Guest Author Interview – Libby Campbell

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Title: Lydia’s Revenge

Genre: Literature/Fiction

Synopsis: Maybe once in a lifetime do you meet a person as interesting as the inspiration for this book. ‘Lydia’ began as a collection of true tales and then just took off on a fictional adventure all her own.


Libby Campbell, Author

CH:  Today’s Guest Author is a writer friend of mine, Libby Campbell. She is a debut novelist. Welcome to my blog, Libby.

CH: Can you sum up your book in a few sentences?

LC: Can one moment in time change a life forever? For Lydia, a feisty and independent 74 year old, one fateful day may have long reaching consequences.

CH: Your book deals with the realities of life. So, how did you come up with the premise for this book?

LC: Lydia’s Revenge is based on a real person and a real-life murder/mystery, which combined with imagination made a wonderfully warm fictional novel about people and life.

CH: As a debut author, did you run into any challenges while writing this book?

LC: Yes, many challenges. I’ve wanted to write for a long time. When I came to the Accokeek Women’s Writing Group (AWWG), I got inspired and wanted to put more time into my writing. It was the ‘kick in the pants’ I needed to take my work more seriously.

In the fall of 2014, I took the plunge and signed up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). That year yielded a rough draft. I never looked back and the following November I had finished revising it.  I published the eBook version. However, a customer’s review shocked me into reality, when it said that the book needed to be edited. Next, I had it professionally edited and I had finally finished the book that I had been working on for four years.  So, I was now ready to self-publish the print paperback.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

LC: Lydia is based on a real person, but as the project went on, she changed quite a bit and took on a life of her own. It’s fiction, after all, and among the surprising things Lydia gets embroiled in, only a few are drawn directly from real life.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write? Which character was hardest to write?

LC: Lydia was my favorite to write, but she was also the hardest character to write.  Maybe once in a lifetime do you meet a person as interesting as the inspiration for this book.  Lydia’s Revenge began as a collection of true tales and then Lydia just took off on a fictional adventure all of her own.

CH: You’re in a writing group, how has this helped your writing? Was there inspiration from the writer’s group?

LC: When I came to AWWG, I got inspired, and put more time into my writing. I credit meeting once a month and having writer friends who cheer you on, as what really helped inspire me to keep writing.

CH: Patrise Henkel, one of the writers from AWWG, reminded me of this story. In 2015, during a series of NaNoWriMo meetings at the library, you arrived late with a gift for everyone—a bag full of knitted hats. And you said, “Please everyone, take one. Consider it a thinking cap, to keep your writer’s brain warm, while you write this month.” Libby that was such a nice gesture. Now, can you tell us a little about your writing journey?

LC: Yes, I wrote reports and proposals during my career at the Alice Ferguson Foundation, a center for environmental education. After retiring, I discovered my imagination was ready to use that skill for a new adventure.

CH: Overall, Libby’s feedback is good since that awakening review. Below is a 5-Star book review from one of the AWWG members:

“Everything I read seems to focus on younger people. So it was a pleasant surprise to discover a main character more my age in Lydia’s Revenge. The first part of the book introduces you to Lydia, following enough twists and turns throughout her life that you soon discover you know her and consider her a friend.

Just when you are about to relax together with a cup of tea, Lydia’s world turns upside down and each page leads you deeper into a totally unexpected mystery with bizarre connections to Lydia herself! Congratulations to a first time author who generously shares her lively imagination and wealth of knowledge.”

~Carrie Staples

CH: How to Find Libby Campbell:

CH: Can you tell my audience where this book is sold?

LC:  Exclusively on Amazon.

CH: Any closing remarks?

LC:  Thank you to all the readers who have chosen my book. I greatly enjoyed writing it and hope you found something in it to resonant within your own experience. Cheryl, I’d like to thank you for having me on your blog.

CH: Thank you so much, Libby Campbell, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience.

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10 thoughts on “Guest Author Interview – Libby Campbell

  1. That was a wonderful interview. I enjoyed the book and especially the main character in Lydia’s Revenge. It was amazing to me that Libby could finish a book in such a short time. I participated in National Novel Writers Month several years ago. So I know how much dedication it takes to complete a project in only a month? Great job Libby. You have inspired us.

  2. I’m so proud of Libby for carrying through with the process and finishing a very enjoyable book to read. I found the book readable and relevant and enjoyed it. Love the cover and look forward to reading the print addition. Good for you Cheryl for putting together a very nice interview. !Go AWWG!

  3. Thank you, Cheryl, for such a great interview, and thank you, Libby, for following your writing passion. There are so many great success stories from the Accokeek Women’s Writing Group, and this is certainly one of them. I look forward to reading the book.

  4. Cheryl- You are so good at interviewing people, finding significant information with each question. I enjoyed this interview and how it encourages people to find and benefit from a writers group.

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