July 13, 2011

Mystery We Write Blog Tour 2011 Presents Jennifer Di Camillo

We welcome Jennifer DiCamillo this week, a couple of days late and we apologize for that.  Jennifer is here to tell us about her travails while she was writing her first books, and what kept her writing.  Here are her two latest books:


And now, some words on keeping on, keeping on, JenniferDi Camillo style:

Like most writers, I struggle with my worthiness as a writer. I often think…maybe I should quit. A few years ago, I started entering writing contests because I needed to do exercises to improve my writing, and I hoped for some sort of reassurance that I was a good writer. I’ve since won over 180 awards, but I still struggle sometimes.

At one particular conference, a woman came up to me after I won several honorable mentions, and she told me that she thought it was time I quit entering contests. It absolutely broke my heart.

At the time, I was going through some pretty tough medical issues. I was facing a hysterectomy—and the removal of 26 lbs of tumors in my abdomen. They weren’t sure if it was cancer or not. It wasn’t. (Thank God.) Three of my four grandparents died of cancer, so I’m high risk. The fears were real.

I stopped writing for a couple of years. Every time I sat down at the computer to try, her words came back to haunt me. She didn’t understand that I am also suicidal and I needed something to look forward to. Contests provided that for me.

The funniest thing is…the woman who said the devastating words to me is an inspirational writer.

We’ve talked since and she says she thought she was complimenting me, telling me I had outgrown the small conferences. All I know is how much the words hurt at a time I really needed support. Of course, she didn’t know what I was going through medically.

I’ve forgiven her, of course, but it took some time. And it took a long time before I could make myself write anything, anything at all.

I have three books coming out this year, so I’ve bounced back and am on track again.

FOUR DEAD, a romantic suspense about a serial killer and the detectives chasing the murderer. MENTALLY UNSTABLE, a mystery anthology featuring short mystery stories of all kinds, from humorous and cozy to hard-boiled and science fiction. And PASSING PATRIOTS, a poetic tribute to veterans and their families.

Here are my websites:




You can find information on all of these websites.  I hope you’ll visit me soon!


Hey, Folks, Beth here again.  Jennifer DiCamillo really had a lot of battles to overcome, didn’t she.  But that’s one of the major things that helps make a succesful published author.  The will to move on and start all over again.  I’ve had those troubles myself, we probably all have.  But we move on and write again because we have to.  Not because anyone else tells us we have to, but once a writer, always a writer, even IF we stop writing for publication.  We’re still writers.  It’s in our blood.  So thank you, Jennifer, for telling us about your problems, and how you overcome them.

Here’s a little bit of fun news.  My own book, RAVEN TALKS BACK, available in print and Kindle is really working hard to become a bestseller.  In fact, it is one!  On Tuesday I had an exciting few hours watching the Amazon numbers drop (which is the right way, the way you want them to drop) from 65th to 28th all the way to 6th place in the Metaphysical Mystery 100 Top Bestsellers category at Amazon’s Kindle section.

YAY for RAVEN!   I knew she had it in her!!!

Of course, those numbers change daily (actually hourly) so the one time I looked today, it was (sob!) (just kiddingy) back up in the 70’s, but it was STILL in the Top 100.  I’m happy.  And heck, it might disappear completely from the top 100, but it was fun while it lasted!  And I can still call it a Bestseller now, because it was, if only for a while. Unless y’all would like to keep it there…;-)

I’ll be back in a few days with another author interview, so don’t stay away too long!  I’ll leave the porch light on for you.  I love y’all, you KNOW I do!

XOXOXO, especially to whomever had those numbers moving like that yesterday afternoon!  An extra XO to you!  And how about leaving a comment or two for Jennifer, eh?


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  1. Super interview, Beth and Jennifer. Looking forward to more of the 2011 Mystery We Write Blog Tour!

  2. Wow, Jennifer, you sure had a few strikes against you! So glad you persevered!Thanks for sharing.

    Beth, those Kindle numbers go up and down. Enjoy the ride while it lasts. I was on the “best selling” list for a while but have dropped now to a “respectable” number. It will take my second book to get the first one going again I’m sure.

    Pat Browning

  3. Me too, Anne! And Pat, yeah, I know those numbers go up and down. I just happened to look and there it was on a LIST, ANY LIST, and I was so flabbergasted I was speechless, LOL! Talk about needy…

    Thanks guys, for the comments. XOXOXO

  4. Jennifer, You are a survivor, and that’s a good thing. Do you find that your writing can actually be therapeutic? It helps me sometimes.








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