Ugh, February. In case you didn't know we've had about three feet of snow this month. Now, I like a snowstorm. But it just keeps piling up. Pete had to rent a machine to take away the snow to make room for more. Oh, and I didn't mention the ice storm. Yep we had one of those tucked in there too. What's a girl to do? Well if you camp in a lot of different places you come to find out not all campgrounds have firepits. To me, it's not camping without a fire. So we bought a propane one. One day with snow in the background we broke it out. The pile of snow on top of the gazebo melted and created a shower but, I got my fire. Enjoy!
What’s your preference, coffee, tea, cocoa, wine? The camp fridge is like a shooting star you get to wish on. You speak it, you get it.
If we’re glamping, I’d love a mimosa. If we’re camping, all the coffee you have please.
Oh, we are glamping all the way. Heat, running water, flushing toilets (times 2). We can even watch some movies later on my outside kitchen television. I have a funny story about Mimosas. If you want to know, ask in the comments. Here you go one fluted glass. Tell us, have you ever camped, or as I call what I do, Glamp.
My first camping experience was during childhood in a sleeping bag in a tent in the Badlands. While I’m not much into roughing it, I had fun. My mom, my brother, and I met up with my three cousins and my aunt. We drove through the Dakotas, visiting Wall Drug, the Badlands, and Mount Rushmore. It wasn’t glamorous but very memorable. As an adult, I’ve taken my sons glamping four times. In the summer at our local pool, we participate in the family campout. We head over after closing, set up our tent, swim, eat s’mores, watch a movie on the inflatable screen, and sleep outside. The next morning a full breakfast is served, I pack up the tent, and head home. We are exactly a mile from the house so if anything goes wrong, it’s easy to pack up and head home. The 2020 campout was cancelled. Instead, we’ve started setting the tent up in the basement for the kids on long weekends to break the monotony of staying at home.
I love that you're teaching your children what fun camping is! Often we've done driveway camping with the grandchildren. Rachel, tell us about your latest project and what’s on the horizon.
Love Overboard is the perfect escape right now. Set on a dream Alaskan cruise vacation, Caitlyn Moore jumps on a misunderstanding with her ex to stay onboard. Falling for the cruise director is a complication neither can allow. On the horizon, I’m editing the sequels to my small-town showbiz trilogy and am in the early plotting stages for two new stories.
That sounds like a fun story. Cruises are one of my favorites things after camping. I can't wait to read this. Do you have a tagline? Life Motto?
The book’s tag line is Can a tiny lie sink destiny? My other tag for this book is Fake amnesia has real consequences. I was inspired by While You Were Sleeping (the best romcom) and how a simple lie, told for an arguably good purpose, can snowball into drama.
It sure can. How long did it take you from conception to publication? From first draft to publication, the novel took exactly two years. I was editing my first project with The Wild Rose Press when I started. By the time I finished, I’d signed a contract for my next project (a three-book series starting with Holidays, Inc.).
Are there any mentors, authors, or books you would like to give a shout-out to?
I’ve been blessed to connect with so many amazing writers along my journey. The Wild Rose Press community has been especially welcoming and encouraging. Shout out to fellow sweet-heart rose author Laurie Winter, her Warriors of the Heart books are wonderful.
Rachelle, please tell us, what does literary success look like to you?
I would love to have a book hit the Wall Street Journal’s list because then my dad would open his paper and see my name. That would be the ultimate to me.
Do you have any tips, tricks, or anything you specialize in that you would share with others. I’m also interested in how you have been managing your life and writing with COVID-19.
During this challenging year, I focus on one day at a time. Looking too far ahead is overwhelming. As a planner, this has been an absolute life upheaval but I’m leaning into it.
Good for you. Now on to some fun questions.
What is your favorite mug or teacup if neither T-shirt with graphic or Meme—My favorite mug is from Disney Cruise Line and I bought it after a trip with my husband, kids, and parents. We had a wonderful trip I think about all the time.
What’s your favorite fairy tale? Cinderella
Favorite childhood book? Anne of Green Gables
What’s your favorite ‘90s jam? Return of the Mack
If you could eat anything in the world right now, what would it be? Pizza, always pizza
Pizza definitely. Before you go, can you tell up a little more about you and your book ?
by Rachelle Paige Campbell
Forced to share a stateroom with her ex-fiancé, Caitlyn fakes amnesia to stay on board her dream Alaskan cruise. Torn over deciding his future, Cruise Director Gregory tumbles into helping her. As they grow closer, unspoken secrets threaten to rip them apart, for good.
A little more about Rachelle
Rachelle stumbled into the world of romance novels in college; as a way to help speed up her reading to make it through Art History textbooks. After years in the professional world writing very dry grant proposals and auction descriptions, she started writing the contemporary romance stories she wanted to read. Setting her books in some of her favorite destinations was her inspired way to require plenty of research trips every year with her family.