Guest post: “How I juggle fiction, family and fitness” by Cami Checketts

I asked Cami Checketts, author of the “Dead Running” series, how she manages writing fiction, her family (with four boys!) and her passion for fitness. She was sweet enough to tell me, and I wanted to share with you all! This woman is incredible!

How I juggle fiction, family, and fitness

Cami Checketts

This is a question I hear quite often and it has a very simple answer: I don’t sleep. A good friend and I used to say we’d sleep when we were sixty. Well, now sixty isn’t sounding so old, so we’ve changed it to, “We’ll sleep when we’redead.”

Seriously, it’s a huge challenge for me to juggle everything, especially because my boys (even the really big one) are stinking adorable and deserve every minute of attention I can spare. I try really hard to remember that someday these cute little men are going to grow up and leave me (except for the really big one) and I’ll have a lot of years when fitting in time to write won’t be so hard. But right now my family has to take first priority.

I could give you a typical play by play of my day, although it may bore everyone but my mother.

5:30 am – Workout (strength training, run, or spin)

6:30 am – Breakfast with oldest son, get him off to school

7:00 am – Shower and get ready

8:00 am – Breakfast for the rest of the boys, drive #2 and #3 to school 

8:50 – noon – Play with 2yo, clean, laundry, volunteer at school and church, etc.

12:30 pm – Feed little guy, read to him, put him down for nap

1:00 –  3:20 pm – Writing time (heaven)

3:20 – 13yo comes home, pickup 10yo and 6yo: homework, snacks, friends, practice sports, general craziness

6:00 – 8:00 pm – Dinner and family time (unless we have sports, scouts, book presentations, church meetings, or any one of hundreds of other interruptions)

8:00 – 10:00 pm – Scriptures, family talk, reading stories, and wrestling into bed

10:00 – 11:00 pm – Writing time (if I can stay awake)

11:00 pm – Bedtime

Okay, that may have been entirely too personal and boring, but that’s how I fit in a bit of writing and exercise time with four, fun boys. I know every one of you are probably more busy than I am. I’m just grateful that I can find time to pursue my dreams of being a writer and enjoy being a Mom.

 Cami’s blog tour

Dead Running

Cassidy Christensen is running.
Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents.
Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable.
Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness.

With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she’ll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them? When secrets from her past threaten her family, Cassidy decides to stop running and fight for her future.


Dying to Run

Cassidy Christensen wants to run.

Captured by the traffickers who killed her mother, her only hope is Dr. Tattoo, a man she loves but nobody trusts. When she finally gets a chance to run, someone else she cares about is taken. Running might be her only chance at survival, but she won’t allow another family member to be killed in her place.

This must-read sequel to Dead Running will have you laughing, biting your nails, and hoping for more.




Author Cami Checketts

Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction.

Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. Cami teaches strength training classes at her local rec and shares healthy living tips on her fitness blog:

Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn’t snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing.



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