While it may seem like I do, and have done, a lot of talking about Camaro Espinoza and the stories featuring her, I have never really dug down into her character in an analytical way. It’s always been my intention for readers to explore her stories, and understand her, in whatever way they choose to do so, because reading is a personal thing and every book is different for everybody who cracks the cover. I also think it’s pretentious of a writer to talk their work up too much. Analysis is, as I say, something which should be left to the individual reader.
That said, occasionally people do ask me for more information than I readily provide, and such is the case with the release of Walk Away (get your copy now). During the run-up to the release, I was asked by the writer John Valeri to answer some questions about the book, and about Camaro generally. I always get a little weirded out in situations like these, but that’s my problem and not the questioner’s. And in the end I said of course and the final result is a short Q&A where we dig into Camaro in a way I have never done publicly before.
You may think it’s odd that this character, who some reviewers consider superficial — hello, New York Times, how are you? — is actually the one dearest to my heart. My Borderland Trilogy novels are all about tormented individuals struggling with difficult lives, so you’d think I’d have a lot of deep things to say about them, because clearly I did some serious cogitation where they’re concerned, but Camaro is the character I have spent the most time with, have thought the most about, and whom I consider the most nuanced of any character I’ve ever written.
Anyway, to make a short story long, the Valeri Q&A is lengthy, but should give you greater insight into why I write Camaro the way I do, what I think of her as a character and, probably most important for the reader only just now coming to her, how the stories all fit together. And they do all fit together. If you’ve read everything I’ve written about Camaro, you’ve probably seen how every single short story, novella and novel interlock. For example: in Walk Away, Camaro has a stitch in her eyebrow throughout the book. Why? Read “Bully.”
So check out John Valeri’s site, see what I have to say and, please, if you’ve picked up a copy of Walk Away take a few moments to rate and review the book on Amazon and/or Goodreads. You don’t need to write more than a few words, and then give me four or five stars. It means more than you know.