Will you please join me in welcoming Karoline Barrett to Gloria’s Corner today.
Born in upstate New York she has lived in South America, Indiana, Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. At the moment, she lives in a small Connecticut town with her husband. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, spending time by the water, traveling, and doing anything that has nothing to do with math.
She’s currently working on her second novel, a cozy mystery set in upstate N.Y.
So welcome Karoline, hope the snow storms didn’t inconvenience you too much.
GO: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
KB: How much of writing is revision!
GO: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
KB: I’m working on my second book now; a cozy mystery. I love them both, for different reasons! THE ART OF BEING REBEKKAH is women’s fiction and deals with some serious topics, like faith, family, adoption, and an unexpected pregnancy. My cozy has a lot of humor in it. Plus a murder!
GO: Do you hear from your readers much? What kind of things do they say?
KB: My book came out December 9th. So far, I’ve heard: I was hooked on Rebekkah’s story from the first chapter. I really felt like I got to know these characters and their way of life quickly. And Karoline Barrett’s first novel is a real page-turner…The plot may sound like a potboiler, but Barrett infuses the novel with emotional insight about Rebekkah’s character…Barrett tells a story filled with emotional and personal complications…It’s a coming of age story that had my attention from the very first page.
GO: What do you think makes a good story?
KB: Characters who are interesting, a plot that’s believable, and lots of great dialogue.
GO: When and why did you begin writing?
KB: I began writing a few years ago. I started with short stories. I’ve always loved reading, and one day I decided to write my own stories, and eventually novels, was something I really wanted to do.
GO: How do you come up with titles?
KB: Truthfully, they usually just come to me. Sort of like lightning bolts from the sky.
GO: How much of your book is realistic?
KB: My main character, Rebekkah, in THE ART OF BEING REBEKKAH, is Jewish. There are many Jewish practices I weave in my book, that are very realistic.
GO: What books have influenced your life most?
KB: Anything by Naomi Regan; some of Danielle Steele’s books; and all of Ann B. Ross’s books.
GO: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
KB: Naomi Regan.
GO: What book are you reading now?
KB: Who has time to read? Seriously, I have a whole pile of books awaiting my attention. I did start BEING A ROCKEFELLER recently. One day I will finish it!