Today I am interviewing Barbara Winkes, a published Author with Eternal Press.
Hello Barbara and welcome!
Q: What can you tell us about your published titles and would one of them be an excellent grab for Halloween 2013?
A: Both Autumn Leaves and Winter Storm are in the romance/LGBT category, so if you're not too fond of scary holidays, they could be a good choice. However, if you prefer a fast-paced thriller, you'll have to wait for the day after Halloween when my new book, Secrets, comes out.
Q: Are your books part of a series or set in the same universe?
A: Autumn Leaves and Winter Storm are part of a series, with the continuation, Spring Fever, following early next year. The series tells the love story between two women in a small town, where neighbors take an interest in the life of others. It explores the impact their relationship has on their own perceptions of themselves, their friends and families, and the community. Mostly, it's about the perseverance of love against the odds.
Secrets is a standalone novel on the darker side. Marsha, the main character, wants a break from her life, but the vacation that was supposed to be peaceful and quiet turns into a nightmare fast
Q: How do you overcome Writer's block?
A: Two ways: Writing straight through it, or take a break from sitting at the computer. The trick is to realize which is the right one at the time, and apply it!
Q: How has your life changed since your first published novel?
A: After getting married and moving to another country, it might not have been the biggest change, but it's certainly a dream come true. Writers write, because they're passionate about it, published or not. However, there's no denying the validation that comes with the moment you're holding your own book in your hands. I enjoy learning with each new book.
Q: What are your favorite plot elements in your novels?
A: I love the element of the characters increasing self-awareness, not only regarding the coming-out process, or their relationship, but the ways they relate to life in general. And, of course, there's the theme of the seasons: Autumn for initiation and change, Winter for conflict, Spring for awakening, and Summer (which I'm working on at the moment) for coming full circle.
Q: How do you feel about the ebook market versus print market?
A: As a reader, I have to admit I'm old school--I love the feel and smell of physical books, turning the pages, but fortunately, there are many readers who enjoy the digital experience. For an author who's still fairly new to the publishing world, this is a big advantage. Readers are more likely to take a chance on a new name at the price of an ebook, and there are no shipping costs. Also, the exchange between authors and reviewers is easier, and networking in general.
Secrets Trailer: http://bit.ly/18CHhz4
Eternal Press Author page: http://bit.ly/16MydqO
Amazon Author page: http://amzn.to/17PuTe0