Barbara Pierce

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Interview By: Marta

Date: December 21, 2007

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Hello Barbara,

The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview

We would love to get to know you

Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?

I've been dabbling with short stories and poems since childhood. However, it wasn't until the birth of my first child that I considered writing a book. I sold my first Regency historical to Kensington in 1999. I wrote two more books for Kensington, before moving on to St. Martin's Press. Since 2004, I have published five Regency historicals with SMP. My sixth book will be published in August 2008.

If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?

The first character that pops into my head is Devona Bedegrayne from A LADY'S MISCHIEF. She had her entire family wrapped around her little finger, but she went about it so sweetly, no one seemed to mind.

What's your favorite genre to read?

Romance. Historicals will always be my first love, but I also enjoy reading paranormals, romantic suspense, long and short contemporaries, romantic comedies, etc.

Who or what influences you when you write?

Everything. I like to "people watch" as my Grandmother used to call it. I never model my characters after real people, but I may borrow bits and pieces if I'm inspired. A documentary on TV or a non-fiction book might also spark a story idea. I've even used ideas or snippets of dialogue from dreams that I've had.

What do you do on a typical writing day?

I've always worked around my kids's schedules. When they were younger, I used to write strictly at night. I'm a night-person anyway, so it wasn't a hardship. Now that my kids are older, I try to write between the hours of 8:00 am and 2:30 pm. If I'm close to a deadline, I usually write in the evening, too.

When you have writer's block how do you break free?

If I hit a brick wall in my writing, I just climb over the wall by jumping to another scene. If that doesn't work, I go for a walk or do some housework.

Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?

The fourth installment in the Carlisle series, SCANDALOUS BY NIGHT will hit stores in August 2008. The story will feature another of the les sauvages nobles, Lord Everod, and a newcomer to the series Miss Maura Keighly.

Please tell us what you have planned next?

I'm up for contact, so I haven't worked out all the details yet with my publisher. However, I do hope to write Cadd's story next.

Who is your perfect hero? And why?

I like a strong alpha hero, who can show his tender side to the "right" woman. He isn't a perfect man, but he learns from his mistakes. :)

What do you do for inspiration?

I exercise daily. A walk around our neighborhood gives me a chance to think about my characters or plot a scene. I play music while I write. I also take the time to read diaries from the time period for inspiration.

Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?

Horror. It's a genre I've enjoyed reading since I was a teenager, but one I've never explored in my writing.

What type of book have you always wanted to write?

I'd love to write a story set during the Italian Renaissance.

What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

I love the research process! I could spend years poking through old books. Deadlines, however, force me to be practical. I usually start researching a future book, while I'm finishing a current deadline. What I can't find in my own research library, I buy or interloan. I can be amazingly organized when it comes to my research notes. This really puzzles my husband because my kitchen drawers are utter chaos.

When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.

There was never any doubt in my mind that I would submit my manuscript when I finished it. Selling it, on the other hand, was another matter! My critique group was very supportive. At the time, one of our members had recently sold, so I entered the querying process very optimistic.

What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?

The best advice-Don't worry about trends. Just write the book of your heart. The worst advice: Write a book that fits the current trend.

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

Yes. I usually put together a twenty page synopsis for the book that breaks down the beginning, middle, and ending of the story. I also work out the back story for the two main characters. What I'm focusing on is the main plot. I tend to be rather sketchy when it comes to subplots, since I'll flesh them out as I write the story.

What was your first published work and when was it published?

My debut was a Regency historical titled, A DESPERATE GAME. It was published by Kensington in February 2000 for their Zebra Splendor line.

What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?

My website URL is: Email: MySpace: I use my blog on MySpace to post updates. I also have a newsletter. To join go to:

Thank you for this opportunity!