This is a personal treat for me. Barbara was a real pal in Montreal, shuffling my cousin, Grace, and I around almost all the time in her rental car. We had a lot of laughs that weekend. BarbaraE is a talented, fun woman and it is my pleasure to have her on This and That. Without further ado – whatever that is – here’s BarbaraE answering a few questions:
1. What is your favorite book?
That is really hard to choose. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorites, The Dresden Files series, any book by Dennis Lehane, Emma, the first book of The Dark Tower series.
2. Who is your favorite writer?
Again, I find it hard to choose, because I like so many. They would be: Jim Butcher, Dennis Lehane, Jane Austin, Barbara Kingsolver and Stephen King.
3. If the answers to 1 & 2 are different, why?
I left out Lewis Carroll, because I’ve only read one book of his.
4. How old were you when you were first published?
A poem of mine was published in the School District Newsletter when I was eight in third grade.
5. What writing style do you most abhor?
I don’t like endless paragraphs describing things with very little dialogue. When I was younger I would skip over those in novels like Moby Dick.
6. What is your favorite writing cliché?
That’s a hard one. I guess the whole girl meets boy cute and then falls in love.
7. What is your favorite word?
8. When and how do you write? (typewriter, Mac, in a café, for four hours each morning, etc?)
I write at my desk whenever I can on my Mac laptop.
9. What is your greatest fear when you first turn in a manuscript?The obvious one. Will it be accepted? Will they like it?
10. In what era do you wish you’d been born?
I like the era in which I was born and wouldn’t change it.:)
11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I use the word, so a lot and that.
12. Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d like to be able to dance. I’ve always loved dancing.
13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Besides my children, my novel, If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor.
15. How would you like to die?
Probably in my sleep after I had done everything I wanted to do.
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