Morning all and happy Saturday!! Today I’m delighted to be talking to the love Jadi Campbell on Meet the Author. We’re discussing strange encounters, childhood dreams, winning awards and her most recent book, Grounded….
Literary fiction, contemporary fiction, short stories
How many books have you written and published?
I’ve written three books: Broken In: A Novel in Stories, Tsunami Cowboys, and Grounded.
How long does it take you to write a book?
On average about two years.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
The mixed-race, adopted Gabe Burgess from my first book Broken In. Gabe is a bartender with serious wanderlust. He travels to remote places in the world for a month each year and views everyone he meets as potential family. Gabe would have fascinating anecdotes to while away the time on that island.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
At age six, I decided I would grow up and write the Great American Novel. (My goals are no longer quite as ambitious and I’m just happy I finally began to write!)
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
During a religious festival in Hampi, India, I got caught in the center of a group of dancing, whirling men banging metal drums. My camera suddenly stopped working. They’d painted their faces bright red. Two of them swirled nearer. They had skewered their faces with thick scimitar knives through their cheeks. I handed over a coin in alms-giving and heard an inhuman harsh laugh from somewhere in the skies above. Later over dinner, it turned out that everyone in our group had seen something different. One person saw the two men but said the knives were fake. Another saw only a single swirling man pierced with a scimitar. Everyone who’d seen anything swore the knives were fake. Our Indian tour group leader agreed with me that the knives were real, but she had seen three pierced figures. Some people had seen nothing at all. This event stayed fresh in my memory and I describe it in my third novel Grounded. The scene from the book actually happened exactly as described to me.
What is the best thing you’ve done in your life so far?
Marrying my German husband. It meant taking several leaps in faith. I had to learn to speak a foreign language fluently, get my licensing as a massage therapist accepted for Europe, and start life anew on another continent. That was almost thirty years ago, and together we’ve travelled much of the globe. I now consider myself a citizen of the world, and I know we’re all connected.
Describe yourself using three words only…….
Entertaining, compassionate, delving
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
The ability to understand and speak all languages. I would move through the world so much more easily and could be at home everywhere!
What is the funniest typo you have ever written?
Prostrate problem. I was transcribing tapes for a research doctor. He handed the transcript back to me with ‘Prostrate problem’ circled. He’d written, Is this a medical condition of the overly religious?
Have you ever won any awards for your writing?
Two of my plays were performed at a One-Page Play Festival in Stuttgart, Germany in 2019. My play Baby You Were Great tied for runner-up as Best Comedy. My second novel Tsunami Cowboys was longlisted for the ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Award in February 2020. The jurors selected their list from more than 1,200 books.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
I’m hard at work on a collection of short stories, but my most recent book is Grounded. Grounded is a love story set during a current world crisis (cyberattacks, not the corona virus!). My books can all be purchased on Amazon in paperback or eBook form.
Where to find Jadi online: Website
final words from chelle…
Thanks so much Jadi for your interview! It’s lovely that the best thing you’ve done is marrying your Husband! Your strange encounter sounds absolutely bizarre, especially because other people saw different things! And a superpower to speak all languages would be amazing.
If you have any questions/comments for Jadi, then leave them below or get in touch via her website,
Enjoy your day my lovelies.