Cami Checketts is an idealist who dreams of helping children around the world but can barely keep track of her own four boys. Cami loves to read, write, run, and eat Cold Stone ice cream (hence the need to run). She loves making new friends. Contact her on Facebook.
Cassidy Christensen is running.
Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents.
Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable.
Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness.
With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she’ll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them? When secrets from her past threaten her family, Cassidy decides to stop running and fight for her future.
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Deirdra: When did you write your first book and how old were you?
Cami: I wrote my first book at 28 after the birth of my second boy. I was suffering from postpartum depression and taking a lot of naps. My mom told me to write a book (I think to give me something positive to do). I started writing that very day and haven’t had time for a nap since.
Deirdra: What’s your secret to making the character’s in your books come to life?
Cami: For me they are very much alive so it makes it easier to introduce them in the book when I’m already friends with them in my head. They are so real to me I once went up to a man at the gym and told him he looked exactly like one of my characters. I expected him to tell me his name was Chris! I recently found out it’s a family joke that some crazy author was fantasizing about this poor guy as one of her characters. That’s a bit embarrassing.
Deirdra: What is your favorite snack to have while you are writing?
Cami: Ice cream! I have to force myself not to eat it when I write because I’m so obsessed with my characters, I’ll gobble down a huge bowl and not savor one bite.
Deirdra: Besides writing what other talents or hobbies do you have?
Cami: My degree is in exercise science. I love to lift weights and train other women. It’s so cool to see them lose weight and feel and look better. I also love to be outside with my boys: hiking, biking, swimming, and pretending I can play team sports (I’m hopelessly uncoordinated).
Deirdra: Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
Cami: This is tough! I read so many wonderful authors as a teenager and they really molded me into the kind of writer I wanted to be: Rachel Ann Nunes, Richard Paul Evans, Clive Cussler, Jennie Hansen, N.C. Allen, Alexandre Dumas, and many more. The greatest difference to improving my writing and making it possible for me to be where I am is my critique group: Amber Argyle, Daniel Coleman, Janet Jensen, JoLynne Lyon, and Carole Thayne Warburton. Amazing people who push me to greater heights and inspire me.
Deirdra: What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
Cami: Priorities. With four little boys and a wonderful husband I have to be very careful not to miss out on time I could be spending with them. It’s easy to become obsessed with my current work-in-progress or get overwhelmed with marketing and promotion. I have to set times for writing and then actually adhere to them!
Deirdra: What is the best thing about being an author?
Cami: Making new friends – real live people who I get to meet when I do booksignings, speaking engagements, or online, and my make-believe friends who I meet in my head as I write each novel.
Deirdra: What is the best complement you could receive from a reader?
Cami: I love it when a reader says she read my book in a day or stayed up until two a.m. Nothing is more wonderful than a reader who can’t put your book down. I really appreciate readers taking the time to read my books. It is amazing how kind and complimentary people are.