Life on the Fringe
Interview with Camille: Part 1
My first interview (of several this month) with Camille D’Artigo. Her fifth book is coming up. HAUNTED MOON releases 1.29.13
1: “How do you stay so strong through everything you and your family go through?”
Because we have no other option. If we fail, people die. If we break down, there isn’t anybody to take our place. We were raised the daughters of a soldier. We learned to deal with adversity.
2: “How do you work your way through any disagreements or jealousies with your husbands? How do you guys get through the big arguments without splitting up?”
We talk, and sometimes yell, and slam a few doors, then talk some more. I think, after what happened with Hyto, my men are far less apt to throw a fit—we’ve all seen what the outcome of unrestrained rage can be. We meet once a week, to talk for an hour or so, and discuss issues that might be yanking somebody’s chain.
3: “Which magic do you enjoy using the most? Your death magic or moon magic and why?”
Both—I’m far more comfortable with the moon magic, though less adept at it. But I’m growing to love the energy of the death magic and embrace it as we go along.
4: “When are you going to have babies and how will you know whom the papa is, or rather first?”
I’m not interested in babies. I’m interested in my husbands, my magical path, my evolving role as a Priestess, and in stopping the demonic war. Eventually, far in the future, I might relent but I have to be honest: I have zero interest in being anybody’s mother, and if I do ever have children we will have a nanny. So for now, the answer is “not for a long time. IF ever.” As to knowing who the papa is, I figure that looks would tell, and abilities. But that’s not really an issue since I come from a matrilinear society, so children would bear my first name as their last name.
5: “What advice would you give your best friend on how to get her sexual mojo back?”
First, visit the doctor or healer to make sure nothing is physically wrong. Then, it depends on what’s going on. Self confidence goes a long way. So does moving the body—dance, exercise, long walks, massage…being in the body and out of the head is important. Will music help you get out of your thoughts? What sweeps you away? Learning to please yourself is important—how can you expect others to know what makes you feel good if you don’t? Remember: a lot of sex takes place in the brain and our bodies react to our thoughts, words, and feelings.
6: “If you were able, would you pick a different path for yourself?”
No…my heart and soul belong to the Moon Mother, and I would never choose a different path, as harsh and difficult as this one can be.