About The Author
The short version
Chelsea M. Cameron is a New York Times/USA Today/Internationally Best Selling author from Maine who now lives and works in Boston. She's a red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader, and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, getting brunch with her partner, tweeting, and playing fetch with her cat, Sassenach. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.
The longer version
I'm 32. I am an only child. I've been a vegetarian for 12 years. My parents are the most amazing couple, and I learned most of what I know about love from them. I've loved books since I was old enough to know what they were. My parents read to me every night when I was a kid (my dad did the better voices, including Hagrid). I love tea, The Cheesecake Factory, rose gold, sleeping, living in Boston, dancing in public, and making soup.
I hated writing until I was in high school. I've wanted to be an actress, a marine biologist, a daycare owner, a journalist and a librarian. I always told myself stories, or wrote letters to people, or re-imagined situations, but I didn't know that was writing. It was just what I did. I thought everyone did that. It took four years for me to write my first book, and I re-wrote it at least ten times, starting in 2006. It was a young adult paranormal romance and it will never see the light of day, mostly because it's a rip-off of several young adult titles that were out at the time, and mostly because it just wasn't very good. That was the book that taught me how to write a book.
I had been researching publishing and query letters and agents for two years when I first heard of Amanda Hocking and how she self-published. I lurked on her blog, and several other blogs of indie authors at the time and read their books. I thought to myself, I could DO this. Being the neurotic person I am, I did more research. I wrote more books.
It wasn't until February of 2012 that I published my first book, Nocturnal. I made the cover myself, learned formatting and uploaded it to Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I followed that with Nightmare, Whisper and Neither. In July of 2012, I had an idea for a college romance, and I sat down to write it. That book turned into My Favorite Mistake that was published independently on September 29. Three days later, I got contacted by an agent, and in November of 2012, I signed a two-book deal with Harlequin. In December, I quit my job to write full-time. I am both traditionally and independently published, making me what they call a hybrid author, although I don’t have any super powers unfortunately.
My career took a huge turn in 2015 when I came out as queer to myself, and later online. I decided to write my first f/f book, Style, and it was like I fell in love. Since then I have also come out as nonbinary (demigirl, she/her pronouns please!), and I’m writing all kinds of queer books. I’ve never been happier. I love my earlier books because they were what helped me to get here and I will always be thankful for that, but I’m only writing queer books from here on out, because that’s where my heart is.
I love writing. It gives me more joy than anything else, and I am so humbled and blessed that I get to do it every day. I don't say it enough, but THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.