Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hi, I’m Cameron Lee, a Boulder, CO-based blogger turned author. I have always had an interest in writing, and in the last decade or so became immersed in the culture of indoor growing.
When I went online to learn about the craft, I realized that the art and science of growing indoors is changing so much every year that home growers are always using two-to-three year old information to grow their plants. This had to change!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I started writing my very first book, ‘Grow Great Weed’, after spending countless hours reading online publications, books, and blogs, trying to get the right answers, and ended up discovering that most of what I read was either an ad selling a product, or propaganda that didn’t educate so much as it had other intentions. That made me so frustrated and angry that I finally said enough, and threw my hat in the ring, to help others who may be interested in growing but may not know how or where to start.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’ve found writing to happen at the most random occurrences. I am an avid golfer, and have to carry a pen and notepad on the course, or driving range, should I have a moment of inspiration. I also have had many ‘a ha’ moments in the shower as well — I suppose that may be unusual!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ was a significant influence for me in learning about the craft. I also have a good friend who is a full time, travel blogger. His journey (and writings) have inspired me to be transparent and open in my writing.
What are you working on now?
I am fascinated by the way LED lighting is changing the world, and am looking to explore more around that topic in a future book. My first book, ‘Grow Great Weed’ was singularly focused on the indoor growing arena, which is a fascinating industry and pursuit. The folks involved are creative and have tremendous ingenuity to come up with creative ways to hone their craft, including working with LED Lighting. I’d like to look at other industries where LED is changing the way business is done.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am new to authorship and being a ‘book promoter’, so I still have much to learn! I’m really enjoying connecting with readers and getting feedback that helps me hone the craft.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Iterate, iterate, iterate! And find an editor much more skilled than you are!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Fail often, fail fast.
What are you reading now?
“The Girl on the Train” and some nonfiction books. I’m fascinated by what makes a book a viral success.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Perhaps exploring the world of fiction!
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
1. ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill
2. ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho
3. ‘Four Hour Work Week’ by Tim Ferriss