Many of your stories are part of a series, so readers get to
learn about the wonderful secondary characters. When you
are plotting out a new story, do the ideas for additional
books appear immediately or come up unexpectedly?
characters tend to start talking to me as soon as I type
their names. By the time I finish writing one story I
usually know the general idea of the next story I will
write, if not more than one. I think that comes from loving
to read series of books featuring related characters.
Because of that, I believe it happens very naturally for me.
exception to that was Caleb Hawkins. I knew a bit of his
history and that he was hiding something pretty serious
beneath that charming smile and wit of his, but not much
more than that. I tried to come up with a story for him,
with a woman, and it just didnít happen. I knew it wasnít
right so I let it go and started writing ReneCade. About a
third of the way into writing ReneCade I figured out that
Caleb would fall for a man but I still didnít know who that
would be. By that point I had a clear story for Duke and
Risa, which became Ride, so I let Caleb remain a strong
secondary character in that as well. Then we met Jake Chase
in Ride. When that happened, Caleb tapped me on the shoulder
and said, ďThatís him, thatís the guy who makes me fall,Ē
and I knew his story.
Knowing Caleb, the fifth book in the wonderful Quinten,
Montana series was just released. Does it feel good to have
the stories for all three brothers finished?
much. Iím glad you are enjoying the series. I love writing
stories set in this town, about this group of people.
feel good to have the stories for all three brothers told.
Iím glad each of them is happy now and have strong partners
who love them unconditionally. At the same time, Iím a
little sad too. I got to know Connor, Cain, and Caleb very
well. While theyíll continue to make appearances in future
Quinten stories I feel a little bit of sadness that there
isnít still one more Hawkins brother story to write.
you tell us a bit about what is coming next for the Quinten,
finish a few other projects my plan is to write a story for
Jace, Sarah, and Jasper. We got to know Sarah and Jasper a
bit in ReneCade, and got to meet Jace a bit in Ride. Iíve
never written a mťnage before so I expect there will be some
challenges as I go along.
that Ren and Cade from ReneCade will become strong
supporting characters in this story, as Deputy Jace Maxwell
and Sarah work with Cade, and cowboy Jasper works with Ren.
written and submitted this story for consideration yet, but
that is the general idea of what is running around in my
is your favorite character in the Quinten, Montana series?
tough to answer. Theyíre each special to me in their own
ways. The Hawkins brothers in particular will stay with me
for different reasons.
Hawkins will always have a place in my heart for the simple
fact that he started it all. He was the reason Demon Moon
came to be. Without him there wouldnít be a Quinten,
Montana, or the brothers, or anyone else. Connor holds a
special place for me, for that.
my gut though, I have to say Cain Hawkins. His loneliness
spoke to me so loudly while writing Demon Moon that he was
fully in my heart before I finished writing that story. When
Cassie danced with Luke at the Halloween party in Demon
Moon, I knew Luke would be the man who would break through
to Cain and open him up to letting someone into his heart.
Their story, Falling, came together faster than anything
Iíve ever written, as if they pushed me to write it every
single day so that they could get to their happily ever
after. I always love when I can have Cain and Luke make an
appearance in another book. Something about their
relationship and love is so pure that it always makes me
right up there, too, and I loved the part he played in the
other stories that led up to Knowing Caleb. He was the
toughest nut to crack, so in many ways it was the most
rewarding to finally find a partner for him and get his
for me to separate the Hawkins brothers and love one more
than the other. LOL. I guess I didnít exactly answer your
question, did I?
of my favorites of all your stories is Finding Home. Can
you tell us a bit more about this story and its origins?
What is next in the Quinn Security series?
Home actually started out as a short story that I wrote to
enter into a contest. It didnít win. I talked to my editor
at Loose Id about it a little bit. She recommended that I
add some more to the story, turn it into a novella, and go
ahead and submit it to them. I am so glad I did. Everything
happens for a reason and I am so much more pleased with the
final result of Finding Home that exists today. Probably my
favorite scene in the book, where Adam is on the floor in
the hallway trying to reach a grief-stricken Rhone on the
other side of his bedroom door, didnít exist in the short
story. Itís a much more complete story now. Iím pleased
Next up for
Quinn Security is The Ultimate Kink and it will release on
November 18th. That one features Canin and Kasey,
the other two owners of Quinn. In order to help a client
they go undercover in a sex club as a married couple. Canin
and Kasey are both very tough people and theyíre used to
verbally sparring with each other. When they get thrown in
this situation they have to learn to trust each other and
deal together on an entirely new level.
write both male/male and male/female stories. Is one genre
more difficult or demanding than the other for you?
For me, I
donít find that to be so. I love writing them both and I
hope that will be the case when I tackle my first mťnage
too. I approach writing both genres in the exact same way.
Iím telling a love story first, no matter the sexual
orientation of the characters. Maybe thatís why I donít find
one more demanding or challenging than the other.
