A RANCHER'S PRIDE
Barbara White Daille knows how to tug on readers' heartstrings. What's more she does it with a finesse that makes it look easy. But today the Get Lost Crew puts her on the spot. I mean, Barbara can talk about craft until ...well, the cows come home... Get it??? A Rancher's Pride ;) Today, though, we're making her answer our fun get-to-know- you questions. Please welcome Barbara White Daille to GET LOST IN A STORY.
Sam Robertson's life just changed. In one short day, he found out that he's a daddy; that his beautiful little girl, Becky, is deaf; and that her aunt, sign language teacher Kayla Ward, intends to fight him for custody.
There are plenty of reasons Sam shouldn't fall for Kayla. A city girl like her has no place on his ranch, particularly when she's his ex-wife's gorgeous sister. But thanks to the judge's orders, Sam's spending a lot of time with Kayla, trying to give Becky the stable home she's never known.
Despite their ongoing custody battle, Sam and Kayla's love for Becky brings them closer than they ever expected, and Sam knows that no matter who wins in court, he could still lose—Kayla or his daughter.
BARBARA: Small town. Love to read about them, love to write about them. I’ll never say never about bit cities, but so far, all my stories have been set in tiny, close-knit communities. Even though the heroines of three of my four books come from large cities, they find love and happiness and their perfect heroes in small towns.
DONNELL: What’s your favorite room in your house, and why?
BARBARA: The living room, because I can do two of my all-time favorite activities on the couch there: snuggle with my husband and/or curl up with a good book.
DONNELL: What’s in your refrigerator right now?
BARBARA: Leftover lasagna, leftover pizza, leftover spaghetti... (Are you noticing a trend here?)
Now, if you’d asked me what was in my freezer, I could give a much more varied response. In my freezer, I have five bags of different types of chocolate. Hey, a girl’s gotta have choices!
DONNELL: What makes you laugh? What makes you angry?
BARBARA: Laugh: Babies. “I Love Lucy” reruns. Pun-ny jokes.
Angry: Injustice. People who don’t know how to use their car’s directional signals. Not enough chocolate in the freezer.
DONNELL: If you could interview one person, and it doesn’t have to be a writer, who would it be?
BARBARA: It would be a writer. Agatha Christie. She’s one of my favorite mystery writers and the author of the first adult books I’d ever read. She has her critics who put down her characterization skills, etc. I don’t care. For inventiveness, I think she was ahead of her time. And 30+ years after her time, her heirs are still laughing all the way to the bank.
DONNELL: Do you read your reviews?
BARBARA: Uhhh...I’m still a newbie. Yeah, I read my reviews. When one is not so good, I tell myself it’s only one person’s opinion. When a review is good...I try to tell myself it’s only one person’s opinion. Sometimes I even succeed. LOL
DONNELL: Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
BARBARA: (Shh! Did you notice I ignored the question? That’s what I try to do with writer’s block. Ignore it. And eventually, it goes away.
DONNELL: (I noticed.)
BARBARA: I write for chocolate. No, not really. On a serious note:
I would like people to know my goal as a writer: to bring the same enjoyment to my readers through my books as other authors’ books have brought to me.
DONNELL: Which era would you least have liked to live in, fashion-wise?
BARBARA: The Jazz Age: the Roaring Twenties. Love the music! Don’t have the body for the flapper dresses.
DONNELL: You’ve just invented a time machine. Where are you going?
BARBARA: To the time and place and person who invented the chocolate candy bar.
DONNELL ASKS, BARBARA'S GOTTA ANSWER QUESTION: In honor of Friday the 13th. Are you superstitious?
BARBARA: I am and I’m not. This question connects to the one earlier about reviews. It also ties in to how I feel about my horoscope.
If a monthly horoscope says something good will happen, I make note of the upcoming date(s) and spend time in happy anticipation—when I remember to think about it. If the horoscope predicts bad things, then I don’t believe in it. Or so I tell myself....
So to directly answer the question, I’m superstitious when it works for me. ;-)
BARBARA'S QUESTIONS FOR READERS:
What’s your favorite occupation for a hero—doctor, rancher, military man, construction worker, or...?
READERS, THERE YOU HAVE IT. THIS AUTHOR LIVES FOR CHOCOLATE. COME CELEBRATE BARBARA'S "A RANCHER'S PRIDE" RELEASE. QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS WILL EARN READERS ONE OF BARBARA'S BACK LIST. BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS SO I CAN PUT YOU IN TOUCH WITH HER.
~~Also, join us again on Monday, May 16th, when Cat hosts Author J.L. Wilson.~~
Originally from the East Coast, award-winning author Barbara White Daille now lives with her husband in the warm, sunny Southwest, where they love the dry heat and have taken up square dancing.
From the time she was a toddler, Barbara found herself fascinated by those things her mom called "books." Once she learned the words between the covers held the magic of storytelling, she wanted to see her words in print so she could weave that spell for others.
Barbara hopes you will enjoy reading her stories and will find your own storytelling magic in them!
Her newest title from Harlequin American Romance, A RANCHER’S PRIDE, was just released and has received a 4-1/2 star Top Pick review rating from RT Book Reviews.
You can find Barbara online at her web site and blog: http://www.barbarawhitedaille.com/ where you can check out her Virtual Blog Tour schedule for A RANCHER’S PRIDE.