Barb, welcome! Caught in the Crosshair was a terrific romance. The hurricane sequence was fantastic. Have you ever been through a hurricane or was it all research?
Thank you so much for hosting me. It’s such a pleasure to be here. I’ve cruised around three hurricanes, all at a safe distance. Even so, the swells were large enough to make the ship sway. The captain joked that if we wanted to talk straight, we should drink.
NS: Can you tell us a little about your writing journey? How long have you been writing?
BH: Thank you so much. I’ve been seriously writing fiction for nine years. Before that, I worked as a journalist and a freelance writer for a number of years.
NS: No wonder you’re so good. That’s a terrific background. What made you want to write fiction? Romance?
BH: Great question. I love romance because it’s fundamentally about love. Love heals. If you want to see the effect of the absence of love in people’s lives, visit a prison. It’s filled with people who grew up without it. Love is powerful.
NS: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
BH: I’m a hybrid. Now that I’m writing under contract with Harlequin Intrigue, I pretty much have to plot my stories. But then, as I’m writing, the story takes over and doesn’t always stick to the plan.
NS: Congratulations on writing for Harlequin Intrigue. What is the hardest part about the craft of writing?
BH: Letting go.
NS: What is your favorite part about writing?
BH: When I first started out, I used to love the creating part of writing. I didn’t plot, so I’d just run with an idea and let it take me where it wanted. Editing was a nightmare and I’d end up cutting quite a bit later. That was painful. As I’ve matured, I actually began to appreciate the revision process. I accept the fact my first draft is going to be awful because I’m getting the big ideas out. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Once I get through that, I get to play with language, sentences, create nuance, etc. That’s what I love doing. That’s when the story really comes alive.
NS: That describes me as well. Do you have any tips about the writer’s life or craft that you’d like to share with us?
BH: I once heard an author say, “Discipline is more important than talent.”
I wrote it down and taped it next to my computer. It’s my mantra.
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