Interview with Brenda Ashworth Barry

      Welcome, Brenda Ashworth Barry❣
 
 
1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
 
     (Brenda) I started my business in writing, about six years ago. However, I’ve been writing since childhood. I was always a bookworm and loved reading. I think it was my love of reading that lead to my writing my six book saga.  I have always loved, storytelling and creative writing in college. One day after having a dream over and over again about two kids on a railroad track and how they meet. A story was born.
 
2. All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it. 
 
(Brenda) I wish I could. With my Seasons Saga, I never had it, because the story was born in my dreams and I had the entire saga inside my mind. Now, that I’m writing my new book, I am indeed having some blocks. What I do is pretend to know what I’m going to write and just start writing. I think the most important thing is to write something every day, even if you don’t know where it’s going. Pretend you do.
 
 
 
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
 
(Brenda) Travel, playing with our two dogs, spending time with my parents and getting ready to take a long trip in our RV. I love to swim and workout. And because we eat naturally, that takes time to prepare the meals. My husband and I have a very peaceful life and we are looking forward to traveling in our motor home.
 
4. I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?  
 
(Brenda) My family has been wonderful. One of my cousins is a BETA reader, and my friends have been there, working as my street team. It’s been amazing at the support I have had around me. They know my ideas for books as soon as I get them.
 
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
 
(Brenda)  
  1. Louise May Alcott  
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien  
  3. Jack London  
  4. Marshall Saunders  
  5. RaeAnne Thayne (Kam: Good writer.) 
  6. Debbie Macomber (Kam: I ♥ her books.)
  7. Susan Wiggs  
  8. Joyce Sterling Scarbrough
  9. Robyn Carr.  (Kam: She proudly displayed on my bookshelf, too.) 
  10. Nickolas Sparks
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts? 
 
(Brenda) I would love to see Seasons of Love and War go to the big screen. The main actor would be Thor Knai as Kaylob, who is wonderful and allows me to use his pictures for Kaylob, and Bella Thorne as Beth Ann.
 
 

Seasons Of Love And War Book One, is a historical family saga and epic love story. Childhood sweethearts Beth Ann Rose and Kaylob Shawn O’Brien just want to get married and pursue their dream careers, but the Vietnam War changes everything when Kaylob is drafted into the Army and declared dead. Beth Ann has a complete emotional melt down and starts to have visions of him in the jungles of Vietnam. Is he alive or has she completely lost her mind?

 
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
 
(Brenda) I’m working on a book called. Finding my Heart. It’s about a young lady who is a two time survivor of breast cancer and it’s come back for a third time. There is so much more to this story than cancer. It’s about love and how healing one’s heart can often heal one’s body. The main character is Starla Moon and she is finding her way in a town that she stumbled into. It’s a romance novel, but so much more. I just signed a contract with, Satin press for that one. 
(Kam: Congrats!!) 
 
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order? 
 
(Brenda) Yes, you can find them at Amazon, Melange LLC, Barnes and Nobles and my website. The reading order.
(Kam: Click on the book titles to be redirected to Amazon)
 
  1. Seasons of Love and War 
  2. December Road 
  3. The Journey of Elizabeth Ann Rose(Prequel) 
  4. June’s Stolen Rose 
  5. April’s Secret Storm 
  6. The Season of Forever (Coming soon in 2016)
 
 
And there may be a book Seven in the next few years.
 
 
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you? 
 
(Brenda) They can contact me on facebook or sunsetsky52@aol.com. Also, www.brendaashworthbarry.com
 
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
 
(Brenda) Just remember if you are a writer. Never ever give up. It took me five years to get done with my Saga. Almost six. I had no idea how to write a book. So just hang in there and never be afraid to ask a friend or another writer to help you out.  I love writing so much and the only regret I have is, I didn’t start sooner.
 
Kam: Brenda, you have given aspiring writers some great advice. If you have a dream, keep pursuing it until the dream becomes reality. Never stop reaching for the stars!! 
 
Ladies and gents, I hope you enjoyed my interview with Brenda Ashworth Barry. If so, we want to hear from you. Say hi. Ask a question.  Basically, don’t be shy. 🙂
 
 

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  1. Thank you Kam for sharing. I have put Brenda on my TBR list. You just keep showing me authors to read, I love it. Hi, Brenda I will be getting some of your books to read they sound great!!!!

  2. An excellent interview. Brenda's stories have become some of my all time favorites for sure. Thank you Kam for taking the time to do this interview for Brenda, we are most thankful <3

  3. Kam, I have to thank you for doing this interview. Brenda Ashworth Barry's Seasons of Love and War Saga is a great read. You can't wait to read the next book and the next book. You find yourself totally involved with her characters before you even know it. Your readers are going to be happy you told them about these books. By the way, great interview.

  4. Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful interview. I will be coming back to see who else you interview and find some wonderful books to read. 🙂 Thank you everyone else for coming on too and being a part of this.

  5. Anonymous

    I love these book. What a great interview and glad to find out about this place.

  6. This is a wonderful interview. I have loved all of Brenda's books and enjoy reading a new book almost weekly. What a great idea to lead readers to find new books.

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