Saturday, August 20, 2016

Reading in the Sun - Interview with Camilla Isley & Giveaway


About Camilla Isley


Camilla’s an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband in an adventure abroad.

She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

Ten Random Things about Me

1. I got married twice. Same man, different dresses.
2. In total, I’ve earned three driving licenses from three different states. I failed
only one driving test overall.
3. I did bungee jumping once.
4. I’m a picky eater.
5. I think tea is disgusting.
6. I love Coke; I hate Pepsi.
7. I love the iPhone but I can’t use an Apple iMac for the life of me. I always end up pressing apple c and instead of copying text, I delete everything that I’ve written.
8. Once I was involved in a spectacular bike accident. A classic, a lady opened her car door without looking and I rode into it at full speed. I flew over to the other side of the door and landed flat on the concrete, unscathed.
9. I’m not a morning person.
10.I used to be good at baking cakes, but lately they either burn, don’t cook, or don’t rise properly. My mom says it’s a clear sign I got married.

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Interview

1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi, I’m Camilla and I’m a Bookaholic. My passion for reading came from my parents and I started very young. My mom is to praise for handing me my first Sophie Kinsella book and—drum roll here—my first Harry Potter. My dad is responsible for my addiction to historical fiction. I’m responsible for my own fantasy obsession. Becoming a writer came naturally from reading so much I think.

2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?

I like to mix. I usually bring some chick lit or romantic comedies and usually something more middle ages, be it historical fiction or fantasy. For example on my latest vacation I read First Comes Love by Emily Giffin and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. Of course I’ve already put on hold Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at my library, I’m third in line and I can’t wait.

3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?

Wake up at dawn—possible only when I travel west and have many hours of jetlag on my side. Walk on the beach toward a coffee shop. Eat breakfast watching the sun rise over the ocean. Another romantic beach walk with my husband. Relax all day: reading, swimming in the preferably-warm sea, sun bathing. Out to dinner. Back to bed—the same jetlag makes you sleepy super early.

4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?

If I have to cut out writing and reading, there’s not much time left. Sometimes I like to restore flea market furniture. I’m a bit of a foodie. And I like to explore new places.

5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

My imagination likes to run wild. I’m never one hundred percent sure where a story comes from within me. I just get these ideas for plots and they fluff around in my head taking shape little by little. They say you can be a plotter or a pantser. I’m definitely a pantser. I start with a general idea and let each chapter evolve as I write. Then there’re small things, which are stories I hear from people I know or even perfect strangers. It could be an eavesdropped conversation on the bus, a story from a friend, a server at a restaurant, someone at the gym. When I hear something fun or romantic I take notes and later insert that little piece of truth in a story.

6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?

Hermione Granger. Because she’s a smart witch and she’s the best at spells.

7. What's your favorite reading spot?

Couch, bed, wherever I can sprawl myself.

8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?

Somewhere I haven’t been yet…To me one of the best parts of a vacation is to explore something new. See new places, explore different cultures, meet people with a different background, try new foods… I don’t have a special spot where, say, I go every year. Not yet at least.

However, if I really had to pick only one place to visit for the rest of my life, I’d pick Tuscany. The food, the wine, the beauty of everything: cities, seaside, country…everything there is magnificent.

9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?

As a reader, sunny for me translates as light and fun. If I’m looking for a sunny read what disappoints me is tragedy and excessive drama—this is my very personal opinion. So I prefer stories filled with humor where the protagonist misadventures are more ridiculously hilarious than sad.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

I’ve just finished my fourth novel. It’s a slightly different romcom as I took a Sliding Doors approach creating two parallel story lines. Gemma, my protagonist, must decide is she’s going to attend her best friend’s wedding or crash her ex’s. Her decision hinges on a delayed flight and a chance meeting…I explore the outcome of both journeys.

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Giveaway

One very lucky reader will win a $10 (or equivalent) Amazon / B&N or iTunes gift card by Camilla Isley. You can choose!

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The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. Please add withloveforbooks@gmail.com to your list of approved email addresses. All of our giveaways are international.

