Suzanne’s note: I met Fleur Camacho, author of Young Adult Paranormal stories online. Where else! All but two of the author’s I’ve interviewed this year were Facebook pick ups. Fleur and I belong to the secret group on Facebook, Self Publishing Formula, (the same group where I met Andrea Domanski.) I asked for help with an advertisement and Fleur came to my rescue and made my art work for Memory of the Color Yellow, below. Isn’t it perfect? I love it. Fleur’s willingness to help is amazing! I couldn’t wait to learn more about her. Fleur’s Tristen books are haunting stories of a young man who is uncomfortable in his own skin. On Fleur’s Twitter page the image text states, Destined to Save the World, Can’t Call a Girl He Likes. “If you like historical fiction, deep meaningful story lines and interesting multi-dimensional characters this is the book for you! ” Amazon Reviewer
Fleur’s image for Memory of the Color Yellow
Fleur Camacho, author of young adult paranormal series, Tristen.
Learn about Fleur Camacho from her website, with another interview!
From Fleur’s Amazon page:
Fleur Camacho is the author of young adult paranormal series. She loves to be silly, travel, hike, read, paint, be healthy and read boring economic reports. She is happily married and has two beautiful children. (Really. They should be models.) She is passionate about following your dreams, even if you only have 10 minutes a day to work towards it, and practices positive inevitability. You can learn more about her on her website at FleurCamacho.com.
The TRISTEN fantasy book series began as a conversation with her husband, after watching the tv show Heroes. They talked about what ability they would pick if they could have any magic power. Since she loves to experience different cultures, she decided that she would love to have the power to magically travel around the world and through time. Her husband liked this idea and told her that she should write a book about it. She wrote one page and then forgot about it. One day, her husband read the page and encouraged her to keep writing. She picked it up on and off until one day she finally decided to get serious and finish her book already! She hopes to complete at least five books in the paranormal TRISTEN series and already has the beginnings of the next young adult series bouncing around her brain.
From Book 1: The Last Seeker, Tristen is the perfect son: he takes care of the house and his sick mom while his dad works hard to provide for the family. But deep down Tristen knows that there’s something different about him.
You see, Tristen is a Seeker.
Tristen has yet to discover that he has a magic so ancient and rare that he’s the last one, the only one, to have it in this lifetime. It’s a power so astounding that, under the wrong influence, the future of whole world could be at risk.
Only one thing can trigger this ancient magic, and she just showed up.
From Book 2: The Secret Heeder – A wild chase through the woods, traveling between the past and present, high stakes spy games… and dodging the intricacies of love and friendship, Tristen isn’t sure which one is more life threatening.
I crouched in the tree, breathing heavily and watching the man below me.
“Tristen,” he sang. “I know you’re here somewhere. It won’t take me long to find you.” He climbed around some large rocks, looking in crevices like I’d managed to shrink myself.
“I don’t know why you bother running,” he said. “Don’t you know that we’ll kill you eventually?”
I breathed in sharply.
Then he was below my tree and he looked up, straight into my eyes. I felt my hold on the branch slip and I gripped it tighter, clinging onto it for my dear life.
“Do you know why I’m going to kill you, Tristen?” I shook my head. “Not because it’s my task or because they want me to kill you. No, I want to kill you, boy. And you know why?”
I could only stare at him as he taunted me; I was frozen in fear.
“I’m going to kill you because your dad is the reason I’m an orphan.”
Now that Tristen knows he’s the Last Seeker, his mission is clear: to stop the Tingui from killing important people in the past. However, everything else in his life isn’t so straightforward. His best friend is suddenly acting mysterious and winning his true love’s heart isn’t easy. When Tristen begins having strange dreams again, an old enemy arises to threaten Tristen’s life.
Then Tristen and his friends travel to Nineteenth Century Maryland and they’re horrified to find that they’ve appeared in the middle a great race war. There, Tristen is thrust into a world of spies and intrigue to find the Tingui. Everyone’s a suspect and trusting the wrong person could kill one of the greatest Presidents that’s ever lived. Tristen must discover the Tingui’s plans before a double agent turns his sights on Tristen.
Mr. Becker is an enigma. He enters Tristen’s life like a hurricane, bringing pain, chaos and confusion with him. As Tristen learns how to deal with his new life, Mr. Becker has a journey of his own.
Returning to Tibet, where he was raised as an orphan, Mr. Becker must face the facts: he’s not sure what he’s doing. All thaumaturges have had others to instruct them since youth, but the death of the last thaumaturge left Mr. Becker with only the wisdom of ancient scrolls and a wise Lama to teach him the way. To Mr. Becker’s dismay, Tristen’s Seeker powers are perplexing and unpredictable. Mr. Becker must unlock the secrets of the new Seeker, all while facing the troubles of his past.
Garyn’s heart thudded in his chest and his breathing was uneven. “Why are you here, Maya?”
“They told me that you were here.” Her eyes lit up as he drew closer.
“I had to see you.”
“I know.” Garyn caught the look on her face and his heart felt it would break into a million pieces: she still harbored hope.
The realization washed over him and he turned away from her; he could not bear to watch her humiliation, again.
