Interview with Glynnis Campbell

When did you first start writing?
My first creative writing happened as soon as I could hold a pencil. In Kindergarten I was writing little poems about my cat, and all through school, I filled notebooks full of poetry and lyrics. It wasn't until I was an adult that I tried writing a book. It was so long, it ended up being three books, and a decade later, they became my first published books--My Champion, My Warrior, and My Hero.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In elementary school, I wrote a medieval story that was actually more of a picture book. I brazenly traced figures out of Disney books and the encyclopedia and wrote an adventure that featured an unbeknownst-to-me international cast--Pedro, Jacques, King Arthur, and Prince Philip.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the now famous Paradise, California--the town that was tragically destroyed by fire. Three of my historical romances are set there in the 1800s, so the land and history had a direct effect on my writing. But my early childhood was spent in the parkland of nearby Chico, which stood in for Sherwood Forest in the Errol Flynn film, "Robin Hood." From an early age, that romantic setting made me very interested in all things medieval--woodland outlaws, knights in shining armor, and swashbuckling heroes.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The scent of freshly brewing coffee is a pretty good wake-up for me! But even when I have to make it myself, I'm eager to go online to read the news, see what my readers have posted, and make my own daily post--usually a fun question and a link to one of my weekly giveaways of a signed book.
Describe your desk
My writing desk is very different from my work desk. My work desk is a double-sided cherry wood behemoth with ceiling-high shelves and cupboards. But when I write, I do it on my laptop, which means my desk can be anywhere. My favorite desk locations are on a cruise ship with my BFF author Lauren Royal and on my musician husband's bus when I'm tagging along on a tour.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on my smartphone. It's so nice to have a whole library tucked into my pocket, especially since most of my reading happens in spare moments here and there.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read everything under the sun! I love biographies and thrillers, historical romances and how-to books, books of essays and collections of short fiction, quirky novels and beloved classics. For me, reading is like going on a little vacation, and I'm a vacationer who would travel to Paris one week and camp in the wilderness the next. So variety is what I crave when I read.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was a traditionally published author for ten years, writing under three pen names, and on my birthday, my agent called to tell me my publisher didn't want any more books from me. Happy birthday. I thought my career was over. But only a few years later, ebooks came on the market, and because my publisher didn't see the value in them, I got the rights back to all my previously published books. I was able to successfully publish and market them myself. It turned out to be the best birthday gift ever!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I like to feed the muse with books and binge-watching. I especially enjoy Ted Talks. But I also love the outdoors--bicycling, gardening, traveling all over. Several times a year, I tag along with my musician husband on part of his tour, and though I write a good deal of the time, I also love hanging out with the band and socializing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Every reader has their favorite platform, and some of the earliest adopters of ebook technology came to Smashwords. Smashwords has spent a lot of time and energy to create a user-friendly and industry-current platform, building great relationships with marketers and distributors.
What do your fans mean to you?
My readers are the wind beneath my wings. I delight in sharing my characters' emotions and adventures, and I love hearing back from fans who laughed or cried or stayed up all night reading one of my books.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm very excited to be writing a sequel to my most popular series, "The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch." The new series is called "The Warrior Daughters of Rivenloch," and Book 1 is BRIDE OF FIRE. As the series title suggests, these are the romantic adventures of the original sisters' daughters. The three intrepid cousins prove that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree as they cross blades and break hearts in the Lowlands of Scotland!
What is your writing process?
There are generally two types of writers--plotters and pantsters. Plotters outline everything and follow a road map. Pantsters write by the seat of their pants. it turns out I'm a planster. I start with a rough outline of what I want to happen, but often the characters shove me out of the way and start down their own path. I used to fight them. I know better now. I just revise my expectations and my outline, and somehow it works out.
How do you approach cover design?
The most important element for me in the cover design, aside from clearly identifying the genre, is the emotion represented. I prefer having people on my covers, and since my books are romantic and adventurous, I like a bit of drama in the artwork. I always choose my own photos, and my husband creates most of my covers. My name logo at the bottom ties together all my books, and if the book is Scottish, which many of mine are, I try to include a bit of tartan. I'm always looking for new trends. (In fact, I was one of the first authors to put solo heroines on historical romance covers!)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's the best feeling when, after I've spent several months pouring out my heart onto the pages of a book--loving and laughing and crying with the characters, struggling with the heroine, and snuggling with the hero--I start to receive enthusiastic reviews from readers who were swept away, riding with me on the adventure!
Published 2019-05-21.
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Books by This Author

Lords with Swords
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 313,060. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
The Knights of de Ware--three brothers to carry on the rich and powerful de Ware legacy: Duncan the Champion...Holden the Warrior...Garth the Hero...
A Rivenloch Christmas: A Wee Holiday Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,180. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
A holiday reunion at Rivenloch turns into a desperate search for three missing seven-year-old cousins, lasses who are as impetuous and daring as their warrior maid mothers.
