About

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Thanks for checking out my website.

I’m a fantasy author whose work is inspired by my adventures around the Cornish coast, the Scottish Highlands, and wherever else I’m fortunate enough to live and explore. I love telling stories of relatable characters in folkoric and fantastic realms that are not so far away.

Originally from Grand Island, New York, I’ve also lived in Tennessee, California, Ontario, Cornwall, Scotland, and Bristol. I’ve lived in the UK since 2007 and currently reside outside Edinburgh with my husband.

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Since 2008, I’ve been features editor and writer for OnScreen magazine.

I received a 1st class Film BA from Falmouth University in Cornwall, England.

When not reading and writing, I’m exploring woods, hills, and coastal paths, listening to Radiohead/Thom Yorke or Taylor Swift, exploring cities, playing video games (leveling up my FFXIV Miqo’te dragoon), watching films, taking photos, painting, playing guitar or bass, and watching and listening to puffins, herons, and black-capped chickadees. I love all things Tolkien and believe most situations call for a Withnail & I quote. I miss WNY and in particular, Tim Horton’s.

Last but not least, I’m living this life, doing what I get to do, with all thankfulness to and because of my savior, Jesus.

“If a person is ever going to do anything worthwhile, there will be times
when he must risk everything by his leap in the dark.”
-Oswald Chambers

All photos copyright Cheyenne Campbell (unless otherwise noted).

 

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11 thoughts on “About

  1. Welcome to ISWG. My first post was today as well. Your photography is beautiful. The most recent one of the trail leading to the mountaintop could easily also be of a favorite place of mine in Alaska.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Amy! I’ll pop over to your blog as well. It’s great to meet other writers and see where they’re at in their journeys. Glad you like the photos! I’ve never been to Alaska but I’d *love* to take my camera up there someday 🙂

  2. Hello
    I was just on Google and I am most empathetic at your story as a graduate and the dramas of finding a job.. I am in a very similar if not exact situation. Except I am from a third world nation that has no other avenue except for academia and that is limited and challenging ..I too was too qualified , too little , too this or that, and have become almost or very close suicidal. Your post has given me hope so I prayer it will help me through. Thanks Cheyenne.

    1. I’m so amazed that you found that article, that it’s still floating around out there — but I’m disheartened to hear that you’re in a similar situation. Worse, from the sounds of it. I don’t know whether you’ll see this response but I’ll send you a message privately as well. Thanks for your feedback. There is always hope! Always. Even though it doesn’t help externally, I found that even just talking to others who had similar experiences made me realise it *wasn’t* about me or what I was or wasn’t doing. Prayers for a door to open for you very soon! <3

  3. Dear Cheyenne, like Karen, I just recently stumbled upon your article. It completely expressed how I’ve been feeling for the past couple of months as a recent “older” graduate looking for a job. I too am a US citizen but moved to Ireland (with my Irish husband) last year to finally get a masters (and change careers) that I’ve been wanting to get for the last 10 years. I also thought my first class honors degree from the top university in town would easily get me a job but I’ve gotten practically no response (except for rejection emails). I have also pared down my CV to be dropped off at the shops hoping for at least a short holiday stint (something tells me that some 16-year-old kid will more likely get the job before me) but also to no avail. The latest thing I’ve been doing is adding my husband’s last name to my CV (I kept my maiden name which is actually of Asian origin) hoping it will at least get noticed before being chucked in the bin. It has been dispiriting to say the least, and I’m starting to really doubt whether the year I sacrificed, the expensive international student rate tuition fee I paid, and my new degree are of any use at all. But I’ve been trying to stay positive and reading your article made me feel a lot less lonely (though I’m sorry that you had to go through it too). Anyway, I apologize for the long comment — just want to say your article made my day and even being able to write this comment have made me feel a lot better. THANK YOU for sharing.

    1. Hi Lynda, I’m so honoured you took the time to come by and tell me your situation (I may email you since I don’t know if you’ll see this). Congrats on getting your masters and switching career paths — that’s HUGE and something to be celebrated and be proud of, no matter WHAT the steps that follow look like. It’s not always easy to accept that, or explain it to others, I’ve found. And yeah, I know what you mean about the 16-yo seeming more likely to snag a holiday job than you or I. Staying positive is the KEY, so you’re doing all that you can. I’ve heard from so many people in the wake of that article (which was a few years ago now!) — you are *definitely* not alone. As cheesy as it sounds, aiming for goals you’re passionate about to me is part of what life’s about. Look at studying for your masters and living abroad, and I bet you could make a list as long as your arm of the things you learned, people you met, and the experiences you had that have enriched your life. The “end result” of coming to Ireland and making the effort may not show up today or tomorrow, but I’m confident it will pave the path for what happens next. Hang in there. Try to look at what you learned and what you got out of it from a fresh angle. I studied film and believed I’d be editing features or working in post-production, but actually, editing films=storytelling and everything I learned about other cultures, scriptwriting, camera placement, editing… it all feeds into writing fiction, which is what I do now. Don’t give up! x

  4. Hi Cheyenne, Several years later and I’ve also just stumbled across your Guardian article, having had a very similar experience to you, and the others commenting here! After 20+ years in Health and Social care in various roles working with autism, disability, chronic illness and mental health (in my final position I provided legal advice and advocacy for people living with HIV) I returned to study in 2015. I was awarded a 1st class History degree – and a college prize for being one of the top finalists – earlier this summer. I loved studying, but my attempts to set myself up as a content writer since then have met with practically zero success, as have my attempts to broaden my job search and find work in marketing, copywriting, editing or similar. I’m due at the Job Centre tomorrow to claim benefits so that I can keep a roof over my head, and have an interview on Friday for a role that I did 13 years ago, which pays £10,000 less than I was earning before I started studying. It’s a big comedown, a serious ego blow, and pretty depressing! Reading your experiences, and then those of the others on this thread has been very helpful though. I strongly suspected that my CV read as strange to most recruiters – too old and experienced for entry level work, but not enough direct experience for anything more substantial. It’s been good to get that confirmed, and to know I’m not the first to face this! Thank you for sharing your experiences, and apologies for offloading on you (it’s helped!) Tom

    1. Hi Tom! I’m so sorry I haven’t been updating my blog in awhile and just now saw your message (so I don’t know if you’ll ever read this reply, but…) I’m so glad it resonated you, but I’m also sad that it did, because that means this scenario is still repeating itself. It’s been awhile since I’ve been in the job-hunting world since devoting my time to writing and editing full-time. It’s such a frustration, but the one thing I’ve learned in retrospect, whether it *feels* of value or not, is that the problems encountered when employers overlook a CV like yours or mine is absolutely NOT a reflection on us. With education, experience, and life experience, we are not the issue. The system is bent toward those with youth (so they may be paid less) and those with connections. It’s maddening, but I think not losing that confidence in yourself goes a long way toward everyday persistence. I hope you’re doing well now!

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