Name Stephanie Elisabeth Campbell
Where are you from Ogden, Utah
A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect
I have a pretty close-knit family. We’re almost always together. I call my rabbit my “son” because I treat him like my kid. He is a huge part of my life. Along with being a writer, I am an endurance runner and dancer. I also am a Tour Coordinator part-time. I love to travel. If I ever make enough money writing that I don’t have to pick up odd strings of odd jobs along the way, I really want a little cottage in England. It’s always been a big dream of mine.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Right now I am working on the book for the multi-million dollar film, Lizzie. I am so psyched because I sent the director today and he loves it. I also am finishing up the book for the film Teachers Day. I love how it turned out, now I just hope he does too.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Actually, I always wrote. I had odd stories I would scribble down when I was a little kid. When I was eight, we had “pig week” at school and I showed my awful book about pigs to the librarian. The woman was so kind that she stuck it up on the display with all of the other glossy, published books. It was such a proud moment for me.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Officially, when I got my first book published. Now that I look back, though, I think a person can be a writer without ever being published. It’s one of those things that’s in the heart.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
It was a cross between two things. I wrote my first five hundred page book when I was sixteen. My sister, Melissa, saw some of my work that I was writing for a website and was surprised I was the one doing it. She told me I should try to write a book, so the next day I sat down and started. It feels like such a long time ago now, even though it’s only been six years.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I write in third person. My sentences used to be too long, but now I’m chopping them down. One thing is that my writing is changing. I used to write dark, depressing stories when I was coming out of adolescence (surprise, surprise. Haha.) Now, outside of the adaptions I have been assigned, I try to write more happy, upbeat stories. I really want to make a change over to some upbeat, clean romances, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Sometime, soon, though, I will.
Fiona: How did you come up with your titles?
Every title I come up with differently. Normally, I have it before I begin to write the book.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?
Usually. It depends on the project, too. I have a harder time working in meanings with the slasher type books. They are entertaining, though.
Fiona: How much of your books are realistic?
I try to keep my books as realistic as possible. I want readers to believe what they’re reading. Of course, that’s a little harder when you’re writing fantasy. No matter how much you want it, a dragon is never going to pop out of the sky. But for the most part, I think at least 50% realism is a goal.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I do for some of my works; however, most people wouldn’t be able to guess what parts are true to me and what parts aren’t. For example, I’ve realized I’ve had a lot of divorce and marital anger in my books. My parents have been happily married for over thirty years now.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Harry Potter, because I grew up with him. I have never felt so much emotion for characters since I read that series. I don’t think there will ever be a series as dear to my heart as that one.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
To go with above, J.K. Rowling. Being in her presence would be enough to make me happy for the rest of my life.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just started This is How it Ends by Kathleen MacMahon. It’s an Irish story. It’s interesting thus far.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Rachel Van Dyken and Wendy Higgins. They are really good. And Rachel’s writing is as beautiful as her heart. I’ve had the privilege to talk to that author. She’s down to earth and an absolute angel.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Teachers Day and Lizzie. I’m also hoping to start the second part to the Visible Scars film series, Invisible Scars. To be honest, though, I’m having a little trouble keeping up.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. It’s actually Richard Turke, the director. He’s a really great, supportive guy. Damien Dante is really nice too.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Oh goodness. This is a hard question to answer. I work hard enough that I see it as such. I work eight hours a day, pushing all day long. It’s not as easy as it sounds. There’s no procrastination in my world. It is a bit of a hand to mouth occupation, though. Someday I hope I will be able to say definitely yes, and I won’t have to pause at all.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Oh goodness. I probably would keep it the same. I can’t recall anything I would like to change.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Yeah. To be honest, I was an awkward kid. My childhood was also really rocky. I wouldn’t go back if somebody offered me a million dollars. Because of that, I had to do something to survive. Writing became my way to focus and it really helped me during my worst moments.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure! I would love to. I’ll send along a little bit of Teachers Day!
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Mostly, trying to deal with my own self-doubt. I have been my biggest opponent lately. I’ll stare at the computer screen for hours. It’s been a real problem lately.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not so much for my books. I get to go to LA every once in awhile for films. That’s always fun.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Depends on the company! Sometimes I do them myself too. I love art.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your books?
Keeping with it until the end. I have a tendency to go cross-eyed after awhile
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
Don’t give up. Oh, and nobody likes an overly whiny protagonist. (Haha!)
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep strong. Everybody gets negative reviews. You just got to power through them.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you so, so much for reading my work. I love all of my readers and am so blessed that I have people who follow my writing.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies
Actually, I am an endurance runner and a ballet dancer. At least, lately. I’ve actually had to tone it down in the athletics department because I’ve injured my joints.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching
Anything funny/cutsey! How I Met Your Mother, New Girl, and Dance Academy.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
My favorite food is sashimi. My favorite colors are lavender and silver. My favorite music…Hmm. I really love Lindsey Sterling right now. She does amazing things with her violin.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ?
A veterinary technician. I would be doing that now too, but the jobs in that field are hard to find here in Utah.