April 27, 2013

Laugh Out Loud with Melodie Campbell

Online, I recently met a warm and funny author named Melodie Campbell. Her wicked sense of humor keeps me in stitches and stalking  looking forward to her posts.


I'm happy to have Melodie visit my mythic blog!

Writing Comedy – and Loving It!

“I had the flu once.  It was terrible.  I couldn’t eat a thing for three hours.”

I hope you giggled at that line.  I think it’s one of my best.  And yes, I am a tad fond of eating.  In fact, you could list it as my major hobby.

My name is Melodie Campbell, and I write comedies.  (This is a self-help group, right?)  Sure I’d like to kick the habit and write a ‘real’ book with literary merit.

Okay, so that’s a lie.  Leave ROWENA AND THE DARK LORD behind?  Not write a sequel?  I’m starting to hyperventilate.  Actually, I love writing comedies.  It’s in my blood.

Just given a FIVE STAR review by the Paranormal Romance Guild!

Click HERE for the review.

<crowd gasps here> 

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Some people are born beautiful.  But most of us aren't and we look for ways to survive the slings and arrows of life.  Sometimes we choose to hide behind a mask.  That Greek Comedy mask was the one I picked way back.

As a means of self-preservation in the cruel world of teenagers, I looked for the ‘funny.’  More often than not, I made fun of myself.  This was easy to do.  I knew the target well and there was a wealth of material.  And it didn’t hurt anyone else, so people liked it.

When I left school and had a ‘real’ job, I started writing stand-up on the side.  I rarely delivered it – usually I wrote for others. That led to a regular newspaper humour column, and more.

So when it came to writing fantasy novels, I fell back into ‘safe mode’.  Write it funny.


Worse than chocolate and foreign Counts…  Comedy writers take a situation, and ask themselves ‘what’s the worst thing that could happen now?’  And then, what’s the funniest?

But why do it?  Why does an otherwise sane individual write zany and some might say silly comedy, and risk the inevitable hit from critics who say your book is without great literary merit? 

One reason, and one reason only: many readers love it.  Their comments and reviews are heart-lifting.  I’ve lightened their day with adventure and laughter, and in some cases given them a story they can escape into, over and over again. Yes it’s true.  It wouldn’t be fun to write if I didn’t have warm and generous readers.

Excerpt from Rowena and the Dark Lord

I was beginning to get a very bad feeling.

“Did you volunteer for this job?”

“Yes.” Howard was now relieving himself off to my right.

Why?” My voice was perhaps a little harsh.

“To get out of fighting, of course. Everyone says there’s going to be a big battle. It seemed like a good time to leave the castle.”

I rolled my eyes. So now I had a complete newbie horse dude who was also a coward to look after on this trip. Howard the Coward. Lucky me.

“Can we sit for a bit? I’m exhausted.” He plunked down on the grass. Then he sprang up again.

“Ow! Ow! Ow!” He ran around in circles.

“What is it?” I watched in amazement.

“A bee! I sat on a bee.”

“Are you sure it’s a bee?” I said, crossing my arms. “Maybe it was a wasp.”

“Does it matter?” He was jumping up and down.

“Well, if it’s a wasp, you’re okay. If it’s a bee, the stinger will still be stuck in you. So when you sit down again…”

“Ahhh!! Take it out! Get it out!” He lifted his tunic and bent over.


I turned away. “I am so not doing that.”

Melodie Campbell achieved a personal best this year when Library Journal compared her to Janet Evanovich.  She has over 200 publications, including 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories, and 4 novels. She has won 6 awards for fiction

ROWENA AND THE DARK LORD, book 2 in the Land’s End series, is NOW AVAILABLE at the special introductory price of .99! (regular price $3.99, after May 1.)

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And the one that started it all: ROWENA THROUGH THE WALL, book 1 in the Land’s End series


  1. LOLOLOLOLOLOL, loved your post--and your sense of humor.
    Nice to meet you, Melodie. I love humor in books! Sadly, my writing tends to lean closer to the dark side of the emotional scale, lol.

    1. Brenda, thank you. It's a pleasure to be hosted here.

  2. Melodie is not only a wonderful lady, but I am pleased to call her a friend. After sharing one coffee with her, I felt like I knew her forever. She is open and giving...and completely talented! Her books make my side split open and her heroes are so, so hot! I am thrilled for her success!

    1. Rosanna, you are what I call a "shining girl" - such a beautiful person. I am honoured by your words.

  3. Two of my Best Buds, together! Making me laugh and grin, what could be better? A delightful spot to brighten my day. Remember everyone: The Cyber Launch Party for Rowena and The Dark Lord will be on Facebook On May First. Come on in and be entertained, and there will be some fabulous novels and swags in the giveaways.

  4. LOL!! Great post!! I look forward to reading your work!!

  5. He he- I so needed to laugh today! Great post Sheri & Melody :)

  6. I'm looking forward to reading Rowena and the Dark Lord. All I need is for my whip-lashing boss to stop giving me extra tasks to do so I can have time to read. ;)
    Alison (Chief Assistant to Melodie)

  7. Oh boy, two of my favorite people in one place. This is like a cocktail party and you guys are the best hostesses!

  8. Ha, that was an awesome excerpt! :)

  9. Thanks for the feature, Sheri! I am -need I say - thrilled to be on this blogsite. Ahem. Hot stuff. Of mythic proportions.

  10. She sounds awesome! I bet her book is too. Love the excerpt LOL.


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