Have you ever had an imaginary friend?
When I was a kid, I did have imaginary friends. I was sort of an only child – my only sibling was 10 years older than me – so I learned to enjoy the pleasure of my own company. But I also dreamed up friends or I transported myself into their TV or movie world and acted out adventures with them. I still do this. When I’m thinking of a pivotal scene, I find myself talking it out – aloud – to see how it sounds and if it feels authentic.
Do you have any phobias?
Not really, although when I was young I was afraid of the dark. I always had to have a nightlight on. One of the main characters in my Mind’s Eye series – Levi Wolfe – has several phobias, so I’ve been researching them.
Do you listen to music when you're writing?
Not usually, but I do sometimes. I used to have the TV on all the time for white noise, but I don’t do that anymore. Occasionally, especially when I’m writing a love/sex scene, I’ll listen to music. My problem is that I used to be a singer, so it’s hard for me to listen to someone singing and not what to sing, too! So, I will listen to orchestral music sometimes when I’m writing.
Do you ever read your stories out loud?
I used to read ALL of my novels aloud because I was in a critique group for more than a decade and that’s what we did – we read a chapter aloud and everyone offered their opinion of it. It was a great way to hone my writing and to “hear” how my book sounded. I will still read sections of my work aloud to listen to how it flows. Actually, it’s better to have someone else read your work. You know how you WANT dialogue to sound, but a “cold” reader doesn’t. So, you can sometimes fix dialogue to make the reader hear it the way you want it heard. Or when a reader stumbles over something, you know to create a better sentence structure so that it flows more naturally.
Tell us about your main character and who inspired him/her.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to E.L. James. Levi Wolfe came to life for me after I read “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Levi had been lurking in my head for a long time. I have a “thing” for tragic, misunderstood protagonists. For example, I’m mad for Mr. Darcy in “Pride and Prejudice.” I love those bad boys with hearts of gold. I wanted to write a book about psychics – something more procedural and not so mystical. I wanted a male protagonist who appeared to be someone on the outside and was someone quite different on the inside. And I wanted a heroine who instantly sees through his façade and knows there is a sweet, conflicted, exceptional heart beating under that suit of armor he’s built around himself. For some reason, when I read “Fifty Shades of Grey” and its sequels, they gave me the courage I needed to go ahead and write the books that had been niggling at me for years. I had mentioned the idea for the books to several editors and a couple of agents and had been steered away from them. But being a successful writer is about taking chances and taking punches and rolling with them. Bolstered by my “Fifty” rebirth, I decided to write the books that burned inside me and not worry about whether anyone would like them. I figured that if I love Levi, I’ll find a reading audience for him eventually.
Through His Heart
by Deborah Camp
When psychic Trudy Tucker hears this plaintive cry in her mind and then connects psychically with a little girl’s kidnapper, she is drawn to a small town in Missouri where everyone is suspect – including herself and her lover, celebrated psychic detective Levi Wolfe. As she and Levi work together to sort through whom and what to trust, an innocent life hangs in the balance.
Levi shifted his shoulders as if a weight had settled on them and his black brows knitted. His thick, sooty lashes tapped his cheeks as he squirmed a little. After taking a lung-filling breath, he let it escape in a long hiss. Trudy wondered what he was experiencing, what was going on in that brilliant mind of his. What did he see? Shadows moving in the distance? Souls stepping forward? A young girl emerging and answering his call? From the movement of his eyes behind his closed lids, she knew he was there . . . there among the spirits.
“Gregory,” he whispered.
His spirit guide! She sat forward, watching, waiting. He hadn’t connected with Gregory very much during the past few months. He’d told her that it bothered him, but that Gregory had reminded him that he only appeared when Levi needed guidance or centering. So, why had he appeared now? Was Levi having trouble? Had she been wrong to prod him into looking for Rachel over there?
“What’s going on?” Levi asked, his raspy voice carrying a sliver of doubt. “Who’s that? Is it . . . that’s not . . . no. No!” His eyes opened, wide and wild. He gasped for breath and emitted little grunts of panic with each exhale.
Trudy’s heart and spirits plummeted. “You saw her there? Rachel’s there?” A sob tore at her throat. How could she tell AmyLynn? Did the FBI know already?
“No . . . I . . .” Levi shot to his feet and scrubbed his face with his hands. “Fuck, fuck, fuck!”
“She’s there? Oh, my God, she’s dead. He killed her.” Trudy wrapped her arms around herself as she began to shake with the horrible knowledge. She’d failed. She’d been useless. Ineffective. A bad joke. The little girl . . . gone. Gone!
“I didn’t see Rachel.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Author of more than 40 novels, Deborah lives in Oklahoma. She has been a full-time writer since she graduated from the University of Tulsa. She worked for a few years as a reporter for newspapers before becoming a freelance writer. Deborah’s first novel was published in the late 1970s and her books have been published by Jove, New American Library, Harlequin, Silhouette, and Avon. She has been inducted into the Oklahoma Authors Hall of Fame and she is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America. She is widely published in non-fiction and writes and edits for a magazine focused on small businesses. Deborah taught fiction writing for more than 10 years at a community college. She is currently working on a series of novels featuring two psychics who work with police nationwide to identify and track serial murderers.
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