Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Camille Perri is pleased to meet you...plus a book giveaway

We're pleased to have Camille Perri back at CLC to celebrate the publication of her sophomore novel, When Katie Met Cassidy. Prior to Camille's first visit to CLC, Melissa A got to meet her in person and can attest to how warm and friendly she is. Melissa also enjoyed her debut, The Assistants, and is excited to read this new one (and cast it...see below). Putnam is sharing THREE copies of Camille's latest novel with some lucky readers!

Camille Perri has worked as a books editor for Cosmopolitan and Esquire. She has also been a ghostwriter of young adult novels and a reference librarian. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from New York University and a master of library science degree from Queens College. (Courtesy of Penguin Random House.)

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When it comes to Cassidy, Katie can't think straight.

Katie Daniels, a twenty-eight-year-old Kentucky transplant with a strong set of traditional values, has just been dumped by her fiancé when she finds herself seated across a negotiating table from native New Yorker Cassidy Price, a sexy, self-assured woman wearing a man's suit. At first neither of them knows what to make of the other, but soon their undeniable connection will bring into question everything each of them thought they knew about sex and love.

When Katie Met Cassidy is a romantic comedy about gender and sexuality, and the importance of figuring out who we are in order to go after what we truly want. It's also a portrait of a high-drama subculture where barrooms may as well be bedrooms, and loyal friends fill in the spaces absent families leave behind. Katie's glimpse into this wild yet fiercely tight-knit community begins to alter not only how she sees the larger world, but also where exactly she fits in. (Courtesy of Amazon.)

What is a favorite compliment you've received about your writing?
I’m not sure that it was even a compliment; it was technically a question. A well-respected screenwriter/director who was interested in adapting my novel The Assistants to film asked me, “Did you always know you were funny?” This was not something I had ever considered. I blurted out a “No,” followed by a “Well, I’m not sure.” I really had to think about it. If given a do-over I would reply with a way more confident, “Why, yes. Thank you.” That’s probably how a man would have replied, right?

Did you learn anything new from writing When Katie Met Cassidy?
I learned that second novels aren’t easier to write just because you’ve done it once before. One would think that would be the case, but instead I was crippled by anxiety for much of the time I was writing this book. I was afraid I would let people down or disappoint some readers who enjoyed my last book. But so far people have been responding to WKMC with generosity and enthusiasm. So I guess I learned I could write another novel once I got out of my own way!

If you could cast the movie version of When Katie Met Cassidy, who would star in the lead roles?
Ooh. I’m sorry but there is no way I can answer this question. I feel strongly that every reader is entitled to their own mental image of these characters based on how I presented them in words. It’s also far more interesting to me to hear other people’s suggestions on this. Please @ me!

What empowers you the most?
I feel most empowered when I achieve a healthy balance to my day—when I get good work done, but my whole day isn’t only about work. A day when in addition to writing I also go out for some fresh air, exercise, eat well, and enjoy the company of a friend. That’s a perfect day for me and one that leaves me feeling wholly self-actualized.

What TV show reminds you the most of your own life?
I’m going to have to go with Younger. Not because it’s so realistic to the world of publishing and book media, but because it’s a show that reminds me of what I thought such a life would look like if I ever achieved it. It’s always good to remember the shine and sparkle of your dreams before they become a slightly less effervescent reality.

What is the funniest fortune you ever received from a fortune cookie?
“Only listen to fortune cookie, disregard all other fortune telling units.” I have to give a shout out to my friend Joanna Greenberg for this answer. She’s an art teacher and artist with the most wonderful collection of fortune cookie fortunes, all digitally archived. Without her I would have been lost on this question.

Thanks to Camille for visiting with us and to Putnam for sharing her book with our readers.

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Janine said...

I have an old friend who I used to hang out with when I was in my 20s and 30s. She ended up marrying the perfect man, has a sweet and musically talented son, has the big house, takes fun vacations and has lots of money. Life is good for her, which is totally opposite of my life. I want to be her. I am embarrassed to say, I made an excuse the last couple times she asked to get together because I don't feel I measure up to her other friends and the world she lives in.

RD said...

I have no crushes only envy of some people.

traveler said...

I don't have crushes on anyone at all. When I was young I did but not anymore.

Bookapotamus said...

Ruby Rose! She would be so good as Cassidy in the movie! (And Kate Hudson as Katie!)

diannekc said...

No girl crush, however there are women that I admire.

Bonnie K. said...

I really like Colin Firth.

Mary Preston said...

No girl crushes going on with me right now.

Suzy said...

Kaira Knightly

Lesley McIntosh said...

My husband of 47 years will do me

Jilleen said...

No girl crush.

bn100 said...


John Smith said...

"Who is your current girl crush (or guy crush, if you are male)? Can be either a celebrity or someone you know personally." No crushes at the moment, I think!

Patricia said...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, of course.

rhonda said...

Michele Obama ,respectđź’•