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KATHLEEN Y'BARBO - GIVEAWAY INTERVIEW - NEW BOOK

KATHLEEN Y'BARBO'S BIO: Kathleen Y'Barbo is a bestselling author of 40 award-winning novels and novellas with over 950,000 books in print. Kathleen is a tenth generation Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School. A member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, Kathleen is a degreed paralegal and a former member of The Texas Bar Association's Paralegal division. Find out more about Kathleen at www.kathleenybarbo.com

How did you come up with the idea for The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck?


I've had Charlotte Beck on my mind ever since I started plotting The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper, the first book in the series. That story started with the idea of a precocious tomboy whose papa thought she was perfect, though all evidence pointed to the contrary. While plotting The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck, my editor asked that I reprise Charlotte's penchant for picking pockets. Of course, I did!

Did you face any particular creative challenges in writing The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck?
Yes, Love actually. You see, two months before the September deadline for this novel, an old friend from high school who lived 500 miles away found me on Facebook.By July we'd begun dating, and in by late August we knew we were heading toward an eventual engagement. The week before our two-week Hawaiian honeymoon, I got copyedits on the book. To say those edits were a bit inconvenient was an understatement, but I turned my honeymoon into a working honeymoon and got the edits in on time. Readers of The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck will notice on the last page of the Acknowledgements I promise my husband that next time we go to Hawaii, I'm leaving the laptop at home.

Where do you get your ideas for your plots?

Ideas are everywhere. Sometime's it's something someone says or maybe a news item I read online or hear on TV. Other times it's from my daily quiet time or a Bible reading that I might have been wrestling with. 

Could you tell me how the book cover process works for you? The covers your books are very eye catching, just wondered if you had a say in how they turned out?  Just wondering how involved you are in this process?


I have fabulous covers, don't I? From the beginning I'm given an extensive questionnaire to fill out regarding the characters and any ideas I might have for cover art. Once mock-ups are available, I get a vote in which one will end up on the final product. At that point, I can also make minor suggestions such as corrections for eye color or additions or deletions to wardrobe or background. However, the Waterbrook folks do such a fabulous job, I usually just grin and nod!


Can you give us a sneak peak into what book you are working on right now? When does it release?

I just turned in galleys for Daddy's Little Matchmakers, the first in a three book series for Love Inspired's contemporary line. The book, set in the fictional coastal town of Vine Beach, Texas, releases in January 2012.

Can you tell us something about yourself that would surprise people?
Kathleen's Son's All grown-up

My two eldest sons, who were 4 and 6 at the time, once sang back-up on the song "Elvira" with a band of headhunters in Iran Jaya, Indonesia





Lets not leave out Kathleen's Daughter












Why write Christian Fiction when you could write any other market? What’s the draw?

It's what I'm called to write. If the Lord led me to another market, I'd go there happily. But here's where He has me, and here's where I'll stay.



QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK!

What are three things you wouldn’t want to live without? – besides family and Bible?

Central air/heat (today's high was 107), my Kindle, and my laptop





Your friend has a time machine and their going to let you use it, but you can only experience two events in the history of the world. What two events would you like to experience and why?

I would spin the wheel and go back to two random days in my life as a child. There's something about those days, now relegated to memories, that I'd love to experience again.


 What are two places you’d like to visit if you had a chance? Why?


London and Zug, Switzerland because my sons live there.








Name two movies you could watch over and over again!


It Happened One Night and True Grit (the 2010 version)



Name three favorite books you read as a child?


 To Kill a Mockingbird, The entire Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House series, and my grandmother's Encyclopedia Britannicas

ANY FINAL COMMENTS--THOUGHTS FOR MY READERS?
Thanks for having me Nora – Fun interview!
Kathleen

THANKS for stopping by and giving away a copy of your new book. I really enjoyed your last series. I look forward to reading this series and the first book The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck. Love the cover and the premise! THANKS for offering this giveaway opportunity and interview for my readers so they get to know you and learn about your new book!

Blessings on your writing adventures.

Sincerely,

Nora :o)
The Book Club Network
www.bookfun.org




CONGRATS TO GAIL MUNDY ON WINNING THE INCONVENIENT MARRIAGE of CHARLOTTE BECK- Your Number was picked using Random Number.org. Thanks Kathleen for this opportunity to tell others about your and your books! Grin!


Enjoy!


Nora :o)



MANDATORY - PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT About the interview and/or answer the question for your name to be entered in the drawing.


1. What do you like about Historicals? 2. Have you read any of Kathleen's book before? If so, which ones!

DRAWING WILL BE - SEPTEMBER 1st

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ALL THE BEST TO YOU


Blessings
Nora :D

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33 comments:

  1. I haven't read any of Kathleen's books yet. She is a new author to me. I just loved this interview. Isn't it just like God to bring two people together after all these years and to have it lead to marriage? So FB can be a very good thing! I haven't read many Historical books but I do love them. I have a very active imagination and I actually picture myself back in time and living my life through the book. No..I'm not nuts! Reading is a great escape away from the trials and stresses of living in the world today.

