Exclusive Interview with
Lizy J. Campbell
When did you start writing?
I started writing a long time ago as a child and loved it. But after a while I had stopped. I began again in my early thirties and found it to be quite cathartic.
What makes writing your passion?
I love telling stories! I want kids and adults to enjoy it too. I feel I must write because it is a part of who I am.
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing consistently now for 8 years. Only in the last 3 have I written children's books which I really enjoy.
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
It was amazing! And it continues to be. Everytime it comes out I feel a new wave of excitement and possibilities.
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
I loved small things as a child and I wanted to bring that in my children's series character. Most ideas come instantly and I run with it.
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
I feel that because you can
With Self publishing now it really takes away from those who make career's out of it. Sometimes we get lost in the mix because of the saturation of the market.
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
I don't force it, I appreciate the ideas when they come. If I like it I will continue to write it and if not I let it go and wait for the next idea to hit me.
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
I just love writing, it really doesn't matter if it becomes number one. As long as I'm happy to write it then I will continue to do so.
Advice? Write because you're compelled to write it otherwise it isnt worth the time.
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Write more and don't stop!
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
A review whether bad or good is someone's opinion and we dont all like the same thing so it doesn't matter.
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
I feel like I have connected with them and it makes me happy.
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
Yes in my poetry book METAMORPHOSIS I have written some personal piece's.
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
I dont base them on myself I usually take it from people I've met or knew.
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
It is, as an Illustrator I strive to put my best foot forward in that regard. But like all books sometimes you cant judge a book by its cover .
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
I don't mind hearing their thoughts. It can be quite enlightening and enjoyable.
How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?
I feel like a million bucks!
Who is your favorite author? Why?
I have too many!
What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?
I would love to be as big as Dr. Seuss ! They are amazing books even to this day.
Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?
No not really. I think the story when told reflect the time I wrote it so I wouldn't want to redo it.