Thursday, July 21, 2011

Guest Post - J.A. Campbell and a giveaway (WooHoo!)

The Journey – Part 5

Mardel, thanks so much for letting me post here today. **You're Welcome!**

It begins, sometimes with an idea, sometimes with a word or a phrase, or a flash of a beautiful smile. It sets out with a letter on a page. Just one, single, solitary letter. Then another letter, and another until there is a word. Then many words, then paragraphs that lead to pages and chapters then finally to a completed story.

But that’s just the beginning of the Journey.

As part of my blog tour to celebrate the release of my first Young Adult novel, Senior Year Bites, I’m going to do a series on my perceptions of the adventure of writing a novel. Obviously there are many different ways to get inspiration and write a novel. It has happened to me in many different ways. This is just one way. Here’s part five. If you’d like to read other blog posts in this series, links are on my blog tour page:

The words are tearing at Kira as she pounds away at the keyboard. The last part of the story, the conclusion to months of hard work, has been stewing in her subconscious long enough. It is ready to explode forth and is limited only by the speed at which Kira can type. She spends every moment she can at her keyboard, frantically trying to keep up with the story.

There are times when things go more slowly. When she feels like she has to force the words. This always happens, but the effort required to push past the molasses is much less in the last third of the book. Everyone is looking forward to her finishing the project. She wants it done so the words will leave her alone for a time. Her friends and family want it done so they can see her once again. Her writing buddies want it done so that she’ll stop bugging them about it. Secretly they are also dying to read it.

Finally, Kira types The End. It is anti-climatic. She feels there should be fireworks and a big party, but no one notices that she has finished a novel unless she tells them. There is no giant sign that points down and says ‘hey, she finished a novel.’ It is almost disappointing. Then Kira goes back to the beginning of the document and starts reading a little bit. She remembers scenes she struggled with, scenes that make her laugh, ones that made her want to tear her hair out. She really has accomplished something, and she is pleased.

Of course, that’s just the beginning. We won’t go into the editing, revising, beta reading, query process, or any of that. We’re just happy that Kira has finally finished her novel.

Thanks for dropping in and following the writing adventure with me and Kira.

Author Bio:

Julie writes fantasy novels. When she’s not out riding her horse, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer with a cat on her lap and her dog at her side.

Senior Year Bites
Fight supernatural crime, it’s what superheros do. Only I’m a vampire, not a superhero. That hasn’t deterred my best friend Steph though, so while I’m trying to survive my last year of high school as a blood-sucking non-hero, she’s dragging me and our other friend around looking for crime. Only there isn’t any, at least not until the murders start.

Buy Links

Amazon UK


** Mardel here...Thank you very much for being my very first Guest Post Ms Campbell. :) As always, I enjoyed your post. Now, How about a giveaway? I'll buy a lucky commenter their very own e-copy of this debut YA e-book - and believe me, folks, this is a good one. I enjoyed reading it myself - enjoyed it very much.

To celebrate Ms Campbell's debut release answer these questions -

  • if you suddenly found yourself a teenaged vampire going to high school, what do you think would be the most challenging aspect of your new life?

  • AND what would be the most fun, the best part of your new vampire Un-life?.

Leave an answer to BOTH questions and a shout out to Julie on this post. We'll announce a winner the first week of August. Since this is an e-book, I think we can do this internationally also. So spread the word, and let's start this rolling!


  1. Aww, thanks so much Mardel! Can't wait to see the answers!

    Julie/J.A. Campbell

  2. This is fun! I think that the actual drinking blood would be the hardest part and the live forever would be the best bonus part! Thanks for hosting. Nice post. I am an old follower.