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Interview with Hope Lyda

Captain's Log, Stardate 09.13.2007
Today I have an interview with chick lit author Hope Lyda about her latest novel, Life, Libby, and the Pursuit of Happiness!

Libby Hawthorne makes exotic trip itineraries but never leaves Seattle. She’d like to attend church but winds up at a bookstore. She longs for love—but who has the time? Delayed happiness has been worth it, because she’s about to get her dream promotion...

Or not.

So now what?

When a corporate merger leaves her demoted and disillusioned, Libby realizes she needs to start living authentically...and soon. But just as she tries to uncover her purposed life, her cruel and unusual boss, Cecilia, demands that Libby hide Seattle’s most famous homegrown rock star in order to keep her new, bad job. For the first time in years, Libby doesn’t have a step by step plan to guide her. She must trust her faith and her heart. But what is she supposed to do with her growing admiration for Blaine Slater, a new VP from Chicago, or the surprising kindness of the rock star living incognito in her Seattle apartment? Through the humorous twist and turns, Libby uncovers a big life truth—the detours we are afraid of might just be the perfect path to happiness.

And now, here’s me and Hope!

What inspired the storyline of Life, Libby, and the Pursuit of Happiness?

I really wanted to have a character (a lot like me and a lot like people I know) who is waiting for the perfect alignment of her life factors (faith, love, purpose, perfect home, family issues resolved, etc) BEFORE she'll give herself over to any of those factors. It's a catch-22 and a lot of us get caught up in this pattern.

So I did what all nice authors do...I set up dear Libby to take the fall so that we could watch what happens to her when everything goes wrong. What happens is...her real life begins! And I just love that.

What's your favorite scene?

My favorites to write were probably the scenes between Libby and Cecilia (her self-absorbed, crazy boss) because I love to be sarcastic and funny. However, when I read Libby...the scenes with Libby and Mr. Diddle at his old, run down Seattle bookstore are my favorites. The book starts with one of them. I'm easily transported to that narrow space filled with books...and I like the relationship that develops between Libby and Mr. Diddle. He sees her heart and her struggles even when she can't.

What is Libby's favorite movie?

Well, one of mine of course! Enchanted April (it's also a book)...is a fabulous movie about two women who leave the rain of London for a castle in Italy for their holiday. Libby dreams about one day traveling...she would share the longing these women have...to taste the sweetness of an adventure, to feel what life is about, and to finally take a step toward fulfillment.

I’ll have to see that movie! Okay, if you were a dessert, what would you be and why?

Hmmm. Can potato chips count as a dessert? I'm all about the breads and the salty foods more than chocolate or sweets. But I guess if I were a dessert, I'd have to be something like a German Chocolate layer cake. Anything with layers. I feel like my life is relatively simple...yet I have many layers to me. My thoughts run deep and sometimes consume me. I like to dig and discover the flavors of my heart and soul!

You sound like me! I’m all over the salty starches. What novel are you reading right now?

I'm reading Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen. I started it quite awhile ago on a trip, but then set it aside because I often read non-fiction. I've returned to it and am enjoying it.

You're off the hotseat! Any parting words?

I hope every reader truly pursues happiness...not as an elusive "some day" concept...but as a daily exploration of the goodness of this life, the purpose God gives each of us, and the unique dreams that are a part of who we are and who we are becoming. And people can feel free to email me at HopeLyda { at } yahoo.com or visit my site for book descriptions www.hopelyda.com.

Camy here: That’s something we all need to remember! Thanks for being here, Hope!

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