Becky Barker is an award-winning, bestselling romance author whose novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages, published in electronic format, and re-issued in trade paperback as well as large print library editions.
Besides spending time with her family, Becky enjoys music, gardening, fishing and reading. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at BeckyBarker.com
Julie: Welcome, Becky. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Becky: Hi Julie. Thanks for inviting me to visit with your readers. I’m a writer, reader, wife, mother, grandmother and small town woman. I love my computer, and I’m somewhat addicted to social media.
Julie: What influenced you to get published? How long did it take for your first book to get published?
Becky: At one time, I had a 10 book per week reading habit. I’ve loved contemporary romance most of my life and that love of reading naturally evolved into a love of writing. I wrote for many years before submitting work and getting published.
Julie: What makes your characters so vulnerable yet strong? Can you describe them to us? What do you do when characters stop talking to you when writing?
Becky: In my books, loyalty and trust are huge issues. Emotional vulnerability is much more prevalent in my work than physical vulnerabilities. I like to help my character’s grow emotionally to the point where they can love freely and commit to long-term relationships. Most of my characters have inherent strength of character. They rarely stop talking to me. Maybe it’s because I’m such a chatty person myself!
Julie: Could you tell us a couple of favorite books that inspired you to write?
Becky: I’m afraid I can’t pinpoint one or two books. There are so many, but category (series) romances were definitely a starting point for me.
Julie: Is music a factor for you while you are writing? Do certain songs put you in the right frame of mind to write certain stories?
Becky: I love music, all styles, but especially contemporary country. Over the years, certain lyrics and circumstances in songs have triggered plot ideas, but I don’t have specific songs for specific stories. I do like my music loud and it’s always playing when I work.
Julie: What do you feel is the most important thing that a first-time author should know?
Becky: That’s tough because the publishing world is constantly changing. The only lasting advice I could offer is be professional (no diva attitudes!) and persevere.
Julie: Other than writing, what are some of your passions in life?
Becky: Ah, the grands. I have 6 grandchildren; 3 boys and 3 girls. The oldest is 8 and the youngest is a set of 3 year old twins. They are truly the joys of my life.
Julie: What books are currently on your nightstand?
Becky: Catherine Mann’s COVER ME, Jayne Ann Krentz’ COPPER BEACH and a whole lot more on my Kobo eReader.
Julie: What can readers expect next from you?
Becky: I’ve had fan requests for stories about additional characters in my contemporary western, BRIDLETON, so I’m currently writing a spinoff with the working title, Cheyenne’s Cowboy.
Stowaway, Samhain Publishing
BRIDLETON, Cerridwen Press
TERMS OF SURRENDER, Samhain Publishing
CADE’S CHALLENGE, Samhain Publishing
HANCHART LAND, Cerridwen Press
A MATTER OF TRUST, Cerridwen Press, reissue
ON WINGS OF LOVE, Samhain Publishing
CHAMELEONS, Cerridwen Press
UNDERCOVER VIRGIN, Silhouette Intimate Moments
LOVE IN THE AIR, Prescott Pilot Anthology, Wildside Press
THE COWBOY AND THE CRADLE, Kensington
WESTERN DREAMS, Kensington
TO TRUST AGAIN, Kensington
LOGAN’S LADY, Kensington
BORN TO FLY, Kensington
THE LAST REAL COWBOY, Silhouette Intimate Moments
BEDROOM EYES, Meteor Kismet
IMPOSSIBLE MATCH, Meteor Kismet
SASSY LADY, Meteor Kismet
BACK IN HIS ARMS, Meteor Kismet
RENEGADE TEXAN, Meteor Kismet
CAPTURED BY A COWBOY, Dell Candlelight Supreme
Print Edition of Stowaway, Samhain Publishing
Books by Becky Barker
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