Topic: Author Interview
Phyllis Campbell the person:
1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?
Fun, loving, nurturing
2. How do you think others would describe you?
Hahaha... My co-workers would describe me as silly, hard-headed, and a busy-body.
3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.
My Family. Maybe this is where the ‘busy-body' comes in, because I always want to make sure my family is taken care of...and my kids are making the right choices. Doesn't always happen...but I try.
4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.
Just one. Buddie - a teacup poodle. He's been in our family for almost ten years. The poor thing has had seizures since he was six months old, and now he's starting to show the effect. He's blind in one eye and almost blind in the other, and he has arthritis really bad in his back legs. Sad to say, but I don't think he's going to be with us much longer. He's been a good dog, and we love him like part of the family. It's going to tear us apart when he dies.
5. What is your most precious memory?
I have so many, but if I had to choose, it's probably when my daughters were born...also when my grandsons were born. I cried from happiness. I'm such a sap... LOL
6. What is your most embarrassing memory?
Oh, you would have to ask this one... Dang, I don't know if I can tell you. Well, I'll be brave... I was on my way to the airport with my husband's family to see his great-grandmother off. I'd been drinking soda pop, and my bladder was full. When we reached the parking lot, I knew I had to find a bathroom soon! But we still had to get on the shuttle bus and make it to the thermals, first. Once I got on the bus, I started getting sick. I couldn't hold it any longer. It was literally making me ill. So, I convinced my husband to get off the bus with me. We found some parked cars with nobody around and... Yup, I popped a squat and did my job-just as an airplane was going overhead. I thought my husband would die from embarrassment. At the time I was just relieved to go, because it was literally making me sick!
7. If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?
Nothing! I'd be a couch potato, so it's a good thing I'm a writer!
8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.
Phyllis Marie Campbell died with a smile on her face. She had accomplished her goals and lived her dream as a romance writer. She was loved by many and will be missed, but her stories will remain in our hearts forever.
Phyllis Campbell the writer:
9. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?
It wasn't until I got my first contract. That's when I was floating on air. I couldn't believe I'd reached my first step in my writing career.
10. What is going on with your writing these days?
I have plenty of stories to work on. Currently, I'm completing an American historical which I'll be sending off to publishing companies this next year and hope to find a good home. I also have a paranormal historical that's about halfway finished, but I'm eager to see the end of that story and find an agent. AND...I'd like to try Harlequin / Silhouette with my contemporaries. That's next year's goal.
11. What are your future goals for your writing?
To be published with the big guys! I have enjoyed being with small presses, but now I want to take a bigger step and see if I can get published with Avon, or Zebra, or any of those big name publishers.
12. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
Well, when I find time to write, my typical day would be - get out of bed in the morning, after breakfast get on the computer. WRITE! Write more. Have lunch. Write more. Have dinner. Write like crazy before bedtime. Unfortunately, lately my writing is as typical as I'd want it to be with my family and my job. One of these days I'll go back to normal...
13. Why do you write?
Because I love creating stories. I love creating LOVE stories. I adore writing about men and women and their problems - and falling in love regardless. My daughters say I write because at least I can tell my characters what to do and they'll do it...which is what my kids don't do. heehee
14. What writer most inspires you? Why?
A lot of writers inspire me. I don't have a favorite, though. Although Kathleen E Woodiwiss will always be my favorite author since she was the one who turned me into a romance novel lover.
15. How do you define your writing?
Sensual. Mysterious. Intriguing.
16. In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?
I wouldn't mind it one bit if my readers say that Phyllis Campbell's book are on their keeper shelves because they fell in love with my characters.
Phyllis Campbel the details:
17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?
18. Is there a place where readers can reach you?
I'm on most of the Yahoo Loops for readers and writers. Or they can reach me by emailing me - firstname.lastname@example.org
19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
rubbing hands together> Okay, here goes:
Always, My Love (Victorian set)
Vows Of Deception (Victorian set)
Her Knight Of Seduction (Victorian set)
Pretend I'm Yours (Colonial)
Queen Of Hearts (historical western)
Holding Out For A Hero (historical western)
Ten Ways To Melt A Man's Heart (romantic comedy)
Danger In Her Arms (romantic suspense)
Stupid Cupid (Valentine's Day Anthology)
Mistletoe Magic (Christmas Anthology)
They are all available in ebook / paperback
20. For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
Lots of twists and turns. Don't think you know the ending, because chances are, you're wrong. Heeheee I love to tease!
21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?
Take a look at my website and new trailers. I have excerpts on every one of my books, which will give you a hint to what / how I write. I totally enjoy writing romance, and I'll continue it as long as I'm physically able to write. I love hearing readers comments, so please let me know what you think about my writing - and especially, what you would like to see from Phyllis Campbell in the future.