📚 IN DEPTH ✏
AUTHOR OF THOUGHT PROVOKING
YA PARANORMAL FANTASY
What books have most influenced your life?
Honestly I’ve read everything from Dr. Seuss to Jane Austen. Reading is a passion for me and an escape from the stresses of everyday life. I absolutely love Stephanie Meyer’s writing style and character development, the way the story flows from beginning to end captivated me. Of all her published works, I’d have to say that Eclipse was by far my favorite and after reading that book, I decided to push forward with my dream of becoming a writer.
How do you develop your plots and characters?
I get asked this question all the time and I never know how to answer it. To be honest, I suppose they just come to me. I know that sounds odd but I never really think about the details of their lives, other than in the moment I’m writing their story. I knew the end of the book before I’d written the first word of the beginning. Raven, my main character had a story to tell, I just wrote it down.
Tell us about your book?
Soul Chaser is a short story about a 16 year old girl who learns the meaning of sacrifice in a very unnatural way. Raven was orphaned at birth, bounced from one foster home to another without feeling love or compassion from anyone. At 16 years old she’s suddenly caught in a world she struggles with. Death becomes a new way of living for her but her desire to love and beloved jeopardizes her own body and soul. We all need a hero!
Tell us about your protagonist(s)? Was there a real-life inspiration behind him or her?
Maybe I’m crazy or something but honest to goodness, I was sitting at work one afternoon and she just popped into my head and I could not stop thinking about her. For days, she talked to me, told me her story and I couldn’t shake it, so I wrote it down. I felt better but a few days later she started again and again and again. I would sit at my computer and write out the words she put in my head. She told me she was orphaned and no one had ever loved her but she found a way for her life to matter and so Soul Chaser (Raven’s Journey) Began. I think we all have fictional character within us; we just have to learn how to listen to me. (Strange Right) LOL.
A good villain is hard to write. How did you get in touch with your inner villain? Was there a real-life inspiration for him/her/it?
Death is my villain; it’s a fear to some and a blessing to others but it’s something everyone has to do, however, the death of a child is beyond imaginable and I wanted to write a story about an alternative world for the most innocent.
What real-life inspirations did you draw from for the world building within your book?
A dear friend of mine lost a child at a very young age and as you can imagine, she was completely devastated. No words offered any comfort to her unimaginable heartache and many times I heard her say “if I knew my child didn’t suffer, then maybe I’d be able to comes to terms with the death.” I started writing Soul Chaser with the hopes that it would somehow offer her a small amount of peace. She loved the book and found comfort in the possible alternative I created for her. So with that I decided to share it, with the hopes of doing the same thing for someone else.
What real-life science, pseudo-science, history, religion, or mythologies did you research for the paranormal aspect of your book?
Religion, I wanted to write a book that touched on spirituality without isolating anyone. I talk a lot about “the heavens” but left it open to interpretation. What “heaven” is for some may not be what it is for all and I tried to write it that way.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Killing off Summer, I felt a connection to her and her death was the hardest for me to write.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
Chapter 12 was my favorite to write because; in that chapter Raven finally realizes her life had meaning and she’d always matter to someone. She finds comfort and acceptance of her destiny and I felt pride writing her story.
Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
I’ve hated horror for most of my life (scares me to death) but while writing this book, I discovered (FOR ME) the things that scares me the most also drives the most passion in my writing.
Is there a message in your novel that you hope readers will grasp?
What are your future project(s)?
I’m currently working on Volume #2 of Soul Chaser. Raven’s story has barely begun and she has a lot more to say.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
A Nutritionist (which I am)
Do you have anything specific that you want to say about your book?
I just want to say thank you for letting me share my dream with you. 10,000 people can read and hate this book and that’s ok however, if it helps just 1 person who struggles with the death of a child, then I’ve done what I hoped to accomplish.
ABOUT SOUL CHASER
About this title, Campbell notes: “I’ve written several books, but Soul Chaser was the first to ever fully bring a character to life for me. I spent countless hours worrying about Raven and how she would react when her destiny was put on the line. I felt compassion for her and decided, without a doubt, that hers was a story I was meant to tell.”
If you could spare a child her death, would you do it? What if saving her life meant relinquishing your own? And, if you were told the fate of your soul depends on your choice, would it affect your decision? In Soul Chaser, these are the question sixteen-year-old Raven Bishop must struggle with every day. She has been chosen, by divine force, to carry out a bizarre paranormal assignment: following her own untimely death, she is given new life, which she can then surrender to spare a child from experiencing death. And with each new death…she is once again given new life and yet another opportunity to die for an innocent child’s sake.
For Raven–as it would be for anyone in her place–this is an assignment that is easier said than done, especially as a self-absorbed teenager. But youth is the least of her concerns and is no excuse. Indeed, the very fate of her soul depends on her ability to break free from her self-centered tendencies and better understand obedience and the true meaning of selflessness. Can she complete her mission, or is her soul in danger of condemnation?
ABOUT NICHOLETTE CAMPBELL
Nicholette Campbell, a married mother of four, currently resides in Tennessee, with her husband of sixteen years. A longtime writing enthusiast, she has penned several novels, but she considers Soul Chaser her greatest, most heart-felt work.
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Such a touching thought provoking story. Thank you Heather!! tf