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June Giveaway!

Win a $50 gift certificate to the ebook retailer of your choice (B&N, iBooks, Kobo, Amazon, or Google Play)!

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My Favorite Thing To Do When Not Writing

Glynnis “Alexandrite” Campbell

Though there’s no place like home, I dearly love to travel! Whether it’s flying to Scotland for research, camping with friends in the forest, or tagging along on my husband’s rock-and-roll tour bus, I love taking off on an adventure.

From the time I was a little girl in northern California, I enjoyed “roughing it” with my family, sleeping under the stars and cooking over an open fire. The California redwoods were like a fairy land. The Pacific Ocean was powerful and exhilarating. Lassen Volcanic Park was otherworldly. And backpacking through the wilderness of Yosemite was almost like going back in time. In fact, I love the landscapes of my home state so much that I set a series of Old West romances there—California Legends.

I didn’t travel by plane until I was in high school, but that opened a whole new world for me. As a teen, I also read my first historical romance and dreamed about one day flying to England. That dream came true on my honeymoon! Since I married a Campbell, we had to include Scotland on the itinerary. I fell in love on that trip…with the breathtaking mountains, romantic glens, majestic castles…oh, and my new husband.

That husband happens to be a touring musician, which has pros and cons. Sure, he’s gone for days at a time, but he’s off accruing frequent flyer miles! When he’s on the road, I can sometimes steal aboard his tour bus for a short cross-country jaunt. And when he’s off the road, we have plenty of air miles to go wherever we want. Destinations have included France, Ireland, Belize, Spain, India, Wales, Australia, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, and many return trips to Scotland for research. My husband is a great research assistant, by the way. While I’m hiking through the heather and clambering over the walls of ancient castles, plotting stories, he’s cataloguing important information and taking reference photos.

Despite being a world traveler, I have to admit that even short getaways are good for me. I enjoy leisurely bike weekends with a friend, where we pedal all day in the southern California sunshine. A trip to a garden or a museum stimulates my insatiable curiosity and gives me a refreshing new view of the world. And a few hours of hiking in the local foothills with my daughter to photograph wildlife can revive my spirits. I think in order to be an inspired writer, you have to feed your Muse, and mine loves to feast!


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