- What was your motivation or inspiration for writing ?
I honestly can’t think of a time when I did’t write. When I was a kid, long before I began with paper and pen, I used to write stories in my head, incorporating the details of what was going on around me into little stories, so I had this whole other world always going on in my head. I just loved words, loved how they felt and sounded when they were strung together. Then I discovered great writers and knew what I wanted to do with my life. It did take me a while—I signed my first book deal the DAY I turned FIFTY—but I got here, and I still pinch myself every day.
- What are your goals for the reader to take away after reading your novel?
I think the biggest thing I’d like readers to take away from my books is a sense that it’s never too late to love, to forgive, to overcome, or chase and catch your dream. I’m a big believer in second chances and happily-ever-afters, and love sharing that kind of hope with with others.
- What is a typical day in your life as a writer?
I get up at 7am and do a light workout, then write my morning post for The Sunshine Page, a Facebook page I started seven years ago, devoted to positive living. Breakfast is next, (I wake up ravenous!) along with lots and LOTS of coffee. I usually start writing around 9am, break for lunch around 1pm, then write until 5pm. After dinner, I catch up on e-mails, admin, and social media. Then I usually round out the night with a good book. (unless I’m on deadline and all bets are off!)
- What are things you like to do in your downtime?(Hobbies)
Other than reading, which is still my absolutely favorite pass time, I love to cook, travel with my hubby, and I’m a HUGE college football fan. Go Gators! I also blog about self care and the power of living your dreams, which is one of the ways I keep myself grounded.It’s harder to forget to take care of yourself if your advising others to do so.
- How do you keep a balance in your life as an author?
Writers wear a ton of hats. We not only, plot, write, and edit, we also tend to be our own marketer, publicist, secretary, accountant, and social media coordinator. Throw in caring for family, spouse, pet, and home, and you can quickly find yourself running out of gas. The only way I come close to tackling it all is a weekly and daily planning routine that forces me to focused on (and schedule) what matters most. My goal is to work hard for five days, then take weekends off to spend with my husband, recharging and reconnecting. I’ve learned that without that time, I quickly burn out, and everything suffers, so the planning thing is pretty sacred in my world.
- Can you tell us something of what you are writing now?(or future)
I’m currently working on a brand new novel called The Last Moon Girl, which is about a women (Elzibeth Moon) who inherits a New England herb farm from her grandmother Althea, an herbal healer long suspected by the little town of Salem Creek, of murdering two young girls. There are some elements not found in my other novels, a bit more suspense and a some magical elements that I’m really having fun with! We’re hoping for a spring 2019 release.
7.How would you like readers to connect with you?
Barbara Davis, best-selling author of women’s fiction
When Never Comes
Summer at Hideaway Key
The Wishing Tide
The Secrets She Carried
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