Welcome to My World!

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And in case you’re curious as to who am I and what I’m about, I have collected some fascinating facts for your reading pleasure:

The A – Z of ME. 😀

Age: I plead the fifth. 😀 However, I will say that with three children, the oldest of which is now 23, it’s getting harder and harder to convince people I’m 29 and holding.

Bed size: King size Tempur-Pedic Cloud. My husband calls me the princess and the pea, since I notice every wrinkle, spring, divot, and pucker. After sleeping on a queen size pillow-top mattress for years, feeling every toss and turn, I cannot begin to tell you how awesome this bed is! I miss it and think of it longingly when I’m away. I love this mattress. When we were purchasing it, we were torn between the Tempur-Pedic and a competitor. The sales rep said, “Go ahead. Take it home, try it out for a couple weeks, and if you’re not completely satisfied bring it back and I’ll return your entire purchase price. You don’t even need to buy another mattress from me.” When I remarked on his supreme confidence, he assured me once I slept on it, I’d never let it out of my house. Dude was so right!

Chore that you hate: Oh, let me count the ways: cooking, cleaning, laundry…. When we were dating, I warned my future husband-to-be that he better not marry me for my domestic skills.

Dogs: I love all animals but happen to have a beautiful golden retriever named Razz.

Essential start to your day: As a health experiment, I gave up coffee about a year ago, so now I’m a tea drinker. In the morning, I like a little green tea (usually with some kind of sweetness added–I’ve been known to use maple syrup since a good friend got me hooked on it). In the afternoon, I’m a herbal tea girl. Currently, I’m digging a summer berry blend. But tea cannot be consumed alone. Oh no. I must have a wee treat with my morning cuppa. At the moment, I’m all about ginger gluten-free cookies to aid and abet that sweet tooth of mine. Then I sit down on my IKEA Poang chair and answer emails, check my Facebook, and generally waste time until I wake up. 😉

Favorite color: You know what? I don’t have one. I love deep wine burgundies and striking azure blues, soothing tranquil greens and bright cheerful yellows. I gravitate to colours depending on my mood.

Gold or Silver: I love them both, but at the moment I’m wearing white gold.

Height: 5’2”. I used to be 5’ 1 ¾”, but since taking and teaching yoga, I’ve gained that extra ¼ of an inch, which when you’re this vertically challenged, every fraction of an inch counts!

Instruments you play: I used to play the piano, and I can still tinker now and then, though I only remember three songs. I played flute in band.

Job title: I’ve been a yoga instructor for a decade now. I’m also the author of this amazing book called Avelynn—a sultry historical romance set in 869 Anglo-Saxon England. The second book in the Avelynn series is set to release Fall 2016! 😀

Kids: Love the little suckers. Happen to have three of them. All boys: 13, 18, and 23. I swear I’m 29. Really.

Live: In Ontario, Canada.

Mother’s name: Carol.

Nicknames: In high school, I used to go by the nickname Marc, and my darling hubby is sometimes too exhausted to utter the final ‘a’ and I get Mariss, but I’m not a big fan of nicknames. In fact, when we were picking the names for our children, I had to find ones my husband couldn’t shorten.

Overnight hospital stays: When I was young, I had pneumonia and had to hangout in an oxygen tent for a while. As a teenager, I got my eyes operated on, which was both freaky and cool knowing my eyeballs had been plucked out of their sockets and placed on a little table in front of me while they operated. As a young mom of three little boys (my youngest was only two years old at the time) I was misdiagnosed as having a life-threatening, cancerous tumor, which resulted in emergency abdominal surgery and the biggest scare of my life. Upon further inspection, they discovered it was merely a cyst which ruptured when they opened me up.

Pet peeves: Picking on an underdog. Bullying of any kind. Judgments.

Quote from a movie: “Banana” Sorry, just watched Minions.

Right or left handed: Right handed.

Siblings: One brother who lives near Boston with his beautiful wife and my adorable niece and nephew.

Travel: Despite my vehement avoidance of airplanes, I have indeed been on a few trips. My first ever vacation was to Cartagena, Columbia. Hubs and I went there after watching Romancing the Stone and thought, ‘Wow, what a cool place to visit!’ The reality: the plane was small, the turbulence was insane, and armed militia prowled the airport. Plus, I got deathly ill. I could tell you how many tiles there were in that bathroom in our hotel room–I got to know them intimately. After that delightful experience, it took twenty years to get me back on a plane. Since then I have been to Aruba (my favourite) Curacao, and Bahamas.

Underwear: Big fan of them, though (perhaps this is TMI) I only wear thongs, which my husband calls ‘nonederwear’ since you can’t see any VPLs and they are as nonexistent and thin as silk. I teach yoga, so… lots of yoga pants.

Vegetable you hate: Kind of like the cleaning question earlier. Not a big fan. I once went to a hypnotist to try and get hypnotised into liking them…didn’t really work. Years later, however, I can munch on lettuce (not arugula—blech) and baby spinach covered in tasty salad dressing. I can also now enjoy cooked sweet peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, cauliflower, and carrots—provided they are made at a restaurant because they don’t really taste like normal vegetables. The chefs do something magical with them in their kitchens that make them almost pleasant. Everything else is pretty much a no go.

