Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Memory of Us by Camille DiMaio: Author Interview #2 + Giveaway!

THE MEMORY OF US by  Camille DiMaio
Genre: Historical Romantic Literary Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union Press
Date of Publication: May 31, 2016
Number of Pages: 400
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Julianne Westcott was living the kind of life that other Protestant girls in prewar Liverpool could only dream about: old money, silk ball gowns, and prominent young men lining up to escort her. But when she learns of a blind-and-deaf brother, institutionalized since birth, the illusion of her perfect life and family shatters around her.
While visiting her brother in secret, Julianne meets and befriends Kyle McCarthy, an Irish Catholic groundskeeper studying to become a priest. Caught between her family’s expectations, Kyle’s devotion to the Church, and the intense new feelings that the forbidden courtship has awakened in her, Julianne must make a choice: uphold the life she’s always known or follow the difficult path toward love.
But as war ripples through the world and the Blitz decimates England, a tragic accident forces Julianne to leave everything behind and forge a new life built on lies she’s told to protect the ones she loves. Now, after twenty years of hiding from her past, the truth finds her—will she be brave enough to face it?
"Powerful, emotional, and amazing read." 
"A smashing debut!" 
"Brilliantly told and executed." 
 "Will make you cry in the best way possible." 
"This is a beautiful story of redemption, love, and honor." 
"I fell in love with the characters."
 "I'm not sure if I have ever had such a range of emotions with a book." 
 "This is one of the best books that I have read!" 
"Touching and funny and tragic and beautiful." 
"Packs a powerful, emotional punch."

What was the hardest part of writing this book? 
The hardest thing about writing the book was raising and homeschooling four children through the process, as well as helping my husband run our real estate business.  I stayed up many late hours to complete it, thanks to copious amounts of Dr. Pepper.  (Yes, I’m a Texas girl!)

What did you enjoy most about writing this book? 
After writing the basic story, I loved digging in to the research to flesh out the details.  There are several scenes that would not even be in the book without having done that research.  I would stumble upon something about the time or location and say, “That HAS to be in the book!”  The strongest incidence of this was writing about the island of Angelsey in Wales, and the legend I learned about.

Who are some of your favorite authors you feel were influential in your work? What
impact have they had on your writing? 
My favorite author is Kate Morton.  I admire her excellent word choices, and I believe that has had an influence on my writing.  I also love Beatriz Williams, Rebecca Ryman, Leila Meacham, Lucinda Riley, and Lauren Willig. 

What literary character is most like you?
Easy one.  I think I’m most like Jane Eyre.  I had few friends growing up, and was always just a little adult from an early age.  Very serious and studious.  I would have definitely been the hard-working type to go off and become a governess, romantic enough to fall in love with the lord of the manor, full of enough conviction to leave him on moral grounds, and compassionate enough to return to him even in his tragic condition. 

What did you find most useful in learning to write?  
I went to several seminars in which Donald Maass was teaching the craft of writing, and he was just magnificent.  My early draft looks very little like my final product because his classes made me go deeper and deeper and deeper.

If you had a superpower, what would it be? 
Instant transporting.  I do not like flying, but I love love love to travel.  If I could get there in an instant, I would do it.  And, with San Antonio traffic growing the way it is, I’d be happy to transport even within the city.

If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be? 
Probably an elephant.  They have strong family bonds, and that is a very important part of my life.

Camille is an award-winning real estate agent in San Antonio who, along with her husband of 18 years, home schools their four children. She has a bucket list that is never-ending, and uses her adventures to inspire her writing. She's lived in Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California, and spends enough time in Hawai'i to feel like a local. She's traveled to four continents (so far), and met Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II. She just about fainted when she had a chance to meet her musical idol, Paul McCartney, too. Camille studied political science in college, but found working on actual campaigns much more fun. She belts out Broadway tunes whenever the moment strikes, and forever stays up late reading “just one more chapter”. There's almost nothing she wouldn't try, so long as it doesn't involve heights, roller skates, or anything illegal. "The Memory of Us" is Camille's debut novel. Her second, "Before the Rain Falls" will be released in the spring of 2017.
  June 21 - July 5, 2016

6/21 Missus Gonzo  -- Review
6/22 Books and Broomsticks– Promo
6/23 The Page Unbound  – Author Interview #1
6/24 Texas Book Lover  – Guest Post
6/25 The Librarian Talks – Review
6/26 Country Girl Bookaholic  – Excerpt
6/27 It's a Jenn World – Author Interview #2
6/28 Byers Editing Reviews & Blog  -- Review
6/29 Forgotten Winds – Book Trailer
6/30 Margie's Must Reads – Review
7/1   Blogging for the Love of Authors and Their Books – Promo
7/2  The Crazy Booksellers – Author Interview #3
7/3   My Book Fix Blog -- Review
7/4   StoreyBook Reviews  – Author Interview #4
7/5   Hall Ways Blog – Review
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