I’m so thrilled to have Erica Cameron here! Her first book in the Dream Wars Saga, Sing Sweet Nightingale came out last May. I love the paranormal fantasy concept where your dreams can lie to you and I’m really excited to read her next book. Whatever you do, don’t miss the giveaway for this book below. You definitely want a copy!
Title:Â Deadly Sweet Lies
Author:Â Erica Cameron
Format:Â Paperback, 400 Pages
Publishing Information:Â 8/18/15 byÂ Spencer Hill Press
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From her bio, “Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, ex-Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon dÃ©cor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.”
So let’s hear from Erica about herself and her new book!
1. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I was a bookworm before I knew the word existed. Books, movies, TV–IÂ’ve always loved stories in all their forms. IÂ’m a re-watcher/re-reader too. If I love a story, I can enjoy it almost ad infinitum. For obvious reasons, English was my best subject and–not really knowing what else to study when I got to college–I continued studying literature and added on a psychology major because the Â“whysÂ” of human behavior are fascinating. As a bonus, those classes really helped me writing characters who thought and reacted in a real way. Of course, deciding I want to become an author and actually creating a book that got me there took another few years. ItÂ’s definitely been an interesting journey since then!
2. What was your favorite book as a child?
I will always have a soft spot for The Hobbit, which my dad read to my sister and me twice when we were little, and there are dozens of picture books I remember my mom reading us over and over again. Â“Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks LikeÂ” by Jay Williams was always popular in my house as was Â“Strega NonaÂ” by Tomie dePaola. Although I definitely read The Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley High, and the rest when I was in elementary school, it was Tamora PierceÂ’s Tortall world that first utterly captured my imagination. I started with the third book of her Immortals quartet and immediately adored the writing, the characters, and the world. She was my first ever auto-buy author and the first author who made me consider writing something myself. Although my first original story was actual a 40-page mystery story I wrote in eighth grade (an incredibly awful imitation of the James Patterson novels I was reading at the time), my first attempt at an actual novel was essentially thinly veiled Tamora Pierce fanfiction. I loved her then and still do now. In fact, it was a highlight of my life when I got to meet her at the RT convention in 2015.
3. Who are your favorite authors now?
I still love Tamora Pierce–always will!–but otherwise I read rather widely. I love classic authors like Georgette Heyer and Charlotte Bronte, but I also read a lot by fantasy authors like Brandon Sanderson and Jacqueline Carey. Young Adult, romance, paranormal, thrillers–I read from a lot of different genres and I have a really hard time picking favorites.
4. Tell us about your latest book!
I love Deadly Sweet Lies! ItÂ’s technically the sequel to Sing Sweet Nightingale, but itÂ’s almost more like a book 1.5. The timelines overlap heavily with Sing. In fact, book 2 starts only two weeks after Sing Sweet Nightingale began. Since Sing focused very closely on Mariella, Hudson, and the small town of SwallowÂ’s Grove, the only details you get are the ones that directly relate to this sliver of the world. In Deadly, we meet Nadette and Julian and get to see a more wide-angle view of The Dream War Saga universe. The world expands, the cast grows exponentially, and youÂ’ll get to learn a lot of new tidbits about how everything works!
5. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? Do you see yourself in them?
I love that we get to see the story from Nadette and JulianÂ’s points of view–I have a soft spot for multiple POV stories. In this particular book, I also love the opposition of their talents and natures. Nadette is quite literally impossible to lie to and Julian is the king of selective application of the truth.
As for whether or not either of my main characters are me? Nope! ItÂ’s kind of inescapable that there are going to be aspects of myself in every character I create, but I didnÂ’t purposefully mine anything from my life for these characters.
6. Do you base your characters on people in your life?
I actually try not to. When naming and creating my characters, I stay away from using people who are close to me as foundations. Basing something on real life–at least for me–makes it a lot harder for me to stray from what itÂ’s Â“supposed to be.Â” I feel obligated to keep a real life situation or person as close to reality as possible, but that doesnÂ’t always work for the story youÂ’re trying to tell.
7. What advice would you give to your younger self?
So much and at the same time nothing. ItÂ’s hard to know what exactly you mightÂ’ve been able to say to myself at any point that could be the thing to change your course although I did try to tackle this once when I wrote a piece for Dear Teen Me. I think the important thing I wish IÂ’d had reinforced more when I was a kid is to trust my instincts. About people, about choices, and about life.
8. How can readers discover more about you and you work?
My website is byericacameron.com and I love Tumblr and Twitter. IÂ’m on both as ByEricaCameron and I love hearing from readers!
9. What else would you like us to know about you and your books?
In addition to The Dream War Saga, I also have a series of contemporaries IÂ’ve co-written with Lani Woodland! There will be five books in the Laguna Tides series and each one tells the story of a different guy and the series spans their senior year. The first book is Taken by Chance and the second book, Loyalty and Lies, will be out just before Deadly Sweet Lies. Plus? IÂ’m working on a sci-fi and a thriller. Since I read all over the board, I want to write books that cover a broad range of genres, too! Hopefully readers will be willing to jump genres with me.