Phyl Campbell, a native of northwest (the geographic location in, not a city of) Arkansas, who currently resides in York, Pennsylvania, writes fiction. And non-fiction. And basically whatever floats her boat. She hates writing her own biographies, as they are either self-deprecating or just not good, and what are the chances that someone is actually going to read the biography anyway? Well, except for you. You’re special. You know you’ve always been different. That’s why Phyl likes you so much.
Phyl is the founder of Rustic Cup Critique Group and the Creative Writing and Publishing Workshop. She is a former member of the Athens Writers Association, and Athens Writers’ Group and the Northwest Arkansas Writers Group. She spends as much if not more time encouraging other writers as in pursuing her own writing goals.
Phyl is married and they have one son. They don’t have pets (unless Sea Monkeys are in season), and aspire to one day have a tank of fish. Until then, they have settled for screen-savers.
Phyl wrote her first book, _Weird Pie_, when she was 8 years old. Far and away it’s still her favorite book — misspelled words, crazy big hands, and all the errors of beloved eight year old authors notwithstanding.
_Mother Confessor_ and _Carley Patrol_ are both stories about small towns and big secrets in small towns. They are both about ties that bind and break a community, and the search for “real” and “truth” amid the “official” versions of history.
_Martha’s Chickens and the Pirates_ is a story about bullheadedness turning into perseverance, and not being afraid of new things. Martha is the name of Phyl’s grandmother, and Phyl wrote the picky Pirate Captain to poke fun at her own picky eating habits.
_I’m Not Writing a Book Today_ was written for procrastinators, everywhere, and inspired by the young people that Phyl helped publish their own books in the summer of 2015.
_#25Reasons Why Charlie Should Never Read Jane’s Books to Jane_ is an unromantic comedy about the pitfalls of marital bliss. While a few scenes MIGHT have been inspired by real husbands and wives, Phyl took great care to make sure she could not be sued for stealing events from someone’s life. That hasn’t stopped people from pointing fingers.
_Confessions of a Grammar Enthusiast_ is a work of nonfiction that came from two years of blogging grammar advice and one year of formally and many years of less formally teaching writing and grammar in Arkansas and Kentucky.
_A Muse Meant_ is middle grade fiction. In it, two friends must battle hexagators and restore strange creatures called Goons to the mysterious Mr. Rios. The cover image is a photograph Phyl took of a ferris wheel being dismantled near Orlando Florida — she knew it would be a great cover image, and re-wrote the ending of A Muse Meant to fit it in. You’re welcome.
Phyl’s latest contribution to creative work in the modern world is a deep dive into the genre of historical fantasy with her Mermaid’s Revenge Series. Real historical events of Victorian Era provide the backdrop to the creation story of merfolk, or Mer. The first two books of the series, Overboard and Evolution, focus on the power struggles of the powerful and the powerless. The third book of the series, Revenge, is expected to be released in 2020.
In addition to the middle grade series, Campbell has commissioned a coloring book, published a blank book/journal, and created a tabletop game with her teenage son.
Phyl hopes you will enjoy them all.
Type of Writing
women's fiction, novella, magical realism, new adult, middle grade, non-fiction, articles, fiction, NF: How to write/edit/publish, creative non-fiction, speculative fiction, poetry, NF: art/music, fantasy, childrens, young adult, humor, action/adventure, short stories