About Glynnis Campbell:
Glynnis Campbell is a USA Today bestselling author of over two dozen swashbuckling action-adventure historical romances, mostly set in Scotland, and a charter member of The Jewels of Historical Romance — 12 internationally beloved authors. She’s the wife of a rock star and the mother of two young adults, but she’s also been a ballerina, a typographer, a film composer, a piano player, a singer in an all-girl rock band, and a voice in those violent video games you won’t let your kids play. Doing her best writing on cruise ships, in Scottish castles, on her husband’s tour bus, and at home in her sunny southern California garden, Glynnis loves to play medieval matchmaker… transporting readers to a place where the bold heroes have endearing flaws, the women are stronger than they look, the land is lush and untamed, and chivalry is alive and well!
What inspires you to write?
I'm inspired by everything I experience, whether it's travel, conversations, the news, or people I meet. Most of my stories start out with "what ifs," and I enjoy playing out scenarios in my head, seeing if there's enough to make a whole book. My natural form of expression is words, so that's the medium I use to communicate ideas.
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm a plotster, a little of each. I make a rough outline of what I want to happen, but then I experience the adventure right along with the reader, and oftentimes my characters throw a wrench into the works or take an unexpected turn, which makes it fun.
Although I "cast" my characters with actors, I don't do involved sketches or Q&As with them. I don't really feel I know them well until I'm halfway through the book.
One of the best things I learned during this high-stress year is to ignore the internet and go straight to writing first thing in the morning. I put in a good two hours before I go online. After a few hours of promotion/exercise/chores, I put in another two to three hours in the afternoon. I try to write every day so I don't lose the thread of the story, but I don't beat myself up if I miss a day.
I don't write at my desk. My desk is where I go online and do marketing. I usually write on my living room sofa on my laptop. I think having a writing place that's separate from my workplace helps me focus on the story. I also love writing on cruise ships and backstage when my musician husband goes on tour. There are nice long stretches of uninterrupted time and no responsibilities!
How do you develop your characters?
I have a pretty good idea of my characters' motivations when I start a book. But they always let me know if I'm doing something out of character for them or making a wrong decision. I enjoy being surprised and guided by them.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a lot of favorite authors in a wide variety of genres, but when it comes to historical romance, my biggest influences when I started writing were Jude Deveraux and Julie Garwood. I loved the way they combine drama and humor and created one-of-a-kind characters. Today, I also enjoy Erica Ridley's historicals.
What genres do you write?: Scottish historical romance, medieval romance, Native American romance, Viking romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print
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