We are so happy to have Whitney Barbetti as our Monday Morning Spotlight!!!
Garden of REden’s 20Q Interview…
1. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always written short stories, but I never thought I was good enough to write a novel that people would want to read until a friend and book blogger urged me to write a novel. I did, and she encouraged me to publish it!
2. Are you a full time writer? If so, what did you do in your “previous life?”
I am not a full time writer. I have a full time job doing accounting for an insurance agency and I teach nights at a college.
3. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
To be brave.
4. Do you work on one storyline at a time or do you have multiple storylines in the pipeline?
I try to work on one storyline at a time, but I often have a bunch in queue.
5. When writing, do you find yourself becoming as emotionally involved as your readers do? Do you find ourselves laughing and crying with your characters?
I have cried with my characters twice, but I don’t usually laugh while reading.
6. Have you experienced any of your stories personally?
I’ve experienced small parts of all my stories personally.
7. What are your biggest distractions?
Facebook! It’s so easy to get sucked in!
8. What is your least favorite part of the writing or publishing process?
Release day – mostly because I stress out so much! Ha!
9. Do you find it difficult, or challenging to write from the male POV?
It depends on the male POV I’m writing. I enjoy writing bonus scenes from Everett from Ten Below Zero.
10. What activities do you enjoy outside of writing?
Besides reading, which is probably obvious, I enjoy organizing – as weird as that sounds! I enjoy traveling and binge-watching my latest show addiction.
11. Do you have a favorite author or book?
I will read anything Stephen King or Tarryn Fisher write. I love The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell, even though that’s a short story. I also love To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
12. Ever think you have a great idea for a book, only to find out someone released the same storyline already?
No, thankfully! I don’t read any new adult so there isn’t a chance of me polluting my head with similar storylines. I mostly read suspense or thrillers.
13. Have you ever had writer’s block and how do you work through it?
I have writer’s block all.the.time. I try to work through it by staring at my Pinterest boards and listening to my playlist for the book I’m currently writing.
14. Do you ever find yourself jumping up from the dinner to table to jot down a scene that just ran through your head?
Oh yes. I carry notebooks with me everywhere!
15. What does your writing workspace look like?
It’s a small bedroom I converted into a writing cave. I gave a friend some quotes and poems I loved and she blew them up into vinyl for the walls. I have tons of other quotes, poems, and prints framed and hung around the space.
16. Sharing your baby with the public has to be scary. How do you respond to negative reviews?
I stopped reading them! It was the greatest thing I did for my mental well-being.
17. Do you have any visuals for your characters from any of your books?
I do! I have Pinterest boards for all of my books.
18. Can you tell us what you are working on next?
I’m working on Six Feet Under, a story about two characters from my other novels, Mira and Six. It’s a story told over thirteen years, so it’s very complicated. Mira is a complex, flawed heroine and I love writing her.
19. What is in your purse right now?
Probably eighteen lip glosses, a few bookmarks, Matchbox cars (kids!), a bunch of gum, a couple knives, pepper spray, some of those instant toothbrush things, and a billion receipts.
20. Do you have a favorite scene or book of your own?
Not particularly. I love all my books, and I do have favorite scenes in each one. I love the first date scene in He Found Me, the Purgatoire scenes from Ten Below Zero, Andra’s fight scene from He Saved Me, and a whole bunch of scenes from Six Feet Under – but I can’t reveal those just yet. 😉
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