01 June, 2017

#SpecialFeature :: Introducing Molly D.Campbell, #Author of Crossing the Street

Under "Special Feature" every month I feature a Special Author. 
During this month I put up 5 posts about the Author/Book, including Interview / Review / Excerpt / Guest Post / Author Bio / Fun Facts or whatever else we can come up with. Also on the first day of the month we will  launch the Giveaway contest along with the first post and will announce the winner on the last day of the month.
So be sure to check out my blog every 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of every month for something new :)

*** Special Feature - June 2017 ***

About the Author

Molly writes from her pantry, often in pajamas. She exercises regularly, despite the fact that she has sustained numerous injuries involving barbells and exercise balls. She successfully raised two gorgeous daughters, who both pay their own bills. 

Molly has few interests other than reading books and writing, although she and her husband did attempt clog dancing with disastrous results.

A huge fan of HGTV, Molly has been known to watch marathon sessions of “Househunters” while leafing through magazines and snacking.

Molly’s husband has an accordion band. The neighbors have started a collection to fund soundproofing for the Campbell’s basement.

Molly can be found at: Website * Blog * Twitter


HELLO

I am a writer. My name is Molly D. Campbell. I started writing what seems like ten minutes ago, but was actually about seventeen years ago. I began as a blogger, and I still blog at www.mollydcampbell.com. As a blogger, I entered the Erma Bombeck Writing Contest and won honorable mention in both the humor and human interest categories. That launched my writing career.

I love names. I think it is fascinating that a person’s name can determine so much about how that individual’s life plays out. For example: will much exciting ever happen to John Jones? It could, but it isn’t likely--poor John may lead a life of quiet desperation. But Quincy Stagmaster? Now, there is another story all together. I see Quincy sailing the foaming seas, or fronting a drug cartel.

This fascination with names got me started making up names and one-sentence descriptions of what that person with the name might be like. I did this for fun, and created a Twitter stream for them, posting one a day for at least a year. This Twitter identity I called Characters in Search of a Novel. It gained some popularity. Here is one of my tweets: Loretta Squirrels: she makes moonshine and beats her husband.

At the urging of one of my followers, I wrote a series of flash fiction stories about these characters, and self-published a volume of them, complete with illustrations done by the fabulous artist, Randy Palmer. Characters in Search of a Novel is still available on Amazon. Loretta Squirrels is featured prominently.

As a result of this book, Lou Aronica of The Story Plant encouraged me to write a novel. This was nowhere near as easy as it seemed! One trashed manuscript, many consultations, and two years or so later, my first novel, Keep the Ends Loose, was published by The Story Plant in 2015.

My second novel for The Story Plant is Crossing the Street, which releases May 9, 2017. This one was also a couple of years in the making, with many, many rewrites. It is about a disillusioned young writer who becomes entangled with a seven-year- old girl, and the eventful summer in which they realize the value of forgiveness, humor, and family. It’s funny, sad, and I hope it sells millions.

Do I have any advice for writers? Lots. But I became a writer at the age of fifty, and didn’t have a book published until I was fifty-two. I would say that it is never too late to start writing! 


About the Book
This wasn't the way Beck Throckmorton had planned it. She wasn't expecting to find herself in her thirties writing erotica and making flat whites for a living while she stewed over that fact that her ex had wound up with her sister. She never saw herself living in a small suburban Ohio town with an octogenarian neighbor best friend. And she definitely wouldn't have imagined the eight-year-old great-granddaughter of that friend turning her world upside down. 

As summer comes around, Beck's life is unsettled in every way. And that's before the crazy stuff starts: the sister taunting her with her pregnancy, the infuriatingly perfect boyfriend, the multiple trips to the emergency room. The needy, wise-beyond-her-years little girl finding places in her heart that Beck didn't even know existed. 

Beck has found herself at an emotional intersection she never anticipated. And now it's time to cross the street.

CROSSING THE STREET is a funny, touching novel that brims life's complexities. Filled with characters both distinctive and welcomingly familiar, it is a story that will entertain and enlighten.


Giveaway
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2 comments:

  1. I read this book and loved it so found this post quite interesting. WTG Ms. Campbell! What a great accomplishment to start writing at 50!!

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  2. Thrilled to be a "Special Feature!" Thank you!

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