Wow! Camille DeAngelis visits the podcast this week and does she have a story to tell!! She is, of course, the author of Bones and All, an inverted fairy tale with a sympathetic girl monster protagonist that has since been turned into an award-winning film starring Timothee Chalamet and Taylor Russell. At heart, though it may not be obvious at first read, this is a book that is steeped in Camille’s personal disgust at the way we treat animals and, in our discussion, we go into detail about how that led to the decision to write a story about ‘eaters,’ as she calls the ghouls in her story. Camille has clearly cracked the code on bringing her message to the mainstream, and, happily, she is more than willing to share how. In aid of that, she tells us why she wrote her non-fiction book, A Bright Clean Mind, which is a self-help motivational book for artists and creatives that encourages readers to recognize the effect changing our diet can have on our creativity.
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Camille DeAngelis is the author of several novels for adults, a middle-grade novel called The Boy From Tomorrow, a travel guide to Ireland, and two more books of nonfiction, Life Without Envy: Ego Management for Creative People and A Bright Clean Mind: Veganism for Creative Transformation. Her young adult novel Bones & All won an Alex Award from the American Library Association in 2016, and Luca Guadagnino’s film adaptation arrived in theaters in November 2022. She lives in Washington, DC.
“Whether you are a cannibal or a law-abiding omnivore, you are consuming flesh of a person who did not want to die.” – Camille DeAngelis
Highlights for Episode 676:
- Why Camille decided to explore horror in the Young Adult genre
- How Camille creates and develops her characters to make them both empathetic and relatable
- How working with a screenwriter feels and how Camille worked to maintain the integrity of her novel when turning it into a film
- Why self-deception is the most powerful impediment to transformation
- How Camille’s writing has changed since she wrote her first book.
- How Camille strives to find a balance between extolling the tangible benefits of veganism while not leading people to believe it’s a cure-all for everything
- The Main Street Vegan program and the impact it has had on Camille’s life
- How Camille’s non-fiction book, A Bright Clean Mind, came into being and how it offers a new perspective on ethical veganism through the lens of art and literature, and tips on how to transition into veganism
Connect with Camille Deangelis:
- Comet Party Website
- Camille DeAngelis on Instagram
- Camille DeAngelis on Twitter
- No Bones at All on YouTube
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