Camella Wade (Scott) hung out with me for a bit and gave an exciting interview about her newly released book Reverie. This book marks the first in a series as well as her first major publication. From art student, to wife, to photographer, and now author, Camella’s journey knows no bounds, and neither does the world of Reverie
Reverie is available for purchase on Amazon now.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve actually wanted to be a writer since I was a kid. I had an English class in Middle School where we focused a lot on creative writing. That class sparked my love for creating stories. I would write short stories and start longer ones all of the time. Unfortunately, most would go unfinished, and I lost the book that held the completed ones.
How long did it take you to write Reverie?
Reverie is actually one of those stories I started way back. My best friend and I started writing it together 15 years ago. We only made it a few pages in before leaving it in a notebook, forgotten. I remember lying in bed one night unable to sleep and an idea popped in my head, to write the story in first person. I hadn’t thought of it for years, but it was now at the top of my list. I talked to my friend, and on New Year’s Eve, 2014, we started writing it again. She eventually felt it wasn’t for her and gave me full reign to write it how I wished. I’m eternally grateful to her for that. So, from conception about 15 years, but from the time I decided to commit to it the process took about 3 years.
As a mother and photographer how did you work writing into your schedule?
I decided when I committed to writing Reverie that I would keep it fun. I wasn’t going to let it become a “job” that took over and stressed my life. My family always comes first! Wade Photography is owned and operated completely by my husband and me, so we control the schedule. Writing sort of fell in wherever it could. That is when writer’s block wasn’t around, which was a lot. Mostly I would stay up late at night after the kids were asleep, or I would take advantage of the short gaps where my children would play alone or with my husband. I stay home with my children all the time and still breastfeed my youngest so it does get challenging to find time for myself. Writing Reverie became that time for me. I did actually slow down on my photography in 2017 to really grind down and finish Reverie.
What inspires you the most? What was the inspiration for this book?
When my best friend, Stephanie Taylor (Logan) and I first started writing this story (A Dreamer’s Dream was the title) we just wrote for fun without any real idea of where to go with it. We didn’t have any real inspiration except the want to write about faeries. I think that’s why it didn’t work then. My sister, Louveri, passed in December of 2004 at the age of 19; I was 16. She was the closest person, the most important influence in my life. We had our sibling moments, of course, but she was my hero, the one person I knew would always be there for me. Losing her broke me. It took awhile for me to see that some good could come of it. Now, looking back, I see how much it made me grow. She was my shield, and when you lose your shield, you’re forced to stand up and become the warrior. I became my own warrior, and started my own journey of self discovery in college. I was the only one from my high school peers to attend Lyon College. My home and family were over 2 hours away. My boyfriend (now husband) and my best friend went to separate schools. Being there, alone, my grief for Louveri came back strong. Thankfully, I made friends and just like when Louveri died, my friends helped me through. I grew and learned, through art how to refocus that grief. I wrote a paper in my English 101 class about her death, every detail I could remember. Getting it out really helped. When I decided to write Reverie I knew I had found a way to not only keep her alive but tell the world about her.
Do you feel like you have a writing quirk and if so what is it?
Quirks? Not really, I mean I am almost always in my jammies when I write. But I am a stay at home mom who seldom goes out. Jammies are our main attire unless we’re forced to socialize. I always write on my laptop in my chair, a super comfy rocking recliner. I’m pretty possessive over my chair. It’s where I sat many sleepless nights nursing my babies to sleep, and it’s where I sit when I’m bringing the world of Reverie to life. It’s a rather special chair.
Do you plan to write outside of your current series?
It’s funny you ask. I’m actually starting a series of children’s books co-authored by my sons, about Ducky, a rubber duck and all his adventures. I will illustrate it with my own composites. I already have a series of Ducky photography prints and products for sale through Wade Photography, so it’s really exciting to be combining two of my passions. Doing it with my children, though, officially makes it the most exciting job ever! We already have five in the works. The first story will be Ducky and the New Book. I’m not sure when it will be ready, but I’m hoping sometime within the next few months. We’ll be using Amazon’s KDP self publishing for those books as well. We will also keep updates on our Facebook page.
What would you tell readers going forward?
Well, first I would like to tell all of my readers, “Thank you! Thank you for reading and supporting my dream!” I do ask if you have read the book, to please leave a review. You may do this on Amazon, on Goodreads, and/or on my Facebook page. Reviews let me know what you thought of the book, what I’m doing right, and what I could improve. I also want to let everyone know (some already do, but this is for the rest of you) I am currently working on the second book to Reverie! It’s still a baby with only a few chapters and no name yet, but it’s growing at a steady pace, so I’m hopeful it will come along quicker than Reverie. My goal is to still keep it fun, so if it does turn into three years, I apologize now. I want to leave my readers with one last statement, “Believe in magic; Believe in yourself, and never give up on your dreams!”
You can follow Camella’s and Reverie’s journey further through the following.