Author Interview: Barbara Meyers

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Today I’m interviewing author, Barbara Meyers. She is a multi-published and talented writer of contemporary romance and screwball fantasy under the pen name, AJ Tillock. 

Join me in welcoming Barbara. Let’s jump right in and get to know her a bit better.

Barbara, what do you think people would be the most surprised to learn about you?

They’d probably be shocked to learn about my spirituality/relationship with God. And further shocked that I believe everything positive flows from Him. And yes, that includes the creativity/ability to write romance novels!

Ahhh, yes, we romance novelists tend to tuck some sexy scenes into our writing from time to time. Now, whether the actions of our characters is sinful or not can be debated another day, eh?

What do you like to do on Sundays?

That depends if I’m working my day job or not. If I’m not I like to get up whenever I feel like it, have coffee very leisurely, then either make breakfast or make my husband go get bagels. We never have a plan. Last week I checked out the service at a new church. I might read or write or clean or take a nap. Sundays are always a surprise.

I like that, a laid back Sunday with hubby doing the hunter gatherer thing at the bakery—nice! Every author has a process—what works for them when they write. What does your writing process look like from first scribbles to finished manuscript?

It’s a mess and I don’t recommend it to anyone. It starts with an idea and I write down every possibility and save it in a Word doc. Characters, setting, plot, back story. I keep doing that all the time I’m working on the book. Adding to it, solving problems, playing what if…? asking myself questions like “Why did her mother show up?” and dating each entry. I also write whatever scene is in my head even if I don’t know where it will go in the book or even if I will use it. I end up with a bunch of separate Word docs and then I cobble it all together into a manuscript. Somewhere along the line I attempt to write a synopsis, a tag line and a blurb because it helps me clarify what the story is about.

I love to hear about what works for other authors when it comes to writing. It makes my sticky note obsession seem harmless (hold on while a tear a few slips off and find a place to stick ‘em).

What modern convenience could you never live without?

Computer! I don’t think I’d be writing books if I didn’t have one.

(nodding) Definitely. 

What is your all time favorite book?

Jane Eyre

Nuff said. Is there a specific author who inspires you?

I never think of an author as inspiring me. There are a lot of authors I admire and the reason I admire them is because they’ve had long careers and they write consistently good books. Authors like Sandra Brown and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

The book opens when the heroine is not quite awake and in the middle of a recurring dream about her ideal lover who she refers to in her mind as “Fantasy Man.” Wah-la. There’s the title.

Oh. My fantasy man just popped into my head. I see how that works. Tell us a little about the book.

Ha ha. Well, Fantasy Man turns into Reality Man when she realizes he’s in bed with her. She wasn’t expecting that and he has no idea she’s there.

Okay, I’m going to add Fantasy Man to my TBR list while you tell us what other projects you’re working on.

I’ve been dragging out some of my older unpubbed manuscripts and taking another look at them. And I have an almost completed contemporary romance about a former adult film actress who starts a new life in a small Iowa town.

It certainly sounds like you’ll be busy for awhile. Thanks for squeezing this interview into your day.

And thanks everyone for tuning in!

We’re writers and we love an audience. To prove it, everyone who leaves a comment over the next 30 days, reblogs this interview, and links it back to this blog will have their name put in a hat (rafflecopter, actually) for a chance to win something cool. What can you win? Barbara is giving away an ebook of FANTASY MAN (US only, sorry) and I will send you the first two chapters of my current work in progress just for kicks.

Now, here’s the official info on FANTASY MAN by Barbara Meyers.

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One lie of omission could turn her wildest dream into a world of hurt.

Quinn Fontana never thought witnessing two murders would lead to her first taste of freedom. But when her overprotective brother puts her on a plane for L.A. to hide until it’s time to testify, she can’t stop the shiver of anticipation. If her life is going to be cut short, she plans to live it to the fullest. And that includes seducing her intended protector—her brother’s best friend and star of her private fantasies.

When security consultant Reif Callaghan awakens after a rowdy night out with his coworkers to find a warm, willing woman in his bed, he’s almost past the point of no return when he realizes it’s Quinn. And he’s come way too close to debauching his best friend’s little sister.

Her enticing offer—one night, no holding back, no regrets—is a temptation he can’t resist. Until he realizes she’s been hiding a piece of vital information that could cost not only their one chance to turn fantasy into reality, but their lives.

Warning: Contains fantasy-come-true sex, get-it-out-of-their-system sex, angry-as-hell sex, and on-the-run sex. Also, accidental ferret-napping. Asthmatics are advised to load up on antihistamines before reading.

Amazon                                                         Samhain Publishing

                                  Catch up with Barbara on her blog:  barbarameyers.com

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