Interview with Cameron D James
The AdC January Author
An Interview With Cameron D James
Welcome and thank you Cameron for taking the time to speak with us.
Where are you from?
I’m from central Canada... from the cold and windy prairies. As I write this, it’s -35 Celsius (-31 Fahrenheit), with a windchill creating a “feels like” temperature of -46 Celsius (-51 Fahrenheit). And that’s really not all that cold.
Married/In a relationship?
I’m engaged to my partner. We’ve been together for two and a half years and will celebrate our third year just days before our wedding this coming summer. He and I met at a sci-fi and fantasy convention, which just so happens to be the same date and location where we met our publisher (he’s also a published author).
Do you have another job other than writing?
I do! I work as a front desk info guy at a local non-profit community resource agency. I absolutely love my day job and the people I work with. I love that what I do is so rewarding and meaningful. (My job before that was processing invoices in a warehouse, which bored me to tears.)
What is your favorite place to eat?
There’s a little café down the street from where my partner and I live. It’s part of a local chain and they make some damn fine dishes. They’re sort of a breakfast-all-day place, though they do sandwiches and dinners – but I always order breakfast, no matter what time of day it is.
Favourite snack food? Chocolate. Favourite real meal? Hmm... I like chicken pesto. My partner and I make that almost every week. I also really enjoy the breakfast sandwich at the café down the street!
If I came to your home and looked inside the refrigerator, what would I find?
Bread, milk, and lots of veggies. There’ll be a few cans of pop in the back, but they’ve been sitting there for a couple years. We don’t drink pop, so when we get cans or bottles for whatever reason, we always end up just throwing it out. But I think there are two root beer cans that have been there for at least a year.
Where do you like to go when you want to run away?
There’s a coffee shop about a ten minute drive from here. It’s part coffee shop and part travel agency – they’ve got a really cool laid-back atmosphere and they all know my partner and I by name. It’s like the best hang out place in the city and it’s usually pretty quiet because not many people seem to know about it.
Attending any conventions/conferences this year?
I’ll be at When Words Collide in Calgary in August. I’ll also probably be at a couple sci-fi and fantasy cons as that’s the genre my fiance is published in... but I’ll just be there for moral support.
Do you have a critique partner?
My fiance is my biggest critic. But I always give my stuff to him because I know that he will give me incredibly strong feedback and help me to tighten my stories and make them sizzling. We’re also part of a writers group, and that’s fun for motivation and community.
Do you have a social/political cause you are passionate about?
Oh, like a whole bunch. Let’s see, some of them are: LGBT issues, general equity issues, environmental issues, poverty, and the list goes on...
What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Probably that age-old writing advice of not worrying what your mother will think of what you write. Ever since I adopted that, my writing got stronger, grittier, and far far far dirtier. (My mom loves that I’m writing dirty books, but she won’t read a word of them.)
Tell us your latest news? Current projects?
I have a new book coming out with Carnal Passions in March, it’ll be an M/M erotic romance novella. I’ve also got a bunch of self-pubbed erotica short stories in the works.
Easiest and hardest thing about writing?
Easiest thing about writing? Doing the actual writing. Hardest thing about writing? Doing the actual writing. I find writing to be both – sometimes I just can’t get started or can’t get the words out, but when the dam breaks, then it’s easy to whip out a few thousand words.
What inspired you to write your first book?
The idea germ behind Autumn Fire was simply the concept of the main character being so smitten and falling so hard that he would do anything to have the man he loves. (And being an M/M story, it understandably involves coming out and redefining what he thought he knew about love and romance between men.)
What ignites your creativity?
Hahaha – hanging out at Starbucks and watching all the cute guys...
What challenges have you faced writing a love story or a specific scene?
I find the sex scenes to be the hardest to write. Anyone can write them, but it takes a certain skill to write them effectively. My partner, who I’ve mentioned is my harshest critic, has helped me to really tighten the erotic scenes and make them as hot as they can be. It’s a skill I continue to work on improving, and I think each subsequent publication is that much smoother and hotter in the sex scenes.
Is your writing area/office organized or strategically placed chaos?
My writing area/office is my laptop – sometimes I write at my desk, or in bed, or at Starbucks, or at some other coffee shop, or at the university, or at my day job, or somewhere else random...
Do you listen to music while you write or do you need complete silence?
I can do both, but when I do listen to music, it’s often electronica/trance.
What author would you like to meet and have a cozy lunch with?
Bram Stoker. I loved Dracula and greatly enjoyed The Jewel of the Seven Stars (which is where we get the mythology of mummies from).
Name one actor/actress you would love to get naughty with? (If you were free to do so)
Dave Franco. I find him way hotter than his more-famous brother. I think the eyebrows are a large part of the appeal.
Any life experiences tangled in the storylines?
Hahaha – that’s for me to know and you to never find out... But, just for the record, I did not meet my partner during an anonymous bathroom sex encounter, as the two leads do in Autumn Fire. Just thought I should clear that up.
What books do you have on your favorites shelf?
I’m a huge Star Trek fan, and there have been a few exceptional books lately, so some of those. The biggest and most world-changing book I’ve read is Orphan’s Destiny, the final volume in the sci-fi series by Robert Buettner. I also love An Imperfect Offering, which is a memoir by James Orbinski, the former Canadian president of Doctors Without Borders. And I think in the genre of M/M erotic romance, anything by Christopher Koehler is an instant fave.
What book are you reading now?
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
- Star Trek: The Fall: The Poisoned Chalice by James Swallow
- Hot in Here by Lori Foster (a collection of hetero erotic romance novellas)
- William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher (a Shakespeare-style retelling of Star Wars)
Any new authors who have caught your interest?
I’m a pretty broad reader – I have a huge love for Star Trek, but beyond that I read a smattering of sci-fi, a touch of fantasy, some thrillers, the occasional non-fiction, romance/erotic romance/erotica (of the M/M and M/F varieties), graphic novels, and classics. There hasn’t really been an author lately that has commanded my attention, but I greatly enjoy the diversity of voices and stories I experience in my daily reading.
If you could say one thing to the next generation of authors, what would it be?
Hahaha – I’m not sure if I’m old enough to be advising the “next generation...”
What is your web page/facebook/twitter contact information?
What would you like to say to your readers?
I’ve found it an interesting experience to see the number of women and straight men who are drawn to M/M erotic romance and erotica. I’m in a bit of a gender minority by being a male in this genre. And so if you’ve never read any M/M fiction, definitely give it a try – you never know, you might like it. If you’re looking for a free taste, I’ve got “Go Deep,” a very dirty erotica short story, available as a free ebook:
And thanks for having me here at Affaire de Couer! I had a great time!
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