Thank you for stopping by my tour stop for ARRGH! by Stacey Campbell. This is a middle grade fantasy adventure and the tour runs January 5-9 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule!
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About the Author:
Stacey R. Campbell lives in the Pacific North West with her husband, three daughters, three dogs, and a pet turtle named Todd. She is a graduate of the University of Washington. At the age of seven Stacey was told that she would never be the writer she dreamed of being because she is dyslexic. Finally Stacey found that she could not look her children in the eyes and tell them that they could be what ever they wanted to be if she did not do the same. Now Stacey can’t stop writing and loves to help children pursue their own dreams. Stacey is the young adult author of Hush, A Lakeview Novel and Whisper, A Lakeview Novel. ARRGH! is Stacey’s first middle grade book.For more books from this author, visiting information, and author events please visit Stacey at: www.Staceyrcampbell.com
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What inspired you to write your first book?
At the age of 8 I was told I would never be a writer because I have a learning disability called dyslexia.
But when I had children, I found that I couldn’t look them in the eyes and tell them they could be anything they wanted to be unless I did so myself.
That was 6 years ago. Now I couldn’t stop writing if I tried. It’s part of my soul and I am thankful for it everyday.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I do. I write in a short chapters format for kids, like myself, who struggle, or have struggled with reading. Meeting milestones like chapter headers I believe inspires kids to keep turning pages.
How did you come up with the title?
My husband and I went to a cooking school in Napa last year. After a long wine filled day we sat down with friends and the title came to us. When I approached my publisher with the title change she loved it. What kid doesn’t like to say the word ARRGH! I’m 46 and it still makes me smile every time I say it.
How much of the book is realistic?
A lot of the tall ship sailing scenes are based on hours of research. I grew up sailing and wanted to make sure I got them right. I also used old ships manifests to see what the diet and daily life of a sailor on a merchant ship in the 1790’s would be like.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
She’s amazing and she didn’t listen to people when she was told she would never get published either.
What book are you reading now?
I’ve read 111 books so far this year. Reading is a major part of being a writer. I just started Hooks Revenge, by Heidi Schulz, last night and I could hardly put it down. I can’t wait to pick it up later today to finish it.
What are your current projects?
I have 2 books slotted for release in 2015, both very different, but equally exciting. A picture book, called Sock Monster, about what happens when you don’t pick up your cloths, and the third book in my YA Lakeview Academy series, Scream.
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Ends Jan. 21, 2015