Friday, August 26, 2011

In My Dreams by Cameo Renea - Interview & Giveaway: Nurture Tour Stop

In My Dreams

Author:  Cameo Renae
Genre: YA Fiction -  Paranormal Romance/Suspense/Thriller
Published by: CreateSpace (April 30, 2011)
Age Recommendation: YA – 15-17 years of age – for mild violence
Format: Perfect Paperback & eBook
ISBN 13: 978-1461083993
Number of pages: 248

About the book: It was happening again. The dreams. The nightmares. It was something seventeen year-old Elizabeth “Lizzy” Hayes thought she’d outgrown; dreams that would come true; detailed premonitions of how people would die. This time she dreams about her boyfriend, Michael Young, and soon discovers that he’s been found… dead. Michael hasn’t crossed over because he was murdered, and now his murderer is coming for Lizzy. His spirit won’t rest until she is safe, and as a newbie spirit, the easiest way for him to make contact is through Lizzy’s dreams. When she dreams, it’s as if he hasn’t died.

Lizzy must learn to pull on her inner strength to survive horrifying events. Meanwhile, in the spirit world, Michael learns everything he can about his supernatural gifts to help. But will it be enough to save her?

Comment and fill out the short entry form for a chance to win either a digital copy or a print copy of In My Dreams. Due to postage costs the print copy is being offered only to those with a US or Canadian “Ship To” address.
Giveaway ends September 3rd at 11:59 PM CST.


How did you start your writing career?

A few years ago, I took a writing course, and then joined an online writing community. I started writing short stories, and read and reviewed other writer’s work. I entered a few contests and actually won one! Yay! 

I found that writing was an escape, and loved the feeling I had when I was writing. I actually felt relaxed and excited as I began to create new worlds, new characters, and new adventures in my mind.  
I had a lot of wonderful feedback from fellow writers, so I thought I’d try and take on a novel, as that has always been a secret dream of mine. I didn’t have a clue on how to start, so I spent many a dreary nights doing research on the internet.

My first project was a children’s fantasy novel, which has been pushed to the side for now, but I will finish one day! That one I am especially excited about.
But, about two-and-a-half years ago, I had a dream. Well… it was actually a nightmare. That nightmare sparked my imagination and an idea for a supernatural YA novel. The very next day I sat at the computer and started to write. The actual dream became the first part of chapter 1 of In My Dreams.

Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?

Cameo Renae is actually my first and middle name. Renae is also my mother’s middle name which she passed down to me. 

My husband was the one who came up with the idea to use Cameo Renae. He said it had a nice flow to it. My full name is Cameo Renae Rosete. (Rosete is actually pronounced: Rose-eh-tea, like spaghetti, which is my husband’s favorite food.) 

Where do you research for your books?

We did live in Alaska for a few years, and I have been to most of the locations in the book. The locations I didn’t know about, I found on the internet. I love modern technology! You can find answers to practically everything on the web.
How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula?

Well… I didn’t have any formula while writing In My Dreams. Because writing a novel was very new to me, I wrote like I was writing one of my short stories. I didn’t have a plan or outline. I just wrote and thank God, it all came together. 

I’ve definitely made some changes since then. I’ve learned how to outline and become more organized, especially for my upcoming novels. There’s a lot more to the plot, characters, locations, etc… and I needed to have them all organized and thoroughly described so I could remember. 

I’d hate for someone to start off with green eyes and half-way through have beautiful blue eyes! Yikes! 
Does travel play in the writing of your books?

Yes, I like to write about places that are familiar to me. If I’m writing about a place I’m not familiar with, I’ll hit the internet, pull up a picture, and try to describe it as best I can. 

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

The hardest part of writing is actually finding the time to write. Time is definitely not on my side these days, and with two day jobs, it’s very difficult. The second part is editing. Choosing which parts are most important, which aren’t and should be cut, things that need to be added onto, and then the dreaded punctuation! Commas are my downfall. I tend to put too many. Ugh! Going back and combing through each sentence, that part is time consuming and pretty sucky… for me. 
What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?

My family is definitely excited about my writing career. Most of them didn’t even know I could write! They were like… “What? You wrote a book? But… how?” 

They know my work schedule and were in awe that I actually finished a full novel! But… I’ve had great feedback from them after they’ve read it. Now they constantly ask, “How’s your next book coming along? Are you almost finished?” 
My kids think my first novel is pretty cool. My daughter wants me to write a follow-up to In My Dreams for specific reasons, which I cannot divulge without giving away too much of the details. 
As for my husband… he’s a major support.  To tell you the truth, he hasn’t read my novel. He said that he wants it to be just mine.

