Hello, reader friends! Join me in welcoming author friend Melanie Campbell for a little chat about five of her favorites and a few questions in honor of her new release, One Woman Falling!
about the author
Melanie Campbell is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and ACFW. She wrote her first story when she was eight-years-old and has been in love with the power of storytelling ever since. She is also passionate about social issues and holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon, which she obtained during her stint as a single-mom. She’s now married and lives in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley with her husband, their three children, and several spoiled pets.
When not writing, she does the bookkeeping and other office work for her husband’s painting business, obsesses over the well-being of their three daughters, and cooks healthy meals. In the spring, you may find her hitting the trails to one of Oregon’s magnificent waterfalls.
Favorite childhood book
M: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I didn’t grow up in a church-attending home, so I had no idea that the stories were shaped by Christian principles. I believe the heart of the stories indirectly planted the seeds of my faith.
B: Amen! Story is powerful and God is so good!
Favorite place to visit
M: Disneyland! When my husband and I got married, we took my two young daughters to Disneyland for our honeymoon. It was a magical and happy way to begin our lives together. Since then our family has grown and we have been back to visit several times. We always have a blast.
B: How sweet!
M: I’ve really struggled with fear in my life, so I’m drawn to and comforted by all the scriptures that tell us not to fear. One favorite is Joshua 1:9.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
B: We need that repeated reminder, don’t we?!
M: The first movie that comes to mind when I think of favorites is The Help. I loved the book by the same name, and the movie producers did a better job than most at adapting the story to the big screen.
B: I still need to read the book but I did think the movie was quite good!
Favorite time to write
M: First thing in the morning. It seems like my subconscious works better at creating while I’m still half asleep. The writing itself is a bit rough, so I go back and edit after my morning coffee kicks in.
B: I have the same experience but at the opposite end of the day. I’m a night owl!
What is your favorite activity or hobby not related to books?
M: I love nature, so being outdoors is one of my favorite things to do that’s not related to books. (Although sometimes I combine my love of reading and the outdoors by laying on a hammock in my backyard and reading.)
In my novel One Woman Falling, I went on many waterfall hikes in the name of research. Now I just go for fun.
B: I’m not big on the outdoors (I tend to be bug-bitten) but I do love waterfalls!
Briefly describe One Woman Falling.
M: One Woman Falling is about how God uses waterfalls to draw the heroine, Cassie Peterson, closer to Him as she flees her abusive marriage and fights for custody of her four-year-old daughter.
B: I can’t think of many things that are more soothing than the sound of moving water.
What is your writing style?
M: I’m part plotter and part panster. I need to know how the story begins and ends before I start writing, but I don’t have all of the details of the middle figured out.
The idea of writing from a complete outline doesn’t appeal to me. I need to discover things as I write and let my characters show me the way. To me, one the most satisfying parts of writing is when it comes effortlessly because I’m simply typing what I see happening in my head, scene by scene.
The downside of this is writer’s block: I know where I’m at and where I’m going, but have no idea how my character gets there.
B: That writer’s block is a nasty business!
What books are you reading right now?
B: This sounds like a great variety!
What is your reading style?
M: I highly prefer printed books over electronic. There’s something about holding the book in my hands that is relaxing and helps me dive deeper into the story.
As far as routine, I tend to read non-fiction during breaks in my day, and listen to non-fiction audiobooks while I do mundane tasks. I read fiction at night, by lamplight, usually in bed.
Reading novels is one of my favorite things to do and it’s how I reward myself and relax after a busy day.
B: Book therapy is the best!
What are you working on now?
M: I’m currently working on One Way Home, the second book in my Whispers of Grace series. One Way Home is the story of Sharon Gilbert, who is the mother of the heroine in One Woman Falling.
B: Wonderful! Thanks so much for visiting with us, Melanie!
about the book
Cassie Peterson lives in an invisible prison of fear, chained by self-doubt and guarded by a relentless warden—her husband. Derrick’s verbal and physical abuse as well as his alcoholism have left Cassie alienated from her family, without friends, and certain she can’t survive on her own.
After an unexpected police visit, Cassie realizes the survival of her four-year-old daughter, Renee, depends on Cassie’s courage to leave. What she doesn’t plan on is Derrick’s vengeful custody fight.
While walking through the treacherous world of divorce, Cassie is encouraged by her spunky new friend, Missy Langdon, to pursue her love of waterfalls. Cassie finds solace in the waterfalls on the agonizing weekends she’s forced to hand Renee over to Derrick. Meanwhile, unexpected help comes in the form of Brian Sutton, an attorney at the firm where Cassie works—but what price will she ultimately pay for his assistance?
As Derrick’s threatening behavior escalates, Cassie questions her choices. How long will her daughter suffer before the custody case is resolved? Why is she drawn to waterfalls during this chaotic time? And who will stand with her when everything comes crashing down?
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Do you love waterfalls too, reader friends?