Saturday, April 19, 2014

ARV-3 is AOK #1 According to Kindle Readers

On Saturday, March 22, author Cameo Renae showed up on the Kids' EBook Bestseller List when her book, ARV-3, hit the number 1 spot in the Children's section of the Amazon Kindle store. According to her website, it also got into the top 100 of all books on Amazon at one point!  

Cameo calls her book a YA Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian/Romance novel. It won the Best Dystopian Book Award in the Young Adult & Teen Readers (YATR) Literary Awards for 2013. I'm pleased that she was willing to take the time to share about her book and her e-format success.

Time to pull out your summarizing skills! In a few sentences, tell us what ARV-3 is about.

A nuclear fallout wiped out every living thing on the planet, except for a few thousand who took shelter in underground bunkers across the globe. Now, after thirteen long years, they were finally able to return to the topside to begin to rebuild. They thought we were alone, but they were wrong.

Before the fallout, scientists had worked on creating an anti-radiation vaccine (ARV). The first two attempts failed, but despite the incomplete tests and results, the government approved and distributed the third serum to the masses in an effort to aid those who had no shelter. It worked, keeping those who remained on the topside alive, but it also altered and mutated them. This new and infectious threat had completely outnumbered the survivors. Now, they not only had to rebuild the planet. They would have to fight for it.

ARV-3 is a story which follows seventeen year old, Abigail Park. It's a story of hope, survival, and love.

What does your writing schedule look like? What are you working on now?

My writing is done mostly at night, when everyone is asleep and the house is quiet. It's the only time I can think. I usually put in about four hours, or until my eyes start getting heavy. I recently finished and published my third installment in the Hidden Wings Series, which is a Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance. Right now, I have just started working on the 2nd installment of ARV-3.

Time to pull out your Magic 8 Ball: How do you see the world of e-publishing developing for children and young adults over the next 5 years? Do you think it will ever exceed or replace print publishing?

Oh, I definitely see an improvement. With all the new technology out there, children and adults alike, are able to download and read their books from almost any electronic device, and every year they are becoming more and more complex. But, I doubt that it will ever replace print publishing. There are too many readers who love their print copies. You can't sniff the pages of an eBook. Lol

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts you as an author? How?

I think the e-format definitely helps authors. Our books can now reach thousands of readers, who have access to our stories through online bookstores. With a click of a few buttons, they can be downloaded and read instantly. It's great. I have a Kindle and absolutely love it. But I also love my signed paperbacks.
Learn more about Cameo and her books at her website and her blog, or by following her on Facebook  or Twitter. 

Check this week's updated Kids' EBook Bestseller List for more exciting authors and their bestselling e-books for kids and teens.