Author Interview: Libby May

Repost – April 20, 2021

Happy Tuesday my friends!! As I mentioned in my post last Wednesday, I said I’d be doing an author interview today. I so apologize that it’s afternoon already, but for some reason I thought my post was tomorrow, and yeah… oops.

Let’s all give a big welcome to Libby May!!!

Libby: Thank you Autumn! I’m super excited to be here!

So question one… What are 3 things that inspire you to write?
Libby: Music, pictures, and feelings. Sometimes I will have an overwhelming urge, an emotion that can only be described or shared with someone else by building a story around it. Flash fiction and short stories are some of my favorite things to write, because you don’t have to commit to a long plot but you can still share an emotion with another person.

How did you come up with the storyline for Playgrounds and Black Markers?

Libby: the storyline for this book was actually much longer in the first draft. I was trying to compound three topics into one story, and it wasn’t doing justice for any of them. So I narrowed down the three to just one and smoothed out the plot to make sure there was no extra threads. I like to say that the characters tell me their own stories, so I don’t really have to do a whole lot of plot work off the bat. It really just grows as I write. 

How long did it take you to write your first draft of the book? 

Libby: This was actually a fun fact I shared with somebody. From start to finish it took me 291 days.

Where is your favorite place to write?
Libby: I love to write at my desk. I have all my trinkets and fidget toys and character cards and pictures around me. And access to pencils and pens and a computer where I can look up reference photos or get lost on Pinterest on accident.

When do you squeeze writing into your day (morning/evening)?
Libby: I do my best writing at night after everybody else in the house has gone to sleep. If I know I need to write a deep or emotional scene I’ll wait until I can be alone to sit down and submerge myself. If it’s more of a plot drive or connecting chapter I can do it between tasks during the day or after my chores are done.

What are some Bible verses/encouraging quotes that keep you going?
Libby: There are so many. 1 Corinthians 10:13 will always be my go to, but I’m quick succession I don’t hesitate to quote 2 Timothy 1:7 and Philippians 1:6.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Oh yes. Do it. Just do it. You ARE capable of writing a book. You will finish your story. Don’t listen to the critics that tell you otherwise, and most importantly YOURSELF! Pray, seek God’s wisdom and guidance and believe you can do it. It’s not as impossible as you think.

 And the final question….What is your favorite genre of books to read/review?
Libby: I love to read Contemporary fiction. Especially clean suspense! Asp anything by Roseanne M. White.

Thanks so much Libby!!!
It was my pleasure Autumn. Thank you for joining to the blog tour!

Don’t forget the giveaway guys!!! Today is your last day to enter!!! Go to for more info, or visit @elizabethmay117 on Instagram

Before you go…. Playgrounds and Black Markers is now available for preorder!!! If you head over to Instagram you can submit your orders through the links in Libby’s bio. Both eBooks and Paperbacks are available. Or go here!

That was so much fun!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Libby’s answers and I hope you did too!!

Blessings on your day, and stop by again soon, I have more posts coming!! ;0-autumn-


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