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  Janice Campbell

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Writer, reader, lover of the written word, and Director of the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE).

Background Information

"Freedom is not in doing what you want to do, but in becoming what you want to be." (Ardis Whitman)

I could just see over the counter at the library, and I stared at the librarian in disbelief. "How come there are no more books like this?" I asked, holding up my current favorite (it may have been Bedknobs and Broomsticks).

Mrs. Rogers patiently explained that sometimes authors retire or do other things, and reminded me that if I didn't read a dozen or more books a week, the library might be able to stay ahead of me.

I was still struggling with the notion that writers didn't just keep writing. After all, I was a reader, and I read even in my dreams. My days and nights were full turning pages, gripping narrative, and the excitment of living multiple lives. I checked out my choices for the week, and as I moved toward the door, I realized what I'd have to do in order to enjoy more of the kinds of books I liked. I'd just write them myself!

That decision was made when I was in second grade, but it's remained firm through the years. During the years of motherhood and caregiving, I detoured into nonfiction in order to put butter on the bread my husband brought to the table. (Nonfiction is a much quicker route to publication and sales, at least for me.)

My boys are just about grown, and I'm moving back toward the fiction writing that I enjoy. I'm dusting off old manuscripts and dreaming of new ones.

My favorite authors (though it's almost impossible to choose) are Edith Wharton, Victor Hugo, and JRR Tolkein. I also enjoy Madeleine L'Engle, CS Lewis, Jane Austen, and others.

Birth Place
Ashland, VA 23005

B.A. in English from Mary Baldwin College (honors)

Additional Information

The American and British Literature volumes of my Excellence in Literature curriculum have been published by the Institute for Excellence in Writing.

Contact Information
National Association of Independent Writers and Editors
P.O. Box 549 
Ashland VA 23005   United States
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