The Blue & Gold

Camille Crumbley

Young Writer Moves from Fiction to Journalism

by Christina Jordan

Camille Crumbley is sophomore and a first year journalism student. She decided to join Blue & Gold because she is interested in Journalism as a major and wanted a taste of what it was like. She reckons that she is a skilled organizer and has a good prose style but that her social anxiety will be a difficulty when conducting interviews.

She has been writing fiction since middle school, but has recently begun to write more nonfiction as a result of her historical research, an interest that had its seeds at around the same time.

“Around 7th grade, I had a really nice social studies teacher,” said Crumbley. “I liked the way he taught and he made history interesting.”

Crumbley became interested in European royal dynasties in particular.

“Two Chrismases ago, I researched the entire lineages of the Romanov family,” said Crumbley. “There a book, “The Romanovs: the History”, that my sister got for me from the library. I didn’t get to finish it but I skimmed over it.”

From the Romanovs, she moved on to the Tudors and the Stuarts. Her favorite historically inspired book is “My Lady Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. Her favorite book overall is “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt.