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Phylis Campbell Interview

Tell us a little about yourself
I have been writing for a while, but only seriously for about seven years. I work full time, I'm a full time mother / wife, and I write full time. In the past three years, I've had fourteen of my stories published with electronic companies, and a few of my companies also have published my book in print form and are available at the bookstores. It's such a thrill to hold my book and know that I wrote it!

When did you decide to become a writer?
I was actually watching a movie -- it was a love story that had a very bad ending. I went to bed that night and had a dreamed that was in the form of a movie. When I awoke and pondered on this dream, I wondered what it would hurt to give it a try. After all, I'd been reading romance for quite a while. So, I tried it. I had so much fun, I've written 45+ stories since then.

What was your first published work?
The first book I had published was a contemporary with New Concepts Publishing. My story is called, WOMAN SEEKING MAN. One month later, I sold them them my second story that went into an anthology. What a thrill that was!

What is your dream as a writer?
Three years ago, it was just to become published. Now I want more. I want to write for a living. I want to quit my day job and stay home and do something I love. I'm taking baby steps now to see that it happens, but I'm determined!

What writing avenues are you currently pursuing?
I'm looking to be published with the big houses - Avon, Dorchester, Kensington, St. Martins, NAL... Any ONE will do. I've made it a goal this year to find an agent so that my final goal will be met, too.

Is there anything you wish you had been told earlier in your career?

I was actually told...just never listened, I guess. I was told this isn't an easy business. I believe it now!! Writing and getting published takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Well, I'm ready for it now.

What advice can you offer writers just breaking into a serious writing career?
Never give up!!! If you love to write and you want to get published, then do everything you can to get it accomplished. If that means learning more about writing, then do it. Don't give up on your dream!

Anything else you want people to know?
Please visit my website - http://www.phyllismariecampbell.com/ And I'd love to be your friend on Myspace - www.myspace.com/phyllismariecampbell If you'd like to join my newsletter, join my Yahoo Group - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PhyllisCampbell/

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