Hear that? Sounds like the theme song to The Twilight Zone. Or maybe that’s the X-Files. Whatever that strange music is, it’s perfect for today’s special MuseTracks Guest.
Witty romantic suspense author Angela Campbell as joined us to tell us about her quirky writing. And she’s brought us an excerpt of her latest Carina Press contemporary romance CRY WOLF.
Take it away Angela!
Some of the best writing advice I ever received was from a professor at the University of South Carolina, who told me simply, “Write the type of stories you enjoy reading.”
For me, that must mean, “Write weird stuff.”
I’ve always gravitated toward reading books that feature paranormal elements or unusual heroes, heroines or situations. The stranger, the better. When I read the news online each morning, I don’t start with the regular headlines. Oh, no, not me. I go straight to the “news of the weird” link first. I also have a strange sense of humor, so I usually sit snickering at my desk for a while even after I’ve moved onto the regular news.
When I sit down to write fiction, I usually start with a premise most would label as “out there” and try to shape it into something that isn’t, or at least something that seems a little more realistic and fun. My favorite question to ask myself is “what if?”
The book I’m writing now is another unusual one, featuring a pet psychic who gets drawn into protecting two snarky pets and their sexy owner. I’m having so much fun writing it, you have no idea.
My debut novel from Carina Press, “Cry Wolf,” was also ridiculously fun to write, and its reception has been overwhelmingly positive — so I guess I’m not the only one who enjoys reading “weird stuff.”
In “Cry Wolf,” Andrea Lockhart’s job as a reporter for cheesy tabloid The Naked Truth isn’t exactly where she thought her journalism career would end up. She’s determined to make the best of it, but when her editor sends her to Woodbine, South Carolina, to investigate a werewolf sighting, Andrea decides the ridiculous assignment will be her last. Until she meets Sean Hunter.
The last time she saw Sean, he had just beat her out for the position of editor of their college newspaper, and told her she’d never make it as a reporter. Given his grand ambitions, she’s shocked to find him editing the Woodbine Weekly. Once they start competing for leads on the werewolf, Andrea becomes determined to break the story first—she can’t let Sean beat her again.
As they each get closer to finding the source of the rumors, the only thing more surprising than the truth are the feelings Sean is able to stir in her, feelings she thought she had left behind…
EXCERPT / CRY WOLF
Andrea glanced at the man sitting across from her. “You actually keep records on this…werewolf?”
“Yep.” The animal control officer cocked a grin and slid a manila file folder with bold, black writing on it across the desk. The Werewolf Files.
Charles Browder snickered and leaned back in his chair. His voice was heavy with a Southern drawl. “Go on, take a peek if ya want. I doubt there’s anything in there of any real use, but some of it’s plenty interestin’ to read. Probably twenty or more incident reports this year alone.”
She took advantage of his generosity and picked up the folder and its contents. No matter how much she wanted this to be a non-story so she could get out of town tonight, few officials were as accommodating as Mr. Browder. It was at least an hour past his quitting time, but he’d stayed to meet with her instead of rescheduling their appointment. She’d be both rude and a fool not to at least look at the reports he’d compiled.
Andrea despised deliberate rudeness, and she was no fool, despite what those familiar with the publication she wrote for these days might think.
Working at The Naked Truth didn’t embarrass her. So why did running into Sean suddenly make her self-conscious about it? Okay, she admitted, working for a tabloid sometimes bothered her. She’d been an award-winning reporter at a large newspaper on the fast track to management. A life time ago. Before the accident. Before Lisa died. Everyone had said it wasn’t Andrea’s fault, that she shouldn’t feel responsible.
Yeah, right. Even now, four years later, Andrea lived with the guilt of her friend’s death. Living with that guilt— living with what had happened, period— had changed Andrea in so many ways.
So, writing for a tabloid wasn’t that bad in the scheme of things. After everything she’d been through, Andrea was simply glad to have a job reporting anything.
Whether you believe in things like werewolves or the Loch Ness Monster or not, I hope you’ll give my novel a chance to entertain you with the possibilities. After all, the best relationships seem to start with “What if…?”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Angela Campbell is an overachiever with a soft spot for men who dress funny. Superman, Charlie Chaplin, Dracula…she loves them all (and don’t get her started on Elvis!). In her spare time, she can usually be found browsing the comic book store or has her rear-end planted somewhere watching Intelligent television (you know – Scooby Doo/Hell’s Kitchen/ Supernatural) or having a profound movie marathon (ah, The Twilight Saga); that is, if she’s not obsessing over a good book! She currently channels all of her enthusiasm and weirdness into blogging and fiction writing. A mild-mannered reporter with almost 15 years experience as a general assignment reporter, features editor and page designer, Angela has also worked as a production assistant on TV shows, small film projects and commercials. She lives in the Southeast with her loyal companion, writing supervisor and furry best friend, Dusti.