Normandie Fischer here, bringing you an interview with a lovely friend and brilliant writer. Barbara hooked me as a reader with her debut novel, The Unfinished Garden, in which she made me fall in love with her hero, James, who just happened to suffer from OCD.
You read that right.
Barbara and I became online friends before we met in person last fall at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque. She's one of the most gracious, giving people I know.
Get to know Barbara as she answers a few questions. (And if you listen closely, you may hear her gorgeous British accent.)
- Barbara, you write about characters with mental issues, and you do a spectacular job of yanking down walls and making these characters heroes we can love. Will you tell us a little about your motivation and your experience?
- Which character is your favorite? Why? I know I fell in love with James, but then came Will and Felix and Harry and Max (I have those right, don’t I?)…
- Tell us a little about your writing journey. How and when did you begin? Did you always want to write fiction?
- What about your journey to initial publication?
- I know a big shift took you to your present publisher. Do you feel comfortable talking about the differences between the two—not only the difference in styles, but also the different results you experienced?
- What’s next? Tell us a little about your next book.
- Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
- Is there anything you’d have done differently if you’d known then what you know now?
- How’s that housekeeper working out?
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