Interview with Màiri Campbell

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Máiri: I love to take long walks with my 2 dogs, sewing and knitting and decorating and painting my home. I spend countless hours in front of my iPad continualy coming up with new ideas
Who are your favorite authors?
Máiri: There are so many!!!!!!!!i love so many writers such as Barbara Michaels, JR Ward, Stephen King, John Saul, Anne Rice, Rosanna Leo, Charlaine Harris and countless others
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Máiri : for me, my children, my crafts, my family and writing and creating but most of all I love riding my harley as often as I can
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Máiri : doing searches and reading countless samples, I have discovered new writers that way. I have a background in legal research ...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Máiri : I wrote my own version of thumbelina when I was 9 years old
What is your writing process?
Máiri : i write down an idea and rewrite and continue to rewrite until the story pours out
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Máiri : obviously as a child fairy tales is a staple, but the book that made my love of books be a lifelong experience was reading Enid Blyton, The Faraway Tree, these stories made my imagination go wild, I would even make up my own lands at the top of the faraway tree in the enchanted forest. Then when I was older reading Wuthering Heights changed my idea on romance forever.
How do you approach cover design?
Miàra : obviously it's important the cover express the story I am writing. Personally the cover is the hardest challenge, but, I will say this being my first book published I wanted the cover to be special, so a friend did the artwork and it is a little secret who's face is blended into the cover (laughing)
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Máiri : The Faraway Tree, Wuthering Heights, Lover At Last (the full series), interview with a Vampire, Stitches in Time ..... Rather than tell you why I like them, why not read them for yourself and create your own opinion.
What do you read for pleasure?
Máiri : Everything and Anything that takes my fancy
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Máiri : I am spoiled I have a nook and an iPad, I like to have options, I hate being limited.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Máiri: oh boy,,,,, give me a few months I may have an answer for right now I have no clue ... I am brand new to this
Describe your desk
Máiri : the desk is dark walnut with leather covered, I hate clutter I have a tub of pens and paper in the drawers, the iMac is the only thing taking up space on my desk. There are a couple of very special objects on there I keep for good luck my rosary and my partners USMC dogtags
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Máiri : I was born and raised in a very small village in Scotland, I was raised by my grandmother, we were poor so entertainment was my grandmother and her friends coming over drinking tea and sharing stories. I do want to add, I would never change a thing, I was rich in love my grandmother was my inspiration for everything, and she will continue to be forever
When did you first start writing?
Máiri : I think I was about 7 the first time I wrote a fairy tale, it was a longtime ago, but it was basically about a fairy that lived in my grandmothers garden.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Máiri : honestly this was not my first idea, i did have another story i wrote before this, i published it in a website fan base where it received a great positive outpouring and created quite a fan base, but as many of you know, there are some horrible people out there, so after my computer systems were hacked, i decided NO MORE! This is my first book since then, the story and it's background came from hours of writing and rewriting and reading as many legends as I could
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Máiri : for me, my goal is to share the joy of sharing stories with as many people as I can reach. And hopefully, I can be half a good a storyteller as my grandmother was.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Máiri : I am brand new, come back and ask the same question in a couple of months (smiling)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Máiri : every single moment, the smell of paper, the words flowing together. It is a stress relief for me and it's also a great joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
Máiri : again I am new, I hope once i publish, people will enjoy my story, it is being edited as we speak and part two of the book is already being written, I would love to be in a position to have fans write me and tell me how they feel about my characters
What are you working on next?
Máiri : I am currently writing book two in my series, and finishing editing book one to get it ready to be published, I am also writing some ideas of a old orkney legend that I would like to publish
Published 2014-09-30.
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Books by This Author

Tara's Wolf Book 1 (The Rivere Du Loup Wolves Series)
Price: Free! Words: 60,280. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
Tara and Kale met as teenagers, Tara was the outsider of the village kids, mocked and shunned by her peers she sought peace in her families farm. Kale was the families new hope for the future, stuck into doing what his family required, he had nothing to look forward to. Tara and Kale fell in love and learned everything from each other about love. But age and time were against them!!!!