Found Poetry with Wine Gums and Dark Chocolate – Camilla Interviewed by Emma

In mid-June 2020, I was interviewed by Emma on her lovely Books and Wine Gums blog. We chat about deciding what goes into my writings and what stays private, found poetry, why I think poetry is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, what I “pack into” my writings, imposter syndrome, wine gums, and dark chocolate …

An Interview with … Camilla Downs

Sincere and Sensitive Ode to Life – Words of Alchemy

August 9 2020

Thank you to the miramichi reader for publishing Bill’s glowing review of Words of Alchemy! Deeply appreciated!

“Camilla Downs is a powerhouse – a one-person publishing house, selfless promoter of fellow authors, bestseller, blogger, photographer, and mom – the order of which is not prioritized. I met Camilla through online authors’ networks. We swapped books, as you do. And I immediately fell for her story – relatable, inspiring – facing challenges, overcoming obstacles, and being a role model. In other words, a good person. A person who, among other things, fuels her creativity and capacity to give by immersing herself into landscapes – communing with the outdoors, shooting photos, and writing about all of it.

Words of Alchemy is her compilation of free verse poetry touching on these issues – a sincere and sensitive ode to life and to nature. Divided into alchemical sections – experience, perspective, lessons and growth – we take a seat next to our author for the Alchemy of Healing.

In Words of Alchemy, author Camilla Downs relays her story – powerfully personal and enlightening. Her words reflect a recognition of challenges and rewards, the natural world she is mindfully part of, consciously present, and admirably, ensuring she shares it with all of us.” – Bill Arnott

Go here to read the full review …

Words of Alchemy by Camilla Downs

Powerfully Personal and Enlightening – Words of Alchemy

July 12 2020

What a gift to receive this morning before leaving for my hike! I was in tears. Thank you, Bill!

In Words of Alchemy, Camilla Downs invites you to walk with her to share her love of Nature and Life through a free-verse poetry memoir. During her daily strolls she is mindfully present as she delves into life in the raw and experiences her heart’s observations. Camilla embraces what happens when she opens her heart and invites the written words to flow.

Camilla Downs is a powerhouse – a one-person publishing house, selfless promoter of fellow authors, bestseller, blogger, photographer, and mom – the order of which is not prioritized. I met Camilla through online authors’ networks. We swapped books, as you do. And I immediately fell for her story – relatable, inspiring – facing challenges, overcoming obstacles, and being a role model. In other words, a good person. A person who, among other things, fuels her creativity and capacity to give by immersing herself into landscapes – communing with the outdoors, shooting photos, and writing about all of it.

Go here to read the full review …

Words of Alchemy by Camilla Downs

 

An Aversion to Doing Anything the Typical Way – Camilla Interviewed by Jess Faraday

June 13 2020

I’m chatting with Jess about my weird aversion to doing anything the typical way, how my 10 year marriage ending led to my first book, and imposter syndrome. Join us…(photo mentioned in interview) ….

JF: Let’s start out with five fun facts about you. Go.

  1. I swear a lot!
  2. I love having solo dance parties.
  3. I’m finally cleaning photos from my iPhone. I had about 10,000!
  4. I haven’t had a television since 2008.
  5. I’m actually a very lazy person!

JF: Do you have a day job? If so, what is it? What other jobs have you held? Have they influenced your writing?

Before I became a mom, I was a …..  Follow the link to read further …

Meeting the Author: Camilla Downs

Writing Rituals and Fictional Characters – Interview on The Magic of Wor(l)ds

June 6 2020

Thank you to the lovely Stefanie in Flanders, Belgium for having me on her magical book blog.

We’re chatting about which non-fiction writers and fictional characters I’d love to invite for coffee, writing rituals, and whether people in my life should be worried about making an appearance in future books … (Belgium Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay)

Words of Alchemy – Camilla Downs @CamillaDowns , an #Interview #QandA

 

Openly Sharing Personal Experiences – Camilla on Mai’s Musings Book Blog

May 2 2020

Why do I openly share personal issues and what happened in the beginning of 2020 for me? Thanks to the lovely Mai for having me on her book blog, Mai’s Musings.

” ….. Thank you Mai, for having me as a guest on your lovely blog. I deeply appreciate your time and effort.

My latest book, Words of Alchemy, is a culmination of a six year journey. A journey of turning into my writing, of a solid walking practice, a journey of going within, a journey of travelling to the past, a journey of living, and of healing.

Six years ago I wrote my first free-verse poem. This continued through to the publication of Words of Alchemy. I’m currently taking a break from writing, a break from the intensity of the past thirteen years. I reached the tipping point of my healing journey in the beginning of 2020. On the other side of it now, I can look back and see that it was one hell of a ride. Thirteen years of going within, excavating, confronting, feeling, feeling, feeling, and getting to know myself.

I share this to convey how much writing was a vital component of ….. ” Follow the link to read the full interview …

Words of Alchemy – Camilla Downs

Camilla Has Sunday Brunch With Jo of Jaffrareadstoo

April 5 2020

Thank you to Jo for inviting me to a virtual Sunday Brunch this morning. What fun questions! What food, drink and literary hero did I bring with me? Let’s see …

What’s the oldest book on your book shelf? I can’t just list one as I love old books! 

Here are the four oldest on my shelf.
1883 – Treasures of Use and Beauty: An Epitome of the Choicest Gems of Wisdom, History, Reference and Recreation
1884 – One Thousand and One Gems of English and American Poetry
1876 – Emerson’s Essays
1894 – Representative Men by Emerson
Which book do you really want to read but haven’t had time for …yet!”
Follow the link below to read further ..

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Poetry That Delves Into the Heart – Words of Alchemy Review

May 8 2020

A heart warming gift received this afternoon. Thank you, Marje of Kyrosmagica Publishing!!

“What a joy it is to read this gem of a poetry book. Full of beautiful free-verse, a memoir about friends, family, relationships and the love of the nature. This is for you if you enjoy the natural world, (as I do,) if you appreciate poetry that delves into the heart and doesn’t hold back. In many ways it is an intimate and brave expression of the author – Camilla Downs’s – thoughts and feelings.

I highly recommend.

5 stars.” … Go here to read the full review …

Book Review: Words of Alchemy by Camilla Downs #FreeVerse #Poetry #Nature #Family #Relationships #Love

Found Poetry Hidden Within Mailed Books

April 14 2020

It was a great day to mail books! Thank goodness for these drive through postal drops. And …. thank you to those who are buying books and sharing about books.

May 6 2020

Creating more Found Poetry to hide within Words of Alchemy. Preparing to mail a book to a lovely winner in Massachusetts. Some of these still need a word or two trimmed. Found within books that were destined for the trash.

May 9 2020

Ready to be hidden within outgoing books.

Words of Alchemy – A Celebration of Family and Adaption

April 22 2020:

“Words of Alchemy is warm and personal, like being invited to sit on the author’s couch and listen to her talk to family and friends. Intimate and loving, these poems are a celebration of family, of friends, of life, of nature, and of adaptation.”  – Amazon Customer