I’ve taken early retirement on Vancouver Island to spend my days and many nights hovering over my computer and spinning the stories that have been vying for my attention over the years.
My husband is supportive, drags me out to feed me and plans occasional forays into the outside world. I have a son who makes me happy I was born a woman so I could be his mom, and a niece whose family adds to my full cup of happiness.
Gardening lights my inner fires, and I need no urging to get out into the yard when the weather dictates. I do have many hobbies such as quilting, crocheting, but alas – no time.
What inspires you to write?
I love writing and couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else with my time. When I meet people, I often wonder about their backstories and I find myself inventing something. Next thing I know I have a plot for a book. Since I write romance, I’m pretty sure I go somewhat crazier than what these folks actually experienced in their lives – especially in my paranormal, spirit-travel books – but this pastime keeps me sane and happy.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a pantser who plots everything in my head until I can’t stand the noise anymore and then I start a file called thoughts. Until I get to write this book, I keep filling up this file with all kinds of conflicts and characters I’ve imagined and many actual lines that eventually get incorporated into the book.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to them but I do listen and watch as they play act in my mind. I can see the scenes as if I watched a TV show. They become like real people to me and I know how they feel, their reactions to situations that might arise and most important – I sense the link that will tie them together so they can’t resist each other. You know – that special knowing that comes when one person turns you on, makes your heart beat a little bit faster and you can’t stop thinking about him/her. It’s the romantic element that will breathe life into my story and without that, there’s no sparkle, and no reviews saying I just loved these characters.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t be in a hurry. For most of us traveling this road, it takes time. Especially for the Indie authors. One book won’t normally get you to the top. You need to have patience, learn your craft so your product gets better with each release and understand that it takes a lot of promoting to help things along. And everything has a cost.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I first signed up with Wild Rose Press and went completely silly – I’m talking everything from strutting to happy tears when they took my first few novellas and turned them into The Vicarage Bench Series. But as time went on, I wanted more control over my own merchandise and so I opted to go Indie. I’ve been much happier, although there’s a price to pay when you’re in charge. I’ve written a lot of blogs on the subject which you can find at http://mimibarbour.blogspot.com
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Okay – now you’ve stumped me.
I can tell you what I hope will happen. I believe there will always be paperback and hardcover books but probably not in the type of huge bookstores that we see today.
I think, like in the traditional style publishing, there will be Indie best-sellers who will rise to the top. Not necessarily because they are better writers than their contemporaries, but because they work harder and are willing to invest in their own talent.
And I think Amazon has a lot more surprises for us up their sleeves. Just hope I can keep up ….gulp!!
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Romance – Paranormal & Romantic Suspense
What formats are your books in?