Since the day I read I Wish for You, I was intrigued by its author. Gathering all the (alliterative) guts, I finally contacted the author, Camilla Isley, and asked her for an interview. And oh my! She – such a sweet lady, she – agreed and here we are, with our tête-à-tête going public!
What’s the craziest description you could give about yourself?
Right now I’m eight months pregnant, so I’d say: a waddling whale full of baby!
Writing a book isn’t an easy task as it seems to be. What made you take up the career of being an author?
My husband had to move abroad for his job and I followed him on that adventure, meaning I was suddenly out of a job and with loads of time on my hands. I had the story for I Wish for You circling inside my head, so I took a couple of online writing classes and then I said, let’s give this a try.
If you could tell your younger writing self something, what it would be?
Writing is really a craft. The more you write, the easier it gets, the fewer mistakes you make. And I almost hate myself for what I’m about to say—this is probably the most loathed writing advice for all authors—but it would be: show don’t tell. Or at least show more tell less…
What are your upcoming projects/books that your readers should look out for?
I’m writing in a series of interconnected romantic comedies at the moment, First Comes Love. All the books in the series can be read as standalones, but a secondary character from an earlier book will feature as the main character in the next and so on. My latest novel in the series, A Christmas Date, is about to come out and I’m super excited as it is my first Christmas story and it features a fake-boyfriend theme, one of my favorite romance tropes. The next book will take place in LA and will be a famous-actor-falls-for-ordinary-girl kind of novel. It should come out next year at some point, depending on how much the baby is going to disrupt my writing schedule—a lot, I suspect.
Do you like traveling or prefer staying indoors? If you like travelling, which place do you/did you enjoy the most?
Both, is it weird? In the sense that when I’m at home I’m a couch potato and love to stay indoors. But I love to travel and become super active when I do. Favorite places… mmm… this is a tough one. My honeymoon was in Thailand and I loved both the beaches, temples and historical sites, and the city of Bangkok. Favorite cities in Europe, Rome, Paris, and London (can I still call it Europe?). Favorite cities in the States, New York, LA, Chicago, and New Orleans.
What was that one advice that stuck with you throughout your journey to becoming an Author?
Keep writing. Is really the best advice I can give. Whenever I have a scene in mind I try to write it down as soon as possible. Even if it’s not in the book I’m writing or if it’s ten chapters ahead of where I’m at in the story. Also, taking breaks is fine if you don’t feel as inspired, but sometimes it’s just a question of sheer force of will, all you have to do is sit in front of the laptop and the words will come.
If you were attending a Halloween party (since we are in the month of October and Halloween is around the corner) what would be your costume and why?
Haha, my husband keeps saying I should play a drunken pirate, given my huge, round belly. Imagine an overweight Johnny Deep in Pirates of the Caribbean.
Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours.
I need to wear flip-flops in the shower if I’m not home. I’m okay walking around a hotel room barefooted, but I can’t stand to take a shower without footwear.
If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (Can’t ask for more wishes) (Inspired from ‘I wish for you’)
Teleportation would be cool. On a serious note, recently, I’m getting seriously scared by Climate Change, so I’d probably wish for the Earth to be pollution free! And, on a more practical note, financial security for me and my family…
If you have to describe yourself using a poem/quote what would it be?
“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.” — Jane Austen.
And…that’s it! We’re done with the interview! Yay! Truth be told, after reading the answers, I am more intrigued about Camilla! Do let me know what you think about the interview.
I am grateful to Camilla Isley – Thank you so much! – for agreeing to this interview and answering all the questions awesomely and patiently. You can find Camilla Isley on:
Will meet you next time with another author interview! Adios.