So here goes…
Tell us about your writing roots: what got you started and what gave you the confidence to persevere?
I had been an avid romance reader since a year after my marriage in 1985. In 1994 I started writing after having a movie-like dream that I thought would make a great romance book. That’s when I realized how much I love creating stories and writing about love. Funny thing is, I had been doing this since I was in junior high school and didn’t realize it. I wrote poems in junior high and received awards. My last year in high school, I started writing skits for my church and the community, which were performed and judged. I received “Best Written” and “Funniest” awards. Yeah, gotta love that, huh? But it wasn’t until I started writing romance when I realized this is what I wanted to do.
What gives me the confidence to persevere? I haven’t a clue. Heaven knows I’ve received lots of rejections over the years, especially while trying to find an agent or a big NY publisher. But I always brush myself off and keep going (after sulking for a week). I think what gives me the confidence is hearing from my readers who tell me how much they love my stories. When I receive Recommended Reads and 5-star reviews I know that what I’m doing is the right thing.
How has your writing impacted other aspects of your life? (i.e., for me, editing made me a much more focused speaker)
Ohhh…editing. What a topic, eh? Let me tell you…sometimes I wish I’d never learned. It’s hard to turn the internal editor off while reading for fun. I pick up a book from a big author, and right away I’ll pick out those “telling” phrases. I’ll see when they head hop, and especially, I’ll see when they are writing in passive voice. <groans> That’s hard. What I think is funny is when my husband and I go to see a movie, and I’ll guess who the villain is even before it’s revealed in the story. Or I’ll tell him, they didn’t do that back then, since I research a lot for my historicals. lol So yes, learning about writing has definitely made an impact on other aspects of my life. Oh, and I’m not afraid to stand in front of people and talk about writing, either. I love giving workshops now. Go figure…
Talk about current, past and future projects, upcoming releases, maybe your ‘dream novel’?
Although this year (2009) I have released NINE stories, I’ve also finished some projects that have been on my “to do” list for a while. The end of last year I finished my first Regency – The Sweetest Temptation. I’ve written Victorians before, but never a Regency. After that, I finished writing my ghost story, My Heart’s Desire. Once finished with that, I quickly started on my pirate story, After The Loving, which kept going on and on because of the plot. I think it’s been the longest story I’ve ever written at 105,000 words. Now I’m working on another historical, Amazon Sunrise, and also just started another project with my critique partner. This is a steampunk, which surprisingly is fun to write! No title for this one yet. Out of all of these, I think my ‘dream novel’ would have to be my pirate story, since I’ve always wanted to write one. (grins)
My latest release, Belong To Me (The Wild Rose Press, www.thewildrosepress.com) debuted a few days ago: December 11, 2009 . It’s a historical; here’s the blurb:
A masked ball—a night of seduction.
Tired of being without her wayward husband, Charlotte Hamilton travels to New York to find him. She discovers him at a masked ball. Her revenge on him is that he doesn’t know who she is, so she seduces him. He talks her into a bargain—to stay as his wife for a month and then if they don’t suit, he’ll grant her a divorce. What she uncovers about his life is far more than she bargained for. In addition to the disguises in his closet from his investigative business, she stumbles across secrets. Those of which she wished she’s never known. Swept into a whirlwind of mystery, passion and adventure, Charlotte must discover the truth of her own heart before it’s too late for them both.
Check out the awesome book trailer, too, and read an excerpt of my story by visiting my website – http://phyllismariecampbell.literalseduction.com/bookshelf/belong-to-me/
Please tell our readers how you juggle work (other than writing, assuming you work ‘outside the home,’ as a patient aptly asked me many years ago), time to write and all that goes along with it, especially as a published author (i.e., promo, etc).
I wish I knew this answer, too. Considering I work ten hour days four days a week, I don’t have a lot of time to write except on the three days I have off. I get to work at 7:00am and I’m home at 6:00pm. I rest for five or ten minutes, then start on dinner. After dinner I quickly put the dishes in the dishwasher, and I’m on my computer until about 9:30pm. So pretty much I ignore my family a lot, lol. Actually, I don’t because my youngest daughter brings over the grandkids almost every night, which takes me a way from writing. My oldest daughter still lives with us, but she has her own life. At least she helps make dinner a couple times a week. My husband is happy watching tv when he gets home from work and after dinner. We’re in the bedroom while he watches tv with an ear plug so I won’t hear the tv while I’m writing. So far it seems to work well. I usually don’t do a lot of writing during my work week, but I critique my group’s stories. I do most of my writing on the weekend.
Please share the three ways you find most effective to promote your work!
I blog once a week with four other fantastic authors – http://vivaciousvixensofromance.blogspot.com/
I also get the word out about my new stories on Facebook (Phyllis Marie Campbell) and Myspace http://www.myspace.com/phyllismariecampbell
Most of all, I am part of about 50 Yahoo loops where I get to know others and become friends with as many as I can.
Thanks for letting me blog with you!