Second up, I’m super excited to have the lovely AJ Campbell chatting with me on Meet the Author. If you’ve been reading my blog this week you would have seen my 5 star review of her second book, Don’t Come Looking. Here we get to know more about the author behind the book…….
How many books have you written and published?
I have written two complete books Leave Well Alone & Don’t Come Looking, and I have two WIPs – another psychological suspense and a cozy mystery
How long does it take you to write a book?
My debut novel Leave Well Alone took five years to write, but during that time, I also completed several creative writing courses and had some mentoring with Julia Crouch – the Queen of Domestic Noir. My second novel took around nine months start to finish.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
Many! I was a accountant for fifteen years before I quit to raise a family. I am now a full-time carer to my son who has cerebral palsy and is profoundly deaf. I have also:
- worked in a home for the elderly
- worked at Tesco on the checkout
- trained as a personal trainer and run aerobics classes
- worked in pubs as a barmaid
- waitressed in restaurants and bars
- fruitpicked in Australia; telesales for a marketing company.
Other than writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy walking my cocker spaniel in the local fields, cooking vegetarian food and visiting London.
What is the best thing you’ve done in your life so far?
Aside from having my three sons, of course, I backpacked around the world for a year, mostly solo, when I twenty-three. I swam with dolphins, slept in a hammock on the beach in Tahiti, completed the Kiwi Experience around the whole of New Zealand, climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge and rode elephants in Thailand. It was an incredible year. I stayed in Sydney for six months working, because I had spent an extra month in New Zealand and spent my airfare home!
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Absolutely – I’m a big softie at heart!
What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
I couldn’t possibly tell you 🙂
You win a million pounds – you give half to charity. Which charity do you pick and why? What would you do with the rest of the money?
As a special needs Mum, I always support children with disabilities. I would give it to Treloars School in Hampshire – a specialist school for children with physical disabilities where my son goes. The rest I would help my kids get on the property ladder and take my hubby backpacking for a year!
Do you feel it’s more important to have a) strong characters b) a mind-blowing plot or c) amazing settings?
That’s a difficult one. I think strong characters have to pip a mind-blowing plot.
What is your favourite genre to read and why?
Psychological thrillers – I love trying to guess the ending.
I also enjoy historical fiction. I love reading about how people lived in different times.
What is the funniest typo you have ever written?
Not a typo as such, more of a sentence that needed work:
He grabbed her arm, and she jerked him off. 🙂 🙂
My editor’s comment to that – ‘Rephrase, please!’
What is your favourite time to write, and why?
Early morning when there is peace and quiet and nobody needs me!
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
My latest book Don’t Come Looking is a psychological thriller, available at Amazon.
A missing man. A desperate friend. A circle of deceit.
Would you refuse your friend’s desperate plea for help?
When Eva’s close friend Marc disappears, his wife Sasha is distraught, and Eva is baffled. Sasha and Marc were happy, the perfect couple… or so everybody thought.
Sasha begs Eva to help her find Marc. But he has appeared at the police station where Eva works and has made a statement. It’s on record – when his family report him missing, Marc doesn’t want to be found.
As each day passes, the mystery deepens. What was Marc up to? What made him do the things he did in the months leading up to his disappearance? Things so out of character, Eva struggles to tell Sasha about them… and then a disturbing discovery changes everything.
A psychological thriller full of twists and turns…..
Have a wonderful day my lovelies and I’ll be back tomorrow!