Denele Campbell


Denele Campbell had her eye on writing from childhood. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in English, she filled her electives with writing classes. Life then did what it does to everyone, tumbling through love and children, household and jobs, pets and pursuits, leaving Campbell to fit in bits and pieces of authorship. Newspaper columns, articles on local history, biographical profiles and small evocative essays kept her writing passion on a low simmer until the mid-1990s, when a collection of non-fiction stories were published under the title “Notes of a Piano Tuner.” Graduate level workshops in writing sharpened her focus, and with more freedom in recent years, Campbell has begun fulfilling her lifelong dream of writing ALL DAY!

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'm constantly writing in my mind, describing places, smells, weather, so that my imaginary reader would get the full impact of whatever I'm writing about. It's easy to obsess about what specific word is most effective, or whether to put a sentence before or after another. This probably sounds a bit weird to lots of people, and frankly, I have no idea if this is something most other writers do. But it's been this way as long as I can remember.

The other thing about writing that brings me great joy is the overall creation of a book. I like thinking about what images work for the cover, whether to include any images in the interior--for nonfiction--and how to format the book to make it appealing. Maybe I'm a closet publisher, but I'm sooo happy that self-publishing allows me to play with all these elements for my work.
What do your fans mean to you?
Of course fans are simply readers who enjoy what I've written, and I can't think of anything that pleases me more than that.
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Where to find Denele Campbell online


A Crime Unfit To Be Named: The Prosecution of John William Campbell
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 39,910. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » Privacy, Nonfiction » History » North America
Obscure laws often become weapons used selectively against people who offend prevailing social sensibilities. In 1949, a local man in a small Bible belt town became the target of extraordinary police scrutiny. Despite his advanced age, if found guilty John Campbell would face hard time. Also swept up in this vendetta were two younger women. Actual court transcripts reveal shocking details.
Aquarian Revolution: Back to the Land
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 102,990. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
"Aquarian Revolution: Back to the Land" reveals the guts, glory, and grief of 1960s social upheaval and documents the real accomplishments wrought when dreams are forged into reality. In turn funny, heart-rending, and inspiring, these thirty-two interviews reflect not only the flavor of those times but also the continuing ethic so deeply embedded in the Baby Boom generation’s consciousness.
Recipes of Trailside Cafe and Tea Room
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,400. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » American / Southern States, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Biography
Serving everything from Hummus Pita to delicious Peach Cobbler, spicy Split Pea Soup to savory, fork-tender Pot Roast, Trailside Café and Tea Room became a favorite destination for the few years of its existence. At the close of the restaurant in December 2011, the first edition of the cookbook sold out three printings. Now expanded with over 200 recipes for easy, inexpensive down home food.

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