Medieval Outlaws: The Boxed Set
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 249,840. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Spirited wenches and wayward rogues! Rogues, rapscallions, knaves, scoundrels, hellions, scallywags, blackguards, outcasts, and firebrands. They may be villains, but they’re irresistible, and sometimes the right woman (or man) can steal their hearts and help them mend their wicked ways. Includes full novels DANGER'S KISS, PASSION'S EXILE, and DESIRE'S RANSOM.
The Storming
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,230. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
To restore peace in the Borders between Scotland and England, two kings have betrothed Lady Hilaire Eliot to a cursed, thrice-widowed knight known as The Dire Dragan. Headstrong Hilaire will do anything to escape that fate, even confront her fear of the dark by fleeing her besieged castle through an ancient tunnel. Her bridegroom, Giric mac Leod, is just as determined to claim his rightful bride.
Scottish Brides
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 138,800. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Scottish Lasses… Like heather, these lasses are beautiful yet strong, able to brave the harsh challenge of the Highlands and blossoming only for the most wise and worthy heroes. Includes THE SHIPWRECK, THE HANDFASTING, THE REIVER, THE OUTCAST
A Yuletide Kiss
Series: The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,480. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Half-Viking shieldmaiden Kimbery of Rivenloch has until Yuletide to choose a bridegroom…or one will be chosen for her. But when the barbarian Brude the Brutal travels to claim his betrothed, he finds himself bewitched instead by a runaway bride.
The Reiver
Series: Medieval Outlaws, Book 0. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,490. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Cristy Moffat will do anything to impress her brawny cousins, including reiving the neighbor's cattle…until she steals the wrong cow and is caught in the act by the new laird. Brochan Macintosh has his hands full, repairing his tower house and raising his motherless twins. Can he tame her wild ways and give her a family to love, and will Cristy be the one to heal his loneliness?
Desire's Ransom
Series: Medieval Outlaws, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,170. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Heiress to her Irish clan, spirited Temair O'Keeffe forsakes her destiny to join a band of woodland outlaws who rob from the rich and give to the poor--those impoverished by her greedy father. So when a powerful English knight, Sir Ryland de Ware, is sent by the newly crowned King John to form an alliance by wedding Temair, Ryland's first quest is to find his runaway bride.
California Legends
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 272,020. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
The Golden State…These are chronicles of the Old West—of the native people who lived on the land for generations and the pioneers who came from all over the world in search of riches…the struggle to survive in a land without laws…the strange bedfellows that resulted from the clash of cultures…and the common language of the heart that spoke of a love more precious than gold.
Scottish Lasses: The Boxed Set
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 232,310. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Spirited Highland lasses and the bold heroes who tempt them! Meet the lasses in the world of Mary Queen of Scots...Like the Scottish thistle, they're lovely yet tough, beautiful yet prickly, and only the strongest and wisest heroes are able to elude their thorns to discover the tender blossom within. Contains MacFARLAND'S LASS, MacADAM'S LASS and MacKENZIE'S LASS.
Native Hawk
Series: California Legends, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,530. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
A half-native gambler wagers his heart on a spirited Italian harlot who takes his money without delivering the goods, but all is forgiven when the law comes for him with guns blazing and she proves to be his Lady Luck.
MacKenzie's Lass
Series: Scottish Lasses, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,170. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Renaissance
MacKenzie's Lass by Glynnis Campbell (Book 3 of Scottish Lasses). A woman with a taste for adventure...a man who knows how to satisfy her hunger... Tristan MacKenzie, the chef to Queen Mary, cooks up fiery romance with Mery Graham, a spirited Scottish minstrel at the most controversial banquet in Tudor history.
Maids with Blades
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 256,860. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Deirdre, Helena, and Miriel, three kick-arse Scots wenches known as The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch, aren’t about to become any man’s chattel, until they meet heroes who are strong enough to tame their wild ways and worthy enough to win their wayward hearts. Maids with Blades includes: Book 1: Lady Danger, Book 2: Captive Heart, Book 3: Knight's Prize
The Handfasting
Series: The Knights of de Ware, Book 0. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,300. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A French knight betrothed to a Highland heiress falls instantly in love with his spirited bride, until he realizes he's been tricked into wedding the wrong sister, and only a Yuletide wish can grant them a happily ever after.
Native Wolf
Series: California Legends, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 94,300. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Half-native Chase Wolf’s plan to take revenge on his grandmother’s killer backfires when he starts to fall in love with the woman he kidnaps, and Claire Parker finds that being stolen by a handsome savage is far more thrilling than anything she’s read in her dime novels. With rescue nipping at their heels, it’s a race against time as their lives, and their hearts, become irreversibly entangled.
The Outcast
Series: Scottish Lasses, Book 0. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,940. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Renaissance
The Outcast (the prequel novella to Scottish Lasses) by Glynnis Campbell...Lachlan Mar, a disfigured and broken Scots warrior, doesn't believe anything can mend the wounds of war until Alisoune Hay, a brilliant and beautiful young lass, stumbles into his cottage and his life, healing his hurt and his heart with the most magical power of all--love.
