Today I am featuring a Guest Post from Marie Campbell, Marie’s book Baby is published on the 13th July 2016, and its described as “a gripping psychological thriller”. I have read the book description and I will certainly be adding this one to my TBR pile. I hope you enjoy Marie Campbell’s guest post, book description and links to buy are included further down the page.
How Baby was born
Not many people knew that I wanted to write a book. I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long – I guess life just always got in the way, and I thought there was always time later. Over the years, I’ve written short stories, kept diaries and scribbled in journals, but writing a book was my dream. I just didn’t know whether I could.
Five years ago, after having a baby, taking a career break from the Civil Service and moving house, I decided that it was now or never, and embarked on a series of online writing courses. The first couple focussed on short stories, and I plucked up the courage to enter some of my work into competitions. Finding success in a few of these really spurred me on, and as part of a novel-writing course, I started work on what was to become Baby. By the end of the course, and with the encouragement of my wonderful tutor and fellow students, I had a short, rough first draft of a book.
Much research and rewriting followed. I am fortunate to have friends who work in the medical profession, who were happy to answer my questions on sedation and transporting an unconscious body (!), and Google was my constant companion. My search history certainly made for interesting reading and featured everything from the best type of locks and chains to bus route maps!
When I had a draft I was happy with, I set about finding an agent. This was no easy task, but armed with a copy of the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook, I worked my way through the lists. Some wanted an email, some wanted a letter. Some wanted a 100-word synopsis; others 300 words. Three chapters or fifty pages – I gave them what they asked for and waited for a reply. And some of them did respond. But it took six long months before I secured someone who liked my book and wanted to represent me. And then we began the process of tweaking, deleting and adding new chapters. Honing the book until it was as good as it could be.
After the first round of submissions to publishers was unsuccessful (but with some tantalisingly close calls and positive feedback) Baby was tweaked again, and submitted again. Finally, early in 2016, many months after I’d thought my book was ‘finished’, The Conrad Press, a publishing house based in Canterbury, offered to publish Baby.
The process of writing a book is an amazing one – putting words on a page and seeing characters come to life. It is, for me, a very private process, but I’ve learnt that this changes as publication approaches. I’ve realised the power of social media, and the amazing blogging community, as well as supportive Facebook groups and other authors. I’ve had the opportunity to work with a brilliant cover designer, and have taught myself how to create a (very basic) website. I’ve set up a newsletter that people have actually signed up for and read.
I get a huge buzz from seeing my book available on Amazon, and an even bigger one when I see that people have left reviews. The support I’ve had has been overwhelming – not only from family and friends, but from bloggers, Twitter followers and people who I’ve not been in contact with for years, who’ve got in touch with their good wishes.
The journey from the first chapter to publication has been a long, hard and exciting one. Having a book out there in the world is both scary and utterly exciting. I’m now working on my second book, and fit in writing whenever I can around my family and working as a freelance proofreader.
I’d like to thank Lorraine for having me here on her brilliant blog.
When Michael Stanton goes to work one day and doesn’t come back, everyone – friends, family, police – thinks his pregnant girlfriend Jill should accept he’s left her. After all, he’s done it before.
But Jill just won’t believe that Michael would walk away from her and their unborn child. Increasingly desperate and alone, she’s determined to find him.
Just where is Michael?
What Jill doesn’t know is that his beautiful ex, Anna, wants him back, and won’t take no for an answer. And it isn’t just him she wants…
In a blurred maze of captivity, sexual tension and dark desire, Michael battles with his feelings. Does he really want his normal life, or could there be a future with the woman who terrifies, controls and fascinates him?
Baby is a compelling, sexy, disturbing and unforgettable thriller.
About Marie Campbell in her words
I was born in Hetton-le-Hole, in the north-east of England, in 1972. Growing up, I spent many hours reading and writing stories and can still recall the pride when, aged eight, my story was chosen by the primary school teacher to be backed in cardboard and put on display.
Fast-forward several years, via an abandoned teaching degree, many years as a civil servant and a new baby; driven by a lifelong passion for words, I embarked on an online writing course. I wrote many, many short stories, and then I decided to write a book.
Over the years, I’ve written everything from reports to magazine articles, blogs to short stories. I write mostly at the kitchen table, picking up a pen, thinking, ‘What if…’ and seeing where the story takes me. When I’m not writing or looking after my son, I run a freelance proofreading business Marie Campbell – Proofreading. I also love to read and do so wherever and whenever I can.