Interview with Annie Campbell

When did you first start writing?
My first Essay at school I suppose, I made up stories in my head from my earliest memories
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I looked at many different ways of publishing my work. I suppose much depends on why one writes and what one expects from a published novel. I am not seeking fame or fortune, I don't imagine I will be taught in schools or turned into a movie. My only hope is that a few folk may come across my work and enjoy what they read.
Obviously for these reasons I was not going to push a rock uphill by trying one of the large printing publishing houses. I looked at a variety of self publishing houses online, but having checked so many avenues i decided that Smashwords showed an easy way to see my words out there in the ether, for anyone to purchase. I would definitely go down this route again
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
watching where my characters go. When I begin I usually have an idea of what I want to write, but then my characters take on a life of their own and I am just along for the ride! I like to get lost in a story and am as excited about what is coming up in my own writing ( when it is going well) as I am when reading a good book.
I also like the fact I can give someone a happy ending, life is not always like that!
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, tough question. I love how John Connolly writes especially the Charlie Parker series, the interplay between the characters, delivered on a lush bed of description and history just awes me stupid. I always finish one of his books swearing never to write again because I just cannot compete.
I love Steven King, and Dean Koonz has such strong characters. I love Lindsey Davis' Marcus Didius Falco, I love flawed heroes and the strong women who love them for their faults.
I love the All Souls trilogy of Deborah Harkness, I am hoping to get the third book for Christmas
I am not a pretentious reader, I love all sorts of authors and genres, but if a character or style of writing touches me particularly, I want to read everything of theirs I can lay hands on.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Having to walk my Labadabadoodle Molly. Otherwise I would lie in bed all day! The last year or so I have taken up jogging ( well, stggering around looking like I'm having an asthma attack mostly, but I do my best, and sweet Molly keeps me company. When I can force myself out of my bed first thing, I do feel better for it. I am a terrible isolator, I don't need or seek the company of others too much, though I thoroughly enjoy being around people when I am.
I am not someone who is either driven or feels they have a mission, I have meandered through life, wasting most of it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
See previous answer! having frequent asthma attacks! I also read voraciously - if I read less I would be driven to write more. I love hitting a golf ball in the general direction of a very small hole, but I don't do it often enough to improve. Like Lou, I enjoy hiking in the Scottish countryside. I love finding out what makes people tick, and to do that I like to meet people and hear their stories. I also like making people laugh. I enjoy people watching and just walking around in the fresh air counting my blessings ( lor' does that sound all Pollyanna, but truly I am a glass half full kind gal)
I have also been fortunate enough to get my old job back after my brief sojourn to America, so I get to spend time around people and help them in a small but rewarding way.
What do your fans mean to you?
Ooh, ask me that again when I have one! But I know that if someone was to tell me how much they enjoyed my work, it would be extremely fulfilling. I am on several threads on a recovery website and have often written of my own experiences as a way of helping others new to recovery. When I have received private messages telling how my words have helped, or when someone months down the line has said how a specific phrase of mine stood out for them, I feel I have made a difference, however small, to someones life. Knowing someone likes my work would feel like that too.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Haha! I guess we have yet to see what level of success I reach! I suppose if someone I don't know reads my words and gives me a positive review, i can call myself a successful author, in which case, I owe Smashwords a lot for making the on line publishing process so straightforward
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember writing a poem as if Iwere a soldier in the trenches and it made me cry
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Ouch I have to confess to downloading freebies! but having done that, when I read something I like, I look to see what else the author has written. I also have a BookBub app which has recommendations.
What is your writing process?
stop procrastinating and just open the laptop. I have a general idea of what I want to write and who the characters are, if there is a story there it will begin to flow.
How do you approach cover design?
I think about the content of my book and what, to me, is important to get across to the reader. For my third book, Dreams of a Tomorrow, I was able to be more proactive in how I designed my cover using new softwear to personalise in a way I haven't been able to up to now. I have made up all my own book covers using images purchased, and I am proud of how they look.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Lord of The Rings. It is one of the few books I have been able to read more than once. I first read it as a child, I was a precocious reader and way ahead of my years in content. I felt bereft at reaching the end and realising I could no longer spend time with my old friends.

The Stand. Another book about a few sturdy moral folk against a dark evil. We all love to see good overcome evil and I believe we like to think that in a similar position, we would do the right thing,

Tomorrow Begins Today. Not because I feel it deserves its place in such worthy company, but because I put so much of myself into writing this book. Also, I was going through some big life changes as I wrote this book, so the familiarity of the characters who always become real to me, kept me sane.

