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Intimate Conversation with Camille Kleidysz

Intimate Conversation Interview with inspirational author Camille Kleidysz

Camille Kleidysz is the author of a compelling series of inspirational novels- Nazareth Heights, and Spiritual Eyes. Camille Kleidysz was born and raised in California. Camille has spent her life traveling throughout the United States and Europe. Residing in New York City and Warsaw, Poland helped to inspire her work.

Camille now lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia and enjoys writing inspirational novels and created Guiding Light Devotionals: An inspirational devotional blog. Nazareth Heights is the first in a series of novels, with work progressing quickly on the follow-up.

Ella: Camille introduce us to your new book. What can readers expect?
Nazareth Heights is a series of inspirational novels for young adults. Adrianna Williamson, Lacey Santiago, Breeana Cruz, and Terrance Francis reside in Nazareth Heights ; a violent and challenging borough of the city. The four friends made a vow in the sixth grade to always remain in the honor society, and become accepted into a prestigious Ivy League university. The Faithful Four's childhood covenant seemed absurd to some of the residents of Nazareth Heights , yet always remained an obtainable dream to the Faithful Four. Adrianna Williamson is a stellar student and an invaluable member of the Faithful Four. Adrianna’s perfect plan becomes shaken when she finds herself caught in the middle of a tug of war for her heart. Adrianna must choose between the unexpected love from her best friend Terrance Francis, and the desire of her heart, Langston Rivera.

The reader will become inspired by the four students called Faithful Four. Throughout their complex life’s journey the Faithful Four remain determined to grasp their true identity and divine purpose. Find out how these four students deal with their friendship, disappointment, betrayal, and success. Readers will want to share the Faithful Four’s determination to overcome their obstacles and various daily trials with other families.

Ella: Camille, finish this sentence--I am powerful because...
I am powerful because: I am now completely aware of my divine destiny and purpose.

Ella: Where are you from? How did you start your writing journey?
I was born and raised in California. I moved to New York City to attend college, and that is where my writing journey began. New York City is truly my muse. The different layers and textures of the city are truly inspiring.

Ella: Who are your two main characters and what do you like most about them?
My two main characters in the Nazareth Heights series are Lacey Santiago and Adrianna Williamson. They are two best friends who named themselves the L.A. sisters in the third grade. At an early age they both loss their fathers. Lacey Santiago’s father was murdered in The Bronx when she was a young girl and Adrianna Williamson’s father was a drug addict and abandoned her when she was only eighteen months old. Through their tragic circumstances at a very young age they discovered a strong bound when they where just little girls and they became almost like sisters. Their loyalty to each other is beyond impressive. And beyond their friendship they are both flawed characters, even though they are Christians they are really confused about so many issues in their life. They are having a hard time grasping their true identity.

Ella: Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book?
The main message that I am trying to convey to my reading audience is that it is not where you live, but it is how you live. The four teenagers in my book are from a very impoverished area in the inner city called Nazareth Heights. Statistics basically had already written their life’s story and it always begins like this “inner city kids are more likely to”…. and unfortunately the word “succeed” does not follow. What follows is usually something very negative. The Faithful Four decided to take control of their destiny and set a goal for themselves to overcome their negative environment. I also would like my readers to know that there are times when you will have no one to encourage you, and that is the time when you have to encourage yourself.

Ella: What advice would you give a new writer?
The advice I would give to new writers is to really have a strong creative identity. Find your voice; do not look to the left or the right when you are creating. Everything that you compose should be authentic and come from your heart and soul, do not become concerned about what other authors are writing or what is going to be popular and sell. God gave you unique stories to write. Do not be ashamed to share them. I would not change anything about my literary journey, and it is truly a journey and a process. I have enjoyed the process because I have learned so much.

Ella: Share with us your latest news, events or upcoming book releases.
I released the first installment of my inspirational novella series entitled “Spiritual Eyes” in December 2008 with Kendall Publication. I have received a great response from people that have read the novella. I’ve always wanted to write a novella, and the people that have read it loved the fact that the book is fairly short. They also fell in love with the main characters of the story Kai and Roman, and requested that I continue their relationship. So “Spiritual Eyes” is actually going to become my first Christian Fiction romance.

And for the New Year I have created an Inspirational Devotional Blog: called Guiding Light Devotionals. I love devotional books and sometimes when your at work you cannot always crack open a book and read while your working, so I wanted to create a place where people could just click on their computer and read a quick devotional thought for the day.

Ella: Thank you Camille Kleidysz for joining the Black Authors Network!

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