MacAdam's Lass
Series: Scottish Lasses, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,460. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Renaissance
MacAdam's Lass by Glynnis Campbell (Book 2 of Scottish Lasses) Set in the time of Mary Queen of Scots--A woman with a legacy…a man with a secret. She seeks to avenge her brave mother's murder. He seeks to reconcile himself to his father's death.
MacFarland's Lass
Series: Scottish Lasses, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 94,710. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Renaissance
MacFarland's Lass by Glynnis Campbell (Book 1 of Scottish Lasses). Set in the time of Mary Queen of Scots--A woman on the run…a man on the hunt. He has forty days to earn her trust. She has forty days to win his heart. They have forty days to outwit their enemies.
Danger's Kiss
Series: Medieval Outlaws, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,200. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
A thief by trade, Desiree of Canterbury can squirm out of any tight spot...until she meets her match in Nicholas Grimshaw, the most feared lawman in the shire. Nicholas becomes honor-bound to care for Desiree. But just when she decides to let him make an honest woman of her, a ruthless enemy rears its ugly head, and the two must escape danger, cheat death , and save their newfound love.
Knight's Prize
Series: The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,380. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Miriel of Rivenloch may not have the killer instincts of her older sisters, but she’s keeping a dangerous secret. She knows more than she’s letting on about the mysterious Shadow, the forest outlaw who robs from the rich and gives to the poor. When devil-may-care mercenary Sir Rand la Nuit, hot on the trail of The Shadow, claims to be in love with Miriel, she knows he’s hiding something, too.
Captive Heart
Series: The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch, Book 2 ยท Medieval Outlaws, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,910. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Book 2 from THE WARRIOR MAIDS OF RIVENLOCH Trilogy -damsels in shining armor! Helena of Rivenloch has fire in her heart and battle in her blood, and she’s desperate to save her youngest sister from a fate worse than death...marriage. When Helena fails to slay the bridegroom, she abducts his right-hand man, the witty and dashing Sir Colin du Lac, and Helena soon finds her own heart held hostage.
Lady Danger
Series: The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 89,920. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
BOOK 1 FROM THE WARRIOR MAIDS OF RIVENLOCH TRILOGY Damsels in shining armor! Born to the blade and raised to fear no one, Deirdre of Rivenloch never shies away from a fight and never turns her back on a threat to her land or her family. But she’s never met a man like Sir Pagan Cameliard, the bold and powerful knight who crosses swords with her by day and lays siege to her heart by night.
The Shipwreck
Series: The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch, Book 0. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,500. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
THE LEGEND OF RIVENLOCH IS BORN The origin novella for the Warrior Maids of Rivenloch Viking marauder Brandr has nothing left to live for, so he sails away on one final voyage. A storm at sea leaves him shipwrecked and barely alive on a foreign shore. Avril discovers the terrifying, yet broken castaway on her beach, never imagining that soon her enemy will earn her trust, and enthrall her senses.
Native Gold
Series: California Legends, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 112,420. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Mathilda Hardwicke, a rebellious artist rejected by her family and New York society, heads west to Gold Rush California as a mail-order bride. But when fate leaves her at the altar, she's drawn to Sakote--a fierce Konkow warrior whose tribe is threatened by the encroaching white men--in whose arms she discovers a savage new Paradise and a forbidden love more precious than gold.
Passion's Exile
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,980. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » General
PASSION'S EXILE - Glynnis Campbell Haunted by an unforgivable crime, the once noble swordsman, Sir Pierce of Mirkhaugh, now wanders Scotland as the sword-for-hire known as Blade. His latest mission—to unmask two assassins among the pilgrims bound for St. Andrews—goes awry when spirited Rosamund of Averleigh joins the entourage, tempting Blade from his solitude and making him believe in redemption.
My Hero
Series: The Knights of de Ware, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,980. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » General
Raised in the shadow of his warrior brothers, Sir Garth de Ware has retreated to a life of peace in the Church, seeking refuge from the unbridled desire of his youth. But a beautiful healer from his past—newly widowed Lady Cynthia le Wyte—sweeps into Garth’s humdrum life, reawakening his passions and challenging his vows, forcing him to choose between his holy calling and the calling of his heart.
My Warrior
Series: The Knights of de Ware, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,990. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » General
Fearless Sir Holden de Ware has been sent to secure the Scottish border—an easy conquest, he assumes, until he discovers that the impassioned warrior defending the castle is a woman. Fiery Cambria Gavin is not about to surrender her land. But her sworn enemy proves irresistible, and revenge becomes a double-edged sword as Cambria finds her blade...and her heart...hopelessly entangled with his.
My Champion
Series: The Knights of de Ware, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 115,750. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Sir Duncan de Ware is a sworn champion of the common man and a master of disguise. So when he finds plucky maiden-in-distress Linet de Montfort facing off against a notorious pirate, noble Duncan goes undercover to come to her rescue, despite her insistence that she can take care of herself. When the pirate abducts her, Duncan and Linet are caught up in a breathless adventure of danger and romance