Glynnis CampbellMBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about Glynnis Campbell they may not know.

GC:  First of all, thanks so much for hosting me today!  I love My Book Addiction readers.  For those who don’t know me yet, I’ve written books under three pen names: Glynnis Campbell, Sarah McKerrigan, and Kira Morgan.  My husband tells people he’s on his third wife!  I’ve had a bunch of offbeat careers—I had my own ballet studio when I was 18, I wrote musical score for science films, I was in an all-girl rock band on CBS Records, and I still do voiceovers.  I’ve done voices for “The Maxx” animated series for MTV, “Star Wars” audio adventures, “JumpStart 1st Grade” software, and “Starcraft” and “Diablo” video games, and I’m planning to do my own audiobooks this year!

MBA&M: What do you feel is the allure of writing about the Dark Ages and Vikings?

GC:  I wrote THE SHIPWRECK because I wanted an origin novella for my Scots medieval trilogy, The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch, and in my mind, the sisters came from a long line of strong women.  The first people to live in Scotland were the Picts, so-called because of the blue pictures they tattooed on their bodies.  Around the time of THE SHIPWRECK, the Vikings had begun to invade and settle Pictland, so there was an intermingling of the cultures.  Their societies, their legends, and their designs began to merge, creating the foundation for what we think of as Celtic.  Vikings also brought to the early Scots the idea that men and women should have an equal hand in government, which became the perfect beginning for my empowered Rivenloch heroines.

MBA&M: Where did the idea of a shipwrecked Viking come from?TheShipwreckFINAL

GC:  I’m often inspired by “what if” ideas.  In the case of THE SHIPWRECK, I started thinking about invading Vikings and how people lived in terror of these giants from the North who arrived with stealth and in great numbers, attacking with ruthless aggression.  But what if, I wondered, an invading longship became shipwrecked, leaving only one Viking survivor washed up on shore?  Suddenly, the tables would be turned.  The invader would become a victim, completely at the mercy of whoever stumbled upon him.  Of course, I instantly knew it would have to be the heroine who stumbled upon him!

MBA&M:  What was your favorite part of writing “The Shipwreck”?  What was the worst part?

GC:  I’d have to say my favorite part was the research!  I have a Danish friend who took me to Denmark to stay with her family for a month.  We scoured Viking museums, saw a Viking play, visited ancient Viking settlements, ate Viking food, drank Viking beer, spoke to Viking reenactors, attended a Viking festival, and even sailed a Viking longship on a fjord!  The worst part of writing THE SHIPWRECK was keeping my heroine Avril’s little daughter from stealing the scenes!  Four-year-old Kimbery was a delight to write, but she kept getting in the way of the romance…much like real children.

MBA&M:  Most authors talk about the main characters, but we would like to talk about a couple of the secondary characters:  Who stands out the most as a secondary character, both male and female?  Why?  Tell us a little about them, and will they eventually have a story of their own?

  The heroine’s half-Viking little girl, Kimbery, is really the matchmaker of THE SHIPWRECK.  She’s the first one to see past the hero’s frown and ferocity to the broken man within.  It’s her innocent view of Brandr that finally convinces Avril to move past her own damage and to look at him with an open heart.  The other secondary character is one I put into every book I write—someone named “Campbell” in honor of my husband.  This time I’ve given the ancient name, “Caimbeul,” to Kimbery’s sheep!

MBA&M:  Tell our readers what scene stands out the most in your mind or was your favorite scene.

GC:  I enjoyed writing the scene where Brandr the hero is recounting a Viking saga to the heroine’s little girl.  Though he seems to be simply telling Kimbery a story, he’s secretly sending Avril a don’t-mess-with-me-I’m-a-Viking message, while Avril, determined to ignore his threat, is sending a silent but pointed you-don’t-scare-me-I-have-you-on-a-leash message back.  It was fun to write a scene where the unspoken subtext was just as powerful as the spoken words.

TheShipwreckFINALMBA&M:  In five words or less, describe your writing style.  And describe “The Shipwreck” in five words or less.

GC:  My writing style:  Exciting historical action-adventure romance!  THE SHIPWRECK: Pictish princess captures Viking castaway.

MBA&M:  Thank you so much, Glynnis, for spending time with us and our readers today.  What a pleasure to have you with us!  Now, please tell our readers where they can find you and where “The Shipwreck” is available?

GC:  Thank you for letting me introduce my new novella, THE SHIPWRECK!  Be sure to enter to win one of three free ebooks, and I look forward to visiting again!

Glynnis Campbell

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Blurb for THE SHIPWRECK:(from the author)

When his wife and children die, Viking marauder Brandr has nothing left to live for, so he sails away on one final voyage.  A storm at sea leaves him shipwrecked, alone, and barely alive on a foreign coastline.  Along the Pictish shore, Avril, a warrior maid and the victim of a Viking berserker, banished from her ancestral home of Rivenloch to a seaside cottage, dreams of the day she’ll raise her sword, take back the castle that is rightfully hers, and find her half-Viking daughter a proper father.  Discovering a broad-shouldered, fair-haired, broken castaway washed up on her beach among the wreckage of his longship, she takes him captive and binds him in chains.  She refuses to be a Viking’s victim again…never imagining that soon her fiercest enemy will earn her trust, invade her heart, and enthrall her senses.




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