Judy Campbell-Smith interview
When did your love of books begin?
I fell in love with reading as a kid especially after getting my first library card. I loved getting lost in the stacks, but I also would go back to same spot over and over. The library had several different editions of my favorite book, Peter Pan. I checked out every single one because they all had different illustrations and I wanted to see them all.
When did you start to have the wish to become an author?
Even as a kid I loved writing my own stories. I filled notebooks with little picture books and cartoons. I have always had a dream to write a book and see it published. When my Peter Pan phase ended, I moved into a Little Women phase and wanted to be a writer like Jo.
How have you found the process for becoming an author?
It's been very surprising! I may have always wanted to write and publish a book, but I didn't really consider becoming an author, if that makes sense. I have had other jobs and careers, and figured one day I would write a book on the side. When I finally wrote AJ's Neighborhood and started the work to get it self-published, I saw a possibility that this could be a career that I could stick with and enjoy. Self-publishing is a lot of work, so it's been one thing to write the book, but a whole other beast to release it.
What would you say to those wanting to become an author?
Tell us about your book/books:
What do you love about the writing/reading community?
It can be very encouraging. No one who has succeeded hasn't had rejection along the way, so I think most writers try to be uplifting and supportive. It's been fun to find the people who were the same book nerds as kids that I was.
If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?
I am so grateful for any readers that I have! I would say thank you front the bottom of my heart for reading my little book. My writing ambitions were very small at the beginning. I didn't really imagine having any readers but now we are selling copies and I am so grateful!
Where can people connect with you?