Have you been writing for a long time?
I wrote my first novel when I was sixteen years old entitled The Burning Light back in 1985. I dabbled in short stories throughout the years, but I got hit really hard with the writing bug in 2014. A story popped into my brain in 2014 that needed to come out. It was ultimately called Black Tears and it was released as an e-book on Amazon. A little boy appeared one day holding a stringer of fish in an antique store owned by Theresa Barnwell. The little boy turned out to be a serious threat to Theresa and her family. Then came the novel for which I am best known so far, Mrs. Fields’ Journal. It centered around the towns of Waynesboro and Millen, GA. Anyway, this is the one that I get stopped by folks to talk about and the one that more than a few people have told me should be a movie one day. It’s flattering to hear, but I’ve moved on to Cinnamon Tea.
So, the last couple of years, I’ve been writing almost daily and I have so much more to come. I’m working on two projects at the moment. One, another horror novel (my second centered around the beach, see Just Breathe) and the other is a true story chronicling the marriage of one of my childhood best friend’s parents. Her mother was something to behold and there was a mind blowing twist that happened in their marriage that rivals any fiction an author can conjure.
I love writing. I love people’s reactions to what I’ve written – good and not so good.
What inspired you to start a writing career?
I read a LOT of Stephen King as a kid growing up in the eighties along with a little bit of Koontz. But, King is the man and still is. The way he weaves a story and sucks you in as a constant reader is something that aspire to do. Stephen King is a lot more than horror. 11/22/63. The Bill Hodges Trilogy, Joyland. The man can write and I only hope that I can be a quarter as talented as he is.
Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?
Cinnamon Tea is a stand-alone story. At it’s core, it is a story about a father’s love for his baby girl; and hers for him. I cried a little as I wrote the story being a father of a 21 year old daughter myself.
Why did you choose this genre?
Stephen King. Nuff said.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
My advice is to write. Don’t worry about it looking pretty, you can take care of that in the wash. If you have a story that eats at you, compels you to pound on the keyboard, then sit down and write it. Write it until the story is told. You can go back and edit and rewrite later, but get it down before it flies away from you. Don’t be afraid to let people read your work. Some are going to hate it, but just think about it. You will have people journeying to worlds of your creation. Now, how cool is that?
About the Book
Title: Cinnamon Tea
Cinnamon Tea tells the story of Adrienne Whitman and Avril Whatley. Two young women that were taken from their families two years apart under eerily similar circumstances.
Detective Shawn Whitman, Adrienne’s father, senses that Adrienne is still alive when Avril Whatley turns up missing. Detective Whitman and Avril’s immediate family (her mother,
Jessie, grandmother, Annella, uncles T.C. and Jerry Lee) must work together to save their girls. The sweet aroma of cinnamon tea is prominent throughout this tale. It is so inviting, but it can also be deadly. Cinnamon Tea is a story of loss, a story of new discovery, a story of anger, a story of terror, a story of love and a story of closure. Are you drinking the tea?
My name is Charles Campbell and I live in North Augusta, SC with my lovely wife, Amy and two children, Brooke and Seth. I had a real passion for writing way, way, way back in high school and actually wrote a novel entitled, The Burning Light. It never saw the light of day outside of a few friends and an Economics teacher. The itch hit me in a real way earlier this year and I put fingers to keyboard and finished Black Tears back in March of 2014. That was a great practice run.
So, four self-published books later, I continue to write. I think I have gotten better with every book in my story telling. That’s the most important thing to me; telling a compelling story – a story that keeps you turning the page. A story that is hard to put down. That is what I continue to strive for. And, I believe that is what I have in my latest novel, Cinnamon Tea. The early Amazon and Goodreads reviews are mostly positive.
Mrs. Fields’ Journal has been the one most people point to and say, “Man, that was a great story. It really should be a movie.” And while that makes me feel really good, the feedback I received and continue to receive for Just Breathe is a bit more mixed. Ranging from, “This is the best thing you’ve written” to “I don’t really get it.” The funny thing is I understand both points of view because it is a head-trip of a story but that’s what made it my favorite…that was, until this one cropped up in my head.
Cinnamon Tea is pretty linear, so there isn’t a ton of characters. Nor are there a lot of back jumps (there are some, but none as drastic as the jumps between the fifties and the eighties that you find in Just Breathe. I’ll continue to write as long as I have folks that want to read my words. All I can say is Thank YOU for the continued support.
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