IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO WELCOME BACK HISTORICAL ROMANCE AUTHOR, GLYNNIS CAMPBELL TO MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE TODAY!!
Good morning Glynnis and welcome to My Book Addiction and More…
MBA&M: Tell our readers a little about Glynnis Campbell and your other pen names?
GC: First, thank you for the invitation—I love talking to fellow reading addicts. Most people are surprised to find out about my checkered past! In addition to romance writing, I’ve been a ballerina, a film score composer, a singer in The Pinups—an all-girl CBS rock band, a typographer, and a voice-over actress for MTV’s “The Maxx” animated series and the video games Diablo and Starcraft. I’ve been writing historical romance for a little over a decade as Glynnis Campbell, Sarah McKerrigan, and Kira Morgan. I live in L.A., and I’m married to a rock star (but I grew up in a little town with no stoplights, and my rock star husband was my high school sweetheart)!
MBA&M: What made you decide to write historical romances? Especially, “Passion’s Exile”?
GC: I’ve had a lifelong love for towering castles, trusty swords, and knights (and damsels) in shining armor. As a girl, I read Howard Pyle’s King Arthur and Robin Hood books till they were in tatters. History lets me create larger-than-life characters, and I love doing research. I was inspired to write “Passion’s Exile” when my kids were studying “TheCanterburyTales” in school. I decided it would be fun to set that kind of traveling-in-an-entourage story inScotlandand work a romance into the journey.
MBA&M: Have you always wanted to be an author and what made you want to be an author?
GC: Writing always came naturally to me, but I never really considered it as a career option (possibly because I was busy being a ballerina and a rock star?) until I’d finished writing three books and decided to share them. What keeps me writing is insatiable curiosity about the world and the past and a desire to go on adventures with my characters and my readers.
MBA&M: What are the challenges in writing with two other pen names?
GC: My husband tells people he’s on his third wife. Seriously, the hardest part about having pen names is losing touch with loyal fans. No matter how many announcements I make, there are always readers who don’t realize I’m still writing, just under a different pen name, and I know they’ve been left behind. It was the publisher’s choice to give me a nom de plume, and though it was with good intentions, I’m very glad to be able to return to my real name.
MBA&M: What where the challenges in writing “Passion’s Exile”?
GC: I almost painted myself into a corner with “Passion’s Exile”! I placed my hero and heroine, Blade and Rose, in the middle of a pilgrimage with twenty other people, staying at male-female segregated manor houses. Blade has a faithful sidekick, and Rose cares for a crippled falcon. Finding a time and place for them to be alone to, ahem, rendezvous was almost as frustrating for me as it was for them!
MBA&M: How do you feel your writing has changed in the years since you wrote your first novel?
GC: My writing has become more fast-paced, because reading has become more fast-paced. Readers are very good at painting mental pictures from a few well-placed brush strokes—they don’t really need or want to know where every tapestry, flagon, and sword was manufactured—so there’s less need to fill in all the blanks for them and more time to spend on the action and dialogue. I’m also writing more accessibly, I think, without sacrificing authenticity, by using a bit less dialect, which most people find difficult to read.
MBA&M: Out of all the books you have written, including your other pen names, what is your favorite and why?
GC: This is truly as hard as picking out your favorite child! Honestly, it’s usually whatever I’m working on at the moment, and currently I’m very excited about “Passion’s Exile.” Blade, a self-exiled mercenary, is one of the darkest heroes I’ve written, and pitting sweet, fresh-faced, convent-bound Rose against him was endlessly entertaining. It was also a treat to have a big ensemble of colorful supporting characters to write for.
MBA&M: If you could step into one of your books, which would it be and why?
GC: I almost DID step into “Passion’s Exile”! I considered making the heroes’ journey—a 10-day pilgrimage from Stirling toSt. Andrews—for research. It didn’t quite work out (though my author friend Lauren Royal and I commandeeredRoslinCastlefor a few days, which was a blast). I think it would be fun to tag along as one of the pilgrims, walking through the beautiful Scots countryside, staying in medieval manor houses, sampling hard cider and meat pies, telling stories, and watching Rose and Blade’s romance unfold.
MBA&M: Which character in “Passion’s Exile” do you think you most identify with? Why?
GC: I most relate to Blade’s sidekick, Wilham. I think probably all of us have a friend or relative who’s on a self-destructive path, and there’s nothing we can do for them except give them our love and support. That’s what Wilham does for Blade. Though he gets frustrated with Blade’s self-loathing, he is loyal to a fault and stands by him through thick and thin.
MBA&M: Now, Glynnis, please tell our readers where to find you, your other pen names and where to find “Passion’s Exile”?
GC: “Passion’s Exile” is available as an ebook now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble! And watch for new ebook Author’s Editions of my backlist—My Champion, My Warrior, My Hero, Lady Danger, Captive Heart, Knight’s Prize, and Danger’s Kiss—coming soon. If you don’t have an e-reader, don’t despair. You can download FREE Kindle and NOOK software from Amazon and Barnes & Noble that allows you to read books on your computer or smartphone.
Glynnis, do you have anything else to add?
GC: The single best way an author can succeed is through word-of-mouth and recommendations from friends. I’m so grateful to avid readers like you at My Book Addiction who spread the good word and allow me to continue writing and taking you along on my adventures!
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with My Book Addiction and More today!!
Publisher:Glynnis Campbell (January 25, 2012)
Haunted by an unforgivable crime, the once noble swordsman, Sir Pierce of Mirkhaugh, now wanders Scotland as the sword-for-hire known as Blade. His latest mission—to unmask two assassins among the pilgrims bound for St. Andrews—goes awry when spirited Rosamund of Averleigh joins the entourage, tempting Blade from his solitude and making him believe in redemption. What he doesn’t know is that Rose is fleeing for her life. With an abusive bridegroom tracking her, her only hope is to seek refuge as a nun…until she meets Blade, who awakens her passions and destroys her best-laid plans.
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We are offering an e-book copy of “PASSION’S EXILE” by Glynnis Campbell. Giveaway will run from today March 9 until March 16,2012. Open globally.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE AND HAPPY READING!!