Cambria and I have been around each other’s circle for a very long time! I took Heven to DC Book Festival with me in 2012 (see above picture) and put her post cards in the Smithsonian’s post card racks for people to “purchase”. lol… I entertain myself at her parties and push her books on people like a drug dealer pushes their crack! Ummmmmm… Did I just say that?
I am a big fan of her Take it Off Series (even though she has yet to write a #CrazyAsian in it) and her love for Pumpkins Spiced ANYTHING is totally appreciated by me! Did I enjoy her Indy Author Talk!? Of course I did! I secretly want to be her sidekick, but we live too far away for that now! #SADFACE!! I hope you enjoy this weeks installment of Nerd Girl’s Indy Author Talk with Cambria Hebert! I sure did and it’s not just because I love her so!
♥ Gladys #XOXOtheNerdGirl
*****What Kind of Superhero Would You Be?*****
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Someone recently asked me if I were a superhero what kind would I be? What kind of powers would I have? I thought this was an interesting question and so I gave it some thought. Here is what I came up with.
If I were a superhero…
I would be tall.
Yes I can see you rolling your eyes and shrugging. Well you try living at five foot two. I bet that would be on your list too. Lol. I went to a field trip recently for a bunch of fourth graders and I realized that I wasn’t no taller than any of them. In fact some of my friends have daughters that are taller than me who are like 12. I would love to have long legs (tan ones so I could wear shorts, lol). And think about it if I did – I could run faster, reach higher and never be irritated at the grocery store again! (Why oh why do they put my coffee creamer on the very top shelf in the back?! Not fair!)
I would have night vision.
Not only would it come in handy for catching the bad guys and watching out for trouble but I would also be able to drive better at night. (me + night driving = stay off the road). I would never stub my toe in the middle of the night again and I would never have to turn on the bathroom light at night to make sure there isn’t anything creepy lurking in the toilet. (Please, I know you look too).
I would have a super speedy metabolism.
Then I could eat donuts. Enough said.
I could read people’s thoughts.
Because then I would know if they were lying, about to lie or if they had nefarious plans I would need to thwart. Plus, wouldn’t you sometimes want to know what other people were thinking? I think this power would have to have some kind of switch though bc no way would I want to hear what someone was thinking all the time!
I would wear a really cool super hero outfit.
What would be included in said outfit? Knee high boots, weapons hidden around me (like a taser and some daggers!) some cool shades…. But no cape. I think a cape might get in the way.
Oh and a side – kick!
I would definitely have a side kick if I was a super hero. I wish I had a side kick now just for everyday life. Wouldn’t that make things so much easier??
And finally… if I were a superhero I would have super speed.
Because I could get anywhere faster (like when people were in need) and cleaning the bathrooms wouldn’t take like half a day! I think anything that cut down on cleaning time would make life a whole lot easier!!
ALSO, I could make goodies a lot faster — like a stealth cookie! Oh wait, no super hero powers needed for this recipe! Check it out:
So that’s my list! How about you? If you were a superhero what kind of powers would you have?
- When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve been writing a very long time. I used to write poetry as a teenager and I also wrote a book… it wasn’t good, but I still remember that story. I still remember how it felt to write it. I didn’t start to write seriously until about eight years ago. It took a long time for me to really get into the writing, and work up enough courage to put any of it out there. My first book came out in late 2011 so I’ve been publishing for 3.5 years. I’m not really sure what inspired me to write my first book other than I knew it was something I was passionate about and wanted to try. It was almost like a challenge to myself – if I could do it.
- What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
I think probably everything I’ve read has influenced me in some way or another. Reading is sort of like taking information inside you and I’m sure that lots of it gets absorbed.
But, that’s probably not what you wanted me to say ha ha. I think my first love of reading and storytelling came from R.L. Stine – I loved his Goosebumps and Fear Street series. I still remember reading them at a young age.
More currently, I admire Jennifer Armentrout and her career. I also am inspired by Tara Brown, Cameo Renae, Amber Garza, and more.
- Tell us about your characters and how they came to be? Have they been in your head for a long time?
Oh I have a lot of characters! With over 20 books it would be hard to talk about them all. Some of them have been in my head for a long time and others just show up one day and demand a story. Ha ha
- What motivates you to write?
My passion for writing, for stories and for the ‘voices’ in my head.
- What is the hardest part of writing?
Balancing life with writing. Everyday I’m pulled in a million directions (just like everyone else) and its hard sometimes to escape into the world of the story I’m writing bc reality tends to need attention.
- Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learn something from all my books. But as a whole on my writing journey I learned I’m a lot more determined, stubborn and stronger than I thought I was.
- Where do you get your ideas?
Ideas come from everywhere, just like inspiration. Sometimes they are very random. A single word or thought can trigger and entire plot for me.
- What does your family think of your writing?
I’m lucky because my family is very supportive.
- What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors?
Keep writing. This isn’t an easy business so you really have to want it. Just don’t give up.
- What book are you reading now?
This sounds awful but Im not reading anything at the moment. I don’t like to read while I’m writing bc I don’t want to be influenced by anything other than my own thoughts and feelings.
******ABOUT CAMBRIA HEBERT*****
Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently resides in North Carolina with her children (human and furry) and her husband, who is a United States Marine.
Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).
Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: Text, Torch, Tryst, Masquerade, and Recalled.
Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.
*****LINKS*****You can find out more about Cambria and her titles by visiting her website: http://www.cambriahebert.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: http://smarturl.co/CambriaHebertFanpage Twitter: https://twitter.com/cambriahebert Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/cambriahebert/pins/ GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5298677.Cambria_Hebert
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