About Cameron Dokey
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. I worked as an actor for many years. Then I segued to some non-fiction writing.
Q. Favorite job
A. I love being a writer. I don't really want to do anything else!
Q. High school and/or college
A. I went to high school in Stockton, CA. My college was in two chunks. Part one at Cal State Sonome. Part two at the University of Washington
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Please remember my previous confession related to classical music. So ... Chopin.
Q. Favorite movie
A. Extremely tough question--but I think I'd have to go with Harold and Maude.
Q. Favorite television show
A. Total food program geek. But I think my all time favorite show had to have been Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So funny ... so smart.
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Eccentric and solitary.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Slow and steady wins the race.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. A life shared with a loving partner in which you both get to do work you that is meaningful to you. That feels to me like a life with meaning and purpose ... perfect happiness for me.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. The unknown of the future.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Dorset, Vermont
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Identify? No one, really. But I love language and words and Shakespeare is the king of those, so ... But let's be clear. I'm not actually comparing myself to Shakespeare!
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. At the moment, President Obama.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Somehow, my characters always seem to signal emotion by stomach "clenching". It must stop!
Q. What do you regret most?
A. That I don't have more time to write!
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Math skills. If you had mine, you'd know why I'd consider this to be a talent.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Working as a writer.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
Q. What’s your best quality?
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I don't think I'd like to be a different person. But I do sometimes see my cats lolling about and think it would be nice to be one of them.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I am outgoing.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Jane Eyre.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I would like to meet Virginia Woolf (who would, I believe, not be a bit interested in meeting me at all!). But if I could meet her, I would say: "Thank you. At a key point in my journey as a reader, your work showed me what writing could be. I have never forgotten the excitement of reading your work for the first time." I would also tell her I am not afraid of her, but she wouldn't understand this since the play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, was written long after she died!
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. People who say to me: Oh, I've been thinking of writing a children's book for years. Or: When are you going to write something important?
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Making jam. I'm not kidding. I love to stand at the stove and stir. Then, when you're done, you have all the yummy proof of your efforts. No fruit is safe, I swear.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Kindness. Compassion. A good sense of humor.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Apples--but not Granny Smiths please--Yuck!
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Oh, dear. Now we are in HUGE trouble. Because it is time to reveal that I grew up listening to Classical music and still prefer it to all others. I probably can't even name 5 songs!
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Charlotte Bronte. Virginia Woolf. Agatha Christie. David Hackett Fischer. Jacqueline Winspear. Jane Austen. C.S. Lewis. J.R.R. Tolkien. Orson Scott Card. China Mieville. Rick Riordan. Laura Ingalls Wilder. Nora Roberts. Lloyd Alexander. R.L.Stine. Edgar Alan Poe. Charles Dickens. Unfair question. How do you expect me to remember them all? Please tell me I can come back and add more later!
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Jane Eyre. Pride and Prejudice. Collected Plays of Shakespeare (ok, I know I'm cheating, but ...). The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (another cheat). The Little House on the Prairie books, which I adored as a child.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Many! I used to re-read the Tolkien trilogy faithfully every couple of years. (The gap is longer, now.) Same thing with Jane Eyre, my favorite book of all time.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Go see live theatre, which is incredibly active--all about telling a story with words.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. That they understand/identify with my characters. To which I say, thank you!