Camille Singleton

Biography

I'm a librarian at a small Jr/Sr High School in Indiana. Finding books for reluctant readers is a challenge, but very rewarding when they find a book they can't put down.
I'm struggling with the empty nest syndrome, so I'm dusting off my manuscripts and sharing my stories.
I have two daughters - my youngest just graduated from college. I live in the country with a cat and a dog.
I enjoy attending Writer's Conferences around the Midwest.
I've been a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators since 2007.

Professor William Holt wrote:
When I was eight or nine, the four Great Books were Alice, The Water Babies, The Wind in the Willows, and Stuart Little. I don't know what the four Great Books will be for future generations, but if The Hobble Knobble Gobble Tree proves as popular with children everywhere as it deserves to, joining the Harry Potter books and who knows what else, college curricula will need revising and the name of Camille Singleton will become a household word.
You won't be disappointed. Or if you are, tell me why. I think it's a sheer, somewhat horrific delight. If a sundew or a Venus' fly trap can eat a bug, why can't a tree eat a kid?
Hey, it's no scarier than Hansel and Gretel or The Juniper Tree. And the children I know LOVE to be scared!
Professor Holt specialized in Creative Writing and British Literature at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas. He taught three writing classes and two that encompassed the entire range of British Literature. * Now enjoying retirement.

Alecia Stone, author of Talisman of El, wrote of The Hobble, Knobble, Gobble Tree:
I was pulled in right from the start. What an intriguing story you have here. Great, vivid descriptions that gave a great sense of place. Your characters felt real and the dialogue was spot on. What I like more than anything is that even though this is a children’s book, it’s not patronizing in any sense. I like the eerie tone.
This is very well written. I think you’re onto a winner and I’m certain you’ll go far.

Poppy Z. Brite, author of Lost Souls, wrote of Curse of the Golden Fly:
The story is compelling, the characters appealing, the authorial voice clear and often quite funny. As a writer, you are what teachers from the Young Writers' Workshops at UVA I attended in my teens used to call "a natural".

Gerry McCullough, author of Belfast Girls, wrote of Curse of the Golden Fly:
An interesting book with an unusual plot. The description of Lesley turning into a fly, seeing her hairy fly legs, and realising what was happening, was very striking. The prologue is a good hook. It's clear something is going to happen to whoever ends up with this golden object. Lesley and Samir, are excellently drawn characters, very individual, with good dialogue. The relationships in Lesley's family are very true to life, 'Dinner and a show every night,' is a great line; and over the six years since Samir left, it seems to be true that Lesley has turned into a bully. This is very unusual for a central character. We see the fear she instills into both pupils and even teachers, and hope that she intends to put things right, when she talks of dropping in on people later. Plenty here to make me read on.

Raymond Nickford, author of Cupboard of Skeletons, wrote of Curse of the Golden Fly:
Lesley and Samir are an endearing portrait of young love. The treehouse scene where Samir gives Lesley the magic fly is particularly engaging.
Lesley's metamorphosis will leave the mouths of many a child - and indeed adult - agape, her return to the recognisable Lesley engineered with a subtle psychology as she tentatively readjusts herself to being a person again.
The description was consistently good; the scene in the tomb very atmospheric, the whole effect bound to maintain the involvement of the YA reader when combined with the fluous prose and easily readable style.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started dabbling with short stories and poetry when I was in high school. I loved to read and writing came easy for me so English was my favorite subject.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I read Stephen King's book, On Writing, and he said that he wrote 2,000 words a day. I was off for summer vacation and I thought I'd give it a shot, but try for 1,000 instead. It was grueling. I had a husband who worked full time and two children at home who, for some reason, didn't seem to function as well with me closed up in a room for hours, ok, most of the day. As my mind wandered, I wondered what it would be like to be a "mouse in a pocket" or a "fly on a wall" to hear/see things without being noticed. I came up with a story called, A Fly on the Wall, but that title was already taken and the story line was even similar to mine! What are the odds? So I changed it to, Curse of the Golden Fly, where my main character, with the aid of a cursed object - a golden fly - is able to transform into a household fly without knowing of the dire consequences.
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Videos

Curse of the Golden Fly
A young adult fantasy.

The Hobble Knobble Gobble Tree
E-book trailer

Books

The Hobble, Knobble, Gobble Tree
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 79,530. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
(5.00)
Angry dragons, butt kicking gnomes, a mean-spirited witch, and a quest to find the lost Elves.
Curse of the Golden Fly
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 33,780. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00)
Thousands of years ago, a king of Lower Egypt worshiped the demon of chaos and destruction. With the aid of an artifact, a golden fly, the Grand Vizier betrayed his king and sent him into exile. The fly finds its way to Lesley, a twelve-year-old girl in present-day Indiana, who unwittingly learns of its magical powers. But will she learn of its curse before it’s too late?

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  • Marked, Soul Guardians Book 1 on Sep. 01, 2013

    What a fun book! I loved the wit and the verbal exchanges between Kara and David. I work in a school library and I'm always hoping to get students, who don't like to read, hooked on a series. They would love this! We're just starting to get more ebooks, so if you get on our list, I'll happily steer them your way. : )