Barbara Bretton is represented by Pump Up Your Book Promotion, an innovative public relations agency specializing in online book promotion.
Barbara Bretton is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of more than forty books. Her most recent title, Laced With Magic, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She currently has over ten million copies in print around the world. Her works have been translated into twelve languages in over twenty countries. Barbara lives in New Jersey with her husband.
Thank you for this interview, Barbara. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
Barbara: I'm a career writer which means I've spent the last twenty-seven years of my life playing with imaginary friends and getting paid for it. Even better, it means I get to live the life I dreamed about as a child. The word "lucky" doesn't begin to cover it.
I grew up in New York City and spent more time than I'm willing to admit haunting the shelves of the Elmhurst branch of the Queensborough Public Library system. My idea of a great Friday night was a glass of milk, handful of Oreos, and Shefter's Guide to Better Compositions. Nobody was surprised when I said I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.
The surprise came when I made it happen.
I sold my first book in 1982 to Harlequin American Romance, a new line created by the legendary Vivian Stephens. Love Changes went on to become a launch title, and I wrote happily for Harlequin until 1997 when I decided to concentrate on single title romances and women's fiction for Berkley (Penguin Group).
Do you write full-time?
Barbara: I even write in my sleep. That's the thing about telling lies for a living: when a book is going well, it's a twenty-four hour a day process.
You’ve met an old friend from high school, and you want to pitch your book to him/her in five minutes or less. What would you say?
Barbara: Knit shop owner and sorcerer's daughter Chloe Hobbs felt the Fates finally got it right when she met Luke MacKenzie. And no one could have convinced her otherwise — including the trolls, selkies, or spirits who also call Sugar Maple, Vermont home. But then out of nowhere Luke's ex-wife suddenly shows up, claiming to see the spirit of their daughter, Steffie — a daughter Chloe knows nothing about. In a town built on secrets, Chloe is shocked to discover that the man she loves has a few secrets of his own, secrets that can destroy Sugar Maple and everyone in it.