~Creatives on the Journey~
When we pursue our passions—life opens up in magical ways.
Featuring Novelist Sally Campbell Repass
Sally started her writing journey at 65 years old. She writes Inspirational/Romance Series, Western/Romance Series, Children's Books, and various others.
Sally has a creative mind, taking you to places of mystery, romance, and tragedy.
Her books cover self-triumph through laughter and tears while allowing readers full disclosure to a lifetime of learning curves—from what worked to “geez, I’d like to do that over again.”
What inspired you to become a writer? Are you one of those writers born with a pen in your hand, or did your interest develop later?
I have always had a creative mind, even as a child. I used to make doll dresses for my dolls when I was 5. I cut the material into what I thought would make a dress, then I would sew it with a needle and thread. My paternal grandpa, who lived very close, would come down, sit, and watch me sew. He loved it. I was always sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor. I still have a vision of those days.
My mom and grandma gave me scraps of fabric for my doll clothes. I was in Heaven.
In grade school, I started writing poems and short, scary stories. I had a vivid imagination. lol… I wrote poems and songs as an adult. I never thought about writing a book.
In 2008, I wrote a 13-page short story about my dad. I wrote about things he had told me as a child. We had a 1st cousin Family Reunion that summer, so I printed copies for all my 16 cousins. One cousin told me that she loved it and I should write a book. My exact words to her were… “I can’t write a book.”
I love it! And now you’ve written over 60 novels. Where do you get your ideas?
My ideas come from my head. I guess they have been there all along, just waiting to be released. Lol
Do you outline your novels or allow the story to unfold as you write?
I do not outline my stories. I just write, and the thoughts flow. In my mind, I am there with the people, and I know exactly what they should say.
What was your inspiration for writing and publishing your first novel?
I was sitting in the den watching TV with my husband, and all kinds of thoughts were running through my head. The sentence… ‘She sat staring out the window’ came to my mind. I got up, went for paper and a pen so I could write it down. The next morning, I started FOR THE LOVE OF RACHEL with this very same sentence. The rest is history… That was a six books series.
Before that, I wrote a children’s fairytale book, based on my two granddaughters, Katie and Campbell Fisher, from Ohio. They were coming to spend some time with us while their parents went on a European vacation, and knowing they loved books, I decided to write a story about them. I sent it to my son, Actor Tracy Fisher, who lived in CA at that time. He loved it and told me I should publish it. So…I did. After that, I wanted to see if I could write a novel. That was the beginning.
Tell us about your latest novel.
'CHRISTMAS ROSE' is about a girl who inherited a house and farm from her great uncle, who had been accused of murdering his wife. She and her parents move there and lots of things happen...both good and bad.
What’s next for you? Are you currently working on or have plans for future projects?
I am currently working on book #63, with almost 1/3 of it finished.
What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
You can do it!
What advice would you give to new writers?
Be true to yourself and don’t try to be like someone else. We are all unique. Write from your heart.
(One of my fans from Canada told me recently that she could tell that I write from my heart.)
Tell us five random things about yourself.
I almost died at age 21 months due to pneumonia.
I got married at 16 and gave birth to 5 amazing children, who are all college graduates. I lived my life through their accomplishments until I started writing in 2010. I finally had a life of my own. lol
My husband and I went to Puerto Rico in January 1977. Amazing trip.
He won this trip by selling aluminum siding.
We went on another one of these trips in January 1979. This time it was Spain. Got to take a boat into Africa. I never dreamed I would ever see these places. One thing I remember on this trip is that Tom Seaver, a baseball legend, and his wife were on the trip with us. We ate lunch in Africa and watched belly dancers as we ate. It seems like such a distant memory.
I almost died again in 2018 due to Congestive Heart Failure. I had ICD surgery three months later. God spared me. He knew I had more books to write. I had just started book #39 at that time. Now, in just over 3 years, I am writing book #63. Sometimes, I amaze myself.
Is there a message in your novels you want readers to grasp?
Yes, I want my readers to know that I am a firm believer in Jesus. He has brought me through so many rough times and I can never thank Him enough. Most of my characters are Christian people, especially in my later books. Going through what I did in 2018, has made me realize that I need Him more than ever. I want to express this in my books too.
Thank you for a fabulous interview, Sally. Through triumphs and challenges, you chose to follow your dreams and the talent God placed within you. You are an inspiration.
"Thank you very much for choosing me! As an author, I am very humbled to be featured on your blog. May God bless you always, Dr. Rita!"
SOARING LIKE AN EAGLE features Sally's son, ACTOR TRACY FISHER.
WHISPER OF FURY features SINGER/ENTERTAINER ... NAOMI BRISTOW of Canada.
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Thanks for stopping by. May you find the magic in your own journey.
Rita Garcia writes Stories that Warm the Heart. Romance is a big part of her novels—hope is an even larger element of her contemporary women's fiction.
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