The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
We would love to get to know you.
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I've been a lover of romance novels for a good twenty years. I've been writing about ten, but I never really because serious about my writing until about six years ago. In the past three years, I've had fifteen books published with electronic / print small presses. It's been a dream come true. Not only am I a full time writer, but I'm a full time employee for the state of Utah, a full time mother, wife, and grandmother. Whew!
What's your favorite genre to read?
HISTORICALS!! The first romance I ever read was a historical by Kathleen E Woodiwiss, A Rose In Winter. Since then I have devoured any historical I could get my hands on. I love Regencies, Victorians, Colonials, Civil War, and the Wild West.
Who or what influences you when you write?
Believe it or not, my job has a big influence on my writing. Some days are so stressful, and I yearn to be home writing, doing what I love to do. So on days that I come home from work frazzled, I hurry to the computer and start writing! I'll make it some day. I WILL sell enough books and get with the bigger companies that will replace my bi-monthly paycheck!
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
I'd love to! My December release is with The Wild Rose Press. This is my first romantic suspense. Here is the blurb for Danger In Her Arms.
Taylor Marshal and her daughter need protecting, yet the bodyguard assigned is the one man she fears the most.
Three years earlier, Taylor gave her heart and body to stranger. After a whirlwind affair of unbridled passion, her hopes were crushed when she finds out her lover, Cory Ross, is a hit man. When she witnesses him take another man's life then watches her new found love fall from a cliff after being shot, her heart shatters. The only thing left to soothe Taylor's broken soul is the little life growing inside her. The last thing she expects to find is Cory Ross alive - and back in her life as her own personal bodyguard.
Cory thought his luck had changed after his near death experience in the Bahamas. But when he looks into the eyes of the woman who he suspected had something to do with his accident, he realizes his new assignment to protect Taylor and her young daughter will be pure hell. But to fall in love all over again with Taylor Marshall will be sheer torture.
My cover for this book is AWESOME! Check it out on the front page of my website - www.phyllismariecampbell.com I love Hunk covers - and this one is mouth-watering yummy!
Please tell us what you have planned next?
I actually have two books that are nearly finished. Once they are, they are going out to the NY publishers and agents. Actually, I have queried one of these stories to agents, and currently, three big agents are reading the partial of Spanish Eyes. My hero in this story is a splitting image of Antonio Banderas.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
If you mean out of my books (since I don't think there is one in real life **hahaha**), all of my heroes are perfect.or at least trying to be. Let's put it this way - they are at the end of the story. All of my reviewers have told me how much they love my heroes. I make them lifelike and very lovable. Even my hero in Her Knight Of Seduction is easy to fall in love with.and he's a rogue! Heeheee Why do I make them this way? Perhaps it's a way to create my perfect man.the man I wish every woman could have.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
When I first decided to get serious with my writing, I took workshops, joined critique groups, and learned everything I could. When I felt I was ready (because I'd learned so much), I took the step and submitted to the big houses. Needless to say, I got rejection after rejection. This only made me want to learn more, so I took more workshops, and read more articles on writing. Finally, I decided to try my hand with the small electronic presses, thinking this might give me the credibility I needed to make it with the big guys. The first story I had ever sent in was contracted. I now have fifteen stories under my published belt. Has it helped me get my foot in the door with the big houses? Not yet, but I'm not giving up. If it weren't for the smaller presses, I wouldn't have been given awards by some of my publishing houses (best-selling author of the year & favorite author of the year), and gained a great reputation with some of the review sites and given a title as Queen Of Sexual Tension. (gotta love that!) In my mind, I'm still learning to take that `big' step.
What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
I really don't think I've received bad advice at all. Everything has been great, and very helpful. The best advice I've been given is this - something I like to share with other new authors. NEVER GIVE UP!
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I'm not a plotter. I'm a panster. I create a plot in my mind, figure out my characters and where I want the story to start, then I begin writing. Usually by chapter three or four, I'm plotting a little further into the book, but I have NEVER plotted the endings to my books. Why? Because I want to be surprised when I get there, just as I hope my readers are when they read my books.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Newsletter Group?
www.phyllismariecampbell.com www.phylliscampbell.bebo.com www.myspace.com/phyllismariecampbell http://morganmandelbooks.ning.com/profile/PhyllisMarieCampbell http://writers-across-time.blogspot.com/ http://magicmavens.blogspot.com http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PhyllisCampbell/ NEWSLETTER
Thank you for this opportunity!