Candie Leigh Campbell

Biography

Born in Rockledge Florida, Candie was influenced from birth by her father, the rocket scientist. Growing up on Merritt Island, her world was full of unimaginable intrigue. As a small child she roamed the halls of NASA, mesmerized by rooms of giant computers and rockets that stretched to the sky. It was the height of the space-race and her family regularly attended rocket launches--watching them blast-off for the moon. There, Candie’s love for all things science and science-fiction exploded. Star Trek and Star Wars quickly became her first and favorite fairy-tales. She began to imagine a world where all things belonged, where science and time melted into make-believe and magic.

But that magic seemed out of reach for Candie. Severely dyslexic, she struggled in school and her disability went undiagnosed for years. It wasn't until the fifth grade that Winnie the Pooh came to her rescue with books on vinyl. From that point on, Candie devoted her life to reading. And now, at long last, she’s fulfilling her dreams and writing everyday.

Candie currently resides in Pensacola, Florida with her husband, three of their seven children and one cat. Candie's just finishing her BA in English Creative Writing and getting ready to begin her Masters program in Screenwriting. She hopes to see her dreams come to life one day on the big screen.

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
OMGosh! My fans are the best. They mean EVERYTHING to me. They're why I write. I remember how alone I felt as a teen girl (school, family and friends can just all feel like too much sometimes) and books were my escape. My place of refuge. I want only to create that for my fans. And in turn my fans make me so flipping happy and proud when they write me notes or draw my characters.
Just wow! You guys are such strong and amazing girls. Keep searching, keep SEEKing and keep up the hunt. I know you'll find all that you need in life and more.
What is your writing process?
Writing is glorious chaos for me. First, I have an idea which I make a note of and save it in my laptop or phone. I let the idea grow for a few days to see if really takes hold. If it does, then I try writing a sample scene. It's my way of trying on the characters. I need to see if they're relatable before I'll commit too much energy to the project. If I can get a few promising chapters down then I'll begin any technical research and make a Pinterest board about the world and what the characters look like. And then I'll begin the rough draft. That part is my favorite. Creating the story and the world is the best part about being a writer.
Once I have a rough draft, I let it sit for a couple of weeks before I peek at it again. If it still looks like an un-fixable mess, I'll walk away until inspiration returns. Finally, I'll tackle the revision process. I do three rounds of revision to start with. One to fix big picture issues and get the story arc just right. Then I'll do a round of primping the text and descriptions before I do one more pass for grammar and word choice. After that, I send the MS to beta readers. And they send it back with their suggestions and notes on plot, storyline, and characters. I work my way through the manuscript a few more times based on those notes and then--whew, no wonder I'm tired--I send the manuscript to an editor who sends it back with a (hopefully not too long) editorial letter.
This is when the real magic happens. The pages of jumbled bits of cleverness and "what does that even mean?" turn into a book.
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Where to find Candie Leigh Campbell online

Videos

Search (SEEK Book 1) Trailer
The 5th Wave meets The Host in an epic new saga, SEEK. “An intriguing read that any pre-teen or teen will enjoy!”—LitPick

Books

Search (SEEK Book 1)
You set the price! Words: 62,970. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
As a trained SEEK hunter, seventeen-year-old Keira thinks she knows what’s going on in her world; the shadows called Khayal are real and they bite. But the truth is more complicated, especially when her next target turns out to be Jonathan Steed, good looking, green-eyed, fast-talking—and very HUMAN. Now no one is safe, especially not her heart.