IT IS OUR PLEASURE AND HONOR TO WELCOME….
HISTORICAL ROMANCE AUTHOR….
MBA&M: Good morning, Glynnis, and welcome to My Book Addiction and More.
Please give our readers some insight into the mind and life of Glynnis Campbell?
GC: Thank you so much for having me. I truly enjoy visiting—your readers are always so warm and welcoming!
MBA&M: I know you usually write Scottish Medieval Romance, what made you venture into the world of the “Old West”?
GC: I think of NATIVE GOLD as a love letter to my hometown of Paradise, California. Paradise has a rich Gold Rush history, and the dramatic landscapes—from snow-fed creeks winding through lush pine forests to cascading waterfalls and “the little Grand Canyon”–are breathtaking. Every year, the town celebrates its pioneer roots with Gold Nugget Days, and I once served as the Gold Nugget Queen! So setting a story there was something I’d wanted to do for a long time.
MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind “Native Gold”?
GC: The rush of miners in the 1850s disrupted the Native American culture in California. I’d seen some of the Konkow tribe’s artifacts—arrowheads, beads, baskets, grinding stones—and I was curious to learn what had happened to them. As it turned out, some of the native women married miners, and their great-great-grandchildren still live there today! So I decided it would be fun to drop Mathilda Hardwicke, a New York society heroine, into the primitive world of the Konkow, where she falls in love with the land, the culture, and the hero, Sakote.
MBA&M: Which character was the most difficult to write, be it the main character or a secondary character?
GC: During the Gold Rush, miners came from all over the world—Europe, South America, China—and one of my characters, the hero’s best friend, decided he was from Hawaii. There was a contingent of Hawaiians near Paradise at that time, but I knew next to nothing about mid-19th century Hawaii. So the character of Noa required some extra research on my part.
MBA&M: Why write about Gold Rush in California and mail-order brides?
GC: I’m a third-generation Californian, and I love it here! I’m fascinated by the Gold Rush and the way that people from every corner of the world were thrown together in the space of a few years, forcing a melting-pot culture that was sometimes amusing and sometimes volatile, but always full of discovery. I chose a mail-order bride scenario to explain why a woman of otherwise reasonable sensibilities would choose to go to the wild West!
MBA&M: Who would you say was your favorite character and why?
GC: There are a LOT of characters in my gold camp, and I had fun with all of them. But I have a soft spot for Swede, the gentle giant who watches over Mattie. I based the character on my cousin, a give-you-the-shirt-off-his-back kind of guy who comes on tough, but wouldn’t hurt a fly. (It was also a kick to use my four rowdy nephews as the Campbell boys in the story.)
MBA&M: What three words would you use to describe “Native Gold” from an author’s viewpoint?
GC: Passionate, adventurous, breathtaking.
MBA&M: Which character from “Native Gold” will have their own story and when? Not giving anything away, of course?
GC: I guess it’s not too much of a spoiler to say that Sakote and Mattie get their happy ending in NATIVE GOLD! The two sequels, NATIVE WOLF and NATIVE HAWK, are the stories of their half-breed sons. One has embraced his native roots, while the other lives largely in the white man’s world, and by then a real-life tragedy has befallen the Konkow tribe that complicates the story and the two sons’ search for love and closure.
MBA&M: What will be the allure of Sakote the Konkow warrior and the Indian world to readers, do you think? By the way I myself enjoy “Old West” and the Indian world, as I have Indian ancestry also…
GC: Who doesn’t love a man in a loincloth? I think readers will enjoy experiencing the culture shock of the Gold Rush, where savage Sakote plays “Tarzan” to civilized Mattie’s “Jane.” I’m getting great reviews from readers in the U.K., who are as enthralled by the Native Americans of the Old West as Americans are obsessed with knights in shining armor. (By the way, as you may be able to tell by my straight, dark hair, I have Indian blood as well—my ancestors hail from Pawhuska, the seat of the Osage tribe!)
MBA&M: I can see “Native Gold” as an epic movie, so inquiring minds, or me rather, would like to know…who do you see as the actors playing your characters?
GC: Ah, you know me well! I always “cast” my books in my head. So if you’d rather hold your own auditions, skip this next part—ha ha! For Mattie, I imagined Evangeline Lilly, and young Nathaniel Arcand is Sakote. You can find their inspiration photos here: http://www.glynnis.net/books/index.php?module=photoalbum&PHPWS_Album_op=view. Go ahead, I’ll wait. (You’ll see Willie Nelson has a bit part as Zeke.)
MBA&M: Now, getting away from “Native Gold” for a moment, when can we expect another Scottish Medieval Romance?
GC: I’m almost finished with the first sequel to NATIVE WOLF and will be tackling NATIVE HAWK next. But I may sneak in a Scottish medieval novella this year, and I’m planning to write a trilogy sequel to my Warrior Maids of Rivenloch series, the Warrior Daughters of Rivenloch, very soon.
MBA&M: Last but not least, please tell our readers how to connect to you and where they may purchase “Native Gold”?
GC: You can find me at www.glynnis.net. NATIVE GOLD is available in almost all formats, including a trade-size paperback!
I love hearing from readers, so if you want to keep in touch, you can chat me up at www.facebook.com/GlynnisCampbell and www.twitter.com/GlynnisCampbell and check out some of my favorite stuff at www.pinterest.com/GlynnisCampbell.
Thanks again for having me. I hope you fall in love with my little town of Paradise and enjoy reading NATIVE GOLD as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Thank you,Glynnis, for stopping by today! I love your stories and have just finished NATIVE GOLD,and I can tell you it was a great read!
*From the author’s website*
A mail-order bride finds savage passion in NATIVE GOLD
BOOK 1 OF THE CALIFORNIA LEGENDS TRILOGY
Mathilda Hardwicke, a rebellious artist rejected by her family and New York society, heads west to Gold Rush California to make a new life for herself as a mail-order bride. When fate leaves her at the altar in Paradise Bar–a ramshackle gold camp full of ragtag miners–she’s sure she’s leaped out of the frying pan and into the fire.
But unbeknownst to Mattie, she has a protector. Sakote, a fierce Konkow warrior, is bound by honor to watch over the white woman. And though his tribe is threatened by the encroaching miners, he’s strangely drawn to Mattie, who delights in making pictures of him and whose destiny seems entwined with his.
When a tragedy at the camp forces Sakote to steal Mattie away, she finds herself in an unfamiliar Paradise of savage wonder, and she soon discovers a forbidden love more precious than gold.
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**Curious minds want to know…..which do you enjoy more American Old West,Scottish Medieval or Regency England?**
THANKS EVERYONE AND GOOD LUCK!
Thank you everyone and if you possible, please spread the word on NATIVE GOLD and this amazing author!!