46 comments:

  1. It sounds lovely. Congrats on the book :)

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  2. Damn,I love Pepsi :D :)
    Thanks for the lovely interview and great giveaway :)

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    1. Haha... I guess the world is split ... You're welcome and good luck!

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  3. Your 10 Things List made me smile - maybe you'd be more of a morning person if you gave tea another chance? ;-)

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    1. I'm too much of a caramel macchiato addict :) glad it made you smile!

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  4. The list with Ten Random Things about You reminded me myself!

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    1. How wonderful! Gald to know I'm not the only one ...

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  5. This book sounds great. Can't wait to read it. Thank you for the chance. Have a fantastic day! :)

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    1. If you end up reading it, I hope you'll enjoy it. Let me know... A wonderful day to you too :)

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  6. I am a Bookaholic, too, and like you my favorite reading spot is anywhere I can!

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    1. Especially now with reading on my phone ... I read literally everywhere every free second I have ...

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  7. I enjoyed the interview, thank you.

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  8. I think its pretty cool you married the same man twice but wore a different dress each time.

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    1. Yeah it was a special treat to have two wedding dresses :)

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  9. I loved Let's Just Be Friends and can't wait to read the others

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    1. How wow! That's wonderful to hear :)) thank you!

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  10. Love the cover. Thanks for the chance x

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  11. Coke is awesome, Camilla. You have your priorities straight! LOL. I like to go flea marketing too. Congrats on the book!

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    1. Haha :) do you collect anything from flea markets? I like old keys...
      Thanks and good luck!

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  12. I'm just envious of anyone who can just go walking on the beach! It's mid-August here in Ireland and the rain is pouring down :(

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    1. It was a vacation I took this year, it was really awesome... Sadly no beach and a cloudy sky for me too right now ...
      Good luck!

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  13. Hello Camilla, A sudden Crush sounds great ♡ I would enjoy reading your books. Thank you

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  14. I too, don't want drama in romance, and prefer the lighter more humorous side. There's enough drama and tragedy in the news everyday! :) I look forward to reading your books :)

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    1. Yeah, I always hope to get a smile or two out of my readers :)
      Good luck...

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  15. Thanks for the giveaway! Good luck.

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    1. You're welcome... Thanks for participating ...

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  16. I, too, could do without all those mosquitoes, but not without tea. :)

    A Sudden Crush sounds pretty great, and I'm intrigued by the new novel with the parallel story lines. I'll keep my eyes open for when it comes out.

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    1. Hi Cali... I know you either love or hate tea :)
      Actually for my new novel I'm running a Kindle Scout campaign right now, you can read an excerpt and nominate it here https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/HVKQHMQRPNLX if then it's chosen for publication you'll get a free ecopy

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  17. It would be great to win a $10 Amazon gift card.
    I enjoyed reading your interview with Camilla Isley.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

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    1. Thank you for participating and good luck!

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  18. I enjoyed reading the 10 Random Things and the interview! I hope the book is a big success!

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    1. Thank you :) ... Good luck for the giveaway

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  19. I like how some of the answers require more questions. ;)
    1. I got married twice. Same man, different dresses. <<But was there a divorce between the marriages?
    5. I think tea is disgusting. <<Does this mean you drink coffee?
    6. I love Coke; I hate Pepsi. <<If you love Coke, how could you possibly like Pepsi? Are there such people?
    8. Once I was involved in a spectacular bike accident. ... <<Are you really lucky or just really unlucky?
    9. I’m not a morning person. <<Does this make you a night person?
    From this post, I think the author must have been a dream to interview. An informative and really entertaining post.

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    1. Ahah. You're right!
      So:
      1. No, no divorce. We eloped to Vegas first and did another ceremony 6 months later with our families.
      5. Yeah, I'm a cappuccino person.
      6. They do exist, I've seen them. You know when you're in a restaurant and order a Coke and the server says, "Is Pepsi ok?" I've heard people answer, "Yes, it's the same." O.o
      8. I have my pink glasses on, so I'm going to say really lucky.
      9. Mmm, I guess for me it's easier to read past my bed time than to wake up early...

      Thank you for this fun comment and good luck!

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  20. Loved reading the "Ten Random Things about Me" part of the post, thank you! :)

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    1. Thank you for participating ... Good luck :)

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