Earth Dancing and Three Positive Words – Sonya Interviews Camilla

December 10 2020

New Interview! This past July I took part in a written interview with Sonya of “A Lover of Books”. Before the interview could post, Sonya made a decision to retire from book blogging, which I fully understand. Book blogging can be intense! I figured I would share it here as Sonya put much time and effort into going back and forth with me, and pulling it together.

Sonya and I chat about having no idea what I’m doing, being a nature inspired poet, not intending to publish my poetry, how writing has been therapeutic, Earth dancing, and three positive words. Join us …

First of all can you tell me a bit about your latest book, ‘Words of Alchemy’?

Absolutely, Sonya! Words of Alchemy is a free verse poetry memoir that covers six years of my life, from 2013 -2019. Writing has been and is therapeutic for me, including writing poetry. When I began writing poetry in 2013, it was a way of processing life experiences, healing, and getting things out of my head. Words of Alchemy is a poetry collection of these events.

What do you hope readers will get out of this book?

It is my hope that readers connect with the content, causing them to laugh, shed a tear, or nod their head in agreement. If something I have written helps another to view a situation differently, opens their eyes or heart to a new way of experiencing life, or simply lets them know they are not alone, I am truly blessed.

Is this a book people can turn to when they need to relax or are after some inspiration? ….

No Idea What I’m Doing While Earth Dancing With Three Positive Words – Sonya Interviews Camilla

Southern Girl Relocated to the Wild West – James Interviews Camilla

November 29 2020

New interview! Thanks to James of JQM Literary for this lovely interview. We chat about what has influenced our four published books and being a southern girl relocated to the wild west. Join us … Photo of Team TLC, Halloween 2020 …

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Camilla Downs

The Best Thing I’ve Done So Far in My Life – Interview With Camilla Downs

October 31 2020

I’m chatting with Chelle of Curled up with a good book about jobs I’ve had over the past 13 years, Fahrenheit 451, Arsenic & Old Lace, the best thing I’ve done so far in my life, my desired super power, Equal Justice Initiative, and what I would do with a million pounds! Check it out … xoxo …. Thank you, Chelle!! 👻🎃

Meet the Author: Camilla Downs @camilladowns

Where Mindfulness Meets Artistic Creation

October 21 2020

Thank you to Nancy of The Writing Life Podcast! We talked about the role of mindfulness in artistic creation and the connection between art and nature. May something I’ve shared resonate. xoxo

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

Charming and a Pleasure to Read on Scary Days – Words of Alchemy

August 13 2020

Thank you to Jo of Jaffa Reads Too for this beautiful review. It did my heart good to receive this in the middle of the two week break. I’ve officially been reviewed by a cat now! As Jaffa is Jo’s reading partner.

“During this global pandemic I find that I am turning increasingly to the healing nature of inspirational verse to help to me stay grounded.

Words of Alchemy is a collection of expressive free verse in which the author shares her intimate thoughts and feelings about life, love, friendship, family, the natural world and does so with a light touch and an almost ethereal longing to be heard.

I find poetry collections intensely personal, as what seems so relevant to the poet can sometimes get lost in translation, but throughout this interesting memoir collection I felt an emotional connection to the thoughts and feelings expressed by this contemplative poet. Written over a number of years this collection is the author’s very personal journey through some of her troubled times and how she found inspiration in mindfulness and observing life around her.

Words of Alchemy is easy to read either all in one sitting or, as I did, dipping into sections at whim but guaranteed always to find something beautifully written and soothing to my soul. I found the whole collection quite charming and a pleasure to read on one of those scary days just recently when the world around me seemed such a very dark place.”

Go here to read the full review …

https://jaffareadstoo.blogspot.com/2020/08/book-review-words-of-alchemy-by-camilla.html?fbclid=IwAR0z6loObkiMkceR8M5slmMYSrjNig_BHrJlAsOAWGA1VaklJlPQuU_XQwg

 

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