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.
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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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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