All posts by Holly M. Campbell

Lance Hampton: A Happy Accident

    Lance Hampton was an accident. When I finally sat down to write the first chapter of Foreshadowed, I had three main characters: Hope Murdoch, Bryce Nelson, and Claire Jones. I imagined a love triangle. Bryce liked Claire, Hope liked Bryce, and Claire was sort of oblivious to all of it. The premise of the story hangs on Hope’s death vision. She is murdered in the dark. I originally planned on Hope having the premonition. Yet I also wanted her to be a mind reader. So the question was, can she see death, too? I didn’t have all the answers when I started writing. While I believe in the […]

Without Curtains Cover Reveal!

    Here it is! The beautiful cover for my upcoming novel, Without Curtains. What do you think?     WITHOUT CURTAINS Against her better judgment, eighteen-year-old Rebecca Douglas returns home to Clayton Creek. To the house where her mother was murdered. Where the Shadow—a monster with gleaming red eyes—haunted her dreams every night. All for the funeral of a man she stopped calling “Dad” a long time ago. To Rebecca’s surprise, her father left her a box of “personal items.” At first glance, it’s filled with old journals, family photos, and a dozen letters addressed to her that her father never sent. But things aren’t always what they seem. Rebecca […]

Foreshadowed Word Puzzles

    I suffer from something called “procrastination.” So yesterday, after dropping my daughter off at school, instead of cleaning my house (it wasn’t that messy…I eventually got to it) or working on my novel (I’ll write today), I created word puzzles for Foreshadowed. Is that ridiculous? Or fun? Maybe ridiculously fun? Okay…probably closer to ridiculous. But, anyway, if you enjoy word puzzles and procrastinating, enjoy this Foreshadowed word search, and this Foreshadowed crossword. If you get stuck on the crossword, the answers are in the book. 🙂

Writing from life

    I have a pretty good imagination. And I don’t believe writers should restrict themselves to, “Write what you know.” Obviously, you should have a handle on the subject matter. You should draw from personal experience as well as thorough research. But it’s not like I’ve ever seen a ghost, fought off an attacker, and (using my novel Foreshadowed as an example), I don’t know what it’s like to hear/see other people’s thoughts. I write fiction. I make things up. And that’s okay. More than okay. But I definitely use my personal experiences to add some authenticity to my stories. Here are some examples, from Foreshadowed: 1) Gaming Hope, my main […]

What is your mountain?

    Big news today: Random House will publish a newly discovered Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get. Last night, I read my very favorite Dr. Seuss book to my little ones: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! This book has always been a favorite of mine. I’ve always been a dreamer, and always believed I was destined to do great things. I still believe that (I believe everyone is), but after years of working toward my goals, fame and fortune still elude me, and I’ve come to appreciate some of the (harsher) doses of reality found in Oh, the Places You’ll Go! 1) You have the power to choose Life is not fair. […]

Kissing Scenes

    I mostly write about things that scare me. Ghosts. Murderers. Death in general. I try to lighten the mood with some humor, and with quirky characters who don’t always say or do the right thing, but who have good hearts and good intentions. I try to have satisfying endings where good triumphs–at least for a little while. I hope there is a lesson (or lessons) sprinkled in there too. Of course, there is always a love story. Love stories = kissing scenes. I’ve always enjoyed writing kissing scenes, even before I experienced my first “real” kiss. Once upon a time, I was 23-years-old. I’d never been in love (though […]

Character Profile: Claire Jones

    Another character profile from my novel Foreshadowed. Claire Jones is someone Hope Murdoch wants desperately to hate, but just can’t. She’s competition for Bryce Nelson. She’s gorgeous and talented. But she’s kind, and a good friend. I really enjoyed writing Claire, and hope you enjoy getting to know her a little better. (Yes, I know she’s not real) Full name: Claire Alice Jones Birthday: November 14 Physical description:  Blonde and curvy with big, blue eyes. From the book: “She’s ridiculously pretty—one of the few natural blondes left in the world. Her liquid blue eyes take up most of her face, leaving just enough room for a tiny bump of […]

Character Profile: Hope Murdoch

    All right, time for another character profile. This time, Hope Murdoch. Before I started Foreshadowed, I knew the main character’s first name would be Hope. However, I had trouble deciding on a last name, so I used Murdoch as a placeholder, assuming I’d change it later. You see, Murdoch is my maiden name. And since my first name is Holly, it was a little weird at first to write a character with a name so similar to my own. I decided to keep Murdoch though. I think it’s an awesome last name (I’m biased), and I don’t get to use it very often. On occasion, Lance Hampton calls Hope […]

Foreshadowed Character Profile: Lance Hampton

    From the book blurb: Lance Hampton used to be normal until a car accident killed him and his parents. Paramedics brought him back to a life he doesn’t want: orphaned, uprooted and living with his uncle, and suddenly able to see how people die. At his new school, he tries to keep to himself. Seeing how complete strangers die is torture enough, let alone friends. Lance is one of my favorite characters to write. He’s a little troubled , but so likable that I have a bit of a crush on him, and hope those who read Foreshadowed will love him as much as I do. Here is a little […]

Foreshadowed Chapter 1 and 2

    MIND READING IS EXHAUSTING. I don’t hear voices—I think other people’s thoughts. It’s as confusing as it sounds. Thoughts don’t exactly flow…they whirl or flit—random and fragmented. Yep—reading minds sucks. With the way I sometimes zone out in the middle of conversations, or forget what I’m saying as I’m saying it, I can understand why everyone thinks I have an ordinary case of ADHD. The fact that I started gaining control over this “gift” at about the same time my parents started popping Adderall in my mouth only proves their diagnosis (or so they think). “Six,” I mumble, spinning the dial on my gym locker past the zero […]