A warm welcome to author Erica Cameron joining us today to talk about her new release “Assassins: Nemesis”.
Erica talks to us about changing genre’s and their is a giveaway you can participate in!
Welcome Erica 🙂
It may be apparent by now that I cannot pick a genre. Yes, my books are all young adult, but that’s about their only similarity as far as shelving goes. The Dream War Saga, my debut series, is paranormal. Dreams and parallel universes and kids with special gifts. Next, I co-authored the Laguna Tides novels with Lani Woodland, all of them connected contemporary standalones. Those books are somehow adorable even as they deal with some pretty serious issues. The Assassins duology is a thriller, a story full of bombs, kidnappings, lies, and espionage. In February, the series launching with Island of Exiles is a full-on fantasy—an alternate world with new languages, magic, laws, and battles to fight. The series coming after that will be a massively complicated space opera.
So, yeah. I’m a little all over the place.
Why, though? A lot of authors find a niche and stay there, writing a string of amazing books within one genre, whatever that genre may be. Often, people come to expect a certain kind of book from an author. Sarah Dessen, Cassandra Clare, and Tamora Pierce, for example, all have incredibly strong brands, and it’s helped their careers flourish.
For me, this trend of jumping started early. With the first two books I ever finished. I might even be able to go back a decade or two earlier than that and blame my writing habits on my reading ones—I never could pick one genre to read. The books I grew up reading almost certainly had an impact, but I first jumped in writing because of fear. Specifically, I was afraid of copying myself. When I jump from one project to another within the same genre, and this was especially true in the early years of my development as an author, I feel as though I’m writing a different version of the same story. When I switch to a different genre, it automatically demands different things of a narrative and of me.
It’s more than that, though. Each genre offers a different challenge. The worlds demand different kinds of foundations. The characters must have different kinds of backgrounds. The dynamics of the relationships are going to be impacted by different social expectations. Accounting for these changes and learning the new systems will always be fascinating, and it’s one of the reasons I don’t think I will ever settle in one genre for long.
But I never say never, right? I guess only time will tell.
About Assassins: Nemesis
Being orphaned and almost kidnapped in the space of a week sent Blake Marks into hiding. For months, Blake tries to help the Calvers—a family of vigilante bodyguards—investigate the people behind the hit on Blake’s father, Isaac, but then the safe house is compromised. Just as hired thugs storm the house to grab Blake, Daelan Calver dives into the fight, getting them both out alive.
Hiding isn’t an option anymore, but hit squads, under-the-table deals, and international espionage? Blake has no idea how to handle any of it, not even with Daelan’s family there to play teachers. The one thing Blake knows for sure is that there are only two options: keep up with the Calvers or get out of their way.
But even with the Calvers’ help and the glimmer of a possible future with Daelan giving Blake hope, chances of survival keep shrinking. The man who ordered the hit on Isaac may be dead, but his partner is viciously cold-blooded, and her plans could change the course of history. Blake wants to finish what Isaac started, but it’s looking like someone is going to die before this is over. And that someone might be Blake.
About Erica Cameron
After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Erica graduated with a double major in psychology and creative writing from Florida State University and began pursuing a career as an author.
Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, ex-Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon décor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.
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- Website http://byericacameron.com
- Twitter http://twitter.com/byericacameron
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- Instagram http://instagram.com/byericacameron
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To celebrate the release of Assassins: Nemesis, one lucky winner will receive $30 in Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 14, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!