Barbara Wallace is the author of Weekend Agreement, as well as several other romance novels. Barbara is a new to me author, so I was delighted when she stopped by to chat about her book. She even brought along a digital copy for one of you to win! Check out how to enter after the interview.
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Barbara Wallace] A hopeless romantic who battles inner critics and doubt crows to love stories about ordinary people. Oh and I can’t spell.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about Weekend Agreement?
[Barbara Wallace] Can I have more than 140 characters J Seriously, Weekend Agreement tells the story of Professor Charlotte Doherty who, in order to regain the last link to her dead mother, agrees to step in and play billionaire Daniel Moretti’s date for the weekend. I like to think it’s a story about overcoming the demons in your past and about letting yourself be loved.
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Barbara Wallace] I have a huge weakness for broken characters. I knew I wanted to do a story about a man who, despite outward and initial appearances, was really, deep down, afraid of rejection. Thus Daniel was created. The story sort of grew from there. The version that finally made publication, by the way, is not the original version at all. It’s been revised several times. In fact, originally, Daniel’s name was Daniel Harrington! He decided to change it after a few versions.
[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the story?
[Barbara Wallace] I think for me, there were two challenging aspects. The first was making Daniel sympathetic. When you first meet him, he pretty much dislikes women. The key was to give him such a miserable back story that his cool exterior makes sense. The second – and I struggled a lot with this – was giving Charlotte a strong enough motivation to go on this trip. I wanted her issues to be very similar to Daniel’s – that is, a lonely childhood, a past that is prohibiting her from growing, etc.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Charlotte?
[Barbara Wallace] Intelligent, naïve, romantic
[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Daniel would never have in his bathroom?
[Barbara Wallace] A second toothbrush, tampons, scented shower gel
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Barbara Wallace] Hmm, that’s a tough question. My greatest creative influences…. Well, if we’re talking about people, then I would say that there are a number of writers whose writing is just so amazing, I’m inspired to be just like them. Barbara Hannay, Deborah Smith, Martha Grimes. In addition, maybe because it’s my generation, by I’m strongly inspired by television. I grew up when Luke and Laura were at their peak of popularity. Believe it or not, I learned a lot about sexual tension, about pacing, about romantic payoff, etc. from watching soap operas in the late 70s and the 80s.. Writers like Doug Marland and Agnes Nixon were trailblazers when it came to creating character-driven drama.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Barbara Wallace] Coffee!!!! That’s the first thing. The second is a good spiral bound notebook with pencils, and the third is my Alphasmart. (I tend to switch back and forth between media when working).
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Barbara Wallace] Nancy Drew and the Secret of the Old Clock.
[Manga Maniac Café] What’s the last book you read that knocked your socks off?
[Barbara Wallace] Second Chance Family by Winnie Griggs. I loved it. There was a sweetness to the story that I can’t put into words. Her characters felt very real.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Barbara Wallace] I have a teenage son who is getting ready for college, so right now my time is spent touring schools and filling out financial aid forms. When I’m not immersed in the college application process, then I love to read (of course). My family and I are also huge Big Bang Theory fans so Thursday nights is must watch TV night. Finally, my husband and I love just sitting on our deck and watching the wildlife in our back yard. During the summer, we get up very early in the morning before the rest of the neighborhood and simply enjoy watching the day break.
[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?
[Barbara Wallace] They can follow me on Twitter at @BarbaraTWallace; on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/BarbaraWallaceAuthor or by email atBarbara@barbarawallace.com I’m also part of a blog called The Moody Muses (www.moodymuses.com) We talked about the ups and downs of writing life.
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
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