Interview with Cameron D. Garriepy

Describe your desk
My desk is a butcher block inset in the corner of my kitchen. I have a black wooden saddle-stool that's often co-opted by my son. In an ideal world, the large monitor and full-size keyboard are waiting there for me to plug into my Macbook and write, but more often than not, the space is crammed with papers from Kindergarten, bills, the detritus of family life... I tend to grab my laptop and curl up on the couch.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm from central Massachusetts, and my family has deep roots in upstate New York and Vermont. I've traveled some {never enough!], but I've always lived in this part of the country. The Northeast, with it's changing seasons, shore, forests, mountains, it's in my blood. I set a lot of my stories here in New England because there's so much of my heart here, and so much rich history to draw on.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote Sweet-Valley-High-meets-All-My-Children inspired serials for my friends in junior high, typed on an old typewriter on pink paper left over from my Grandfather's days working at a paper company. I wrote all the time through high school and college, but fell away from it until I was home after the birth of my son.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm working on a trio of novels set in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. Three love stories set against the backdrop of a small college town, featuring four friends and a cast of side characters, many of whom will have tales of their own published as short stories and novellas.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I published Parallel Jump as a unique gift for a very special young friend of the family. Encouraged by the initial response, I started working on more projects. Creating that first book involved a large learning curve, but the process was fun and challenging and I met a lot of amazing people while I was marketing and promoting it. The indie community is warm, supportive, spirited, talented, and passionate... I love being a part of it.
What are you working on next?
In addition to writing more books of my own, I am working on Write on Edge's annual anthology, Precipice, as well as working with other indie writers through my imprint, Bannerwing Books, bringing their stories to e-readers and page-turners everywhere!
Who are your favorite authors?
Where to start? I love Katherine Neville, Jane Austen, Stephen King, Nora Roberts... yes, I know, very different authors... but I read a lot. I love characters and relationships, and the hearts of every genre are the people. Those writers have all written characters who've stayed with me. I also love that I have friends and colleagues in the indie writer community whose books I wait for with bated breath.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My son and my day job. In a perfect world, I'd stay in bed all morning, and stay up late writing. I love being the only one awake, spinning stories and typing away in the quiet.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle, an old one with e-ink and a keyboard. It's clunky compared to the Kindle Fire my husband and son use for games and books and movies, but it's the closest for me to the experience of reading paper books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The rush of a first draft when the words are flowing fast and hard. Nothing like it.
Published 2013-09-20.
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Books by This Author

Twelve Days 'Til Christmas
Price: Free! Words: 12,260. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2013 by Bannerwing Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Twenty years after flirting with rock and roll stardom, Moira Kennedy is a bartender who still dreams of the sweet rush of performing. With twelve dreary days until Christmas looming, Moira's achingly dull life spins off its axis. Who is the handsome stranger in the red scarf? Why is her ex dredging up their past? Is there still music in her soul? And will Christmas be merry this year?
Buck's Landing (A New England Seacoast Romance)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,560. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2013 by Bannerwing Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Summer always ends. Love doesn’t have to. Sofia Buck fled Hampton Beach a decade ago, never looking back until her father’s death forces her to return for the summer to deal with the family business. Her one goal: sell Buck’s Landing. Rediscovering the magic of her hometown tempts Sofia with a future she never imagined, if only she can let go of the past waiting around every corner.
Parallel Jump
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,980. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
14-year-old Jack Snow is late for practice when Calliope and Phineas Wing cross his path. Jack realizes helping them means he won't make it to practice, but he cannot imagine how far from home he will end up as a result. When a mysterious force draws him through a crack in reality, leaving his two new acquaintances behind, Jack, Phineas, and Calliope must all make their way home amongst strangers.
Closing Shift
Price: Free! Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2011 by Bannerwing Books. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
(4.71 from 14 reviews)
Elli prefers working the evening shift in a coffee shop so she can plan, unnoticed, her escape from a life of quiet desperation. Will the arrival of an intense stranger draw her out?