Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Jordan Cameron S. Hart, otherwise known as Cammie Sky Hart. She is a wonderful writer, and has recently released her newest book, The Fate of Amber Pine! Read the interview below.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: Since I was kid, I started off with poetry and short stories in secondary school. In fact it was my secondary teacher Ms. Dubois who submitted my work to a local paper and encouraged me to become a writer.
Q: What inspires your writing? Do you have a muse?
A: Life. Growing up was hard for me, I grew up between England and California, because of this I was bullied for having a strange accent. Instead of letting it break me I turned frustration and angst into fiction. Muse, erm…I think movies and telly programmes are my muses. It’d be nice if I had one a la Charmed. She’d whisper something during writer’s block and bam writers block be gone.
Q: Tell me about your book, The Fate of Amber Pine. What was the original idea behind it?
A: The Fate of Amber Pine is about a girl who has to make three difficult choices between two people she loves and death. Amber has three months to choice whether she wants to live in an alternate reality where her father is alive and she can lead a normal life, stay in her world and protect her younger brother from their abusive mother, even it means she’ll die in a year, or accept her death and follow Ryu, her angelic guide to the afterlife.
I thought of The Fate of Amber Pine on my way to Comic Con in 2010. There was a huge accident on the highway leading to San Diego, California a semi truck hit a tiny bug. The buzz around Comic Con for those who saw or heard about the accident was that everyone in the bug survived. I was gobsmacked to say the least. I mean when I think of a truck and a VW involved in a accident it make me shudder. For good reason I heard the word miracle mentioned several times that day. Being a writer my mind started to have fantasy thoughts about how the people in the bug survived. As soon as I saw Sesshomaru my mind went blank. I didn’t think about Amber’s story for awhile afterward. Because I carry fancy notepads with me everywhere it took browsing through notes after I filled the pages to come back to her story.
I didn’t have a clear picture of how I wanted the story to be developed until 2012 and after writing five chapters I scraped it and didn’t come back to it until 2015 when I heard a lady on the bus talking about how real angels are. So the car accident, my notes, plus the lady on the bus have acted as my muse and shaped Amber’s story.
Q: Would you like your characters if you met them in “real life”? Why or why not?
A: There are characters from my first novel Growing Up Caffarelli-DeSonto a series that I’ve been writing and working on since ’07 that I love. Toni, my main character in my first novel is hilarious and outgoing so much so that I think he’d be fun to be around. His younger brother match him well and both have outgoing personalities like him so I think the three of them would just naturally bring me out of my little turtle shell. Since Amber is fairly new I’m not sure. While Amber is a guarded person I’m shy with our two personalities I don’t think we’d get anywhere. Ryu is a git. He can be loveable, but his angelic nature makes him see humans as weird creatures he doesn’t understand. Amber’s brother is possible my favourite of the lot and I had a lot of fun writing his character. We would probably get on.
Q: If you could collaborate with any writer (alive or dead), who would it be and why?
A: I wouldn’t. It sounds like an arse thing to say but I’ve tried collabs before and they don’t work for me. I’m a person who can scrape a whole project even if 300 pages are written. I’m also someone who has several saved Word docs of one story with fifteen different drafts. I think it would be hard to work with an oddball like me. I think Sarah Ockler, Sarah Dessen, E. Lockhart as brilliant writers though.
Q: What is something you want the world to know?
A: There’s been an ongoing debate of whether or not we live in a five dimensional space. However, if we believe we’re three dimensional beings just like the two dimensional people of flatland in Edwin A. Abbcott’s novel we’ll never know. According to flatlanders theory two dimensional beings can’t comprehend the idea of something being three dimensional. Therefore we can’t see beyond our 3D selves into other dimensional. Okay, I just geeked out but so fascinating I wanted to share. Also that leaves the idea of actually being able to enter into 4D worlds open if we’re open to believing we can be more than 3D eh?
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