Author Interview – Holly Barbo @HBarboWriting
Hello and thanks for stopping by and visiting with me and the bunnies. It is so nice to have Holly Barbo here. Readers I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. Oh, hold on Holly, every time someone new stops by the dogs and bunnies go crazy.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I work in our family furniture business. We custom design and make wood furniture as well as restoration. Another family endeavor is making gourmet ice cream.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
My first choice out of the ones we make is Irish Cream Chip. If I were to get a Milkshake I’d choose strawberry.
Where is one place in the world that you would really love to visit someday?
I can’t narrow it down to just one. In the northern hemisphere I’d like to see Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Iceland is appealing, too. Below the equator is Machu Picchu. I’d really like to see that awesome place. Oh, and New Zealand…I think I’d better stop. 🙂
Besides writing, what other artistic talents do you have?
I have a strong creative streak and have drawn and painted wildlife for years. Some of those pieces have shown up inside my books.
I design furniture, crochet, do a variety of crafts including making exotic wood bracelets and am currently learning how to wire-wrap cabochons to make beautiful pendants.
Did you ever think you would ever become an author?
Nobody was more surprised than me when the writing began. Surprise!
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre?
When the stories started flowing out of me they were soft sci-fi/fantasy, a genre that I enjoy reading.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that story?
The story just began! No warning. I didn’t plan it. Later books have been thought out and planned but not The Unraveling. It came out of nowhere and wanted me to write it.
I think my subconscious wanted to go back and visit my grandmother and enjoy my pet skunk but the story was much more than that.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
As the narrative was running, I would find certain plot points that I had to better learn more about such as how the two moons would affect the planet and how often eclipses would happen. I needed a low tech but efficient battery and found one that M.I.T. was working on.
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
The title of the book was easy. Remember what I said about my subconscious and visiting things of my past? Well, I started writing Unraveling seven months after the financial bubble burst in 2008. A lot of people were struggling with finding answers in the new framework. I think that tension leaked into the background of my story.
I wrote the books out of order. Unraveling was the first written but is book three in the series.
How many books have you written?
There are five books in the Sage Seed Chronicles of which Unraveling is a part. That series is complete. There is an unrelated stand alone book finished and in queue for editing and a short story collection. That makes seven books.
How many are published?
The five book series is published. The other two will be last of this year and early 2015.
When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?
Yes and no. I’ve made up my share of names. With the Sage Seed Chronicles, the names were frequently derivatives of names I liked or people I wanted to write in.
When I write my short stories, I pick names from the appropriate culture I’m writing about and look at name meanings.
What do you think of the term “Writer’s Block”? How do you overcome it?
Life’s stresses happen and sometimes it shuts off those ingenious little voices in your head. I’m a creative person and there are some days I can’t draw. I’ve found if I push my muse she slams the door in a huff and all I get is frustrated. Let it be. It does me no good to get irritated or discouraged. I go about doing other things and puzzle on the issue in the back of my mind. When I relax, the blockage begins to fade.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends on the book. The Unraveling (book 3), Reweaving (book 4), Founders (book 1) and Divergent Paths (book 2) were written in a total of ten months. That is about two and a half months per book. The Lost (book 5) was probably closer to three months. Sunstone, which will be out, hopefully near the end of the year, was an on-again/off-again book that took closer to eight or nine months if I add up the pieces.
What does your family think of your writing?
They are supportive. LOL It depends upon the family member. My husband, two of my sisters and a niece are very enthusiastic. The rest are varying degrees of proud.
What do you hope readers will take away from your books?
I would like readers to enjoy the stories I’ve crafted. Without that nothing happens but it would warm the cockles of my heart if the books would cause them to think or ponder about elements in the stories.
Are you currently working on any new projects? What can we expect from you in the future?
I’ve just finished Sunstone, which is waiting in line to be edited and will be out next. It was a complex book for me to write. (~see above question about writer’s block~) Tendrils, a short story collection, will be early 2015.
It has only been the last day of so that the seeds of the next story has occurred to me. They need to germinate in my mind for a bit but, if all goes well, that will become a book later in 2015.
Where can readers find you?
These are my links where readers can reach me.
Author page Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0082ZGU7M
Author page Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/hollybarboauthor
Author page Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/holly-barbo
Holly’s blog: http://hollybarbo-books.com
Find her on Twitter: @HBarboWriting
Check out her visual storyboards on Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/hollybarbo/
Art work http://society6.com/HollyBarbo
Any last words?
Thank you for hosting me on this tour and giving me the opportunity to share with you.
Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today Holly. It’s been a pleasure having you and I wish you much success in the future.
Erin’s parents are murdered and she can sense that same malevolent energy hunting her down. With little time to grieve, Erin is forced into hiding and discovers an unusual ability she’s never had before — she can talk to animals!
With the help of her new found animal companions, she eludes the killer. Disguising herself as a boy, she joins the Autumn Gathering and is able to concentrate on the questions she needs to solve: Who killed her parents? Why are they trying to kill her, too?
Quakes, storms, and murders begin plaguing Erin’s world and she soon realizes that they’re all connected. The fabric of her world is just beginning to unravel…
About the Author:
Holly Barbo’s world is shaped by her love of her family, the beauty of the natural world in Northwest Washington State and an irrepressible creative drive.
Living where the scenery is incredible with a rich abundance of wildlife “is so special and soothing that it feels like a quiet kind of magic,” according to Barbo. She is drawn to creating stories where there is just a bit of something unworldly, perhaps it is magic or psychic skills. Her stories are mostly in non-urban settings and usually have some focus on nature, building a discordant drama inside the peaceful frame.