Interview with L.K. Campbell

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a small family farm. As the youngest in the family with few playmates my own age, I had to use my imagination to entertain myself. My father had an old 1920s model typewriter. Around age eight, I began typing stories about the family dogs on that old typewriter. I would take a sheet of legal-sized paper and draw it off into columns like the newspaper. As fate would have it, I spent 21 years of my adult life working at my hometown newspaper.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
In ninth grade. My creative writing teacher that year was a great influence and encouraged me to never stop writing. I also had a best friend who loved writing, and we would write stories together. In high school, I contributed to the school's literary magazine. As a project for my journalism class, I contributed to a column about school affairs for our hometown newspaper. By this time, I knew that becoming a writer was my dream and only ambition.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to write a mystery and had been toying with the idea for a while. The Law & Annabelle came about when I bought a slide scanner and started scanning 35mm slides that my mother had taken during our trip to South Dakota when I was a child. As I looked at those slides, it clicked in my mind that I wanted to set a murder mystery in the old west in that part of the country. My husband is a history buff where that time period is concerned, so he helped me with a lot of the historical accuracy of the book.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has done so much in the past few years to break down barriers for self-published authors. When I first self-published back in 2003, there was a stigma about self-publishing that was almost insurmountable. It was like being in a box constructed of brick walls. To paraphrase Barbara Mandrell's famous country song, I was self-publishing when self-publishing wasn't cool. Smashwords has helped to make it "cool" to self-publish - to give authors the freedom to self-publish without having to apologize for it. The success that many authors have experienced through Smashwords has helped to keep opening doors that were once shut to "indie" authors.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The first answer would be envisioning the stories; then working through the plot and creating characters and settings. But ultimately, the joy of writing comes from knowing that I've given someone a great reading experience.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on another book set in the North Carolina mountains - a place dear to my heart. A young woman, rattled by the sudden death of her aunt, learns that her aunt was living a secret life. As she explores and uncovers her aunt's secrets, she finds something she hadn't expected - a new love.
Who are your favorite authors?
I always enjoy anything by Janet Evanovich and Brenda Novak.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Sometimes I do a search on Amazon for books that interest me. I also have lots of author friends on Facebook and Twitter, so I'm never without book recommendations.
Published 2013-09-10.
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