    Nora and Kathleen great interview! Thanks for this giveaway. By the way Kathleen you have a beautiful family.

    Blessings,

    judyjohn2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  2. Kathleen's written some pretty fun books. Finding Hope Book Club Read The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper as a book club pick. Loved it. I love books that help me learn about a period in history and also make me laugh! Kathleen's books do both! Oh, there is a spiritual thread in the book to. It's woven in there naturally. I liked that too!

    Nora St.Laurent
    The Book Club Network
    www.bookfun.org

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  3. I normally don't like books that are 'historical' in nature (you know that, huh Nora!). But, if it is written into a good story and not as a history book, it can take me back to a place that I can enjoy. I have read one of Kathleen's books in our bookclub, 'The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper'. It was a fun read - I loved her spunk!!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, Nora!

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  4. Thanks for the interview. I read the Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper. Really enjoyed that one and would like to read more!

    Gail Mundy

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  5. What a love story! (It would make a great book, Kathleen!) I read Kathleen years ago, and I would love to be re-introduced to her books through this giveaway. Thanks for a WONDERFUL interview. You can tell by her interview style that her books would be fun to read.
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  6. I loved the encyclopedia's too--but I used them to make Barbie mansions on the floor more than reading. :) I love historicals because I live in contemporary times--I get my fill of those during the day. :) And I have not read any books by Kathleen yet, I need to remedy that!

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  7. This is an amazing interview. I gave me some books that I need to reread and some movies that I need to watch. I am always looking for recommendations and you have given me some really good ones. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like an amazing book. I would love to read this.

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  8. I loved this interview! I've never heard of Kathleen Y'Barbo before, but her books sound like a good read! I would love to win her new release! marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  9. I haven't yet read any of Kathleen's books but keep hearing good things about them so I need to put them on my list of books to find. I like historicals because the authors do such good research there is always something new to learn about the time period. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Kathleen's book.
    I enjoyed the interview and the pictures.
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  10. I love being transported back in time.
    I have not read any of her books YET!
    I adore the covers!
    Charlotte Kay
    charlovesmark at gmail dot com

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  11. I'd love a chance to win one of Kathleen's books. No, I've never read one; however, I do love the covers they are very eye appealing. I love reading historical fiction because you can learn some things that may have been missed or lose in time.

    thanks


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  13. I have never read any of Kathleen's book before but I would like to. I love reading historical romances. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  14. I enjoy historical fiction..I guess because it takes me to a time and place I've not been.
    I've not read any of this author's books but she is on my TBR list now!
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  17. I enjoyed the interview. I have not read any of her books. They sound like they would be very interesting. What a way to spend your honeymoon! I sure hope she gets to visit Switzerland because it is a place that I have always wanted to go. Historical books are very helpful to learn more or jog our memories. I read the encyclopedia sometimes to my nieces. Barbara

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  18. I love her books and am anxious to read this one!!! Please enter me. Thanks!!
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  19. I love historical romance because I not only get a romance but historical information I may not have known. I enjoyed the interview and look forward to reading "The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck". I have not read any of Kathleen's books but have on my wish list. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

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  23. How lovely to have your own love story while you are writing one! Historicals nourish my love for the past and I always learn something new.

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  24. I'm a follower.
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  25. Thank you so much for hosting my interview, Nora! What great comments! I hope that those of you who haven't read my books will enjoy this one. I had so much fun with the character of Charlotte Beck, first as a bratty pickpocket in The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper and then as a teenager in Anna Finch and the Hired Gun. Giving her a hero worthy of her temperament was a tough job, but I think I've accomplished it in the character of Viscount Alex Hambly. I hope you think so too.

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  26. I have not read any of her books, but after the interview I definitely want to give her a try.
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  27. I follow in Google REader
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  28. I love her own romance while she was working on her novel. I have read her Heartsong novels. Please enter me in your drawing. I would like a chance to read one of her latest books.

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  29. I love reading historical romance as it was a period when things were more simple. They were still very hard, but more simple. I have read some of her Heartsong/Truely Yours novels also, including Beloved Castaway, Beloved Captive, Barbour 4-in-one collections Olympic Memories, To Catch a Thief, The Batchelor Club, The English Garden & many more.
    Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Debbie Clark
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  30. I am already a follower of the blog. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  31. I was supposed to get a review copy of this book but I never got it (probably because the author was super preoccupied with her handsome new hubby) so I want to enter to win it. I already subscribe to this site (or follow, I mean.) I also have your book button on my blog links page.

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  32. NORA AND KATHLEEN!!! GREAT INTERVIEW, LADIES, AND I WOULD LOOOOOVVVVVVE TO WIN!! Thanks for the opportunity.

    LOVED the cake your hubby baked you, Kath -- TOO cute!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

    gsus(at)charter(dot)net

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  33. I'm pretty sure I'm a follower.

    My favorite things about historicals...hmm. I love to be swept away to the yesteryear when things were simpler.

    Blessings,
    Jodie Wolfe
    digging4pearls(at)comcast(dot)net

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