“I don’t understand.” She had nothing to lose now and was desperate to know the truth. A single tear trailed from her eye and he wanted to wipe it away, to wipe her pain away, but he kept his arms at his side. He would never be that person to her and he wished she would give up on him.
He shook his head. “I can’t.”
She didn’t look away, but stared at him defiantly, daring him to be the first to walk away.
Walk away, she dared.
Echoes of Winter These stories have never been published before and were written specifically for this anthology. Hope you enjoy this wintery adventure!!
Thirteen never before seen YA short stories just in time for the holidays!
Book 1: Twelve Days to Christmas by L.A. Starkey
Book 2: Christmas Seasoning by DB Nielsen
Book 3: Merry Chris Witch by CK Dawn
Book 4: Wrapped in the Past by Chess Desalls
Book 5: Butterflies in the Snow by D.E.L. Connor
Book 6: The Darkest Night of the Year by Tim Hemlin
Book 7: Cold Hearth by Kelly Hall
Book 8: Code X by W.J. May
Book 9: Good Saint Nick by Lu J Whitley
Book 10: Soaring by K.K. Allen
Book 11: A Spirit’s Last Gift by Kathy-Lynn Cross
Book 12: Winter Trials by K.S. Marsden
Book 13: The Edge by Fleur Camacho
An Interview with Young Adult Paranormal
- How long did it take you to start writing in earnest once you knew that was what you wanted to do?
It took me several years to decide that I wanted to start writing seriously, and my husband was my main ‘pusher’. He encouraged me to do it seriously; it was something that I’d never considered before. But he liked the beginning of a story that I wrote and I just decided to keep going. It took me about a year to publish my first book once I decided to write seriously.
- Did you launch into self-publishing immediately or did you try the traditional route first?
I mostly lauched right into self-publishing. I did send out a couple of query letters. I thought that I could learn how (or hire out) someone to do my book covers, edit, etc and so my main objective was to find a publishing house that would market my book. After doing research, I realized that the it was most likely that I would have to do my own marketing with a publishing house. Once I learned that, I went the self publishing route and haven’t looked back.
- What was the most difficult part of the journey?
I think the hardest part of self publishing is the constant doubt you carry. Are your books good enough? If marketing isn’t working, it’s very easy to be tempted to give up and move on. At least, for me because I have a lot of other goals in life and could easily switch over to something else. You have to constantly have a pep talk with yourself.
- You have several books, including a series. Do you want to do a stand alone? Or are you compelled to continue your series? Or both?
Sometime in my lifetime I would love to write a serious standalone. Something very different than what I’m used to doing. My favorite book is Jane Eyre. And it’s not because of the romance (although, I do love their relationship) but I’m absolutely intrigued by Jane’s progression in life. She has several opportunities to take the easy way out, but she never does. And in the end, she is rewarded for it. I would love to write something like that. But that’s probably years from now.
- Do you jump right in to write once you get an idea, or do you plan and outline?
I do both. My Last Seeker series requires a lot of historical research because I want it to feel authentic. I’ve read several books about Joan of Arc, Abraham Lincoln & Allen Pinkerton. So I can’t jump right in without doing research first. But I do have a loose outline of where I want the book to go. I always have a beginning and an end. The hardest part for me is the middle; I usually get stuck in there. For instance, in the middle of The Secret Heeder, I was absolutely bored. So, after talking with an author friend of mine, I decided to create the worst racist character ever. He was the complete stereotype of the horrible plantation owner. That livened things up a bit.
- Where do you write? Do you have any rituals or necessities when you write? Is noise a hindrance?
I do have an office in my basement but sometimes I find that I write more if I go somewhere. I get more done if I don’t have the distractions at home. And yes, the $250 headphones I bought are worth every penny.
- Do you write more than one piece at a time? What’s in the works now?
I try to focus on one thing at a time, although sometimes if I’m burnt out on something, it helps to put it aside and work on something else. I’ve got 4-5 more books left in my current series, but I am trying to write faster. So I’m writing a new 4 book series that I hope to complete by the end of the summer. They’re about a girl, Laura, who has a deep secret that she protects, deep in her heart. And even though she never talks about it, it influences everything in her life. One day there is a fire in her backyard and a mysterious stranger emerges from the flames. This man is not ‘safe’ in the most obvious of ways: he has a group of assassins chasing him and he draws Laura into his world. Yet, every time she is with him, she feels the strangest sense of comfort and safety. And so the series is about one being in danger, in threat of your very life, and yet still feeling safe. It’s an interesting reflection of how what ‘safe’ can mean to each person and how kindness and love bring out the best in us. There are also kick ass supernatural creatures involved.
- What encourages you to write? Discourages? What do you do to motive yourself through the rough times?
Honestly, what encourages me the most is the story itself. It’s creating a world, a character, and even though sometimes I feel like I’m pulling teeth when I write, I love to write. It also helps when you hear from a reader whom you’ve never met who tells you how much they loved your book.
Lately marketing has discouraged me. But I always think that big companies spend millions of dollars on marketing, so I know I have to be patient with my less than millions. That and listening to people like Zig Ziglar help keep me motivated.
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