Interview with Jack Campbell

What do you read for pleasure?
Any book people pass on, mystery, action, adventure books I'll complete, heady stuff will probably put me asleep
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Don't have one
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Talking with people I meet along the way in my travels. I don’t do heavy marketing, just let readers stumble across the books. If they like it and it makes their life more pleasurable I’ve achieved my goal.
Describe your desk
Pretty well organized, I'm a bit anal keeping thing in place. Fly tying station, Mac, to do list always present.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Grew up in Central Valley of California. Not much influence there for fly fishing, but good basic middle class values.
When did you first start writing?
Many years ago simple articles for monthly fly fishing club newsletter.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've gone on so many trips with my circle of fishing friends, I decided it was time for them to express themselves. We all have stories, all different memories of events. Thought it would be fun to get their perspectives with different styles of writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Thought about all the adventures we had learning to fly fish. Decided to record some of the adventures for our children and grandchildren. Thus my first book Flexibility and Duct tape. What the Fly Rod Saw was an extension of those adventures. Both vanity books in a way enjoied by those I meet along the way.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Made it easy since I'm bassically lazy.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing my friends and family enjoy the tales.
What do your fans mean to you?
Maybe they will join us in a future adventure and we'll have the pleasure of their company.
What are you working on next?
Only the fish Gods know.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Planning the next adventure
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Fishing, golf, grandchild, travel, volunteer work at a local Community center
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My wife tells me what I might like
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Think it was about bone fishing out of Miami, published in local fly club newsletter.
What is your writing process?
Sit down at my Mac and go for it. Comes easy.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Probably Ian Fleming and the James Bond series, in my early youth got me interested in reading besides text books.
How do you approach cover design?
Based on title, some pictures, a little photo shop, and bingo.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
James Bond, Dune - Robert Ludlum books find them entertaining read.
Published 2015-04-14.
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Books by This Author

What The Fly Rod Saw
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,580. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Fishing, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
The fly rod, your constant companion sees it all, through travels, slips, falls and moments of glory. The stories cover worldly treks from stalking Marble trout in Slovenia, Robalo in Patagonia, Redfish in Florida , to Pike in Alaska. The nine contributor have their own style, making each story unique and entertaining. Join them in their journeys and find out what the fly rod saw
Flexibility & Duct Tape
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,800. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Fishing
As seen through the eyes of the “Wagon Master”, Author Jack Campbell, explores the worldly travels of fishing through dusty and dirty sunglasses. His gang of four, the purported swashbucklers of fly-fishing, and their adventures from pristine Alaska to “ugly water” are humorously told in this fast paced and entertaining book.