V Campbell, author of 'historical teen action adventure quest' Viking Gold - interview

V Campbell, author of 'historical teen action adventure quest' Viking Gold - interview

Our debut author Q&As continue with V Campbell, whose first book is a tale of action and adventure as 16-year-old Redknee seeks out his destiny on the shores of the Promised Land

Give us five words to describe Viking Gold?
Historical teen action adventure quest.

Name one author who should be more famous than they are now?
John Christopher for his young adult sci-fi. My husband and I read his books together and they left us talking for weeks about what we would do in an apocalypse!

What was the first book you read?
Probably a Ladybird book: Warwick the King Maker and The Adventures of Robin Hood remain in my mind.

What was the last book you read?
Dark Water by Caro Ramsay, a fantastic and scary Glasgow crime thriller.

Which book makes you cry?
I always cry at The Scarlet Pimpernel, which I think is a worrying trait, and I cried at the end of One Day, which I think a slightly less worrying show of emotion.

What one thing would you change about the publishing world?
More (or any) parties on luxury yachts moored off Cannes

Which book makes you laugh?
The Twits by Roald Dahl, because I’m naturally slovenly.

What plans do you have for book number two?
I’ve an idea for a second Viking adventure featuring the same characters, Redknee and Sinead, and for a contemporary murder mystery series.

Viking Gold is published by Fledgling Press Limited on Mon 7 Nov; V Campbell is at Waterstone’s, Glasgow, Thu 10 Nov.

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