What is your favorite published story?
impossible for me to answer. Each story is unique to the
characters in it so itís tough to place one above the other
in my heart. They all feel like family to me. Through a
strange series of events that I wonít go into I got an offer
for a contract for Falling first, before Demon Moon. For
that reason, Falling will always be extra special to me. It
was my first publishing contract ever and got my foot in the
door. I will always love Cain and Luke for that.
you could bring one of your characters to life, who would it
be and why?
be surprising, but I would actually love to meet grizzled
cowboy Hank. Heís a sub character in the Quinten series of
books. He really only gets a half-dozen to a dozen lines per
book, depending on the story, but so many of his lines make
me smile or laugh. If you read ReneCade, you might recall
that Hank said he had done some stuff in his past that would
curl your hair, but that he wasnít going to tell, so donít
ask him. I believe him. I think Hank has led a fascinating
life that nobody on Hawkins Ranch knows about, and Iíd love
to sit down with him to see if he would spill some of those
stories for me. Also, Hank not-so-quietly, in his crusty,
tough way, absolutely loves these Hawkins brothers, Caleb in
particular, and would take a bullet for any one of them. I
think they would all do the same for him too.
When you start writing, do you already have the story
plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will
bit of both. I have a general thought in my head for how the
story will play out. I jot down bullet points, just so I
have a sense of direction and the order of how I think the
scenes should occur in the story. As I start writing though,
inevitably, I always add more than what Iíve written in my
notes. Iím constantly making a note in the sidelines of my
notes, reminding me to add this or that before I get to the
next bullet point. As I go along, the characters and the
story will often dictate that I add a scene earlier or later
than I intended. Iíve also been known to go back in and add
an entire scene to a story after Iíve finished the book,
before submitting, if I feel like something might be missing
when I do my self-edit. Does that make sense? It made
perfect sense in my head.
you draw inspiration for your characters from real life?
Not in a
literal sense. I donít have any characters that are based on
people that I know in my life, but a character might have a
quirk, or a nervous habit, a gesture, that is pulled from
someone Iíve observed or know.
also little things that come from me. For example, Iíve
always had pets, and I think as a result of that many of my
characters have a cat or a dog. Cainís dog, Whisky, is a
tribute to a dog my family had for many years named Tequila.
She passed a number of years ago and Whisky was a little way
to honor her. I also like sports, and Cainís, Adamís,
Rhoneís, and Caninís mention of enjoying baseball, or Lukeís
mention of loving hockey, or Risa wearing an Indianapolis
Colts ballcap in Ride are little ways that I inject that,
often before I even realize that Iíve done it.
I do try to
make my characters feel like real people though, behave like
real people, talk like real people, because in my head they
are real people. It sounds a little nutty, and maybe itís
because so many of my characters continue to make
appearances in other stories, but I donít shake them when I
finish writing the story. They continue to live in my head.
What is your favorite character on Friday Night Lights, one
of the best tv shows around?
Another FNL fan. Iím always happy to see that. For me itís
not a favorite character, but a favorite couple, and that is
Coach Taylor and Tami. Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton have
such amazing chemistry. Through the writing and directing,
and their incredible acting skills, they spark that couple
to life. The characters have great love for each other,
incredible respect, they are still hot for each other, they
lean on each other when needed, but also know how to have a
good fight too. All of that makes them immensely pleasurable
for me to watch.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know
know if this is really all that surprising (at least to the
people who know me) but I can be an absolute motor mouth
with my friends, and it can be hard for them to shut me up.
At the same time, if Iím in the zone with a story, I can
literally go for days without saying a word to anyone. Iíll
look up, a week has gone by, and I wonder where it went. I
would guess that a lot of us feel that way these days
you have a guilty pleasure?
donít know that I have anything I would consider a true
guilty pleasure. Iím pretty obsessed with Torchwood, the
show that airs on BBC America. Man, if you havenít seen
Captain Jack and company you are missing out on something
that is a heck of a joy to watch. Iím pretty open with my
love for it, though, so I donít really feel guilty about it.
I have a
real weakness for junk food. If itís bad for you, I love it.
I get the occasional craving for a brownie with ice cream
and fudge topping so badly that I will stop what Iím doing
and bake a batch just so I can satisfy the urge. If I donít
I will obsess about it for days until I finally eat one.
What are you currently working on?
two stories right now. The first is a male/male about two
men who were foster brothers for a short time as teens. Now,
fifteen years later, they are meeting again. The second is
another male/male, featuring Grey Cole, Kelsieís brother
from my novella The Sweetest Tattoo. The man he will meet
and tangle with is Sirus Walker, who had a brief scene in
Tattoo. Iím also finishing up editing a book for Liquid
Silver that is titled Seeking Redemption: Aidan & Ethan. I
donít have a firm release date for that, but I believe it
will be some time in December.
Where can readers find Cameron Dane?
asking! My website.
Please visit anytime. You can find blurbs and links about
all of my books. I write each book so that it can be read as
a stand alone story. If youíre curious about the reading
order though, I have a booklist page on my site that will
tell you which books are related and the order they were
like a bookmark you can use either the Ďcontact meí or Ďtell
me about youí page, provide your mailing address, and Iíll
get one right in the mail for you.
also sign up for Release Day emails at my website. You can
find that feature at the bottom of the homepage. I will only
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donít worry about your inbox being bombarded. And please be
assured that I donít share your email addresses or your
mailing addresses with anyone. I promise you that.
other tidbits you would like to share?
I want to
say thank you to Emily, and to Joyfully Reviewed. This was a
lot of fun.
book was released just a little over a year ago on October
2, 2007, and this has been a whirlwind dream year. Everyone
from my publishers, to editors, fellow writers, and
especially the readers has made this a wonderful experience.
From the bottom of my heart, I say thank you. I hope I can
keep sharing stories that you will enjoy for a long time to
best to you.