Author JL Campbell With and Interview and a Giveaway - Writing Women's Fiction and Romance

ANNOUNCEMENT: The winner of JL Campbell's giveaway is Maria McKenzie

It gives me great pleasure to welcome J L Campbell (aka Joy) to  MBB today. She is an award winning writer who live in sunny Jamaica.  She is always on the lookout for story making material and writes the most enjoyable women' s fiction as well as romance.  I'm discovering her fiction at the moment and all I can say is, she's an immensely talented author.  I'm enjoying her work so much.

J L Campbell on the Web:

Website/Blog     Twitter     Facebook     Amazon

Joy, what made you decide to become a writer/author?
I’ve been writing since my early days in high school. I’m not sure why, but I stopped writing for about twenty years until one day I thought about it and figured I could make money from writing articles. That’s how I started writing again and quickly moved to short stories and then novels.

Where do you get the inspiration for your stories?
The island of Jamaica is rich in terms of the landscape and culture, so I’m able to find story-making material just about anywhere. One of my books came out of a news item, and a similar situation a friend of mine was in at the time. Another came from a conversation I had with another friend and as I create characters, other stories evolve.

Can you tell us a little about your writing routine?
I don’t have one, but once I get going on a story idea, I’ll write at any hour of the day or night. The year 2004 was when I took up writing again. Within five years, I wrote a number of novels, which are yet to be edited. Now, I only allow myself to write if I’m finishing up a story or if I go off at a tangent, as I have with the Blogging from A-Z Challenge. I’m trying to keep my focus on editing rather than writing.

Could you give us a simple summary of the essence of each of your novels DISTRACTION and RETRIBUTION in a sentence of 140 characters? That's the size of a Tweet.....
DISTRACTION - Three Jamaican women walk a minefield riddled with blackmail, deceit and infidelity.
RETRIBUTION - A disastrous extra-marital affair and a seven-year secret threaten to destroy the new life Justine has created for herself

What's next for you?
There’s a third book in the series that I’d like to complete by later this year. I’ve also released the first in a series of young adult novels. There’s also more romance on the horizon.


Three Jamaican women walk a tightrope of decisions when their lives are derailed by blackmail, deceit and infidelity.

JUSTINE CHARLES, sensible and self-contained, battles an addiction which could destroy her marriage, reputation, and relationship with her daughter.

DIONNE JONES, an aggressive go-getter, takes risks that cut a trail of devastation through her family and business.

KYRA MILLS, struggling single mother, is crippled by debt, bad judgment and destructive choices.

Can two of the long-time friends survive startling revelations involving their partners? And will the other push her obsession to the point of danger?

Buy it here:  Amazon    Amazon UK


JUSTINE CHARLES is still trying to put the pieces of her life together seven years after a disastrous extra-marital affair. She’s raising a troubled teenage daughter and six-year-old Emile, the result of her indiscretion.

A chance meeting drops the still-scorching Xavier McKellop back on her radar. Her former lover is hurt and furious that Justine has kept his son’s birth a secret. She has little choice when Xavier demands time with Emile.

Though the moments between Justine and Xavier are tense, it’s evident the flame of attraction between them still burns hot. And just as she begins to hope and dream about being with the only man who ever stirred her heart, body and soul, Justine’s life is thrown into chaos. Her daughter discovers Justine’s betrayal and Xavier’s soon-to-be ex-wife wants him back.

This time around, in her quest for love, Justine might not only lose her deepest desire, but everything she holds dear.

Buy it here:  Amazon    Amazon UK

CONTEST:  Joy has very kindly agreed to give an ecopy of both these books away to one lucky commenter. So please leave a comment before you leave this page.

FREE DOWNLOAD:  The following book is available from Amazon as a free download.


What choices do you have when you are abused, cheated on and left with a trail of broken promises? Don’t Get Mad…Get Even. Take an inside look at Jamaican culture and lifestyle through a collection of award-winning stories. You will laugh, cry and commiserate with a compelling cast of characters, who conquer their challenges in unique ways.



  1. Maria,
    Many thanks for hosting me. I'm glad to be here.

  2. Joy, it's my pleasure to host you.

  3. Yay for Joy! She's great - and always willing to tackle the tough stuff! :)

  4. Thanks for stopping by, Jemi. :D

  5. Thanks for the giveaway, coming from a fellow countrywoman. I would love to be able to read your books, they sound very interesting.

  6. Loved the interview, Joy and Maria! Blackmail, deceit, infidelity, an indiscretion and a seven year secret, and abuse and a trail of broken promises--very juicy stuff Joy! Looking forward to reading your books:).

  7. Nadene,
    It's always nice to meet a fellow Jamaican on the web. Will follow your trail and see where it leads.

  8. Hi, Maria,
    Thanks for stopping in and sharing your thoughts. Much appreciated.

  9. A lovely interview, Maria and Joy. I like reading stories set in different cultures and settings; this plot sounds fantastic.

  10. Sorry, meant to say BOTH these plots...

  11. Hi, Cherie,
    Like you, I also enjoy reading about other cultures. Thanks for the visit.

  12. Hello Joy!

    Congratulations on the release. Loved reading about you and Distraction here!

    Thanks Maria.


  13. Enjoyed reading about Distraction and Retribution. You offer awesome advice for writers on your blog. I've downloaded Don't Get Mad, Get Even and am looking forward to reading.

    Chontali Kirk

  14. Thanks, Nas. Hope your ankle is getting better.

    C. Kirk, thanks for coming by. Hope you enjoy the book.

  15. Maria, Thanks for the blog referral

    Joy, I have just downloaded ... Don't get mad, Get Even. Thank you and continued success

  16. Joy is a great writer! I've read Distraction and Don't Get Mad Get Even. She really captures the turmoil of those heavy emotions.

  17. Thanks for dropping in, Nick, and for your kind words.

  18. Welcome Cherie, thanks for stopping by.

  19. Maria, I recommend Joy's books to you, as I'd recommend your books to her. Intense emotional quality fiction for sure.

  20. Yes, Jemi, she tackles tough issues in her fiction. And does it so well, too.

  21. Nick I've just read DISTRACTION and thoroughly agree with you!

  22. I've read Distraction and enjoyed it, so I'd definitely want to read Retribution.

  23. Thanks for stopping in, Misha. Hope you're having a good weekend.

  24. Misha, welcome to my blog, thanks for coming over.


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