“Rags & Riches” by Camille Nagasaki
What is your writing/editing/publishing process like? Write daily for the first draft—about 800-words/day, then let it sit for a couple of months. Afterward, I begin a few rounds of re-writes, send it to some beta-readers, do another re-write, send to copy editor and complete another re-write. I’m actually constantly going back and tweaking here and there. I feel like it will never be finished, but part of the goal, I guess, is to let it go.
What made you want to become an author? Storytelling is what connects us to our humanity. I have an acting background and both acting and writing bring a story to life so transitioning from one to the other was pretty natural. I’ve had a lifelong love of books and of the written word.
Salty or sweet? Sweet!
What is your favorite characteristic of a character you’ve created? Lane is resilient, through and through.
Hard/paperback or eBooks? Hard/paperback
What has been your greatest achievement as an author? Well, as this is my debut novel so my biggest achievement thus far is actually getting the book out there! It’s been a long journey so to have it finally published is gratifying.
Describe your perfect day: A harmonious day with my family with a bit of everything; nature, adventure, indulgence, reflection, good food, laughter. Those kinds of days are glorious!
Is the social media more of a help or a hinder? I was super apprehensive about embracing social media. I used to be on FB ages ago and left it because it felt like high school all over again. This time around I’m enjoying both FB and twitter but I find I have to manage my time efficiently, otherwise you can get lost in those sites.
What are you reading right now? Love the one you’re with by Emily Giffin
In five years, where do you want to be with your writing career? I hope to have a couple more books under my belt and I hope that readers are connecting with my words. My dream is for Riches & Rags to be brought to life on the silver screen so the film aspect is something I definitely want to explore.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given? The last advice my late and dear mommy gave me was to concentrate on one passion at a time. My weakness has always been to get SO EXCITED about all these various opportunities but my mom said if I really wanted to be serious about pursuing my writing, I needed to focus on it. One thing at a time. I struggle with this daily as there as so many things I want to DO!
What are you working on right now? I’m promoting Riches & Rags for now. Next, I will record the audio book for R&R, write a non-fiction book for teens and a sequel to Riches & Rags.
About the author: Camille Nagasaki is a Toronto-born Canadian author, film/TV actress, and entrepreneur.
Having always had a tremendous fascination with the written word, Camille became an avid reader at a young age and has written creatively and for business for many years.
After leaving the corporate world to be home with her kids, Camille earned a professional designation in her field, launched a new business, and began a three-year labour of love writing Riches & Rags.
Camille lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children. Riches & Rags is her first novel.
Lane Carson is used to getting her own way—apart from throwing hissy fits and pulling outrageous stunts to attract her workaholic husband’s attention, Lane lives a seemingly perfect life. But things are seldom as they seem…
Lane is blindsided and her charmed and pampered existence uprooted, when her shattered husband, Micky Capello, breaks the devastating news: he’s lost the family fortune and is leaving on a quest to “find himself.” The most daunting part is they’re losing the nannies—and the children Lane barely knows will live with her.
Without the leisure to wallow in misery and self-pity, Lane is catapulted into an adventure of a lifetime that’s filled with outlandish and often emotionally charged escapades of trial and error, all with her über supportive—albeit dysfunctional—family in tow.
This comedic drama is bursting with outlandish hilarity and warmth, and is sure to keep you roaring with laughter, while tugging at your heart with its endearing, candid reflection. A must read!
Right from the beginning, I loved this book. It was funny, charming, and a page turner. I was curious as to see how Lane would do after her husband left her, along with her bank account that she easily took for granted would survive. Also, without the nannies who stepped in and were basically her daughters’ parents, she was lost with them–but only at first, as she easily adjusted herself into falling in love with her two girls.
I loved her landlord, George, and found him to be kind and genuine through his crusted old man attitude. As for Billy, her cousin and best friend, not only was he great with Lane’s girls, he made for a great sidekick, one that everyone should have.
Camille’s creation of “Riches & Rags” was a great story, highly intriguing and a must read!
From the beginning to the ending, which I loved, Lane’s journey is on that makes one stop and think about their own life.
I give “Riches & Rags” 5 stars!
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