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Lorna Rose | Q&A with writer Melissa Campbell

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Lorna Rose, Write on the River: Any news you’d like to share concerning upcoming projects?

Melissa Campbell: I have the first three chapters of my current work completed! That is my big news. I also have three other shorter stories going, and those are currently in different stages of disarray.

Q: Who is your favorite author and why?

A: I am an avid reader. I grew up reading Terry Brooks, who writes science fiction and fantasy. Ann Rice was another favorite. When I was a teenager, I devoured every Nancy Drew book I could get my hands on. Edgar Allen Poe and Agatha Christie were also favorites at that time. Currently my ultimate favorite writer is Stephen King; I think I have every book he’s ever published. He is so easy to read, and his characters always capture me right away because they are so realistic.

Q: How long have you been writing?

A: It seems like I’ve been writing forever! There have been stories percolating in my mind here and there, off and on, for a long time. I grew up in a small town in rural Washington, and reading and writing were ways to have an adventure, if only in my mind. But I really got serious about writing about five years ago. I work at my day job four days a week, and one day a week I devote to writing. And I treasure that day. I need to be disciplined about writing, and ignore the laundry that needs doing or the kitchen that needs cleaning.

Q: What type of writing do you enjoy the most?

A: I write science fiction/erotica. In the past I’ve tried my hand at poetry and period pieces, and I just wasn’t any good at them. My imagination seems to connect with science fiction/erotica.

Q: I understand you recently experienced your first public reading of your work. How did it go?

A: Yes, I recently participated in Four Minutes of Fame put on by Write on the River. I was selected as the first reader. So there I was, reading my work for the first time and been selected to go first in front of a standing-room-only audience. Yikes! But I got through it. I do plan to read at future events. The atmosphere was very supportive.

Q: Has any of your work been published?

A: For my day job, yes, but not my creative writing. I’d love to be published someday.

Q: Why do you write?

A: Writing is something I enjoy immensely, and it helps me relax. My day job is very demanding and deadline-oriented, and writing is my release. There are always lots of things going on in my head; it’s noisy in there! Writing keeps my sanity. When I’m out and about, I carry a notebook with me. When something hits me, like an inspiration, I jot it down. I have lots of imagined stories in my head, and it helps to put them down on paper. For me, writing unpacks my busy brain.

Q: What is the goal for your writing?

A: Well, like I said, writing helps keep my sanity. So that reward is the journey. Beyond that, I would love to be published someday.

Lorna Rose is a member of Write On The River and writer of short stories, poetry, essays and, recently, letters to her baby. Write On The River — www.writeontheriver.org — works to foster the writing arts, sustain a vital North Central Washington writing community and nurture writers from inspiration to publication.

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