Interview with Carla Campbell

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for as long as I can remember. My mother encouraged me to read from a young age and I became obsessed with books, reading whatever, and whenever I could. It didn't take long before I wanted to create stories of my own. I think my first story was written when I was about 9 years old. To this day I am still just as obsessed with writing, though my passion for writing over shadows my need to tell stories.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book I have been working on for a while is a collection of absurd and abstract tales, short stories, mostly around 500 words. I become easily distracted so it's better for me to let out my creativity in short bursts. I am hoping to collect about 50 of these tales before I perfect it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It would have to be the way words sound, for me there is nothing better than reading over a sentence I have just written and having it reminding me of stories that I have read from authors I admire. I find I gain a lot more joy from the sound effects words can create, the feelings they can cause when they are read just right, rather than from the storyline itself. Though, of course when a storyline is coming together perfectly the feeling is incredible.
Who are your favorite authors?
One of my favourite authors is Bret Easton-Ellis, his writing isn't to everyone's taste, and a lot of the issues he explores are more than just a little controversial, but I love that. I love that he doesn't worry about boundaries or social expectations and he writes exactly what he's thinking, I get the sense that he never holds back. Mark Haddon is another writer I favour, unlike Easton-Ellis he tends to leave me with a sense of hope at the end of his books, they are not necessarily happy endings, but they let the reader know that all is not lost.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a vast amount of my time on the internet, just browsing virtually any site looking for some form of entertainment. I am always trying to discover something new or interesting to divulge myself with. Of course, I spend a lot of time reading (not as much as I'd like) nothing really sparks my inspiration like being pulled into a good book.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Smashwords search helps a lot, I've found a lot of work that I never would have been able to see anywhere else, there's also amazon recommendation for kindle they help A LOT.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think the first story I wrote, like I said when I was around 9, was something about a girl finding a shell on the beach, even then most of my focus was on the description of the shell. I don't remember much about it, but I don't think there was much story, although it was probably magical in some way.
What is your writing process?
I wouldn't call it a process, but the moment I feel I have some kind of inspiration I just splurge whatever I have onto the page. Often times there is no story which develops from it, and most of it goes unused in some folder somewhere, but every once in a while, I get a stroke of what I feel is 'genius' and it becomes a piece of work I desperately want people to read.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One of the first books I read completely was called, 'Righteous Men', I remember that it was the first book that really made me realise how amazing writing could be, the first book that pulled me in completely. I think I was about 12 and this book was huge, and thick, and I remember picking it up at the library, completely sure that I would read this book. I still know everything that happened in that book and I always will, it's responsible for a lot of the twists I try to add to my own writing today.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading just about anything, as long as the story is gripping and leaves me wanting to know more. I enjoy stories with a little mystery, and a surprise ending, but I'm willing to read just about anything
Published 2013-11-30.
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Books by This Author

The True Beauty Behind the Words
Price: Free! Words: 470. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2011. Categories: Essay » Literature
(3.00 from 1 review)
A short essay on my thoughts of literature. I may later update this with an extended essay.
A Kiss From the Love of My Life
Price: Free! Words: 310. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Another short story, not really much of a story, more a description. Enjoy.
My Absurd Encounter
You set the price! Words: 600. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The tale of a man who's life completely changes. Without him even knowing it.