Word-Slingers – Guest Interview Cameo Renae

1)                  How long have you been writing?

Well, if we start from the beginning…my grandma said at the age of three, one of my favorite pastimes was taking a book and copying the words onto my own paper. Yeah. I must have been a really fun child. haha

I’ve always had a love for writing since grade school, but really became serious around ten years ago. I started with short stories, and had so much wonderful feedback. My first attempt at a full length novel was a Fantasy story which is still sitting unfinished in my computer. I started In My Dreams in 2010 and after a full year, I self-published it. It became my debut novel, but was recently picked up and re-published through Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. Hidden Wings was the next project, and took about six months to write.   

2)                 How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

Right now I am blessed to have my family and writing. During the day, it’s family time. I watch my 1 year old grandson and do all the household things. Night-time is my magic time. When everyone is sleeping snugly in their beds, I get out my laptop, plug in my earphones, and enter my writing world.

3)                 What can you tell us about your release Hidden Wings? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. J

Hidden Wings actually started as an idea, which sparked from In My Dreams (my debut novel). I loved the Guardians of In My Dreams, so much, that I wanted them to have a story of their own. I’m glad I did and am thrilled with how the story is turning out. I’ve literally fallen in love with ALL of my new characters and their snarky, crazy, hilarious, kick butt selves. 

4)                 What is it about the mix of genres (YA paranormal romance/suspense etc.) that you like so much?

I love to be entertained, and a great book that will whisk me away into another world, and also take me on a wild adventure. But, I also love a bit of romance. Who doesn’t? A touch of romance is great in a novel, and combined with suspense and mystery…. For me it doesn’t get any better. I love a book that will keep me gripped and glued to the pages, and makes me not want to put it down until the very end.

5)                 Do you think you’ll solidify into one genre or another, rather than the extensive mix found in Hidden Wings, and if yes, what to and when?

I can’t really say. My characters are the ones who usually dictate the direction and outcome of my stories. Sometimes I just sit back and write, and am completely amazed at what happens. Right now, I’m kind of in a mixed mode, but who knows what the future holds. I’m just as excited to find out.

6)                 Sweet or sour?

Sweet, but I do love sweet and sour shrimp. Does that count? (TM – of course! Yum…well, the sweet & sour part anyway. Not a big shrimp fan)

7)                 Chocolate or vanilla?

Definitely Chocolate. 

My name is Cameo Renae Rosete, but as an author, I go by Cameo Renae. (It was actually my husbands idea.) I am married to my best friend, and we have two children together (teenagers now). They have been my encouragement and constant support through this whole process. Oh… and did I mention critics! 🙂 In a good way though… My kids think I’m random and weird; their eyes tend to roll a lot when I’m around, and my husband… well, he just laughs and says I’m entertaining.
We recently moved from Maui, Hawaii  (where I ‘ve lived most of my life) to Alaska…. Yep, I know. I can hear you now…What? Why? Are they crazy?

Well, majority of my family moved up to the AK, (see…they started it!) but we still have a lot of family that lives back on Maui, so we will be flying back and forth between the 49th and 50th states. 🙂 Two amazingly beautiful places. I am a very lucky girl!
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 happy, random, funny (depends on your kind of humor) person. But the story is dark and kind of sad – totally unlike my personality. (There are bits of humor inserted! :))
I love watching paranormal shows, ghost stories, anything with vampires, zombies, aliens, and angels…oh, and great love stories… I guess that’s why In My Dreams came out the way it did.  
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Seventeen, for Emma Wise, would be a life changing year; sole survivor in car wreck which robbed her of the parents she loved, started a spiral of blurry happenings. A broken arm and few scrapes and bruises are all the outward marks she bares, but inside, her heart is broken and the pieces scattered to the ends of the earth. Whisked away to Alaska, and an aunt she’s never met, Emma must start all over… broken and alone.
 Escorted by the gorgeous Kade Anders, Emma succumbs to a new barrage of feelings. Warmth rushes through her, accompanied by dizzy, euphoric feelings she’s never thought possible. His touch is electrifying to her body and soul. And…it’s only just begun for her.

 The secrets unveiling themselves to Emma are going to send her life into a whirlwind of deceit. Her parents, who she loved dearly, weren’t hers at all, and she’s not who she thought she was, or even what she thought she was. Being one of a kind has now placed Emma in the heart of a danger she knew nothing about. Centuries have been passed, awaiting her arrival, and now creatures of horrifying, evil proportions are coming for her. With the help of six, mind-numbingly beautiful Guardians, and the Aunt she’s just beginning to know, she must be kept safe until her eighteenth birthday. Only then, her transformation will be complete, and she will have a chance at survival. Time will tell what Emma will become, and if she will survive to see eighteen.


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