Today we have Jamaican Author J L Campbell with us. So over to her...
So I’m sitting on the beach under a palm tree, laptop on my knees, daiquiri close by, the wind in my hair…
Reality check time.
When I’m in flow, I write before work, during lunch and way into the night. Editing of each chapter – yes, I’m one of those crazy writers who edits while writing – happens on the one hour journey to and from work. Every chapter has to be just so before I can move on to the next. Apart from the time I spend writing, I believe in reading. I’ve read hundreds of craft articles and then of course, there’s fiction. I also get most of my reading done on the bus.
I’ll read anything that has an element of suspense, but I’m not mad about paranormal and sci-fi books. I also like a writer who can make me laugh. My writers of choice are Jeffery Archer, James Clavell, Patricia Cornwell, Gerald Durrell, Dick Francis and James Herriot and Eric van Lustbader. As to writers from another time, I’ve read a fair amount of Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and P.G. Wodehouse. All of these authors have had some effect on the way I approach storytelling.
My critique partners have consistently asked to see Jamaica in everything that I write. As a result, having Jamaica inserted as a character brings a special something to my stories. Many of us don’t look at our surroundings as particularly inspiring, but you might be surprised that what you overlook, someone else might find interesting. How much of your locale do you include in writing your stories?
J.L. Campbell is always on the lookout for story making material. When not engaged in planning the next writing adventure, she can be found lollygagging on her blog at http://thecharacterdepot.blogspot.com Campbell has won several awards in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s Literary Arts Competition. Her website is at http://joylcampbell.com Twitter handle is @JL_Campbell
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