About me

The short version:
Chelsea M. Cameron is a New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

The longer version:
I'm 31. I am an only child. I've been a vegetarian for eleven years. My parents are the most amazing couple, and I learned most of what I know about love from them. I've loved books since I was old enough to know what they were. My parents read to me every night when I was a kid (my dad did the better voices, including Hagrid). 

I hated writing until I was in high school. I've wanted to be an actress, a marine biologist, a daycare owner, a journalist and a librarian. I always told myself stories, or wrote letters to people, or re-imagined situations, but I didn't know that was writing. It was just what I did. I thought everyone did that. It took four years for me to write my first book, and I re-wrote it at least ten times, starting in 2006. It was a young adult paranormal romance and it will never see the light of day, mostly because it's a rip-off of several young adult titles that were out at the time, and mostly because it just wasn't very good. That was the book that taught me how to write a book. 

I had been researching publishing and query letters and agents for two years when I first heard of Amanda Hocking and how she self-published. I lurked on her blog, and several other blogs of indie authors at the time and read their books. I thought to myself, I could DO this. Being the neurotic person I am, I did more research. I wrote more books. 

It wasn't until February of 2012 that I published my first book, Nocturnal. I made the cover myself, learned formatting and uploaded it to Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I followed that with Nightmare, Whisper and Neither. In July of 2012, I had an idea for a college romance, and I sat down to write it. That book turned into My Favorite Mistake that was published independently on September 29. Three days later, I got contacted by an agent, and in November of 2012, I signed a two-book deal with Harlequin. In December, I quit my job to write full-time. I am both traditionally and independently published and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I love writing. It gives me more joy than anything else, and I am so humbled and blessed that I get to do it every day. I don't say it enough, but THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

Email: chel.c.cam@gmail.com


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