Welcome to my very first Friday Author Feature. I’m excited to showcase talented authors each week and even more excited to introduce my first very special guest, J.L. Campbell, the author of the new novel Persuasion.
Hi, J.L. We’d all love to get to know a little more about you so let’s start with a brief interview.
What hobby would you get into if time and money were not an issue?
I’m not sure travelling can be described as a hobby, but if I had lots of time and even more money, I’d travel through the Caribbean, South America, and Europe.
What are some small things that make your day better?
A cup of coffee to start the day, a delicious piece of fruit, laughter, and a chance to interact with friends on social media are things that make each day that much better.
Do you listen to music while you write? If so, who is your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Music serves as a distraction when I’m writing, but what’s weird is that I keep the television on to provide background noise. In terms of inspiration, I do have specific recordings in mind for each book I write, I just don’t play them while I’m writing.
Where did you get the idea for your latest book, Persuasion?
Persuasion came about as a natural progression from the stories that went before it. The main characters in that novel were simply telling me it was time for them to step onto the stage and into the light.
If you could offer one piece of advice to an aspiring writer, what would it be?
Having a basic grasp of English and going on to learn the craft of writing is integral. Every profession calls for some kind of apprenticeship. Knowing and being able to use the tools that go into crafting a book is extremely important.
Great advice! So, let’s learn a little about Persuasion.
School. Music. Blogging. These are Yolanda Charles’ priorities. She likes life simple and is content to hang around her step-sisters. That’s until she admits she’s attracted to Gary Cheung-See, a web developer who exemplifies the strong, silent, and surly type.
Each time a bug hits her website and social media accounts, Gary helps with solving her issues. Despite his good looks and brilliance, Yolanda is undecided about her feelings for him and suspects he might be the culprit trying to ruin her life and reputation—no matter what her heart says.
Gary is from a dysfunctional family and refuses Yolanda’s help with bridging the gap between himself and his father. When a life-threatening illness hits the person he cares about most, he is forced to reassess his stance on forgiveness, while Yolanda has to decide whether Gary is friend or foe and if she can trust him with her heart.
You can purchase a copy of the book by clicking HERE.
J.L. Campbell is an award-winning, Jamaican author who writes romantic suspense, women’s fiction, new and young adult novels. She has written sixteen books, seven novellas and two short story collections.
Her novels include the Island Adventure Romance series, which currently has five exciting, stand-alone stories and features feisty women and determined men. Campbell’s mission is to write stories that entertain and educate readers. She is a certified editor, who also writes non-fiction.
Find J.L. Campbell on the web at www.joylcampbell.com
Thanks so much for joining us today, J.L.!
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Thanks for reading and see you next week!
7 thoughts on “Friday Feature – Persuasion by J.L. Campbell”
Thanks so much for having me, Stephanie! Honoured to be your first guest.
You’re welcome! Best of luck with your work and please feel free to come back anytime. 🙂
Traveling counts as a hobby to me!
I can have the television and music going in the background and still write.
Alex, wow music and the television are a bit much together. 🙂
Sometimes the background noise is inevitable. (Which is certainly the case in my house during the summer months. lol) As long as the writing happens, right?
You know I am an avid reader and I love your island flavor. Each time I had read one of your stories I felt like I needed to take one more trip to Jamaica. Of course, Taming Celeste is my favorite, not just because of my namesake, but the complexity of the characters and the overall plot.
Persuasion was another good read and highly recommended. Keep up the good work
Thanks so much, Celeste. I appreciate your support more than I can say.