Chelsea M Campbell
Chelsea M. Campbell grew up in the Pacific Northwest. When she was just twelve years old she wrote her first novel and bravely sent it out, but sadly it was rejected. However that just made her more determined to succeed and she spent years writing many more novels and honing her craft. But there’s much more to the talented writer. Chelsea has a passion for ancient languages and has earned degrees in both Latin and Ancient Greek. She is also aself-confessed obsessive knitter and a fiber artist. As if she doesn’t already sound cool and interesting enough, she also has a collection of glass grapes and can often be found re-watching episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Parks and Recreation and Dark Souls.
Having recently been introduced to Chelsea’s work and now being a top fan, it was awesome when the busy writer agreed to sit down and interview with me.
1.What are you working on right now?
The fourth book in my Renegade X series, which I hope to have out later this year.
2.Can you tell us a little something about it?
I don’t want to spoil anything, since it’s book 4. The series in general is about a supervillain teen who discovers he’s actually half superhero and has to go live with his superhero father and his family. It’s about identity and finding a place in the world, plus lots of family drama. Oh, and fighting bad guys.
3. Tell us, why do you write? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I’ve always loved stories, and I started telling them as soon as I could. It’s just part of who I am. As for inspiration, I’m inspired by a lot of things, but mostly other stories, especially TV.
4.When I write, I require Jaffa cakes (and lots of them), do you have a writing must-have?
I like to write in the same place (on my couch), and I like to have quiet. If there’s music on, or people talking, I can’t concentrate.
5. I read your fantastic ebook Fire & Chasm in two days. For those reading this interview who haven’t read it, can you quickly tell them what it’s about? Also, what gave you the idea for this particular story?
This one’s always been hard for me to give an elevator pitch for! But I’ll say it’s a dark fantasy about a teen serial killer with amnesia.
This book was actually a complete and total rewrite of one I wrote years and years ago. I don’t remember where the original idea came from, but back then I thought this book was The One. It was better than anything I’d written before in a lot of ways, and it even got me my first requests from agents. I really thought it was going to pan out, and when it didn’t, I was devastated. It took me a long time to get over that, even after I’d been published. I had a lot of negative feelings associated with the book, until one day I realized that it wasn’t the book’s fault. My writing at the time really wasn’t that great, and it had nothing to do with the particular combination of story and characters. Maybe the story and characters were why it had gotten as far as it had. At this point it was seven or eight years and six books later. I started writing Fire & Chasm without ever looking at the original version, but just keeping the aspects of it I remembered liking. I changed a lot of things about it, but the main characters and the overall story stayed pretty similar.
6.Which author’s career, alive or passed on, do you admire most, and why?
That’s tough! There are so many, it’s hard to pick just one. I’ll go the easy route and pick J. K. Rowling. Not because she’s rich and famous–though it’s cool that she is–but because she worked really hard on her writing, even when no one believed in her, and it turned out to be the right thing to do. And then after the books became so popular, she had to write with all that pressure on her, and the books still turned out amazing. Her writing just gets better and better, and she keeps going.
7. Tell us something about yourself…an annoying habit or party trick perhaps? Can you speak a foreign language or have a hobby?
I speak French and Latin, and my thumbs bend backwards. I am sure I have no annoying habits…
8.Do you have a blog, website or social networking account people can go to if they wish to learn more about you or your work?
9.What are your writing plans for 2016?
Finish Renegade X 4, and hopefully another book, yet to be determined. Exciting, I know!
10. And now, for the most important question of all: Jaffa cakes – love them or hate them?
I don’t think we have these in the U.S., because I’d never heard of them. So, I have no idea! I did recently find out I’m allergic to gluten and sugar (and about a million other things), so I’ll just have to imagine them.
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Being a huge fan of Chelsea’s it was an enormous pleasure and honor to interview her. Thanks Chelsea!