Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a Carol Award and RITA nominee of fifty novels with almost two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad and nominations including a Career Achievement Award, Reader’s Choice Awards, Romantic Times Book of the Year, and several Romantic Times Top Picks. A proud military wife and tenth-generation Texan, she now cheers on her beloved Aggies from north of the Red River. Find out more at www.kathleenybarbo.com.
Interview with Kathleen Y'Barbo
S.S: How long have you been writing?
I typed the first word of my first novel on April 21, 1996. It was a weekday, and I had just dropped my youngest child off at preschool.
S.S: Do you write full time? If the answer is no, what else do you do? If you are a full time author, what other jobs did you have in the past?
I do. I am a certified paralegal and a former member of the Texas Bar Association Paralegal Division. I’ve also worked as a literary publicist.
S.S: Tell us about the moment you finally felt like a “real author”?
It was August of 1996 when I attended my first Romance Writers of America meeting. Standing up and introducing myself then talking about what I wrote was daunting, but when I left that meeting, I felt for the first time like I was actually a writer.
S.S: Do you write in any other genres? If so, what?
I write contemporary and historical romance in both novel and novella length. I have also co-written two nonfiction books on divorce and empty nest with the fabulous Janice Thompson.
S.S: If you couldn’t write, what else would you want to do?
Something that involves reading, preferably in a beach chair with my toes in the sand!
S.S: Tell us about your current release.
SADIE’S SECRET is the third in a series of 1890s Southern romantic suspense novels called The Secret Lives of Will Tucker series. Each book stands alone, and all of them follow the charming career criminal Will Tucker. In SADIE’S SECRET, Tucker finally finds his match with a Louisiana planter’s daughter turned lady Pinkerton who reluctantly teams up with Tucker’s twin brother, a London-born Scotland Yard detective whose family roots dig deep into Alabama soil. Here’s the blurb:
Louisiana, 1890—Sarah Louise “Sadie” Callum is a master of disguise, mostly due to her training as a Pinkerton agent but also from evading overprotective brothers as she grew up. When she takes on a new assignment with international connections, she has no idea her new cover will lead her on the adventure of a lifetime.
Undercover agent William Jefferson Tucker is not looking for marriage—pretend or otherwise—but his past is a secret, his twin brother has stolen his present, and his future is in the hands of the lovely Sadie Callum. Without her connections to the world of upper-crust New Orleans, Jefferson might never find a way to clear his name and solve the art forgery case that has eluded him for years.
S.S: Where did you get your inspiration for this book?
I’ve had a character like Sadie on my mind for awhile. I loved writing about the spunky heroine Eugenia Cooper in my novel THE CONFIDENTIAL LIFE OF EUGENIA COOPER, but I’ve always wanted to turn that type of character into a detective. With Sadie, I had my chance.
S.S: What is the main thing you hope readers remember from your story?
When I set out to write the series, I had no idea the theme of redemption would be repeated throughout. However, looking back on these books, SADIE’S SECRET in particular, I believe that the knowledge that no one is every too far away from God is the overarching message here. Redemption is always possible, but it comes only through the Lord.
S.S: Who is your favorite character in this book and why?
Sadie is my favorite character for so many reasons. She’s a spunky heroine who manages to carry out her Pinkerton duties while eluding the prying eyes of her five overprotective brothers.
S.S: Any writing goals you still hope to achieve?
Of course! I’ve surpassed the 50-book mark, so now I have set my eyes on publishing 100 books. It took almost 15 years to get to 50, but I’m hoping it won’t take as long to reach 100.
S.S: Now let’s get a little personal. Name two things on your “bucket list” that you haven’t done yet.
It’s funny you should ask because I just admitted one of these to someone on social media yesterday. I have always wanted to visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Smithsonian in Washington DC. Having all four of my grown children—who are currently spread out between two foreign countries and two different cities in another state—in the same room at the same time is another bucket list item.
S.S: What is the hardest thing you have ever done?
The hardest thing I have done is raise my four children, not because it was difficult (I adore them all), but because the responsibility of sending four well-adjusted and independent adults off into the world was so very daunting. I made many mistakes, but oh, how I loved those years parenting my three sons and daughter.
S.S.: Where can readers find you on the internet? Website: www.kathleenybarbo.com
To download a first chapter of SADIE’S SECRET: http://harvesthousepublishers.com/book/sadies-secret-2014/
S.S.: Anything else you’d like to share with us?
Yes. Thank you so much! I love this blog and am thrilled to be featured on it!
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