Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Author Cami Checketts

 Day Eight: Cami Checketts

1.        Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I’ve been married for twenty years to my hilarious and crazy best friend. We have four boys who surprisingly love their mom and spoil me rotten. They get ticked at their dad if he misses an opportunity to tell me I’m pretty. We live on seven acres in Northern Utah, much too cold but beautiful.

2.        What do you do when you are not writing? I spend most of my days driving boys to lacrosse practice and trying to stay out of the wrestling matches that dominate my living room. I love to read, eat chocolate, and run long distance. Maybe I don’t really love to run long distance, but it allows me to keep eating chocolate.

3.        What is your favorite smell? Baby lotion
4.        When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book? I started in 2002. I finished my first book in a month but it wasn’t any good. My boys still use the many drafts I printed out for scratch paper.

5.        If you had 24 hours to live, excluding spending time with your family, what would you do? That’s a tough one, I’d just sit and make my boys let me kiss them. Hmm, excluding my family. I’d eat lots of chocolate and say lots of prayers.

 6.        Do you ever experience writer’s block? When I’m on a deadline I start getting all panicky and wondering why I ever thought I could write, then I make myself go running and it usually works out.

7.        Do you work with an outline, or just write? I just write. I love it, but it makes for lots of rewriting.
8.        What is your favorite kind of cheese? Colby jack.

9.        Is there any particular author or book that influenced you growing up or as an adult? I read a lot growing up and loved everything I read, but my hero was Alexandre Dumas. I even read some of his books unabridged. Now I’m impatient and really picky. I read the classics and wonder where their editor was. I want fast pacing and I want it now.
10.    Would I find anything growing in your refrigerator right now? No way. Did I mention I have four boys? They eat anything and everything. We’ve cut the word leftovers from our vocabulary.

11.  How would you describe yourself in three words? Friendly, sloppy, and mushy.

 12.    Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Mostly imagination but I get some great dialogue and characterization from real life.

13.    Who is your favorite author? Since most of you will probably say me ;) please tell me then, who is your second favorite author? I was going to say you, honestly, you have that mix of suspense, romance, and humor that I love.

 14.    What was your favorite part of writing and why? I love seeing the twists and characterization that come as I write. For me it’s like I’m meeting these people and learning all about them and I love it.

15.    Chocolate or Brussels sprouts? Chocolate! Though I actually do like Brussels sprouts.
16.    What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? I was in a critique group with all men. They were tough and would tell me if something was too fluffy or unrealistic, but it really improved my work. I can still hear their voices in my head saying, Come on, no guy would talk like that.

17.    What has been the best compliment given to you as an author? I love it when someone says they were up all night reading my book. Myra White once called me a genius though and that was pretty cool, because I’m definitely not too smart, I have to work really hard.

 18.    What is your least favorite smell? Urine on the bathroom floor. Did I mention I have four boys?

19.    Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? If you can’t stand not to write, keep writing. Don’t give up, unless you’ve got another option that actually pays you more than $.10 per hour.

 20.      Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers? Thanks for reading! I love readers and your support means a lot. Many hugs!

Author  Bio and Links


Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and driving boys to lacrosse practice, she gets the chance to write fiction. 

Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. She is a pro bono fitness trainer and shares health and fitness articles at

Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn't snowing, she enjoys swimming, hiking, biking, running, and water-skiing.

Thanks for stopping by!
Sherry Gammon

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