Barbara Phinney authors Love Inspired Suspense novels for Harlequin and I'm thrilled that she is my guest today.
"She really knows how to grab readers and keep their attention." ROMANTIC TIMES
Bio: Barbara worked for the Canadian Armed Forces and has lived in three provinces and two countries. She married a man in the military, but they are now retired and live in his small hometown.
She's a full-time writer, mother and volunteer at her church. She also loves to travel and has done a mission trip with her daughter to Bolivia.
Please help me welcome, Barbara Pinney!
I thought about writing something with a Christmas theme that could have you smelling chocolate and candy canes as you read this.
Well, it's not working out that way. And like many writers with an uncooperative muse, I have to sit down and drag the words from me. That's what being a writer can be like. I'm not Barbara Cartland with her nebulous hairdo, her bling and a Pekinese, lying on her couch dictating to a secretary.
No. Writing can be tough. And as I spend the end of 2011 independently publishing some of my older titles, such as Souvenirs, (which was once serialized in a local paper and had people coming up to me on the streets demanding to know who the killer was) I can honestly tell you that I have learned plenty during my time writing, and I continue to learn.
Take for instance, Christmas. I learn each Christmas. It's about gifts. God's greatest gift to us was His Son, but He gave us other gifts as well. I like to think I received the gift of fiction writing. And while there are moments of pure inspiration, and a turn of phrase that just sparkles, it's not all like that.
When I wrote Souvenirs, I pulled from me some delightful phrases that just stuck.
Too soon, Brent lifted his head. "If I'd known kissing you like that would make me forget everything, I'd have kissed you much sooner."
Those were Brent's words to Anna after they'd kissed. To me, that speaks volumes about him, the needs within him and his personal torment. But those words only came out after hard work, and exploring two very unique characters. A heroine in desperate need to find herself, and a hero who didn't think he was a hero, but who proved to be far more attractive, and sexy than I first realized.
But hard work like this writing also teaches us. Easy work does not teach. And there is the enjoyment, the pleasure of finished work that somehow transcends the final product to add a subtlety like the taste of hot chocolate stirred with a candy cane. Then my gift of writing feels so real to me.
What gifts do you think you have that you can share this holiday season? The gift of giving to the Food Bank? The gift of driving and delivering the toys to the women's center? The gift of singing at the nursing home?
Pull them out, dust them off and share them.
And to add to the fun of giving, some indie writers, myself included, are offering a whole big batch of holiday treats, e-books that are only 99 cents each! Drop by and check them out. The fun started December 1st.
Barbara, thank you so much for visiting with us today. You can learn more about Barbara and her books at http://www.barbaraphinney.com/index.php