Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Inside the Mind: Rachelle Campbell

Welcome to Inside the Mind where we here at The Faerie Review interview authors and creators.
Our guest today is Rachelle Paige Campbell, the author behind Love Overboard.

Lily:  Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview Rachelle. We loved reading Love Overboard. We’d like to talk a little about the book first. What inspired you to write this book?
Rachelle:  When I started writing this book, I needed an escape. I had recently learned tough family news and channeled my frustration and energy into helping a character sort out her issues. 
Lily:  Sounds like a great way to channel the negative energy into something positive. How did you choose the setting for this book? Have you ever been on a cruise?

Rachelle:  I love cruises! My first cruise was in high school, and I was hooked. My husband’s first cruise was our honeymoon. We’ve taken three with our children as well and have two more planned, including my dream trip--an Alaskan cruise just like the one in the book. 
Lily:  I haven't been on one yet, but it's definitely on my bucket list. I must admit an Alaskan cruise sounds wonderful. If you could spend a day with one character from your book, who would it be, and why?
Rachelle:  I would love to spend a day with Caitlyn and her sister, Stephanie. They bring out the best in each other (and Steph helps smooth over Caitlyn’s shyness) and we’d laugh the whole day.
Lily: I can imagine how fun a day with the two of them would be just from their interactions in the book. Were your characters inspired by anyone?
Rachelle:  The good news for my dear family and friends is I don’t draw inspiration from the people I know. Sometimes I’ll take a funny comment and twist it into a bigger personality trait, but the comment in the front of each book “resemblance to any person living or dead is purely coincidental” is 100% true.
Lily:  I know for some people that's definitely a relief. I suppose that becoming a book character is just a hazard of knowing a writer. Let’s talk about you as an author now. What was the hardest thing about writing this book?
Rachelle:  To be honest, the more I write and the more I learn about the craft of writing, the more I doubt myself and my skill. I am definitely my toughest critic. When I’m writing a first draft, I have to give myself permission to be terrible.
Lily:  I think that's true for any artist, it's hard to think of your own work is as good as others do. What inspired you to start writing?
Rachelle: I’ve been writing since I was a child and have always wanted to be a published author. What inspires me to keep going (and push back the negative self-talk) is my children. I want to show them that it’s important to work hard for your dreams.
Lily:  That's a great reason to keep going! I'm glad you're following your dream. Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share?
Rachelle:    I’m very excited to share that I’ve signed another contract with The Wild Rose Press. I’m keeping the details secret for the moment but it’s a small-town, sweet contemporary romance with a new cast of quirky characters. 
Lily:  I can't wait to read it. Now let’s peek inside your mind. What household chore is just the worst?
Rachelle:  All of them! I am a do-er, so I set aside one day a week that I clean my house from top to bottom, but I don’t enjoy cleaning.
Lily:  I can't say cleaning is my favorite thing to do, but with the right music it flies by for me. If you could go back in time as an observer, no one could see you, and you couldn’t interact with anything, when would you want to go back to?
Rachelle:  That’s tough! I would love to go back in time to witness the moment my beloved and dearly missed Grandparents met.
Lily:  That's a really sweet time to want to see, I love it! Is cereal with milk soup? Why or why not?
Rachelle:  It’s milk soup and as someone who dislikes milk, it’s the worst. I love cereal, but I eat it dry.  My kids have been given the option of with milk or dry, and they prefer dry, too.
Lily:  I've only ever been able to eat certain cereal dry. Although I don't eat it as often as hubby does. What’s the most imaginative insult you can come up with?
Rachelle:  Armpit-sniffing plant-ripper. Haha, I stick with the tried and true in real life (I am a youngest sibling, afterall.)
Lily:  Hehe I like that one. I stick to the classics in real life, but I wouldn't post them here. I'm the oldest but I'm pretty sure I curse the most. If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?
Rachelle:  None! I don’t want to know any absolute truths. Everyone and everything is better with an air of mystery (and a flicker of hope).
Lily:  Hope is always important, no matter the situation. Would you rather have whatever you are thinking to appear above your head for everyone to see or have absolutely everything you do live streamed for anyone to see?
Rachelle:  Yikes! These are tough choices. I’d rather be live streamed because I would bore other people (and hopefully they’d tune out).
Lily:  I'd be nervous about both, honestly. Although I'd probably go with the live stream too. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Rachelle: I’d like to share one of my favorite quotes: Comparison is the killer of joy. I remind myself of this all the time (it’s something of a mantra) in my personal life, professional life, social life, etc. We live in an age of being bombarded with perfect images, and if you focus on equating your situation to someone else’s, you’ll always lose. 
Lily:  That's a great mantra to have, I might have to adopt it. How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Rachelle:  I love Instagram! It’s my favorite social media outlet and I post a lot. I also try to blog at least twice a month on my website. You can also follow my Amazon author page, my blog, Twitter, my Goodreads author page, and on Pinterest. You can buy my book from Amazon US and Amazon UK as well as Apple books.

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