Friday, November 21, 2014

My Characters Hate Going To Bed - Guest Post by Melodie Campbell!

Happy Friday!

I have a visitor on the blog today! My friend and bestselling and award winning author Melodie Campbell from Canada. She's writing about how the characters keep her awake at the wee hours of the morning.

Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Melodie Campbell!

Why We Write

By Melodie Campbell

(As usual, this post will sit on the wacky side. But there is a serious message behind it all.  Why?  Why do we spend hours and hours alone in our garrets, piecing together stories that may never earn us a living wage, or even see the light of day?  Are we insane?  Or, as I pose, does writing keep us sane?)

But back to our regularly scheduled blog post:

Rowena is arguing with Thane.  Cedric meets Soren the demon for the first time.   Kendra can’t choose between Richard and Logan…or is it that young cousin of the Viking Warlord, what’s his name?

Gina and Nico are planning an art gallery heist.  Uncle Seb is about to kick the bucket, and he didn’t die ‘cleaning his gun.’  Pete is caught with counterfeit moolah, and slips through the portal to Land’s End…

No, wait a minute.  Wrong book.  Wrong series.  Even wrong genre!  Plots, you’re getting yourselves mixed up.

It’s 3:15 AM, and all is not well in my head.

I’ve come to the conclusion that my characters hate going to bed.

Like little children, they race around in my head, determined to have yet another adventure.  Problem is, they stumble over each other in their bid for freedom.  Series start mixing in decidedly zany ways.
(Okay, back to the point of this blog.)


We authors control what our characters do during the day.  It’s one of the things I love about writing: the ability to control the world in a way we can’t do in real life. 

I can’t control the real world.  Sometimes the script being directed from above is pretty painful.  In my case, it contains an autistic brother and heartbreaking care-giver burdens I can do nothing about.
But I can control the world I create in words.

In my fiction, I control my characters, put them where I want them, alter their lives, change the time, the year, the setting, give them astonishing adventures and dramatic endings– it’s glorious, unfettered control.

But at night, even they go wild. 

In the wee hours of the morning, my head is a playground for creative creatures, both human and fantastical.  They have adventures even I haven’t thought of yet. 

So here’s a job for you scientists out there.  Figure out a way to capture the nocturnal plotlines that create havoc for us authors as we struggle to give our brains some needed snooze-time.

And in the meantime, can you guys please keep it down in there?  I’m trying to sleep.

Bio:   Melodie Campbell

Billed as Canada’s “Queen of Comedy" by the Toronto Sun (Jan. 5, 2014), Melodie Campbell achieved a personal best when Library Digest compared her to Janet Evanovich. 
Winner of 9 awards, including the 2014 Derringer and the 2014 Arthur Ellis (Canada) for the screwball comedy, The Goddaughter’s Revenge (Orca Books), Melodie has over 200 publications, including 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories, and seven novels. She is the Executive Director of Crime Writers of Canada.

The Goddaughter’s Revenge on Amazon: 

Rowena and the Viking Warlord onAmazon:

Thank you, Melodie, for coming by and writing a guest post! Love your books!

Happy reading!


  1. So pleased to be on here again, Inga! Thank you. I love that we meet at your blog from all over the world. It's a special place.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Melodie! I appreciate it! :)

  2. "the ability to control the world in a way we can’t do in real life."

    Ain't that the truth!

    However, it's at night that my characters settle down and let me write. During the day, they are warring with the stuff I can't control - my life. Result - don't bother me between one and three in the afternoon. I'm catching up on my sleep.

    1. Sleep can be as good as reading! ;) Thanks for coming by, Alison!

    2. NIght-Writer! There's a new moniker for you, Alison :) (Sort of like Knight-rider, but without the car) Thanks for commenting!

  3. I hear ya, Mel!!! I no sooner turn out the lights than my characters start racing around my head like Beep Beep the Roadrunner! The cat is not amused. He wants me to sleep so that he can sleep.
    However, I would gladly sacrifice a few hours of shut-eye for a romp with your characters, especially in the goddaughter series - lie in bed shaking with good a way as any to pass the night....

    1. Goddaughter books make me laugh. They are wonderful!

    2. Joan, thank you! Let me introduce you to my family...wink.

  4. The problem is, characters stay up all night and sleep during the day when we're trying to get the plot moving!

  5. grin - they definitely have a better nightlife than I do, Gloria! Thanks for commenting.