What prompted you to write that first book? Did you always want to be an author?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had movie-like dreams. I’d been reading romance for a few years so I was seeking that ‘happily ever after’. After having a dream one night, I woke up and realized that might make a good book. So…I started writing. That’s all it took for my muse to run amuck with ideas for other stories. Finally, after I’d written the third book, I realized I just may be a writer after all.
As funny as it seems, I really never thought of becoming an author. In junior high and high school, I wrote poems and skits, but I still didn’t think I’d ever want to write a book.
You are published in a variety of genres, how do you decide which book to write?
I don’t decide. My characters do. lol When a story idea pops into my head, my characters are usually dressed in the era I’m supposed to write about. I remember once I tried to make a contemporary story into a historical (because historicals are what I love to write) but I just couldn’t do it. My characters wouldn’t let me.
Can you tell us a little bit about your latest release?
”Becoming A Lady” is in a 4-book Regency Christmas Anthology. The anthology my story is in is titled, “A Summons from His Grace”. All of the stories in these 4 anthology books share the same man – the Duke of Danby – their grandfather.
Dorothy Paxton is not pleased when a handsome Englishman walks into her inn and announces he’s taking her back to England to reunite with the grandfather who turned his back on her years ago. Her escort, Calvin Seton, bribes her by paying her brother’s doctor’s bills, and soon she’s on the ship sailing for London. Little by little, Calvin’s charm softens her heart. While her lady’s companion teaches her to become a lady, Dorothy is secretly wishing Mr. Seton would do some teaching of his own…in his bedroom. Yet she must control her desires or she’s no better than her mother who succumbed to a nobleman, only to have him leave her. Dorothy will not repeat history. Or will she?
Kindle buy link – http://amzn.com/B0061CFACY
Nook buy link – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-summons-from-his-grace-jane-charles/1107033634?ean=2940013240216&itm=1&usri=phyllis%252bcampbell
Do you plot your stories out or do you just start writing?
I usually have a dream about them. The dreams I have are not the whole story, but parts. From my dream, I can usually figure out the characters and what they want. So in a way, I plot it, but then that’s as far as it goes. I don’t know when their first kiss will be – or even in they’ll do the ‘wild-thang’, and I especially don’t know how the story will end. But at least I have the beginning plotted, which helps the story go smoother.
What was the funniest thing you learned about your hero/heroine from writing
I enjoy writing humor, and most of my stories have a touch of it. Some have more than a touch. When I first started writing “Becoming A Lady” I realized how funny Dorothy (heroine) was. I knew the story was Regency, but my heroine was saying things – and doing things – that shouldn’t have been done in a Regency. Because of that, I had to trim (and tame) the beginning chapter. But she still kept her wit and charmed the hero with her zany personality.
Which of your characters is most like you and which is least like you?
Oh, hands-down, Dorothy is like me! I love to say off-the-wall things and make people laugh. I’m also very stubborn and I think I know it all! (actually, I don’t ‘think’…I KNOW. heehee)
Which is least like me? Hmmm…probably my heroines from my earlier stories. Although they were a little funny and stubborn, they were more reserved. Nope. Not like me at all!
Can you describe your office or where you normally write?
It’s in a room all by itself. I have a long computer desk, mainly to fit two printers on – one that prints fast (black and white) and a color printer that’s slow as melting tar. In the corner of the room is my bookshelf with all my favorite authors of all-time. On the other side of my desk is a stepper machine. (I don’t really know what to call it) It’s an exercise machine that rarely gets used! My desk is neat and tidy…most of the time. And I have a space heater by my feet for those cold evenings. Oh…and the room is right by the bathroom so I don’t have far to go when I have to…go. lol
Which came first the plot or the characters?
I don’t know. To me…the dream came first. lol I would think my plot comes first, but I’m sure my characters will argue with me about that.
Have you ever gotten stuck while writing a scene or chapter? How did you
ALL THE TIME! When this happens, I usually take a day to think about the direction of my story. Usually when my writing stops for no good reason, it’s because my characters don’t like the way the story is going. Then I have to plot a little bit to kick-start them again. Sometimes life’s stress makes my muse leave, but not for long, thank heavens!
What is the wackiest thing that’s ever happened to you since you started
I can’t think of anything that’s wacky…since my life is pretty silly most of the time so anything is wacky to me. But I can say – having my daughters read my stories (and love them!) and then tell me “Mom, I didn’t think you knew THAT.” (yeah, we’re talking about my sex scenes. lol)
Did you do any research for you book and, if so, did you find any
interesting information that you had to include in the story?
Reading is a very good research tool. If you want to write in a certain genre or era, read the stories that are out there in that field. In my early days of writing, the library was a great place for research, but now with the Internet…knowledge is one click (maybe two) away…
Where can readers find out more about you?
I’m on Facebook. I’m on Twitter @phylliscampbell. And I have a website/blog – http://phylliscampbell.blogspot.com
Phyllis Campbell is an award-winning, multi-published and best-selling author of romance; from the dark and mysterious hero who sends shivers up your spine to the feisty heroines who somehow manage to keep them in line. She’s been published with several small presses since 2006. Most of her reviewers have given her the title of “Queen Of Sexual Tension”. Married with kids (and three grandchildren), Phyllis has lived in Utah all of her life and enjoys family activities when she’s not writing her next sensual story.
“Queen Of Sexual Tension”