A chat with George Campbell, author of 'Hunting Short Stories'

eshaw@islandpacket.comDecember 29, 2013 

Name: George Campbell

Book: "Hunting Short Stories"

Printed by: Tate Publishing

Residence: Bluffton

Where to buy: Books can be bought by calling 843-705-3794.

Plot summary in 50 words or less: These are stories of my life pertaining to hunting and operating a 1,200-acre hunting preserve for 35 years.

First sentence: "My name is George Campbell."

Previous writing experience: Two years ago, I wrote a memoir titled "What's Next George?" about my adventures in different businesses over the years. I had a business with my father cutting salt hay. I operated a gunning preserve, drove oil wells in Kentucky and had a crabbing business in New Jersey. It got to the point where every time I'd come home, my wife would say, "What's next, George?" So that's how that started.

Earliest writing memory: I guess the only reason I wrote anything at the age of 72 was because my golf game went down. I started doing ceramics, and after writing my artist bio, a few friends said, "George, you ought to write a book."

It's been tough for me because I'm dyslexic. I had a whole notebook full of stories for "What's Next George?" and it was full of spelling and grammar mistakes. So I used a computer program where you talk into a microphone and the computer types what you're saying. It works, but I think I drove it crazy with the way I pronounced things.

The story behind the novel: The book stems from my love for hunting and being out in nature. I love to be outdoors and be in the woods and marshes. That started when I was about 7 years old. There was an old black man who lived down the road from me who trained dogs, and he let me follow him around. I started going squirrel hunting with him. From there I got bird dogs and in '59 I started a hunting preserve. In my book, I describe how and why I decided to do that.

Favorite books: I read a lot. I don't know if I can pick out a [single] book. But I like histories and autobiographies. I just finished one, "Vindicated," by (former baseball player) Jose Canseco. I enjoyed that one because I was good in baseball. I signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers back in the day.

What's next: "Hunting Short Stories" will be my last book. I've enjoyed doing them, but won't write any more. I enjoy golf and fishing in the ponds around Sun City Hilton Head.

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