What makes you run late: EVERYTHING. Time and I have a unique relationship. I think there’s more of it than there really is, and it goes way faster than it really should. 😀

X-Rays you’ve had: Brain, wrist, back, and a CT scan of my abdomen (hence the misdiagnosis).

Yummy food: Now we’re talking! Cakes, pies, cookies, tarts, squares, bread, pasta…I’m an all white flour, all white sugar kind of girl. *BUT* I am now gluten free, which breaks my poor white-flour heart. I’ve learned to make some pretty kick-ass gluten free cakes, cupcakes, and cookies though. So it’s still all about the dessert. 😉

Zoo Animal: For my husband, it’s always got to be about the baboons. He loves their cute little pink bottoms. He’s a boy. It makes him giggle.

My Official Bio:

Reading an excerpt from AVELYNN
Reading an excerpt from AVELYNN

Marissa Campbell is a published freelance author, and co-author of the award-winning, spiritual self-help book Life: Living in Fulfillment Every Day. Her debut historical fiction AVELYNN, was published through St. Martin’s Press, September 2015. Look for the second book in the AVELYNN series, releasing Fall 2016. She is a proud member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America, Writer’s Community of Durham Region, and local critique group B7. When she is not writing, she is busy looking after her wonderful children, spending time with her fantastic husband, hanging out with her awesome friends, teaching yoga, dancing, laughing, and having fun!

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12 thoughts on “Welcome to My World!”

  1. Hey Marissa, I don’t have your email addy (on WCDR board) but wondered if you’d be interested/willing to write a short piece for the OWC’s September newsletter – something like ‘Journey to Success: find your strengths, put them to work; make time for writing; organization? Feedback?’ (esp with the new book coming out in early Sept thru St. Martins Press)? Pls let me know…thanks so much, Barb

  2. Hi! Just finished reading “Avelynn” and I absolutely LOVED it!! But it was more than just the book. Your acknowledgments at the beginning really touched something in me, especially the part about “living your most passionate life.” My wife and I live just outside Boston and are going through some difficulties right now-health issues; she is preparing to undergo bariatric surgery shortly after the first of the year-and your words of encouragement really lifted me out of a very long funk (yes, I know that word-I’m a child of the ’60’s and a professional guitarist/singer song writer to boot!). I simply wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for writing such an amazing book and for your words of hope. Peace and Love.

    1. Hi Michael,

      Thank you so much for reaching out to me! I am thrilled you liked the book, and I’m deeply honoured my words moved you. I hope everything goes well for your wife and that you both come through this next year stronger. Wishing you abundance, health, happiness, and passion. And for the record, I dig Wild Cherry, so funk is all right in my books. <3

      In gratitude,
      Marissa xo

  3. Hi,
    I just finished reading “Avelynn” and I really liked it. When I met you on 14 November for an autograph, I had just started the book. I told you at that time that my first language was French and in the first few pages there were some words that I had to search to find the right definition; however I really enjoyed it because the vocabulary you used was the old English or I mean the way the would have talk then. Also, between my reading time, I watched the TV series Vikings (the 3 seasons), which it was good reference with your historical novel. I loved the main characters, Avelynn is so brave and her handsome caring viking Alrick. They make a great couple. With the ending and now that I know that you are working on Avelynn #2, I can’t wait to read it.

    1. Hi Sylvie!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed Avelynn! I remember speaking with you and am thrilled you were able to get swept up in the story. I LOVE the Viking series. The new season starts on February 18th. I can’t wait.

      Avelynn #2 is on my agent’s desk. After that, it’s off to the publisher. Hopefully the wait won’t be too long. 😀
      In gratitude,
      Marissa xo

  4. I just finished reading Avelynn. I met you in Kitchener at chapters just as you were finishing your book signing. I like Avelynn ‘s headstrong attitude. Once in to the second half of the boom I could not put it down.

    1. Hi, Heather!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed Avelynn! I had a lot of fun writing our heroine. She was feisty and independent right from the start. She truly was a joy to write. She’s such an amazing character, and I can’t wait to see where her adventures take her! Lots more to come. 😀

      In gratitude,
      Marissa xo

      1. Let me know when Avelnn 2 is ready,please. At first the sex scenes were a little strong for me because I’ve been reading juvenile literature but I think you were very careful with them and it was great. After all I am 62. Thanks I loved your book. Bonnie

        1. Hi, Bonnie!

          What a wonderful note. I’m so glad you enjoyed Avelynn! I tried to be very sensual in the sex scenes, as opposed to graphic, so I’m glad you were able to navigate them. A little spice is fun at any age. 😉

          Avelynn2 will be released this Fall 2016! While there will still be some sexy scenes, there will also be lots of conflict and drama for our darling heroine to get entangled with. I posted a sneak peek at the back cover blurb on my blog recently, in case you’re curious what book 2 will be all about.

          Thanks again for reaching out, and I look forward to hearing what you think of the second book in the series!
          In gratitude,
          Marissa xo

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