12 responses to “Author interview no.233 with writer Malcolm R Campbell

  1. knightofswords

    December 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    My Google alert went off this morning like a can of baked beans blowing up in a camp fire out in the piney woods, and my first thought was “Càit a bheil an taigh beag?” That’s Gàidhlig for “where’s the bathroom (loo, WC, necessary for those of you in Morgen’s neighborhood).

    I was pleasantly surprised to find my Interview posted here. Thanks so much, Morgen, for the chat about ships, sealing wax, cabbages and kings.


  2. Smoky Zeidel

    December 30, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I was shocked, reading this interview, to discover Jock Stewart is a pseudonym. I’ve had lengthy conversations with Jock, and he sure seemed real to me. 😎

    Seriously, though, this is a wonderful interview, Morgen and Malcolm. For those of you not familiar with Malcolm’s work, I highly recommend all his books, but especially The Sun Singer and Sarabande. They are pure magic and wonder.

  3. Anne K. Albert

    December 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    More insight to the mind of a very talented author and how he creates his worlds. Thank you Morgen and Malcolm!

  4. morgenbailey

    December 30, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Hello everyone. I go off and sort out some paperwork and the party’s started without me. 🙂

    M x
    (PS. we have bathrooms in the UK too :))

    • knightofswords

      December 30, 2011 at 8:10 pm


      I haven’t been in the UK since the 1960s, but at that time I was told in no uncertain terms that bathrooms were for bathing, not for answering the call of nature.

      Malcolm (aka Jock Stewart)

      • morgenbailey

        December 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm

        We’ve had showers put in since then. 🙂 I’d say “loo” is the most commonly-used variation followed “ladies / gents” (when out) followed by “toilet” (in friendly company) or occasionally “small room”. It’s fair that we don’t say “bathroom” very often although I’d say only half the houses here have downstairs toilets; mine does (converted pantry under the stairs) and most visitors still go upstairs so do say “bathroom”. That just about leaves “WC” which is more of formal variation (seen in brochures – I work… soon to be worked… for chartered surveyors).

  5. Yvonne Hertzberger

    December 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Malcolm: Great piece.

    Just showing my ignorance but what the heck is ‘magical realism’? How can it be both real and magic at the same time? Please enlighten me. 🙂

  6. knightofswords

    December 30, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Hi Yvonne,

    There’s a lot of controversy about what magical realism may or may not be. Novels often associated with the genre include “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” “The Shadow of the Wind,” “The House of Spirits,” and “Like Water for Chocolate.”

    In magical realism, one presents both realistic and fantastic/magical/paranormal events the same way. That is to say, the magical–or potentially magical–is treated as though it’s no more unusual than routine everyday occurences.


  7. knightofswords

    December 31, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Wow, showers. Great news, Morgen.



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