Malcolm R. Campbell. . .
Grew up in the Florida Panhandle and has included his favorite settings there in the short stories “Moonlight and Ghosts,” “Cora’s Crossing,” “The Land Between the Rivers,” “Emily’s Stories,” and in the novel The Seeker.
- Worked as a bellman at Many Glacier Hotel in Montana’s Glacier National Park and has used that setting in his novels The Seeker, The Sun Singer, and Sarabande.
- Served aboard on the aircraft carrier USS Ranger and used my experiences there as inspiration for my novel The Sailor.
- My college teaching experiences served as the inspiration for my novel The Betrayed.
- My Kindle short story “The Lady of the Blue Hour” is set in Illinois where my grandparents lived and where my family spent many summer vacations.
- My paranormal short story “Patience, I Presume” appears in the Spirits of St. Louis: Missouri Ghost Stories anthology from Rocking Horse Publishing, 2013. It’s available on Kindle and in paperback.
When I write fantasies and paranormal stories, I have a lot of fun using real settings that I know well. Even though the reader may not always know what’s real and what’s imaginary, my link to the settings, I think, gives them greater depth. My work in process, a novella filled with folk magic, is set in the Florida Panhandle.
I guess I should e-mail my creative writing teachers and tell them I’m writing what I know.