I am honored to have author and fellow Twitter friend Julia Rachel Barrett here with me today! She has given me the opportunity to interview her and she has been nice enough to have a giveaway for you guys. Barrett is an author with an incredible knack for sexy contemporary and science fiction romance. So please give a big warm welcome to Mrs. Barrett!
OBVB: Hello Julia. Welcome to Offbeat Vagabond. To start off, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
JRB: Hi! Oh, what to tell… I’m married to the love of my life. We have three children and an entire menagerie of pets.
OBVB: When did your passion for writing first originate or was it something you were born with?
JRB: I have always had a passion for books. My whole family loves books and reading. My father taught me to read when I was eighteen months old. I began writing poetry in grade school, books in middle school and high school. I’m passionate about stories and storytelling.
OBVB: Do you have any favorite authors? Anyone that has inspired you?
JRB: I have so many favorites. I guess four authors are my inspiration, Charlotte Bronte, Louisa May Alcott, James Clavell and Frank Herbert. Every year I reread Jane Eyre, Little Women, Shogun and Dune.
OBVB: What challenges did you face when you first got published?
JRB: Let’s see… if you piled up all my rejection letters, the pile would probably be four feet high. I have been rejected by more publishers and agents than I care to list. E-pubs and e-publishing are made for niche writers like me.
OBVB: Do you have a routine of any kind when you write or you do it whenever you have time?
JRB: My daily routine involves exercise. Other than that, I write when I have time. I don’t sit still well so I must exercise a few hours a day in order to focus. That means a long hike with my dog and some time on my elliptical.
OBVB: You write erotic paranormal, sci-fi and contemporary romance. Is there a specific one you love more? Any that is easier to write than others?
JRB: I’ve always loved science fiction and I’ll probably be writing much more in that genre, both erotic science fiction romance and straight science fiction. I think my favorite to both read and write is romantic suspense. I love figuring out what makes people tick, why characters do what they do, and solving a good mystery.
OBVB: You just had a new book released, The Artist, correct? Can you tell us a little bit about it?
OBVB: All your leading men are insanely sexy. (A) Who is your favorite leading man from your books and (B) who is your favorite leading man that is not from your books? Tell us why.
JRB: Oh my gosh, thanks! How nice to hear that my leading men are insanely sexy! I love all my leading men. The sexiest? It would have to be a toss-up between Gabriel Abbott in Beauty and the Feast and Mace Williams in Pushing Her Boundaries. But there are two leading men who are close to my heart, Jake McKenna from Anytime Darlin’, because he is a hero through and through, and Ekkatt from Captured, because he is willing to risk everything, give up his entire life, for one human woman.As far of heroes created by other authors, I’d have to say Jamie Fraser of Outlander tops the list. He is the perfect romance hero, tough, tender, honest, loyal, devoted, courageous, intelligent. Oh, and he’s Scottish!
OBVB: I read that you come from a family of cooks and that you yourself love to cook. What do you think is your best dish?
JRB: You’d have to ask my kids. I’m guessing they’d say my sour cream blueberry pancakes, my mile high biscuits, or my wild mushroom lasagna.
OBVB: When you are not writing and cooking, what else do you do in your spare time?
JRB: I hike, bike, garden, paint, travel. I love to ride horses when I have an opportunity.
OBVB: I love your book covers. Did you have a say in the picking process?
JRB: Thank you. Yes and no. I make suggestions and I’m sent a cover. Sometimes it reflects what I requested and envisioned, sometimes not so much. One of the advantages of self-publishing is that I can design my own cover. I love to work with Lex at Winterheart Designs. She always listens to me. The cover for Incorporeal was a birthday gift from a dear friend who is an artist.
OBVB: Last but not least, are you working on anything new as we speak? Anything to keep our eyes peeled for?
JRB: I’m working on a sequel to Incorporeal, In the Flesh. The Guardian gets his own story. Sometime within the next two weeks I’ll have two more stories available, You Might Just Get It and Liz and Me. Stay tuned!
JRB: Thank you so much for having me. It’s been a great pleasure.
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Barret has been nice enough to give away two of her books:
*Print copy of Captured (US Only)
*PDF copy of Incorporeal (International)
So that means TWO winners!
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*Winner will be chosen randomly by random.org
*Contest ends September 6
*Contest ends September 6
*Please be 18 or older