Jamie Campbell grew up in the New South Wales town of Port Macquarie as the youngest of six children. She now resides on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia with her husband, two-year-old daughter, and two dogs, Bella and Ralph.
Writing since she could hold a pencil, Jamie’s passion for storytelling and wild imagination were often a cause for concern with her school teachers. Now that imagination is used for good instead of mischief. Writing mainly Young Adult, Jamie loves nothing more than sharing her stories of angels, demons, aliens, ghosts, faeries, and everything in between with her readers.
What inspires you to write?
To be honest, I can't stop. It's like an addiction. Everything inspires me, from a random overheard conversation to a photograph or meme online. I have written a full trilogy based on one sentence in a documentary once. Whatever it takes to spark the imagination is what inspires me.
Tell us about your writing process.
I used to be a pantser and declared I would never convert. I just sat down and let the words flow. However, the last few series I've actually outlined loosely and do prefer that now. With a short and sweet outline, I still have the structure I need and all the freedom too. It's like a win-win.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters are real people in my head. They have lives that I only catch a glimpse of when I write their story. To me, they are just as vibrant and three dimensional as any "real" person.
Who are your favorite authors?
Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series really stand out to me. I devoured them quickly and couldn't stop thinking about them after I closed the pages of the books. To me, that is how you know when something is exceptional.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-publish because I'm a little bit of a control freak and love being able to be so responsive to my readers. If they ask for something, I can write it. Traditional publishing doesn't give me that kind of close relationship with my readers. I love picking covers, going back and forth with my editor, and hitting the publish button.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it's bright and readers will continue to be spoilt for choice. A love of reading will never diminish and connecting with readers will become more and more important. I think both ebooks and paperbacks will continue to co-exist peacefully well into the future.
What genres do you write?
Young Adult Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
What formats are your books in?
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