We had the good fortune of connecting with Sherrel Campbell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sherrel, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Waking up to the sunrise each morning makes me happy. Seeing the sunset each evening before I go to bed at night makes me happy. When I see the sunrise it reminds me that I’ve been given another chance to enjoy life and the sunset means that I survived another day.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a fun-loving individual who hails from the beautiful island of Jamaica, where everything is Irie Man!
Growing up, I was an avid reader and wrote my first book at 12 years old, called “The Secret Under The Bed,” and that’s exactly where it stayed.
I believe that children relates more to characters and books and was therefore inspired to create The Murphy Bear, the star in my books “Murphy Wears a Mask” and “Murphy Keeps His Distance.” Along with The Murphy Bear Teddy Bear and other merchandise, for children.
As a vegan, I enjoy cooking and creating my own recipes.
I know the importance of eating vegetables and how reluctant children can be when it comes to eating them.
As a result, I wrote “The Day Broccoli Left the Farm..” This is a fun and adventurous book that encourages children to eat their vegetables. They will enjoy helping to make the recipes included in the book.
Other books in the series will be coming soon.
My brand, The Murphy Bear, is a quite new and It hasn’t gotten to where I want it be as yet.
Its a work in progress and with hard work and determination I will make it a world re-know brand that every child and their parents can recognize.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am new to Tucson, I moved here a little over 2 months ago, and have been exploring it ever since I got here.
As a lover of the great outdoor and with my friend in town we would start each morning off with an early morning walk in Sabino Canyon, walking the paved path in and out for a total of 7.4 miles.
Day 1: an evening trip to Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway and watch the sunset from their. We would then have dinner at Saffron Indian Bistro
Day 2: Tumacacori National Historic Park & Mission. After touring this historic church and it’s cemetery we would drive up the road to historic town of Tubac and have lunch at Habaner0’s Mexican Resturant.
Day 3: spend the day downtown and visiting U of A campus then have lunch at Boca Tacos. Depending on the day and season we would watch a campus game
Day 4: Mission San Xavier followed by a stop at the Air and Space Museum.
We would end our day with dinner at North Resturant.
Day 5: Chiricahua National Monument.
We would have dinner on the patio at AJ’s
Day 6: Saguaro National Park and Senora Desert Museum.
Day 7: Colossal Cave Mountain Park
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I give credit to my mom Verna Kerr for always believing in me. She speaks highly about me to her friends therefore I work harder because I don’t want to let her down. I give credit to my daughter, Tatiana Wright for pushing me beyond my limits. Sometimes she acts like the mom figure telling me what she thinks is best for me…I love her to pieces.
My son, Tyler Wright for inspiring me in more ways than he knows; he doesn’t let obstacles stand in the way.
Most of all Dr. Benetta Levine, one person whom I know have my back. She encourages and supports me in everything
I do and is always full of ideas for me. I can call on her any time.
Youtube: The Murphy Bear Adventures