Welcome to Wednesday and our author Lady Colin Campbell, author of the biography/psychology book, Daughter of Narcissus (Dynasty Press Ltd, October ’09).
About the Book :
Daughter of Narcissus is a stunning analysis by Lady Colin of her own dysfunctional family positioned at the heart of upper class Jamaican society from the middle of the 20th century to the present day. Covering the end of the British Colonial Age and the rise of a liberated generation, whilst addressing the narcissistic personality of her mother, the author brilliantly interconnects the sociological, political and personal. As she dissects the family dynamics lying beneath the appearance of wealth and power, Lady Colin’s understanding of personality disorder is revelatory: compelling the reader to comprehend the destructive and tragic reality concealed by rational language and behavior.
Set against a backdrop of glamour, wealth and fame, this compulsive book is both a fascinating history of one socially prominent family, and a uniquely detailed analysis of narcissism, its manifestations and how to survive them in order to lead a purposeful and affirming life.
Hi Lady Colin Campbell, or Georgie as she prefers to be known.
Welcome to Paperback Writer.
Q: Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?
A: I wish I could claim credit for the idea for Daughter of Narcissus, but I cannot as it was not actually mine. I was in New York staying with a dear friend and we were talking to the eminent psychoanalyst Dr Erika Freeman about our narcissistic mothers when Erika suggested I write
about mine. Although I was initially horror stricken by the thought
of doing something so invasive of my mother’s privacy, Erika argued that she had every confidence that I could do the subject justice and, since my mother as dead, I would not actually be violating her privacy.
Q: Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?
A: It took me quite a few weeks of thought before I decided that I might be able to run with Erika’s idea. I then needed to see what my sisters’ attitudes were, for they were a part of the story and I would not have proceeded with the book had they been against it. To their credit, neither of them tried to block me and both of them have been supportive in their own ways.
Q: How did you come up with the title?
A: I had described my mother previously as a daughter of Narcissus and I thought the description was not only apt and succinct but would make a good title. Fortunately my publisher agreed. Not all my other books bear titles that I came up with – I have no problem with my own ideas being shot down if others seem better.
Q: How did you find an agent and publisher?
A: I have had three agents in my working life. The first I met through Barbara Taylor Bradford. The second was recommended through another agent. And the third I met through a friend of a friend. My agents have usually found my publishers, though my present publisher found me, so to speak.
Q: Who reads your work in progress?
A: No one reads my work in progress. The publishers of my first two books did look at the first parts of the manuscripts, but when they saw that I was handling the material competently, they let me get on with things without interruption. Since then, I have been my own critic – I write and rewrite until I am satisfied that I am communicating what I want to. And only then do I tick the box and move on to the next part.
Q: Who made a difference in the book’s quality?
A: Once I had finished Daughter of Narcissus to my satisfaction, I handed it over to the editor, Ken Hollings, for him to do the chopping and changing, and to clean up the inevitable grammatical errors to which that all writers are prone.
Q: How long did it take you to complete the first draft?
A: The first draft took me about twenty-one months to write, after which I began the honing and polishing process for another few months.
Q: How long did it take from start to publication?
A: The book took about two and a half years from start to finish, and the production process has taken another nine or so months.
Q: Do you have any advice for new authors?
A: I am not a great one for giving advice, as I feel that each person’s circumstances are different, and what is appropriate for one person might not be so for another. But I would encourage all prospective writers to stick to their guns and not allow rejection to deter them.
Some of the greatest bestsellers of all time have been rejected time and again. The Day of the Jackal was rejected 42 times, if memory serves me correctly, and that was at a time when writers were utterly dependent on publishers and book shops. This is not necessarily so any
longer: The internet will most likely change publishing in the next few years in ways that we will find difficult to imagine right now.
Already writers can self-publish and web-promote their works and that trend, I suspect, will give new writers options they would not have had in days gone by.
Thank you, Georgie, for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.
About the Author
Lady Colin Campbell is a highly successful and prolific author of several books, including London and New York Times bestsellers, and has been a prominent and often controversial figure in royal and social circles for many years. She perhaps is best known for her international bestselling book Diana in Private, 1992, and her subsequent extended and revelatory biography of the Princess of Wales, The Real Diana published in 2004. She has written books on the Royal Family, been a long term columnist and appeared numerous times on TV and Radio as an experienced Royal Insider and expert on the British aristocracy. In 1997 she published her autobiography, A Life Worth Living, which was serialized in The Daily Mail. Born in St Andrew, Jamaica, she was educated there and in New York, where she lived for seven years. She is connected to British royalty through common ancestors and marriage. She has two sons and lives in London.
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