Today I’d like to introduce you to my fellow CIR author, Christine Campbell. Tell us about yourself, Christine, and what you like to write.
I live in a small village outside of Edinburgh with my husband, whatever assortment of children and grandchildren happen to be visiting at the time, and have just welcomed my first great-granddaughter. How exciting is that?
I write Contemporary Women’s Fiction, and have been publishing novels since 2008. Before that I used to write short stories for magazines and articles for the Women’s page of a local newspaper. As a ‘Baby Boomer,’ I have a lot of life experience to inform my writing.
When I have a moment of peace, and am not distracted by the varied wildlife currently taking up residence in my garden and the field beyond, I write novels or posts on my blog as well as producing occasional videos about writing on my Facebook page. I have also started a book club on Facebook – a place where readers can chat to me about my novels and learn a bit about how I write. You can find that group here.
I am currently working on my tenth novel, with the working title Makeshift Memories. So busy, busy, busy writing for your pleasure and my own – because, let’s face it, writing is fun!
When I started writing novels, I was unsure how to classify them, what genre they fitted into, so called them General Fiction. But I began to realise they are Women’s Fiction. They are written by a woman, about women, for women. So why would I call them anything else? I love being a woman and I love writing about women, ordinary women like you and me, who face extraordinary pressures and situations and rise to the challenge.
In my experience, women can be extremely strong when they need to be. And these are the women I love to write about. The characters drive the stories, and they are very capable of taking anything and everything on. Oh, they get into the same muddles you and I might, they make just as many mistakes, but, at the end of the day, they show their strengths to win the battles.
All of my novels are ‘clean’ reads with no sex, gratuitous violence or swearing.
The subjects I cover vary and are sometimes quite serious, but I do my best to handle them with as light a touch as is appropriate.
Thanks for sharing a bit about your journey, Christine. Now, before you tell us about your newest release, I’ve got a couple of questions for you. First, where are your books set?
All of my books are set in Scotland, where I live. Mostly in and around Edinburgh, but often wandering further North to the Highlands and Islands of this beautiful country.
I’ve been to Scotland and agree it is a beautiful country. I enjoyed my stay–particularly Oban, in the northwest. Next question, what are you currently working on?
The book I am presently working on represents a slight departure from Contemporary Women’s Fiction for me, in that it also has a historical strand running alongside the contemporary one. The research has been so much fun and has involved travelling further north and west of my home to the area around Glencoe and Kinlochleven, where enormous changes occurred early in the twentieth century. That strand of my novel charts some of these events and the fictionalised account of the people who lived through them.
Oh, I loved Glencoe as well! This should be very interesting! Now, last question, what makes you happiest as an author?
The thing that makes me happiest as an author is when I get a personal letter, card or email from someone who tells me their life was changed by one of my novels. I’ve had quite a few of them, and they are precious. They are my reason to keep writing, to keep telling the stories of women like you and me, women who rise to a challenge, meet life head on and find their inner strength.
How special is that, to get a personal message from a reader such as those. Well done, Christine, and well deserved no doubt. Now, how about you tell us a bit about your latest release.
My latest release is Gold Plated, another Contemporary Woman’s Fiction clean read about a love that has endured through fifty years – or has it? Rosanna and Paul are celebrating fifty years of marriage. Their daughter, Heather, has helped plan their Golden Wedding Anniversary party, and it looks like being a wonderful night: sixties music, all their friends and family present, and Rosanna has bought the perfect golden gift for Paul. What could possibly go wrong? When an uninvited guest shows up, Rosanna’s world is shaken and she is forced to look back over their fifty golden years and see them as they were. Were they golden? Or just gold-plated?