I have just finished a wonderful book by Cami Checkett called The Sister Pact. Now I am very excited to have Cami here to share with us a bit about her book, her path as an author, and a little about herself.
Please pull up a chair and welcome, Cami Checketts.
Cami, thank you so much for joining me here today at One Persons Journey Through a World of Books. I have to say I have really enjoyed reading your book. The Sister Pact. What was the idea behind this book?
Cami: I had a nightmare about a man accosting my sister and pushing her down the stairs. When I woke, I started writing and the story just spilled out.
The characters Savannah, Allison, and Noah, even Wes – are well developed. How did these characters come about for you? Was the book always going to be about sisters?
Cami: I always see my characters in the nightmare that creates the story. I know what they look like, a bit about their personalities from that initial nightmare. When I start writing the characters take on a life of their own. I’m also a big daydreamer, so I focus my daydreaming on my current WIP and get all kinds of interesting conversations and tidbits about these new friends.
The book was always written for my sister, Abbie. The romance sprang up on its own.
What was the hardest part of this book to write?
Cami: Wes (the bad dude). He was so cocky and twisted. I hated getting inside his mind.
Of the books you have written, do you have a favorite and if so, why?
That’s like asking what my favorite chocolate is. Love every piece I inhale! My favorite book is always the one I’m working on because I’m so immersed in the story and characters. But I have to say that I still have daydreams about Ethan from The Broken Path. He’s one of those heroes that you can’t forget.
LOL… I suppose that wasn’t a fair question! How did your writing career begin?
Cami: After my second son was born, I fought post-partum depression. My mother woke me up for a nap one afternoon and said, “You need a hobby. Go downstairs and write a book.” I shrugged and said, “Okay.” Haven’t had time for a nap since!
If you were to identify a message in The Sister Pact that you would like your readers to take away what would it be?
Love yourself. You can’t truly love others if you don’t feel good about you.
That is a great message. Do you have a favorite book?
I would have to say The New Testament. It’s one of the only books I’ve read more than once! I truly have so many favorites. The best ones I’ve read lately are: Saving Madeline by Rachel Ann Nunes, Lemon Tart by Josi Kilpack, and Illuminations of the Heart by Joyce DiPastena.
Books I will have to look into as they come highly recommended by you! So what is next for you? Is there another book in your future?
Cami: I’m sending off my next manuscript today. It’s a book about a mom who blogs against certain television stations. The owner of the stations sends a hit man to take care of her. It’s so terrifying to me I won’t let my husband go away on guys trips until I’m finished with this book.
Wow! That sounds like a great read. What is one little known fact about you that you could share here?
Cami: I once won a Dairy Princess contest because I was the only one who could get milk from the cow.
Thanks Cami! I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and I cant wait to look into your current books as well as get a look at the new one!
Cami: Thank you, Sheila! Many blessings!
Here is some fun information I learned about Cami! She loves fitness and is actually having a contest starting in October! Check it out here and check Cami out below as she teaches us great fitness tips!