Author Interview with Chamelon, Author of “3 Days in Paradise”

chameleonAuthor Name: Chameleon

Current Book in Review cycle or Hall of fame: 3 Days in Paradise

When was it written? October 2013

200 word Synopsis of that work?

After an accident leaves Dani stranded in the middle of nowhere, she’s picked up by a stranger who takes her to Paradise, a town ‘around the bend’ that she wasn’t even aware of. Being a land realtor, she’s quite familiar with the area, but with a concussion, and dizzy spells, she has little energy to question it at the time. Strange things happen in Paradise, and she comes horrifyingly close to becoming a victim of something terribly sinister. Haunted by a past she can’t forget- or forgive herself for, this story is about the road to redemption and second chances, and the sometimes fearful realities we have to face along the way.

What inspired you to write this book?

My husband and I were on a long drive one day, and I was chatting about all the ideas I had for books. He laughed and asked where I had come up with all of that. I told him I could make a story out of anything. He looked at me rather doubtfully, so I told him to just give me one thought, one sentence and I’d write him a book. So he said ‘a simple country road’. I let my mind go, and a couple minutes later, I gave him all 86 pages of 3 Days in Paradise to him. It’s a story he still tells people about it shocked him so much. That’s how I write most of my stories, usually all in my head first, then I type them out.

What books have most influenced your life/writing?

None, really.

Which other Writer/Author would you consider a mentor?

None, as a mentor per se. I admire the works of quite a few authors: Ginger Gelsheimer and Christina Keats, C.B. Pratt, Sonya Dodd, Lex Allen, Bryan Miller, and Regina M. Joseph, just to name a few. I admire them for their well written great stories, and their independent spirit. It’s easy to admire big names like J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Dan Brown, etc, but the authors above have every bit as much ability as they do, they only lack the recognition.

What book are you reading now?

As an official reviewer for Reader’s Favorite, I just wrapped up the last of ten books I had claimed to read. It was Saving Grace by Terry Lee.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Aside from the ones mentioned above? No, but I can tell you, there is an enormous amount of talent in the world of Indie Authors, it’s amazing. I’m determined to do all I can to raise awareness of them to the best of my ability. And I applaud your efforts in doing the same, Tom.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Only the time to do it, and too often the peace and quiet to do it

Who designed the cover? I did

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

This one wasn’t hard at all, it flowed from me like a river. I do my own proofreading and editing, so I guess I would have to say that was the hard part, fortunately, because of all I’ve learned from Book Review Depot members, this was came out almost error free. I had one reader spot 4 mistakes, I believe.

What are your current projects?

A book called Reject Ed Childe, a truly heart wrenching story, another one that came flowing all in one fell swoop. Also Masters of the Game, the true story of a plainclothes undercover narcotics agent and the trials and adversities she went through. A shocking story with an ending you can’t even imagine!

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I’m a storyteller, my whole goal in life as a storyteller is to take you places you’ve never been, to move you deeply, and to make you cry- in a good way, and to laugh. To me, those are all essential to peace and happiness in life. When you feel, you know you’re alive.

If a character in your book could order anything they want from a restaurant, what would it be and who would it be? (oh, and why?)

Is this a trick question…? LOL, just kidding, ah, let’s see, I guess Dani would order a big fat juicy cheeseburger with fries and an ice cold Pepsi. She’s usually a light eater, so if I gave her the go ahead, she’d probably splurge on something like that.

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