Author Cari Kamm is stopping by the blog today to answer a few questions. After you’ve read her interview, you can enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card!
Cari Kamm has worked in the beauty industry for over a decade, building brands, working behind the scenes, and even selling her own skin care line. She has a master’s in clinical nutrition from New York University. Kamm currently works in corporate social media management with clients in the beauty, fashion, and restaurant industries. Living in New York City with her mutt Schmutz, Kamm loves finding inspiration in the most unexpected places, being a novelist, and convincing her fiancé that ordering takeout and making dinner reservations are equal to cooking.
What was the most difficult part for you when writing FOR INTERNAL USE ONLY?
Not giving into fear. For Internal Use Only took me two years to write. This wasn’t because I had writer’s block. It was a matter of allowing my heart to control the keys without second guessing myself. To open myself up as a writer and tell the love story I wanted to tell. I overcame it by hitting it head on. I told myself if I was going to be a writer then I better just write!
What was the easiest part?
The ending. It was inspired by my own fairytale and my first date with my fiancé! We have been together ever since that evening and our wedding is October 26, 2013!
What is your favorite scene or was your favorite to write? Don’t forget to tell us why.
My favorite scene is when Chloe reveals her art gallery theme for her huge New York City debut! While her struggles ran parallel throughout the novel and risked destroying her relationships and opportunities, it all happened to put her in a place to create or to fail. To learn. An example of art imitating life.
Did you have to do any specific research for the book? If so, tell us about that.
So why a photographer? I felt it would be a creative career that would allow the story to be told through the lens and allow Chloe to remain safe. To create a photographer, I had to declare myself as a photographer. For almost six months, I researched online photography and equipment blogs. I attended gallery openings, watched YouTube videos, and did several searches on photography terms and definitions. I highlighted words that could also be applied to love. Finally, I pulled out my Canon (I could finally use!) and behaved as a photographer. I walked the Brooklyn Bridge, through Central Park and sat in restaurants to create the voice of Chloe Kassidy. I took pictures everyday! Throughout my own daily life, a moment may capture me and I think, “Wow… my character would eat that, do that, say that, adore that.” All of the scenes in FOR INTERNAL USE ONLY were shot throughout the two years it took to write it. Lastly, I have family members that love photography as a hobby and one that is a professional photographer. I asked them personal questions such as “What do you feel when you’re shooting?” or “How does it feel when you’re capturing a moment?”
Is there anything in FOR INTERNAL USE ONLY you hope readers take away after reading, or something you want to point out you don’t want readers to miss?
FOR INTERNAL USE ONLY was inspired by several people in my life, along with my imagination, my fears, and dreams. My hope would be for readers to be inspired by love and to believe in the power of their own perspective. And…to wonder how many Christoph Kostas they are connected to on social media…and they don’t even know it.
Chloe Kassidy has just been accepted into one of Manhattan’s most exclusive art exhibits, Love Through Light. However, with her singular dedication to her career, she soon realizes that in sacrificing her personal life, she has never been in love. A hopeless romantic who is terrified of heartbreak, Chloe begins to enlist the help of her circle of friends to learn about love through their very different stories and experiences.
In Chloe’s emotional roller coaster to having the greatest love story ever told, she’ll learn that like her photography she must use the negatives in life to develop and prove that she’s a strong woman who found her way to love through light.
Inspired by the notion that women grow up with ideas of true love and destiny, For Internal Use Only approaches those ideas with a decidedly twenty-first century viewpoint.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Cami. It was interesting learning a bit about the background of the story, and why you chose the subject matter. And congrats on the upcoming wedding!
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