Writer Interview with Camille DeFer Thompson

camille-thompson Camille DeFer Thompson has an essay and a novel excerpt in my anthology, Written Across the Genres. She has stories in other collections such as Clash of the Couples, Not Your Mother’s Book On Working for a Living, Not Your Mother’s Book On Home Improvement, Encore Voices of the Valley, and several years in the Las Positas College Anthologies.

Camille is a freelance writer whose work has been featured on the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop website, and popular women’s blog https://www.midlifeboulevard.com. Follow her humor blog at https://www.camilledeferthompson.com. She is publicity chair for the Tri-Valley Branch of the California Writers Club and a member of the Social Media Group.

Here is a short interview with Camille:

Julaina: Who is your favorite author and genre?

Camille: Alice Hoffman is a novelist. Her curious, fascinating characters and unique story lines keep me turning the pages.

Julaina: Why do you write?

Camille: I’ve always loved writing. I find it easier and more fulfilling to express myself on paper than with the spoken word.

Julaina: Where do you like to write?

Camille: I am most inspired at my PC in my home office upstairs.

Julaina: What are you working on now?

Camille: My long-term project is the first romance in a trilogy.

Julaina: Thanks for being here today and good luck with your writing.

Writer Interview with Linda Todd

LT Headshot Linda Todd has a short story called “A Marriage Blessed” and an essay titled “Tuesdays with Julaina” in my anthology, Written Across the Genres. She helped me with the editing and prep of the anthology for the press.

The book includes two collaborative stories, “Dock Story One” and  Dock Story Two.” Both stories had the same beginning paragraph and then members of my two writing classes wrote a one hundred fifty word paragraph each to continue their class story. “Dock Story One,” written by the class with 10 members was easy since there were fewer people. The other story with 22 paragraphs was a mystery that needed clues along the way. We had to restart it a couple times and two other writers helped Linda and me with the ending. I appreciated Linda’s dedication to this story and to Written Across the Genres.”Tuesdays with Julaina” is about how we met at a writers’ conference.

Here is her bio:

Linda Todd writes short stories, personal essays, and has two novels in progress. She lives with her husband in Northern California and enjoys camping in their RV and traveling between California and North Carolina to visit her children and grandchildren.

And here is my interview with her:

Julaina: How did you get the idea for “A Marriage Blessed?”

Linda: It started with a request for art, photos, crafts, etc. for California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch’s Ekphrasis 2013 Winterfest. I searched through my photos and found one I had taken in Hawaii of an art studio decorated with bright colored banners and signs. Then I thought of the different things I had seen in shops on the island, like Koa wood bowls. I learned that the bowls were used in wedding ceremonies. So I wrote the story about a couple renewing their vows and the woman’s  desire for a Koa bowl, hoping to find one at the art studio.

Julaina: What is a writing day like for you?

Linda: I work out at the gym, eat breakfast, and have coffee before wandering into my office to pound away at the keyboard. Lately I’ve had to write on my phone when I ride Bart to work.

Julaina: What do you enjoy about writing?

Linda: Once I start working on a project, the story elements come together. I’m always surprised by what comes out. Sometimes it takes a lot of time.

Julaina: What is the difficult part of writing for you?

Linda: When I get stuck and need to find a way out of an alley or determine what could come next. It’s a challenge to work through the problem and find a solution.

Julaina: What are you working on now?

Linda: My short stories and I’d like to finish at least one novel this year.

Julaina: Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Linda: Read, study, and write, write, write.

Julaina:  Thanks, Linda. I look forward to working with you again.

Writer Interview with Jan Davies

jan daviesJan Davies has a short story, “Saving Sheena”, and a memoir essay, “A February Christmas” in my anthology, Written Across the Genres (available on Amazon).

Jan is an independent business lady, President of the WiMe Group, Inc., who has always loved to write; poetry, journals, short and long stories and memoir.  Her passions are family, writing, reading, taking photographs of special moments, eating delectable foods, sipping distinct, flavorful wines, and laughing with friends. She travels to new, enchanted places with laptop and iPhone in hand.

Here is the interview with Jan Davies.

Julaina: How did you get the idea for your story?

Jan: With “Shaving Sheena”, I wanted to write a piece about a mature woman, her experiences as a widow, dating, and her grown children’s reactions.

Julaina: What is a writing day like for you?

Jan: I steal precious moments either before the sun rises or way after the sun goes down. When the house is quiet, my thoughts and words are allowed their freedom.

Julaina: What do you enjoy about writing?

Jan: Seeing my thoughts appear on paper and launch into a life of their own.

Julaina: What is the difficult part of writing?

Jan: Having the discipline to do it on a regular basis and taking the time needed to sit still and allow the creative thoughts to percolate in my mind.

Julaina: What are you working on now?

Jan: My plans are to pursue an artist for my children’s books. I want to take the next steps toward getting them published.

Julaina: Do you have a tip for aspiring writers?

Jan: It’s easy to say, “Do it”. The passion needs to come from within but a writer needs a support group. Find a writing group that is critical but nurturing for you to expand and grow.

Julaina: Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Jan: I want the readers of “Saving Sheena” to see the humor of how a mature, widowed mother of four grown children introduces a younger man into the family as her boyfriend. Sheena proves there is life after a spouse’s death.

Julaina: Sheena certainly surprises her children and the readers. Thanks, Jan, keep writing.