wicked-good mysteries & MORE!

Meet Rev. Dr. Judith Campbell; “The Irreverent Reverend,” mystery writer, political satirist, artist…and a whole bunch of other cool stuff.

About Judith Campbell

Rev. Dr. Judy Campbell is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister as well as the creator of the Olympia Brown mysteries and more recently, the Viridienne Greene mysteries. In addition to writing the two series, she has published two books of watercolor instruction, children’s books and stories, poetry, and essays on the arts, religion, spirituality, and creativity.

She holds a PhD in The Arts and Religious Studies from The Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a Master of Arts in Fine Arts, from Goddard College in Vermont. She has presented writing workshops and ‘Writing as Spiritual Practice” workshops both nationally and internationally.  When she isn’t traveling and teaching or leading workshops, she makes her home in Plymouth, Massachusetts. She lives with her husband and best friend, Chris Stokes, (AKA Frederick Watkins) who refers to himself as a ‘Professional Englishman’, along with their two royally indulged cats, Simon and Katie.

Judith sees her writing, and her other forms of artwork, as part of her ongoing community-based ministry. And while the stories are not preachy or moralistic, they do address contemporary social and ethical issues. Like the good reverend she portrays in her protagonist, Olympia Brown, Judith Campbell does not take sides or cast opinions. Her own ‘mission’ as the author is to raise awareness and hold up a question or an issue for her readers to think about and come to their own conclusions. This, and of course an exciting story that keeps the reader turning the pages. She will, from time to time, share thoughts, words, writing hints and ideas, poems on her “Postings” page and she will invite friends, readers and friends she hasn’t met yet, to reply in hopefully what will become an ongoing creative dialogue between people or both similar and diverse interests and opinions.

Judith is also available via ZOOM to speak to your book group or your writing group, or to actually teach an on-line course or one day workshop. Contact her at: revdocmom@comcast.net

So, dear reader, do come back for regular visits; check out her FaceBook page and look online; and…make yourself known to Judy Campbell…AKA the Irreverent Reverend, …the Perspicacious Parson, or whatever else comes to mind when you read her books. You are welcome here!

Mysteries & Novels

Writers always tell one another, “Write what you know.” I know human nature. I know parish ministry. I know human greatness and human weaknesses and foibles, from keen observation and personal experience. I write what I know. The Olympia Brown Mysteries, are built around a lady minister protagonist with a natural talent for seeing beyond the obvious….and doing something about it, which more often than not, gets her into serious, but ultimately resolvable trouble. Olympia is warm, funny, deeply committed to saving both souls and lives, and very believably human.

I started writing these my mysteries over ten years ago, and they are still going strong, with several more, just waiting to be written. The prevailing subject matter revolves around ethical and social…and murderous, troublemakers, and how the Good Reverend Olympia, and her compatriots, Father Jim, and Englishman, love interest, Frederick Watkins investigate and chase them down and put them out of business.

And Oh, by the way, there are several; personable cats in the stories and a very nosy and protective house-ghost, Leanna Faith Winslow, a Mayflower descendent.

Art Gallery

As an ordained minister and storyteller, I found I need more than one way to tell my stories. I have collected things all of my life; stories, lyrics, verses, cast-off bits, pieces of string too short to use and cast-off bits and pieces that some would call junk…these are my tools…over time they become the chapters of my novels, the components of my assemblages my art work, and in my ministry, my prophetic voice.

View and buy her latest creations in her Fine Art Gallery.