JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Jadi Campbell
Tell us about yourself:
You can see from my photograph that I was born a bookworm. I’ve always loved books. At the age of six I decided I was going to grow up to be a writer. It took me 50 years to finally do it. I have worked in Marketing and Underwriting at a national insurance agency, as a secretary in the University of Washington’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine, and for over three decades now as a massage therapist. My German husband and I are avid travellers. Everything I’ve experienced is fodder for my writing!
Tell us about your book:
Tsunami Cowboys is about Todd, a hero with dangerous fantasies. Coreen is trapped in a cult. Ronnie dreams other people’s futures. Guy is waiting for disaster at a Christmas Market. And Lynn, the connecting thread, takes a train with a seductive stranger. By turns terrifying and funny, my book tells the story of tsunami cowboys, the people who ride life’s waves.
What influenced you to write your current genre?
I want books that make the outside world vanish while I’m reading them. My tastes bounce all over the place; while my first love is literary fiction, I also enjoy reading mysteries, fantasy, science fiction and non-fiction. Some authors transcend their genre and achieve great art.I aspire to write literary fiction that might someday stand with the authors and books I revere.
Who are your favorite authors?
Recent: Ray Bradbury, John Fowles, George Orwell
Contemporary: Anne Patchett, early Stephen King, Geraldine Brooks, NK Adjei-Brenyah, Michael Ondaatje, Tim Winton, Margaret Atwood
What are your favorite books?
It’s so hard to choose! My current desert island books would be:The Overstory by Richard Powers. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Hannah Green. A Moveable Feast by Hemingway. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. The Middle Mist by Mary Renault. Daniel Martin by John Fowles. Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcón. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. My favorite short story is The Persistence of Vision by John Varley. And I’ve read Ray Bradbury’s books over and over at every stage of my life, beginning with high school.
Who are your favorite literary characters?
JD Salinger’s Glass family, Margaret Atwood’s often nameless but always sarcastic female protagonists, and Tyrion from Game of Thrones.
Is there anything you want to share with potential readers?
No matter how extreme the situations my characters find themselves in, you as my reader will always recognize yourself or people you know.If you forget reality as you turn the pages, then I’ve done what I set out to do as a writer.
Where can we go to learn more about you and your literary works?
I blog at http://jadicampbell.com.
My books are available in paperback and eBook on Amazon.
My author page is https://www.amazon.com/Jadi-Campbell.
I’ve been wordy enough over the years that if you google my name, lots pops up. I would love your questions if anyone wants to know more.
Thanks so much for allowing me to do this interview. It was a pleasure and an honor!