Laura A. Barnes

September 30th, 2017

Laura A. Barnes is here today to talk about her debut novel, making dreams come true, and her secret addictions.  And wait ’til you hear what her favorite 90’s jam is!

Her book, Rescued By the Captain, [Right] is available now!


Tell us about you! Can you share some interesting tidbits we may not know?

I’m a bookkeeper by day, writer by night ( or any spare time I can seem to find). My husband and I love to travel. We have only been to England and Scotland so far, but we hope to travel to a new place every couple of years. I’m addicted to romance books, for the last few years it has been mostly historical romance books. Also, I have a secret addiction to Caramel M & M’s, that my hubby keeps me fully in stock with.

What inspired you to start writing?

I have always wanted to write in since I was in 2nd grade. It was one of those things that was always on the back burner in my mind that I never accomplished. It wasn’t until all my children left home and I seemed to find myself with a lot of free time. I took an online writing class and that jump-started my dream again. I took my final 500-word assignment and Rescued By the Captain was born.

Other than writing, what are some of your passions in life?

I love to run. I don’t do it as much as I used to, but it helps to clear my mind.


“I am finally making my dream of writing come true one word at a time.”


What was your debut novel, and how has your writing process changed since your debut?

Rescued By the Captain is my debut novel. I release the book in January this year. I am busy writing the 2nd book in this series. I’m learning to become more in touch with my characters, becoming one with them and what their stories are. I’m hoping the more stories I write the easier they will flow.

What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process and why?

When somebody that I don’t know purchases my book and likes what I spent months on creating. To know that I imagined and wrote a 75,000 [word] piece of work that I am proud of. I keep doing it because I like that I am finally making my dream of writing come true one word at a time.

What is your most challenging part of the writing/publishing process and what do you do to make it easier?

The hardest part for me has been the marketing and social media process. I didn’t do my research on any of this before I hit the publish button. I’m not a very social media person, so this has been difficult for me to muddle through. I am doing all this on my own, so sometimes I try to break the process into small parts and focus on them one thing at a time. I’m trying to find the right balance between writing and promoting. It depends on the week, on which one is winning.

What does a typical day look like for you? How do you find balance?

I have a full-time job as a bookkeeper. I try to find time to exercise, but always seem to find excuses not to (it is the M&M’s fault). I have a very understanding hubby when I want to write or my eyes glaze over for a new scene. It is just us at home now, the kids have all moved away but not far. I have two sweet grandchildren too. I try to set up a schedule for balance, but that is not me. If so I do it for a day or two then I’m back to writing when the mood strikes me.


“In the end, it is all about love.”


If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

To have patience, you will not be an overnight success. It all takes time and hard work. I thought okay I wrote a book and published it, and my book would sell on its own. I never imagined I had to request for reviews, advertise, build a social media following. But at the end of the day, when I see that I sold a book for the day, it has all been worth it.

What do you love about writing romance?

I love how you can develop two characters into finding their inner strengths and feelings as they fall in love. In the end, it is all about love. The belief that there is that feeling for everybody to feel and experience.

What kinds of things do you find romantic in real life? 

For me it all about the little things. Small gestures, a handwritten note, flowers for no reason. A back massage after a long day. Talking and listening even when I’m silly.

Do you read your book reviews? If so, how do they affect your writing (if at all)?

Yes, I read my book reviews. I don’t let them affect my writing. If I do get a good review, it does encourage me to write more. If the review isn’t as glowing, I will ponder it for a day, then move on. I take into effect what they say, but I don’t let it bring me down.

What is the craziest, funniest, or most surprising thing that has happened to you since publishing your first book?

Nothing too crazy or funny. Only I’m told by my aunts that my book is a little racy.

Tell us about your most recent (or upcoming) release!

Rescued by the Captain is a Historical Romance set in the early 1800’s. It is the story of Marcus Thornhill and Ivy Mallory, childhood friends that have spent years apart denying their love. They rediscover their love while searching for Ivy’s missing brother Charles that has been working undercover in a treason plot against the Crown.

Captain Marcus Thornhill never imagined he would find a woman floating unconscious in a lifeboat out in the open sea. But this wasn’t just any woman. This was Ivy, the woman that he loved and abandoned seven years ago. As Marcus rescues Ivy he gets involved in a treason plot that will bring the war to his beloved shores of England. As he unravels the plot he is unable to deny his desire for Ivy. As he gives into the desire he concludes that he was not going to lose her or her love again.

Ivy Mallory loved Marcus her whole life, but he rejected her love seven years ago. While he was away working for the Crown, she embraced the London Seasons trying to forget him. When her brother Charles starts to behave suspiciously, Ivy begins to follow him. When she hears of a plot against her brother she tries to warn him but gets caught by the mastermind of the treason. When her kidnapper leaves her for dead in the middle of the sea, the one man who rescues her is the one that she can no longer trust but still loves.

I hope you are looking for a book on lost love and adventure, then Rescued By the Captain is the book for you.

Is there any other news you would like to share?

I’m working on getting my book in some local independent bookstores. I’m hoping to have my next book release out in early next year. It is the second book in this series. It is the story of Ivy’s brother and picks up where the first book ended.


Five Facts Just for Fun!

1. What’s your favorite ’90s jam?

November Rain

2. What was the last gift you gave someone?

Sister Necklace

3. What were you like as a kid?

Tomboy

4. What was the last thing you binge-watched & what did you think of it?

Criminal Minds-Love it!!

5. What is the one thing (other than your loved ones) that you cannot live without?

Books


November Rain?!?! Oh, Laura, you and I would’ve gotten along so well in the 90’s. GNR was my favorite band!

Thank you so much for your interview!

~Alicia


RESCUED BY THE CAPTAIN

AMAZON / B&N / iBOOKS / KOBO

Abandoned at sea.

When Ivy Mallory awakens; she finds herself on the ship of the man who rejected her love years earlier. While he was away working for the Crown, she embraced the London Seasons trying to forget him. Caught in the middle of a treason plot; she must help save her brother. To do so she needs to put her trust in the one man who can protect her. But can she protect her heart from loving him again?

Found at sea.

Captain Marcus Thornhill never imagined he would find a lady floating unconscious in a lifeboat out in the middle of the open sea. But it wasn’t any lady, it was Ivy. Seven years earlier he rejected her love for a life at sea. As he rescues her he gets involved in a treason plot that will bring the war to their beloved shores of England. As he unravels the plot he is unable to deny his desire for her. Is he too late in saving her and the love he has for her?

AMAZON / B&N / iBOOKS / KOBO


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