Please welcome back my fellow Resplendence Author, Cammie Eicher. Cammie, do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
My mind is always in gear and I seldom find myself blocked. But when I do, I’ll grab a notebook, go have coffee somewhere and “interview” the characters. I pretend I’m really asking them questions and jotting down answers and pretty soon, I’m back in the groove.
Q: When you first started in this business, how did you deal with rejection letters, if you received any?
I have a whole ring binder of rejection letters I’ll be happy to show anyone who wants to see them! My parents taught me the real failure is to quit trying so after a day or so of being bummed, I’d read through them and take any advice they offered. Then I’d rewrite and resubmit.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for your SHADOW ANCIENT series?
My late sister and I were always into vampires. I was sitting in Las Vegas at an RWA conference, waiting for time to catch the airport shuttle, when I began to wonder about all those people around me. What if they weren’t all like me? What if they were actually vampires, but not the kind of the popular legend? What if they were the original species of man and we were the mutants? It just grew from there.
Q: Do you have a favorite hero in all your books? For any particular reason?
I’d say its Giorgio Montrosa. Giorgio had a lousy childhood and let it turn him into an ambitious man with little regard for others. But when he was forced to choose between two paths, he decided to create a new and better life for himself. Plus he’s just really sexy!
Q: Which one of your covers is your favorite and why?
Hmmm … that’s a tough one. I really like Dead Man Stalking because it so accurately reflects the story.
Q: What are your current projects?
I’ve just seen the latest Shadow Ancient book, “Epitaph,” come out and I’m starting work on two new books. One involves my Ancients while the other is a humorous, small town story of feuding neighbors and revenge.
Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
You can do this! There’s a phrase that I offer all who ask me how to write: HIC-HOK. That stands for hinny in chair, hands on keyboard. Write. And when you need a break, read. Don’t ever assume you’re not good enough or compare yourself to someone else. Your voice is unique and your imagination is like no one else’s.
Q: Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
Check me out at www.cammieeicher.com or come see me on Facebook.
Join me on Saturday when we read an excerpt from Cammie’s book, “Epitaph”. ~Tina