Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Gibby Campbell – 49
Fiona: Where are you from?
Cleveland, OH USA
Fiona: A little about yourself (your education, family life, etc.).
Married, no kids, 1 fur baby, grad school, college professor.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My first fiction book is being released on May 30th.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing stories in my head when I was 4 to help myself fall asleep. It was my mom’s idea. The first one involved a whale swimming along my bedroom walls, and me riding the waves on top of the whale. When I got older I wrote plays for the neighbourhood kids to put on, and I wrote for the school paper. I didn’t consider writing seriously, though, until I had more time as an adult.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Now, because it’s my first book being printed instead of just an eBook.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I had just had a hysterectomy, and I sailed through the surgery afterward. My doctor thought it was because of how much I had prepared (I am a certified personal trainer, and I had exercised a lot before and after the procedure). That motivated me to write my first book on getting ready for a hysterectomy.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
This book is about a surgeon named Dr. Turov. My friend actually came up with the title, as you hear doctors being paged all the time at her hospital.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
My writing style is very casual and easy to read. Sex scenes are not easy for me to write, though, and it’s tough to keep them fresh and unique.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
A lot of my characters have personality traits similar to my own or some of the people in my life. Abby is a lot like me. Rachel is a lot like my best friend. Victor is my husband reincarnated. LOL.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
There was no travel required on this one, as I chose to locate the book in my hometown of Cleveland, OH. However, I am currently writing a book that takes place in Dublin, Ireland. I have been there before, and I’m writing on memory.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Jessica Greeley, a graphic designer at https://www.facebook.com/JessicaGreeleyGD/
She’s fabulous! She does most of the covers for my publisher, Black Velvet Seductions.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I’m hoping to help readers understand BDSM a bit more. It’s not a one-size-fits-all lifestyle, and it can be safe under the right circumstances. My goal is to show that in the book.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Right now I love Jill Shalvis. She’s casual and writes a great contemporary romance that keeps me interested until the very end. I also love her humour. I find myself snorting out loud as I read her books.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My best friend. She was my medical expert when I had questions about Dr. Turov’s work life. She also proofed the book for me, made suggestions, and she came up with the title. She thinks it’s cool to have a friend who writes, and she’s pushing me to work on the next book.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. I am at the point in my life where I can dedicate all my time to writing and promoting my work. I guess I see it as a career that doesn’t pay well but is fun.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t think so. My editor had me change my ending and make it more personal. It really pulled the whole thing together, which was nice.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned a lot about heart disease and the life of a surgeon from my friends, who all work in the medical field.I bombarded them with questions, but they took it well.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Jennifer Lawrence for Abby
Eric Winter for Dr. Turov
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
My advice would be to keep plugging away at it. Write even when you hate what you’re putting down or are not in the mood. You’ll be surprised at what you put out, and how quickly a book comes together. I wrote this one in 9 months, and it’s over 141,000 words!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I want to thank them for buying my book and giving it a read. It means the world to me. Also, if they’re in the Cleveland area, they should check it out. They can retrace Victor and Abby’s steps from the book, and it’s such a fun town.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
A Little Life by HanyaYanagihara. It’s a deeply intense and disturbing book, but I can’t put it down. I predict it will haunt me for months afterward.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Curious George and the Hot Air Balloon
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My husband, friends, and silly animal antics make me laugh.
Seeing anything innocent be hurt or suffer makes me cry.
Physical pain also makes me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I really can’t think of anyone. I’m not big on famous people.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Hiking, going to the theatre, sewing, swimming,and crafts
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I loved Sex and the City when it was on. Big Bang Theory was also a favourite.
I love all rom com movies, and my favourites are While You Were Sleeping, Return to Me, and Love, Actually.
Fiona: Favourite foods, colours, music?
Blue and green
Top 40, alternative rock, jazz
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Talk. A lot. Because it’s gotta come out somehow.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I would say goodbye to all my family and friends. Then I would crawl into bed with my husband and dog and snuggle until the end.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
No headstone for me, man. They creep me out! I want my ashes scattered under a tree. Someone should probably say words like, “She tried,” or something to that effect.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Sure. It’s www.gibbycampbell.com.
The book link is https://amzn.to/2PJ0xpD