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Interview: Harriet Cammock, Author of Through the Fire

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It doesn’t matter how you start, it matters how you finish — a thought well placed in everyone’s memory banks.  Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Ms. Cammock’s journey is one marked by an incredibly strong faith in the belief that you can overcome all obsticles, if you try hard enough.

Through childhood, her grandmother instilled within her an important drive to succeed. After an abusive marriage, Harriet Cammock determined she would use her own experiences in overcoming abuse to teach other women that there is help available, and they need not suffar alone. Ms. Cammock has channeled those experiences in writing and through her blog, The Grace Chronicles, where she provides inspirational and uplifting messages to many people.

Harriet began The Faith Hour in 2009 and used this platform to launch The Renewed By Grace Conference, which was designed to bring together men and women whose lives were touched by abuse. “I want to show women that you don’t have to look like what you went through,” Harriet said. Using creative resources and with involvement from other community organizations, Harriet Cammock’s plans to host another conference sometime in the next several months.

A published author, she now hosts The Harriet Cammock Show. The show uses principles of surviving and overcoming; principles that Harriet learned first-hand. Ms. Cammock has appeared on The Word Network and Atlanta Live! and is a guest writer for The Hinterland Gazette. A gifted speaker, Harriet Cammock is available for speaking engagements.

Learn more about Harriet Cammock and her work by visiting her website.

Please tell us a bit about your book, Through the Fire: – characters, plot, etc.

My book Through The Fire is my story of how I survived domestic violence. It provides a detailed account of the steps I took in ridding myself of domestic violence and the effect it had on my children.

If you could meet, in person, any of your characters, who would it be and why?

I would like to meet the character of my daughter Alex (even though I see the young adult version of her every day). It was her vivid energy that helped her in surviving the heinous abuse.

If you could fictionalize yourself and put yourself in any situation, how would it play out? Could you give us a scene/scenario of such an occurrence?

In one scene, my ex-husband held a knife to my ribs while our daughter sat terrified beside me on the couch. At the time, I wished that I had Wonder Woman’s powers; I wished that I could have overpowered him and commanded him (in the voice of a powerful police woman from a popular television series) to drop his weapon (like, seriously!).

Do you have any particular habits that you do while writing? Places you write the best, foods, drinks, etc that help set your “writing mood”?

Oh yes; my bedroom late at night after 1:00 a.m. (when everyone is asleep), armed with a mug of hot tea (my favorite beverage), crackers, and the TV on mute is an atmosphere that translates into peace. That’s total bliss for me.

What are you reading right now?

I’ve always been a huge fan of murder mysteries and “whodunnits,” especially when they’re told from the point of view of lawyers. Currently, I’m reading multiple novels by both Faye Kellerman and J.A. Jance.

Who are some of your favorite authors and/or books?

My favorite authors (most of whom I’ve been reading since I was a teen) are Danielle Steel, Janet Evanovich, Nora Roberts, and Diane Mott Davidson. Their novels inspired me to keep writing even after I had a serious spell of writer’s block.

If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Definitely Danielle Steel. Her novels are filled with such powerful stories of love conquering all and characters who overcome the most difficult of adversities. I always felt those characters’ stories of overcoming adversity mirrored my own overcoming of adversity.

Okay, here are a few “get to know you better” questions:

Please share with us a favorite memory.

Now this one is going to make you laugh. My favorite memory is one of myself in a mink coat, laying on my bedroom floor and laughing joyously when I learned that I was launching a radio show.

Please describe a perfect meal — including menu and those present.

Myself and my two daughters celebrating my 43rd birthday. I had salmon and wild rice and the girls had rattlesnake pasta @ one of our favorite restaurants Bahama Breeze.

What are some of your favorite ways to relax?

Nothing says R&R to me like two of my favorite pastimes; shopping (retail therapy) and being curled up with a good book.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Orlando, Florida. The weather is perfect!

If you could only read books by one author, who would it be?

*Sigh*. Do I really have to choose? I am a member of my local library and I check out 10-20 books every three weeks. I love reading mysteries and suspense and drama. Bliss is curling up with a good book.

Share with us a few of your dreams. Also whether they have been fulfilled or are still a work in progress.

My dream is being a world-wide # 1 bestselling author, being New York Times Best Sellers List, and donating a lot of money to fund causes I support like (domestic violence shelters). (With your help I will achieve being on the best sellers list!) Seriously though, I am well on my way to achieving my dreams. I am working on it.

What are some of your guilty pleasures?

Dark chocolate, chocolate brownies, a cup of hot tea with cream and sugar, and, of course, shopping. I think retail therapy is a key component of a happy soul.

If you could leave the world with one piece of advice, what would it be?

Pursue you dreams, no matter how long it takes or how much it costs! Go after it with everything in you because it doesn’t matter how you start; what matters is how you finish!

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