I'm pleased to once again spend time with my good friend Kathleen Y'Barbo. We're introducing her first trade-sized novel, Beloved Castaway.
Actually, I rarely write myself into my books. I do, however, borrow heavily from friends, acquaintances, people I stand behind in line at the grocery story, and just about anyone else I find interesting. So, beware!
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
What an interesting question. My Granny always told me that quirky is in the eye of the beholder. If pressed to choose, I would have to admit that I once ...no, I can’t tell that one.
I can't believe you did that to us. When did you first discover that you were a writer?
When I was 6. It was Valentine’s Day in Mrs. Carnahan’s first grade class and I realized the love of my life – a certain dark-haired boy named Dennis – deserved better than the run-of-the-mill Flintstones card. Thus, I created a heart-shaped masterpiece that required a paragraph devoted to my love for him. I’ll never forget my dad trying to keep a straight face while he helped me spell “My heart beats for you.” Sadly, the relationship didn’t make it past lunch, but my love of romance and a pretty sentence continues.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I love good writing of all kinds. Currently I’m switching between reading THE TIPPING POINT by Malcom Gladwell and Jane Orcutt’s ALL THE TEA IN CHINA. Some of my all time favorites are the classics: GONE WITH THE WIND, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, and A TALE OF TWO CITIES. Another favorite is AND THE LADIES OF THE CLUB, a book I read some 20 years ago that remains with me today.
Very eclectic tastes, just like mine. What other books have you written, whether published or not?
I have sold 29 novels and novellas as well as countless books and proposals that will never see publication.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
’ve found sanity is overrated! Actually, I love watch the decorating shows on HGTV or a great old movie. Reading is always a great escape, although I never seem to find enough time to do it. Guess I’m watching too many episodes of HOUSE HUNTERS.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
Most times the characters tell ME what their names will be. I do have a list of names in a file on my computer and sometimes I will pull from that list. I’ve got a couple of names right now that are begging to have their stories told.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
And what wonderful children they are. If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
My you ask the most interesting questions. I think I would have to choose a dog, specifically Leona Helmsley’s pampered pedigreed pet. I could certainly use the $12 million!
Couldn't we all? What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is Bananas Foster. Unfortunately, that delicacy is relegated to birthdays and the occasional treat.
Ah, yes, I remember when you introduced me to that wonderful delicacy. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
The worst problem I’ve ever had with my writing was getting out of the way and letting God do the work.
What advice would you give to an author just starting out?
Never stop learning...A writer who thinks he or she has it all figured out is one who is likely nearing the end of his or her career.
What would you like to tell us about the featured book?
BELOVED CASTAWAY was years in the making. I first proposed the book to Becky Germany in 2003. The lesson is never give up on the book of your heart.
Kathleen, how can readers find you on the Internet?
My personal site is www.kathleenybarbo.com. In addition, I am a publicist and also have a page on the Books & Such site at www.booksandsuch.biz.
Kathleen, thank you for spending this time with us. It was too short, but perhaps the readers have gotten a glimpse into you life and mind.
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