An escapee from the Pacific Northwest’s rainy, gray coast, COLLETTE CAMERON believed teaching her destiny until she dared to tap out her first novel.
She’s been enthralled with writing ever since.
Blessed with three spectacular children, fantastic fans, and a compulsive, over-active, and witty Muse who won’t stop whispering new romantic romps in her ear, she still lives in Oregon with her mini-dachshunds, though she dreams of living in Scotland part-time.
A bestselling, award-winning author, Collette pens Scottish and Regency historicals featuring rogues, rapscallions, rakes, and the intelligent, intrepid damsels who reform them. You’ll always find dogs, birds, occasionally naughty humor, and a dash of inspiration in her sweet-to-spicy timeless romances.
A member of Novelist Inc., Romance Writers of America, as well as several RWA chapters including The Beau Monde, Hearts Through History, and Rose City Romance Writers, Collette admits to a quirky sense of humor, enjoys trivia and inspiring quotes, adores castles and anything cobalt blue, and is a self-confessed Cadbury chocoholic.
Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, too many flowers, or too many books. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.
Frequently Asked Questions
When did you decide you wanted to be an author?
I confess, I wasn’t one of those authors who knew from the time I could hold a pen or pencil I wanted to be an author. Though I’ve always enjoyed writing, I didn’t sit down to write my first historical romance until February 2011. I’d toyed with the idea of writing a book “someday” but had no intention of writing a romance. A had a scene bouncing around in my head and wanted to see if I could write an entire novel around it. I did, and the result was Highlander’s Hope. I didn’t consider myself an author until I had three books published, though.
When you’re not writing, what do you do?
I used to be a substitute teacher, but now that I’ve become an obsessed writer, I’ve put that career aside. I enjoy gardening, though again, writing has dipped into my time outdoors playing in the dirt. I also love hikes (In Oregon we have lots of beautiful hiking trails) and because I grew up along the Oregon coast, I get to the beach whenever I can. I’m a bit of a bird-watcher, and I also love to bake, travel, and read, of course!
Why did you choose romance?
I started reading Barbara Cartland romances at the tender age of thirteen. Nope, my mom didn’t know. I soon became a voracious reader. When I discovered Kathleen Woodiwiss, all was lost. I became a historical romance addict, going so far as to name my daughter Brianna after Heather Brianna in The Flame and the Flower. Though I loved reading romance, I didn’t set out to write the genre, but after completing my first novel, I was good and hooked. I only wish I’d started sooner!
Do you have any other genres you’d like to write?
Oh, indeed I do! I have a Young Adult series I’m dying to start, and I also have a time-travel series, an inspirational paranormal series, an inspirational series, and even some contemporaries burbling around in my head. Well, actually, I write the ideas down in a notebook because there are simply too many to keep track of.
What’s the best way to keep up-to-date on your book releases, sales, reviews, and other news?
—My Mailing List: I promise, I’ll always tell you about book sales & new releases, as well as contests, giveaways, and books available for pre-order. My newsletters are friendly, chatty, and humorous. Read a newsletter if you don’t believe me. The signup is on every webpage, and you can unsubscribe at any time. I will never share your email address!
— Goodreads: Sends you a monthly notice, highlighting the authors you follow.
—Amazon: Sends you notices about authors you follow.
—Facebook: No longer as good a source for book news, but a great way to chat with me.
So please join, follow, read away, and most of all, enjoy!
— xoxo Collette
Fun Facts and Nonsense
Some of my favorite things: I adore dogs, especially dachshunds (I have five dachsies) and I’m crazy about Cadbury Milk Chocolate. I had my first taste in London and that was that! Give me smoked salmon, just about anything pumpkin, shortbread, and fettuccine Alfredo, and I’m yours to do what you will with. Anyone who knows me at all knows I’m a huge fan of cobalt blue, castles, and birds. My favorite flowers are peonies, and I prefer pie over cake.
Things I’m afraid of or doesn’t like: Spiders, clutter, peas, mushrooms, and heights.
Countries I have visited: Canada, Mexico, England, France, Spain, and Belgium.
States I has been to: Washington, California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida, Kansas, Nebraska, Hawaii, Georgia, and New Mexico. (I need to see the East coast!)
Top things on my Bucket List: Visit Scotland, Germany, Italy, and Ireland. Okay how about travel in general? Publish 50 or more books. Take a Hawaiian cruise. (Hubby wants to take an Alaskan cruise. Brrr.) Present a workshop at RWA Nationals. Meet some of my writer friends I’ve only met on social media. Be a grandma! (Kids are you listening?) Visit the Eastern United States. Hire a house-keeper and lawn service. (More time to write then!)
Update! I can cross item #1 off my Bucket List! Scotland summer 2017. Whoop!
My jobs until I became a full-time author: Babysitter for husband and wife musicians, motel maid, fast food employee, drug store clerk, clothing store clerk, quick mart employee (that lasted all of two weeks!) receptionist, mail carrier, bank teller and financial services representative, house cleaner (good money in that!), para-legal, interior decorator, educational assistant, transition specialist, and finally, teacher. I started working when I was twelve-years-old and most of those jobs were while I was in high school and college. Boy how times have changed! Oh, I almost forgot the most important job: mom to three amazing kids!
Weird or interesting tidbits about me: I’m a nerd. Yep, it’s true. I was named most studious in high school and graduated summa cum laude from Oregon State University with a 3.98 GPA, and graduated from with a master’s degree in teaching with a GPA exceeding 4.0. (Extra credit, ya know!) My pituitary cavity is empty (the darn gland has to be in there somewhere). I have sung competitively, and I’ve never had a traffic ticket. And I have over 200 thimbles.