‘8 Simple Rules’ author, SM East grad Bruce Cameron returns to KC promoting latest book

Author Bruce Cameron was greeted at Rainy Day Books by SM East classmates Valerie Bordy (L) and Susan Householter Winters. Photo provided by T. Rooker.
Author Bruce Cameron was greeted at Rainy Day Books by SM East classmates Valerie Bordy (L) and Susan Householter Winters. Photo provided by T. Rooker.

SM East grad Bruce Cameron says he had “always been a writer” – even before the rest of the world acknowledged it. Now his series of books centered on dogs or daughters have established him in the literary world.

Cameron returned to his northeast Johnson County roots this weekend with a book signing at Rainy Day Books in Fairway for his latest book, “The Dogs of Christmas.” Growing up, Cameron lived at times in Roeland Park, Prairie Village, Fairway and Mission Hills.

He first drew the attention of a reading public with an online humor column that had 50,000 readers at its peak. That caught the attention of a literary agent which landed him as a local columnist for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver and from there to syndication.

During his 15 years working in finance for General Motors, he also had been writing books, nine of which remain unpublished, but it was the 10th that sold: “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,” which also became the basis for a television series.

Besides his experience as father to teenage girls, Cameron also has focused his writing on dogs. “I’ve always been a big fan of dogs. Human beings are messy and flawed. But, you can’t find a dog that isn’t happy.” The newest book is the latest in a line of canine-centered books starting with “A Dog’s Purpose.”

As for his writing process, Cameron, who now lives in Los Angeles, ¬†says that his is anything but a disciplined approach: “It is very much like the running of the bulls.”