Friday, August 7, 2015

DEAD RUNNING by Cami Checketts: A Favorite with Nook Teens

On May 30th, Dead Running by Cami Checketts hit the number 2 spot in the Teen section of the Barnes and Noble Nook store. Cami is a bestselling Christian author who calls her work "Clean Romantic Suspense." Reviews state that not only are her books thrillers, but they are also funny. Cami has also published a sequel called Dying to Run.

First, let's hear what your book is about.

Cassidy Christensen is running.

Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents. 

Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable. 

Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness. 

With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she'll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them?

Tell us about your path to publication: Traditional or independent? Recently or further in the past?

My first three books were published with a traditional publisher. When I completed Dead Running my publisher didn't feel like it fit the mold they'd created for me and asked me to write another story like my first three (law enforcement as protagonist, third person narrative, no controversial social issues). I felt strongly that Dead Running would not only be successful but had an important message to share about the horrors of human trafficking. Plus, I loved the heroine, Cassidy, she cracked me up. My critique group talked me into self-publishing. I now have ten books independently published and I love it.

How are people finding out about your book? Tell us about your marketing and use of social media.

BookBub is the best advertising for authors currently. I also have had great success with Facebook, my newsletter, and my website/blog.

What were your initial thoughts about e-publishing? Was it your idea or your publisher’s? Have those initial thoughts changed now that you’ve done it?

When my first book came out in 2007 I sold almost exclusively print and audio books. The publisher did an e-book version and I honestly thought it was a waste of their time, and nobody really knew how to market ebooks at that point. Now eight years later, e-books are the only format I read and the focus of my marketing. I love e-publishing and 95% of my sales are e-books.

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

I have four boys and we travel with competitive lacrosse teams so this summer my writing schedule is whatever I can work on as we drive to the next game! I've got several books in the works. The third book in the Snow Valley series, a Christmas book that was a request from a romance publisher, and the start of my How To Date series: How To Snag a Reclusive Richie.
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