Any of the Enid Blyton Famous Five books. I devoured them as a child feeling a kinship with the tomboy George. I grew up in a time where children had a certain freedom and the desire to be out exploring rather than stuck indoors. I didn't realise it at the time, but I was very fortunate to have the childhood I had.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Another childhood book that still has me poking around in wardrobes looking for Narnia. I had the set of Narnia books, and re read them as I grew, finding new depth in the writing as I became wiser.

Any PG Wodehouse I just love the ridiculousness of the situations and the humour. It lightened my dark moods at times I otherwise might have wallowed
What is your e-reading device of choice?
my Ipad, only because I can load and read more than one book at a time. An aspect of my depression is an inability to concentrate on anything for too long (Other than when I zone in to my writing) so I tend to switch between books. I never used to be able to do that, now I need to!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
To be honest, I haven't really done anything about marketing my books. I enjoy writing them but really don't want to do anything about promoting them. I should I know.
Describe your desk
It is my lap! I sit with my laptop on a beanbag tray on my lap, my ipad notebook pen and water glass at my side.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up moving around, my fathers work relocated us on several occasions. This made it difficult to make and maintain relationships (Pre computer let alone social media!) Because of this I was something of a loner, even though I was gregarious around friends. I lived in a world of my own or authors imaginations which helps me with both storylines and getting close to my characters. I love that I can give them the life I want them to have. I was lonely a lot as a child.
What do you read for pleasure?
anything and everything. The current crop or contemporary romance ebooks are on the whole really well written. I am a sucker for a happy ending
What are you working on next?
I have just finished writing Layers Beneath which is the second book in the Doolan Family series. I am taking a short break from writing as it has consumed me for the last year or so. I hope that the next book will revolve around Pat Doolan, but I wont say more than that for now!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to throw together two characters from my earlier book A Second Chance. Aiden is the stiff, humourless workaholic, Cassie is the free loving commitmentphobe. I could see no way for these two to find any common ground or empathy but the two of them mithered at me until I began to write. As it turned out, Layers Beneath is more about the complexities of a persona and about how we judge people very early on, often refusing to be swayed from that first impression.
Of course, it helped that both Cass and Aiden we fighting a physical attraction. You will need to buy the book to see if they give in to it!
Published 2016-07-01.
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Books by This Author

Saving Pat
Series: Doolan Family. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,900. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
This, the third standalone HEA of the Doolan Family Series, is Patrick Doolans story. Having spent the last few weeks becoming reacquainted with his old crush Sara Gordon, Pat has almost reached the point of asking her for a date. He seriously doubts that being arrested for murder is going to impress her any.
Layers Beneath (2nd in the Doolan Family series) - contemporary romance HEA standalone
Series: Doolan Family. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 101,890. Language: American English. Published: July 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Aiden Doolan needs to learn to relax. Cassie Aguilar knows how to have fun. Problem? Cassie thinks Aiden was born with a stick up his butt and Aiden thinks Cassie is a shallow self absorbed trust fund brat. Can Aiden learn to unbend? Will Cass ever respect herself enough to seek more than a quick fling? Will either look under the obvious persona for the layers beneath? Can they find middle ground?
A Second Chance
Series: Doolan Family. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 91,250. Language: American English. Published: March 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Six years after a night of terror at the hands of the man she loved, Shannon Doolan finds herself thrown once into close proximity with him,working against time to find a stalker who has threatened Ethan King, the guy Doolan Security are contracted to protect. Realizing her feelings for Clay haven't changed, Shannon must decide whether she dare risk her heart again and give Clay a second chance.
Dreams of a Tomorrow
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 87,380. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A modern romance, this is a complete story with no cliffhanger. Independent Ellie, having recovered from a life threatening illness, literally bumps into Jake and Jimi on her Trans American travels. The two brothers and their friends give Ellie a glimpse of family life and feeling of belonging she always wanted. However, for Ellie and Jake, their love and future is uncertain.
Lying Straight
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 68,260. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Zander is a Boston Cop desperate to find and stop a drug supplier. Jonnie is his long time friend who happens to be gay. Josie is Jonnies BFF and recently began seeing Sean, Zanders prime suspect. How can Zander get close to Sean? Easy, pretend to be Jonnies new squeeze. No problem. Until he begins to develop feelings for Josie, feelings he is determined not to act on. until he kisses her...
Tomorrow Begins Today
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 109,970. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Isolating in her grief, recently widowed Lou finds herself volunteering at a camp for troubled kids. She soon realises that the kids are not the only troubled ones. Sexy lawyer Garvey is ashamed of his background and guilt ridden supervisor Cal believes he must spend his life making amends. As relationships develop and strengthen between the volunteers and the kids, new beginnings seem possible