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Author interview with Lydia Howe! {Action Kids’ Club}

Hey readers!

Author, Lydia Howe, is visiting with me on the blog today as part of a tour for her NEWLY PUBLISHED BOOK! I'm so proud to be a part of her book promotion, and am excited to share the author interview, where I got to ask Lydia some questions about her writing and her life. Check it out below!

Here's Lydia for more details...

Today is one of the final stops in the blog tour stop celebrating the release of the first book in the Action Kids series, Action Kids' Club. Read the post from yesterday at this blog.

The answer to yesterday’s quote puzzle is: If you really want to do something you’ll find a way... If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. -Jim Rohn

Today I’m really excited to have an interview to share with y’all! Tarissa kindly agreed to interview me, so take it from here, Tarissa!

The Interview...

Alright, let's start this interview, Lydia! Where did you gather the ideas behind Action Kids’ Club?

I got the idea for the success principles while attending a John Maxwell conference when I was eighteen. The story idea came along slowly when I thought of things that I would have enjoyed getting to do as a kid.

Is there a message in this book that you want readers to grasp?

Yes! That you’re never too young to grab ahold of opportunities and run with them. A lot of kids (and adults!) seem to think that it’s for kids to waste their childhood years. I don’t advocate kids growing up too fast, but I do think there’s a lot they can learn while still enjoying being a kid.

That's a strong message, Lydia, one that that I believe in too. Did you base any of your characters off someone, or where did you find ideas for your characters?

Grandpa Don and Grandma Vickie are based off of my parents, so that was fun. I kinda imagined my cousins a little bit while writing the kids, but they were mostly freelance.

How long did it take you to write this first book in the Action Kids series?

Well... That’s a hard question to answer. The actual first draft of the book? About a week. I've been mulling it over in my head, working on characters, coming up with ideas, taking notes, etc... for the past four years.

What inspires you to write middle grade fiction?

I pretty much read every book I could when I was a middle grader and I think that’s when my love of reading really got developed. I've always thought that the years 8-12 were really important and I wanted to be a part of them for other kids because I am so grateful for the authors who I read during that time. In fact, I still like reading middle grade books!

I too feel that the ages 8-12 are important for developing a child's education, and find that the books written for that age group are often the best quality. When you’re not writing, what are your other hobbies/favorite activities?

Of course I like reading a lot (I’m on my 95th book for the year), and I enjoy walking, swinging, hanging out with my family, cutting grass, cooking (that’s what I do for my non-writing job) cracking my nine-foot-bull whip and traveling.

You had the opportunity to do some traveling this past year. What is the farthest place from home you've ever been?

I am very blessed to have had the opportunity to go to Asia this spring and spend a month in Indonesia. That’s pretty much as far away from home I can get while staying in the world.

(Lydia Howe in Asia)

You're obviously a book-lover, Lydia! Of all the books you've read in 2014, which title has become a new favorite?

Oh! This is a very good question! One I’m not even sure I’d be able to answer... I didn’t read nearly as many middle grade books as I normally read, but one of my favorites was Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek which was a book I got free in exchange for a review. Some day I want to read more in the series.

Which author(s), past and present, do you look up to the most?

Oh wow. Another great question! One of my all-time favorite authors is Catherine Farnes. I read her books over and over again and every time I’m amazed at how much I enjoy her writing style. I dream of one day getting to meet her.

Do you have your next book project planned yet?

I have a ‘continuing’ project that I've been working on all year, but other than that I haven’t started anything else. I have a lot of ideas going around in my head and I just have to weed around them and figure out which one is the most important for me to run with next.

Would you like to share your favorite quote?

One of my very favorite quotes is: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” - Jim Elliot

Lydia, I love that quote from Jim Elliot too. It's one of my personal favorites! That concludes our interview... It has been a blast learning more about you!

Readers, here's the rest that author Lydia Howe wants you to know...

Here’s your quote puzzle for today. Figure it out and leave the answer in the comments section and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a great prize! And, check out my blog to find out about the $50 gift card I’m giving away!

(Answer Key)




Wkh fohduhu brx duh derxw zkdw brx zdqw, wkh hdvlhu lw lv wr pdnh lw kdsshq. -Don Howe

Make sure you check out my blog blog tomorrow for the answer to the quote puzzle and the last stop on the blog tour. Thanks for stopping by!

About the Author: 
Lydia Howe (aka Aidyl Ewoh) is a twenty-something adventurous author who enjoys hiking in the mountains of Asia and South America, building life-size models of dinosaurs, taking road trips across Europe and cooking for large crowds.

Lydia grew up in a barn and has always dreamed of living in a tipi. She is trained as a John Maxwell coach and her passions include self-development and Christian apologetics One of her life-long dreams was realized when her first book, “Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl, was published by Answers in Genesis in 2013. Her second book, “Action Kids’ Club” was published in November of 2014. Find her online at her Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads and Pinterest.

Action Kids’ Club Back Cover Blurb: 
Twelve-year-old Olivia Hall’s dream of a friends' club ends when she finds out her family is moving. Her parents assure her it's a good thing, opening a new world of possibilities for the Halls. But going from ‘miss popular’ to ‘the new girl’ won’t be easy, and Olivia is not convinced.

Soon she begins to realize that although her life has suddenly changed, there's plenty of adventure to keep her on her toes. From making new friends at Forward Focus, to hanging out at the world-renowned Kids Zone, to meeting the curious head chef, she discovers that there's much more to life - and her new surroundings - than she ever imagined. How will she make the most of these new opportunities? Or will she let them slip away?

Check out Action Kids' Club!


  1. Lilly Anne11/21/2014

    Great interview, Tarissa and Lydia!

    I've never heard of the author Catherine Farnes, but might check out her work.

  2. @Lilly Anne

    Oh yes! Her books are great. :)