Camilla Chafer

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: February 13, 2012

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Debut Release: Illicit Magic (Stella Mayweather, #1)

Describe your current release in two sentences?

Illicit Magic is a blend of magic and mystery as a novice witch comes into her powers. On the run from the evil Brotherhood, Stella has to learn to control her magic, but is she any safer with her new friends than from the danger she's running?

What was your childhood ambition?

It was always to be a writer. My grandad still has my five-year-old interpretations of books. He uses them as bookmarks and they invariably involve adventures about naughty ponies who escape.

Do you have a favorite time of the day? If so when and why

I like the early morning. I feel so awake and hopeful, like the day is stuffed with possibilities. I get especially excited that the book I'm working on will have more added to it, wondering if there will be a new twist that totally works or a line that makes me laugh out loud.

Please describe your writing environment.

Like many writers I don't have a dedicated room for writing, so I've carved out a corner of my living room. I have a shiny white desk and a cream leather chair (stolen from the dining room!). My desk top is usually littered with notepads, swag samples, pens and sticky notes. It's shameful, really.

What is your favorite TV show?

Right now, I'm really fascinated by Grimm. It's such a clever interpretation of the Grimm fairytales, bringing monsters into a contemporary landscape. The monsters aren't all as bad as they seem and Grimm isn't the ferocious monster slayer of legend, he's just a cop with a nice life when he starts to see all kinds of weird stuff.

What are you working on?

Right now I'm finishing up a new mystery about a temp who gets caught up in murder and fraud and launches herself into the investigation. It's funny and light, the heros are smokin' and the heroine is brave and clever but not without her foibles.

What career fields have you worked in?

Straight out of university, I worked for central government in London. Wow, was it dull. At 24, I moved into journalism. Since then I've written for magazines, newspapers and websites throughout the world, with various stints as an editor and as a books commissioning editor. At the moment, most of my time is in writing fiction.

How do you mesh your personal and professional life?

I actually struggle to separate them. I work from home so my personal life is all around me and it can be hard to stop working when, technically, I'm in my workspace even when relaxing. I'm terrible at relaxing anyway. I'm always tinkering with something work related or chatting to readers. But I can't complain seeing as I love doing what I do.

What has been the best way for you to engage readers? Face to Face / Chatting Online / Twitter / Facebook / Blogging

Facebook has probably been the best and I like to throw sweeteners their way such as special offers and giveaways as a thank you. I'm always astounded and a little awed that readers want to chat to me (picture me bug eyed and "Who? Me?"). I always answer though - be it via a tweet or my website contact form.

What is the best thing about being an author?

Probably that I can put my imagination to good use! My fiance recently asked me "What did you do this week?" "I killed seven people," I replied. There was a moment of blinking before the laughing.

Knowing that people enjoy my writing is hugely rewarding and I'm grateful every day.

If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?

I would jump into Robin McKinley's The Blue Sword. It's like turn of the century England snapped together with a feudalistic fantasy land, Damar. On one side there's the desert hot sun and the 'proper' ladies of the empire's outposts, while the other side of the mountains is a world of magic and adventure. It's a book I read again and again.

Thanks so much for having me over!