Interview with Alicia Cameron

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a rural community in Nova Scotia all my life, woods and forests all around me. Most of my novel is set in rural areas, however the country, cities and communities in my novel are all fictional.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote a short story for my sixth grade English class. Since then, it kind of sparked my interest, and I began to write mini "novels" or short stories on paper in binders or notebooks, then when we got a computer I graduated to typing. I still have some of those stories somewhere. Dreamweaver is my first, completed novel that I want to share with the world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's that I can make my characters do whatever I want. Through them, I can tell a story, escape into a fictional mind for a while. I love creating new characters, scenarios and problems those characters have to face, challenges they have to overcome.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a novel that deals with the tough topic of depression and suicide. The protagonist has suicidal tendencies, and meets the love of her life in the most unusual way. It's kind of based off of my own experiences with depression and suicidal thoughts, as well as self-harm.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My other hobbies include crocheting, reading, baking, and photography, as well as listening to music and talking to or hanging out with my friends when we get the chance.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was for my sixth grade English class. I don't remember everything about it, just that it was about something crazy happening at a summer camp.
What is your writing process?
I write whatever comes to my mind, then go back later to fill in any potholes or fix any mistakes. I've tried to write outlines, but I usually never end up following them anyway. I find it's just easier for me to write as I go, and let more plot ideas come out that way. If I have any new plot ideas, but they aren't going to be in the story at this time, I will write them down for later.
What do you read for pleasure?
My favourite novels - Diablo. There are several different series' in the entire Diablo world, and I love all of them, at least the one's that I've read. My favourite book in the world is "Diablo - Kingdom of Shadow". I also have a little guilty pleasure in reading YA novels, even the corny summer romance ones for some light reading. But mostly, I'll read any genre that looks interesting. Genre doesn't really matter to me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Amazon Kindle.
How long does it take for you to complete a novel, including final draft?
Well, Dreamweaver took five years, mostly because I had to revise and re-edit multiple times until I was happy with it. So far, the current novel I'm working on has taken me over a year.
What are your favourite types of characters to write?
A little of me goes into each of my characters (for the most part). I enjoy writing the villains, as well as the main protagonist who usually has quite a bit of me in her/him.
Published 2015-01-10.
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Books by This Author

Dreamweaver
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 98,710. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
When nightmares become reality, one girl has to make a choice between immortality and love.