an early-morning-coffee-and-cat thing, and I could not be happier.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author or publisher.

Books by This Author

Learn Any Language in 11 Steps.
Price: Free! Words: 6,120. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Study guides - Foreign Languages, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
That book is a short guide which aims to help you enjoy language-learning a lot more. Have you ever felt like learning a foreign language was just "not for you"? Thanks to this guide, you will see why the mainstream method is bad for most individuals. You will also discover a brand new method based on YOUR own needs, the method I have used to become a polyglot who now masters 5 languages.