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Dead Running/Dying to Run Blog Tour with Giveaway

Interview with Cami Checketts author of 
Dead Running and Dying to Run

Just to tantalize you, before we get to the interview, I've included an excerpt teaser from Dead Running

I inched down another stair, hoping the soft creaks wouldn’t give me away to whoever was arguing in my living room. My dad was visiting me this week, gathering medical supplies for another one of his projects. I’d been gracious and allowed him to host his meetings in my living room. The support from the medical community in our little corner of Northern Utah was actually impressive, but did one of the doctors have to show up in the middle of the night?

I was in that luscious almost-asleep phase when I heard the banging on my front door and crawled out of bed. Irritation turned to fear as I listened to the conversation. The man threatening Dad wasn’t one of his supporters.

“You interfered with the wrong shipment this time.”

Shipment?” Dad asked. “These are human beings, not some profit margin.”

I reached the bottom step and peeked around the wall. My dad stood near the fireplace with a mixture of shock and revulsion on his sunburned face.

Just inside the front door, a man peeked out from the shadow of a hooded sweatshirt. He yanked out a wicked-looking blade. I covered my mouth to stifle the scream....

Thanks to Cami for sending this book excerpt from the first chapter....

First off, Cami,  I'd like to thank you for taking the time for this interview about your two exciting books.

1) Running and writing, one is an activity of action and the other of thought, what draws you to them?
If I don't write I feel that empty pang, like I missed attending a dear friend's birthday party. Writing is my happy time and my opportunity to get all the conversations in my head typed into a word doc, so the people in my head will give me a little time to live in the real world. But I am also a creature of motion and cannot stand to sit for more than half an hour at a time (you never want to experience a road trip with me). Because I love to move, I run, and if I run fast enough and hard enough, I can tolerate my writing chair a bit longer.

2) Where did the idea for these books come from?
I won an entry into the St. George Marathon at a local race. I was thrilled, until the actual training started! I thought it would be fun to write about all the embarrassing things that happen while running and Cassidy was the perfect voice for embarrassing moments. I had a few nightmares with Cassidy out on the road and the suspense angle was thrown into the book.

3) Do you have a favorite character?  Why?
Definitely Cassidy. She cracks me up. I wish I dared say half the things she does.

4) Do you have a third book planned?
I have promised to write it in January. I've got a lot of it in my head, so hopefully the transition to keyboard will be smooth. The biggest problem is the book is set in central Mexico and I have never been there. Luckily, a very good friend was born and raised in the village I want to set the book. He's going to get extremely sick of me and my questions. I'll have to bake lots of cookies.
Thanks for having me on the blog!  ~ Cami

Giveaway Ends 1/31/13
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