Phyllis Campbell is an award-winning, multi-published and best-selling author of romance; from the dark and mysterious hero who sends shivers up your spine to the feisty heroines who somehow manage to keep them in line. She’s been published with several small presses since 2006. Most of her reviewers have given her the title of “Queen Of Sexual Tension”. Married with kids (and three grandchildren), Phyllis has lived in Utah all of her life and enjoys family activities when she’s not writing her next sensual story.
Hi everyone! As some of you know, the Christmas Anthologies were released yesterday, a series of novellas that center around the Duke of Danby and his wayward grandchildren. I wrote one of the stories, “A Second Chance for Christmas,” which is featured in A Summons from the Duke. Phyllis wrote “Becoming a Lady,” for A Summons from His Grace. I’ve been a long-time admirer of Phyllis’ and was so thrilled to have the chance to interview her for the blog. Let’s dive in, shall we?
What did you like most about working on an anthology? Was this your first time to participate in one?
I had a lot of fun working on this anthology. It has not been my first anthology, yet it was my first anthology where I shared a family with the other writers. It was a blast getting to know all the cousins. My heroine is the one who is related to the Duke of Danby, and she has a half-brother who she is told about but doesn’t meet. Her brother’s story is written by Suzie Grant. I did enjoy this type of anthology better, I must admit. Then again, I was always family oriented.
Your heroine, Dorothy, is rather feisty, shall we say? LOL Did you have any real-life inspirations for her character or dialogue?
Yes, Dorothy is one very feisty American. She is far bolder than her British cousins, and she has a mouth on her that could make a sailor blush. hee hee Well, maybe not that bad… I didn’t have any real life inspirations for her character. Dorothy Paxton took on her own form and own voice, and I was more than happy to write her. I do enjoy writing feisty heroines who are a little more verbal than most women.
What’s your favorite period in history to write about?
I think Victorian is still my favorite period. While writing this Regency, my critique partners were pointing out my use of words that weren’t used in the Regency time. However, most of them were used in the Victorian days. So that right there let me know where my heart truly lies.
How do you get in the proper mindset for writing?
Because I write in a lot of eras, the way I get in the proper mindset is to read a story that is in that era. That helps a lot. Thankfully, I have a crit group who writes like I do.
Do you have any inspirations for the kinds of heroes you write?
I have many! When I write Regency, I have Mr. Darcy in my mind. When I write in the Colonial era, I have Capt. Jack Sparrow’s suave, charming character. Okay…maybe Will Turner’s looks, but definitely Sparrow’s personality. I love Hugh Jackman, Gerard Butler, and Antonio Banderas, to just name a few.
Do you find it difficult to write love scenes?
NO WAY! I love writing love scenes. My characters like it, too. hee hee But I think I love writing sexual tension even more than the actual love scene. I really enjoy the sensual build up between my characters…which of course makes the final love scene that much sweeter.
What advice do you have for anyone who wants to write, but hasn’t given it a try?
I tell them to beware… If you start writing, you may never stop. That’s what happened to me. I was an avid reader, and one day I decided to just give it a try… That was about 16 years ago. The story ideas haven’t stopped, for which I’m grateful. I love writing! And for those who don’t know if they’re a writer yet, all they have to do is try. If they enjoy creating stories, then they are indeed a writer!
Any new projects on the horizon?
Oh yes! I have a few stories I’d started several years ago that I’ve never finished. And I have several new ideas for time-travel. I will always have projects on the horizon!
Thanks so much for stopping by, Phyllis. You can read more about Phyllis by checking out her blog.
Reading and writing the anthology really put me in the Christmas spirit! The other two books in the series are A Summons from Yorkshire and A Summons from the Castle. Download them all today for some great holiday road-trip reading! And post your email address below for a chance to win a Kindle or other fab prizes!