Because we work a lot together, we are each other’s best critic. He didn’t want to critique In My Dreams, but has been cheering for every great review. He’s also a great promoter.
What is the next big thing?

The next big thing… And there is a BIG change coming soon. We are making a move from Hawaii to Alaska, and in the dead of winter. 
Why? We need a change… something new… a new adventure. We’ve done and seen everything Maui has to offer times and times over. It’s become dull and dreary and honestly… boring. I want to see the seasons change, and watch the snow fall, and get in the car and drive to see different places, new wildlife (even if it can eat us). 

You can only go so far on an island. I’ve been around it once, and don’t want to do it again. They have shirts that say, “I survived the road to Hana” for a reason. Been there, done that – it’s time for a change.  Our family is excited about the move, and excited to see what the future has in store for us. 

We will be back to visit Maui from time to time because we still have a lot of family here.

And then… I have to say that the other next BIG thing is my newest novel, which should be finished soon. I am VERY excited about this one. It is a YA paranormal romance and is set to be a trilogy.

Thank you Laurie @ Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews for inviting me!

Thanks, Cameo!! It has been fun and thanks so much for sharing more about your book and creative process.


Her name is Cameo Renae Rosete, but as an author, she goes by Cameo Renae (it was actually her husband’s idea). She is married to her best friend, and they have two beautiful children together (teenagers now). Her family has been her encouragement and constant support through this whole process. Oh… and her critics! In a good way though…

Apart from being an author, Cameo has two jobs: booking horseback tours into the Haleakala Crater, and working in the wedding industry in Maui. She works with coordinators on the island, who book her husband to perform their wedding ceremonies. He is a top Hawaiian officiate there on the island.

“Writing actually relaxes me. When I started In My Dreams, I never thought it would turn out the way it did. I really had no plan, and no structure. I just wrote… and it became. I’ve been perceived as a very happy, bubbly person, but this story is dark and kind of sad, which is very unlike my personality, but there are bits of humor inserted. I love watching paranormal shows, ghost stories, anything with vampires or angels, and great love stories… I guess that’s why In My Dreams came out the way it did.”

Cameo Renae is in the process of writing her next book which is the first in a new, Paranormal Trilogy.

“We’ll see what the future holds. Whatever it is… I’m up for the challenge!”

Where you can find and follow Cameo Renae:

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So everyone, This tour is winding down so I have listed links to all the stops below.  Be sure to check out the ones you may have missed earlier.
In My Dreams by Cameo Renae –
NURTURE Book Tour Schedule:

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Audrey said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! And wow, what a change moving from Hawaii to Alaska! Good luck!

Laurie said...

Hi Audrey! Thanks for dropping by and entering to win. I was amazed, too, at the planned move (such a HUGE change) and in winter, no less!! I hope all works out fine. I am sad to report that I have yet to visit either Hawaii or Alaska...but both are on my bucket list!! :)

Jaidis said...

Thanks for sharing the great post Laurie!

Great Interview Cameo! Good luck in Alaska. Personally I've always wanted to go to Hawaii because I lived in Michigan for awhile and have had my fill of snow. I want warm tropical weather. I guess South Carolina will have to do until I can visit Hawaii :)

Cameo Renae said...

Thanks again, Laurie! I had a blast visiting your blog and doing the interview. ;)
Thanks Audrey and Jaidis for the warm wishes. :)
Good luck to everyone entering the giveaway!
♥ Cameo

Paige said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! I'm really excited to enter all of them!!

Leigh Ann said...

Really interesting interview!

winnie said...

Thanks for the interview and giveaway! This sounds like a really good read!


ann said...

I would like to read this book it sounds great

amhengst at verizon dot net

Diana said...

Great post and In My Dreams has an amazing story!
Thank you for the giveaway.

Krystal said...

Looks like a really interesting book, I would love to read this book. The author sounds really cool too :)

ruby95660 said...

Great post! This sounds interesting and I'd love to read it!
Awesome interview and good luck in Alaska!!!


m.ceschini said...

Loved the interview! Thank you for this opportunity. I love finding new authors!

Temara said...

Thanks for the giveaway!! This book sounds really interesting I'd love to read it.

Laurie said...

The Winners have been chosen! Congrats to Diana - she won the digital version, and to Ann who won the paperback copy!

Laurie said...

Well, it seems lucky Diana already won this book on another blog stop so I picked a new winner. Congrats to Audrey!