Monday, November 21, 2011

Off the Record Blog tour by Camryn Rhys

Welcome to my stop at the Off the Record Blog Tour. This tour is organized by Sizzling PR and by the author Camryn Rhys. My stop includes some information about the book, about the author, author interview and giveaway.

Off the Record summary:

Lust strikes as their eyes meet over a basket of overpriced Roquefort.

Surprised to meet chef Kit Parker at the grocery store, Emily goes undercover to Kit's restaurant that very night, only to crave more than her cooking. As a food critic, Emily finds it hard to resist the delectable cuisine or the busty, punky chef who created it.

Kit believes she's met the woman of her dreams, but her new lover is hiding something. When a scathing review hits right before grand opening, all blame points to Emily. Will their relationship fizzle before it sizzles?

About the author:
Camryn Rhys grew up on the border of Canada and the US, and still hasn’t decided which country to call home. She splits her time between the Alberta and Montana Rocky Mountains, with friends and family in both beautiful locations. After running her own restaurant for several years and acquiring advanced degrees in writing, foodie romance seemed the only logical option. When she’s not watching the Food Network, she’s reading a romance novel, or if absolutely necessary, working as a consultant. Someone has to put really excellent food on the table.

Camryn Rhys agreed to give an interview to Me and Reading. Enjoy!

The interview is divided it into several sections. First section is about the author, second section is about books, writing them, about characters etc, third part is about her favorites.

Part I

MR: Please describe yourself with few sentences. Who are you?

CR: Well, my name is Camryn and I’m from the West. I used to be a chef and I love to write foodie romance. That’s pretty much me in a nutshell.

MR: What inspired you to want to become writer?

CR: I love to tell stories. I’ve always wanted to tell stories. And this seems to be the best way to do it. 

MR: Who did you want to become when you were a kid? What did you dream about?

CR: There were so many things I wanted to be when I was a kid. But mostly, I dreamed about being happy. Different things made me think I was happy. But that was the bottom line.

MR: What brought you to writing? When did the idea of writing your first book formed?

CR: The idea of my first book was formed after a conversation I had with an editor, oddly enough. And then, of course, my hometown. :)

MR: What do you do when you are not writing? Do you have any hobbies?

CR: When I’m not writing, I’m usually working, and when I’m not working, I’m usually writing. When I’m not doing either of those things, I’m either traveling or cooking. I guess those count as hobbies.

MR: What is the most difficult aspect of being a writer for you?

CR: Probably finishing books. I love starting books, I love writing, I love sketching. But finishing. That takes work.

MR: If you wouldn’t be a writer, what would you be and do?

CR: Well, in my day job right now, I’m a musician. So if I weren’t writing full-time (because I’m technically not right now), I would probably be playing music somewhere or singing. Or perhaps going back to cooking.

MR: Who or what is your Muse?

CR: Definitely my significant other. He is just incredible, and oh my god is he good in bed (he told me I could say that). But in all seriousness, he is an amazing and supportive man, and he’s always helping me with my books.

MR: Did you ever experience writer’s block when the writing process just wasn’t moving ahead?

CR: Oh, definitely. I just end up writing through it. That’s always my answer to writer’s block. :)

Part II

Let’s talk about books!

MR: You have several books. Would you briefly give us an overview how many published books do you have and what are these about?

CR: I have two books out and two contracted to be out next year. The books I have out are The Barn Dance (a Western foodie romance erotic novella) and Off the Record (a foodie erotic romance novella).

MR: What went through your mind when the first book you wrote was published?

CR: I was pretty shocked when I was offered my first contract. And when the first book came out, I was still pretty unsure of myself. Now that I have a few more contracts under my belt, I’m just enjoying the ride.

MR: How do you write? Do you sketch a plot first, create characters first and then starting to write?

CR: It depends on the length of the book. With novellas, I tend to just sketch a plot. With novels, I definitely plot fully. I almost always have the characters in mind first, but never with full character sketches. I prefer it when the characters reveal themselves to me over the course of the plot.

MR: What do you think is the most important thing while writing?

CR: To create space for your creativity. Whether that’s music or tea or sunlight or views or silence. Whatever it is that stimulates your creativity, put it around you.

MR: Where did you get the idea for your last book Off the Record from? How was the book born?

CR: I have a friend who was in a similar situation with a new restaurant and a food critic who had a lot of sway over the success of her restaurant. It was sort of born out of necessity in some ways, but definitely as close to based on real life as I usually get.

MR: Which character do you love most in your books? Which character and in which books can you mostly relate to?

CR: As my boyfriend says, Kit and Emily are my Yin and Yang. Kit is my confident, dominating, adventurous side. And Emily is my cautious, secure, protective side. He even thinks that I’m in a “Kit space” or an “Emily space” when I’m writing, and you can see it in the chapters and their POVs. I like not to think about it that much. :)

MR: I’m aware that your books are pure fiction, but I’d still like to ask: are any of the characters inspired by real persons? Do you base your fiction on some experiences you have had and people you have met?

CR: I wouldn’t say that any of my characters are necessarily inspired by real people, but I do really based the experiences on real things, because they need to feel real for me.

MR: What was the best summer read for you this fall? Why?

CR: I’ve just finished Stephanie Draven’s Lily of the Nile and absolutely loved it. I generally just love her voice, and this book was no different. I love the foray into historical for her. It’s excellent.

MR:  I must ask you about new book to be published. What will it be about? Anything you can tell us already?

CR: Well, I am just about to sign a contract for a steampunk erotic romance novel. My first full-length novel. It’s the first in a series of alternate history, alternate-setting steampunk paranormal set in 1871 in Spain and Italy about an empath demon with an airship who rescues magical refugees from Victorian Europe’s war on magic.

Part III – Favorites

Who is your favorite author? T.S. Eliot. Hands down. I even named my cat after him.
What is your favorite book or series? Game of Thrones series. Easily.
What is your favorite book blog you follow? Romance Author Hotspot
What is your favorite song? Mozart’s Requiem
What is your favorite season? Autumn
What is your favorite food? Cheesecake
What is your favorite car? Pontiac Vibe
What is your favorite color? Purple
What is your favorite movie? The Harry Potter series
What is your favorite time of the day? Early morning
What is your favorite weather? Rain. I love the dreary, stay-inside weather. So romantic.

Thank you so much Camryn, for taking time to answering my questions! It is appreciated!

Camryn Rhys is offering 1 copy of ebook of Off the Record.

There will be one winner of Off the Record, the winner will get ecopy of the book.

Giveaway details:
Giveaway runs from 21st of November until 10th of December 2011.
You need to be follower of Me and Reading.
Leave a comment with your email address and follower name and that's it!
Winner will be announced during 12-13 December.

Good luck and start commenting to win!

Next stop of the blog tour will be on 22nd of November – Interview @ Lisa Sanchez' site.

Enjoy the tour and happy reading!


  1. Congrats on the new release. I read The Barn Dance and loved It. This book is going on the top of my TBR pile.


  2. I just got Off the Record and can't wait to read it!

  3. Thanks for the giveaway.

    GFC - Andrea I


  4. I really want to read this! It looks great! :)

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    GFC- theladyreads


  5. Oh, that is an interesting interview and the book looks interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

    GFC - Irene Mikhaylova