What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My first inspiration comes from the racket caused by our three cats outside the bedroom door if I don’t get up by the time they’re ready for breakfast. However, soon after feeding them (and having my first cup of coffee) I’m lured back into the imaginary world of my latest story. As a child, I was encouraged to read and to explore my imagination. I never lost the excitement I discovered reading books late into the night when I was supposed to be doing my homework. There’s no limit to what might happen in a story. I’m an avid reader, and when I’m not reading, I’m making up my own stories. My wife and friends tell me that when I’m at work on a new story, I have no clue what’s happening in real life. They’re probably right.
What books have most influenced your life?
Since I write contemporary fantasy, books in that genre inspire me and fuel by imagination more than any other. Strong influences include stories about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, “Dune,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and Stephen R. Donaldson’s series of Thomas Covenant fantasies that began in 1977 with “Lord Foul’s Bane.” I’ve enjoyed all of Isabel Allende’s magical realism and, more recently, “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” and “The Night Circus.” Reading these books is almost like drinking a powerful magic potion: they send me off into dazzling flights of fancy, and when I come back, I have more new stories to tell.
Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire
Mainstream humor with a dash of mystery… Jock Stewart is a mix of Don Rickles and Don Quixote, Stewart is the man for the job when the skirts are up and the chips are down…
Emily Walters is a sharp, inquisitive fourteen-year-old north Florida girl who loves maps, her rusty old bike, and the forest behind her house. Sometimes her dreams tell her the future and sometimes her waking hours bring wise birds and other spirits into her life. In these three short stories, join Emily in her adventures and mysteries.
Garden of Heaven Trilogy, Book 1.
Adventure, love, loss, war, and betrayal in this Book 1 of the Garden of Heaven Trilogy, The Seeker.
Garden of Heaven Trilogy, Book 2. Book 2 of the Garden of Heaven Trilogy, The Sailor
When the Vietnam War pull pacifist David Ward away from Montana, mountain climbing and magic, he leaves for Navy boot camp with a suitcase of regrets. His fiancé ignores him, a close friend callously tells him to kill bad guys and have sex in every port, and an old flame sends devastating news,wrenching his life from its foundations.
Garden of Heaven Trilogy, Book 3.
He comes home from Vietnam to save his marriage… only to find his dream job is a nightmare. David Ward runs from the truth into a future he can’t even imagine. Corruption… magic… deception…
Malcolm Campbell Spooky Stories, Volume 1 Bundle pack
Two Spooky Short Stories from Malcolm R. Campbell in one bundle pack: Cora’s Crossing and Moonlight and Ghosts.
A Short Story Two young men are mysteriously drawn to an old bridge during a rogue thunderstorm, where they discover the dead are waiting to speak and their lives are in jeopardy when they help an injured young woman they find beside the road.
Moonlight and Ghosts
On a moonlit night, Randy’s intuition is drawing him back to an abandoned psychiatric hospital where he once worked. He and his friend, Alice, have heard the ghost hunters’ claims the building is haunted, filled with strange lights, apparitions and the voices of former patients calling for help. The Forgotten point them to a crime in progress… and there’s not much time to save the victim.