Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves giving workshops for writer groups about "Psychology for Creating Characters," "Making Rejection WORK For You," "Building A Happy Relationship For Your Characters (And Yourself)" and other issues that draw on her background as a counseling therapist and romance writer.
In fact, she chose her website (www.BookLaurie.com) so people would
find it easy to Book Laurie for programs.
But giving workshops -- for students from London and Los Angeles to
New Zealand and New York -- is just one of her interests. During
weekdays, she writes and produces videos, brochures and commercials
(some of which feature her voice) for a Phoenix advertising agency.
For several years she would turn off her computer every day at five
o'clock, wait thirty seconds, turn it on again and start writing
It finally paid off. Her first novel was nominated by Romantic Times
as the year's "Best First Series Romance," and her second beat out
Nora Roberts for "Best Special Edition of the Year." But between
those two successes came a three-year dry spell, during which Laurie
discovered that selling a first book doesn't guarantee ongoing success.
"What got me through that period," she says, "was realizing that the
real fun of writing a romance is the actual writing. Selling is
wonderful, sure, but nothing compares to the absolute, primal joy of
sitting at the computer and making a scene unfold and thinking 'Wow!
Yes! This is great!'"
After six books for Special Edition, she turned her attention to
writing non-fiction -- using her research into the nine personality
types to help writers create plausible, likable people with realistic
flaws. Her other favorite activities include playing with her husband
and son, recording for the blind, counseling at a mental health
center, traveling to Sedona (the Arizona red-rock town named for her
great-grandmother, Sedona Schnebly) and working with other writers.
"People ask how I find time to do all that," Laurie says, "and I tell
them it's easy. I never clean my house!"
Laurie welcomes email from readerssend her a "Hello!"