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Member Showcase: September 2014


Lydia Kinsey

Author of 

Kevin and Kasha


Tune in to XTRA 99.1FM to hear the Author interviewed by Neal Steele on CBW's Second Monday monthly broadcast, September 8th at about 8:05AM. If you missed the live broadcast, play the podcast:



About the Author and the Book


Lydia Kinsey grew up in Michigan, where she studied Journalism and American Literature. During her Junior and High school years she worked on the school newspaper and yearbook committees. Writing is one of her favorite things to do.
“When I was very young I had surgeries almost every summer, sometimes twice in one summer. My Mom would sit by my bedside reading to me.Then when I was almost five my Mother taught me to read. I remember laying in bed while  Mom and I read books for hours on end. She opened up a whole new world for me. During my recovery period- I could escape the confines of the bed and be a pirate, princess, pioneer girl or whatever character I wanted. So instead of remembering the pain, I now look back on those summers fondly remembering the wonderful gift my mother gave to me.”
After High school Lydia married, moved to the south and raised two sons. She would make up stories for her sons and their friends and captivate them for hours. Parts of these stories are included in her books.
Her first book, Abby’s Summer with the Suttons was published by Oak Leaf Systems in October 2012. It is a story about a courageous six year old girl and her unique friends. From pirates’ treasure to exploring a spooky cave, you can get lost in Abby’s world when you follow along on her challenging journeys that are sure to provide entertainment for readers of all ages. Lydia was awarded Best New Author of 2012 by Oak Leaf Systems and told to keep writing children’s  books for them.
Kevin and Kasha was published in December 2013. It is about the bond between a fifteen year old boy and the extraordinary dog he adopts from the Animal Shelter. It was dedicated to  animal lovers everywhere, especially the ones who choose to rescue pets from shelters and provide them with warm safe homes- and to all the pets who, in return , love us unconditionally.
Now that her children are grown with families of their own, she lives in Virginia with her husband and is currently working on her next book in the Kevin and Kasha series. Along with a grown up novel about a 40  something year old woman. “But frankly, its much more fun being a child again-I can let my imagination soar.”  She enjoys writing adventurous chapter books for young readers that allow her to get lost in a world of her own making.  “In the technology of today we sometimes lose the love of  simple pleasures- such as reading a good book.  I hope to encourage children to enjoy reading as much as I do.” Just like her publisher Oak Leaf Systems, she believes in writing books that are wholesome and have positive messages.
Lydia belongs to the following Organizations:
The Chesapeake Bay Writers Club-a local writers club in the Hampton Roads area that provides a chance to meet and share information as well as ideas  with other aspiring Authors.
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators- a international organization the encourages writers and illustrators around the world.
Also the Yorktown Arts Foundation-a non-profit organization that promotes local authors and artists.
Please check out  her Website: www. or her  FaceBook page. You can also e-mail Lydia at
Books are available at the following Art Galleries:
On The Hill Gallery 402 Main St. Yorktown, VA 23690 (757) 369-1108
Gallery at The Chapman 670 Downey Green Peninsula Town Center Hampton, VA (757)826-1838
Auntie M’s American Cottage 330 Water St. Yorktown, VA 23690 (757)369-8150
The Gallery at York Hall 301  Main St. Yorktown, VA 23690 (757)890-4490

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