Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too!
Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then typed “The End” to her first novel many years later…in the eighth grade. Now she’s writing contemporary romance on a daily basis. Sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest in her writing life: https://barbarawhitedaille.com/newsletter .
Beverley: Which genre or genres do you write or prefer to write? And why?
Barbara: Currently, I’m writing romance, one of my favorite genres to write and read. Why? Romance novels give us hope, show us how real and fictional people can deal with adversity, and come with a guaranteed happy ending. More specifically, I write short contemporary romance on the sweeter or lower-sensuality side.
Beverley: Who influenced you the most in deciding to become a writer?
Barbara: I made that decision very early on, thanks to input from many people:
My mom, who gave me my love of reading.
Grade school, teachers who encouraged my attempts at writing.
And all the authors I read in those early days who wrote books starring characters I loved. To name a few of my book best friends: The Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden, Encyclopedia Brown, Hercule Poirot, and Miss Marple.
Beverley: What gets your creative juices flowing?
Barbara: So many random things, including incidents like seeing an interesting-looking stranger; overhearing a line of a conversation; getting bored watching a TV episode and creating new plot twists of my own.
Usually a character “speaks” to me first. His or her situation or predicament or problem soon crops up, and from there character and plot go hand-in-hand.
Beverley: Do you have a favorite cartoon character? Why?
Barbara: Hmm. . . this is tough. We learn to love— and can learn a lot from—cartoon characters. I’ll go with Walt Disney’s Goofy because he’s one of the earliest characters I remember watching and because he’s always good for a laugh.
Beverley: Who would you love most to meet ‘in person’ and why?
Barbara: If this includes anyone from any time period, I’d choose Agatha Christie. I’ve been reading her books since grade school and would love to pick her brain to see how she comes up with her plots!
Beverley: If you had an unexpected free day what would you do with it?
Barbara: Stock up on pizza, tea, brownies, and chocolate chip cookies. Put my TBR pile next to the couch. Get into my comfiest pajamas. And read from morning and well into the night.
Beverley: What are you working on now?
Barbara: I’m writing my next Harlequin Heartwarming, another book in the Hitching Post Hotel series. This features Wes’s brother and a bride jilted at the Hitching Post’s altar. I’m also working on the third Snowflake Valley story from Entangled Books. The series is set in a small town that caters to tourists, and the heroine of this book is one of the “bad-luck Barnett” sisters.
Thanks to Beverley for inviting me here to celebrate the book birthday of The Rancher’s Family ! The story is part of The Hitching Post Hotel series and debuts on September 1st.
Book Blurb from The Rancher’s Family:
“Are you my new mommy?”
She certainly hopes so…
After a devastating loss, Cara Leonetti’s dreams of a husband and children are on hold. But Cowboy Creek’s local matchmaker thinks otherwise! And Cara finds
herself unexpectedly entangled in the day-to-day family chaos of widower Wes Daniels and his two small children. She’s falling hard, but the strong, silent rancher doesn’t trust in love. Can Cara put her own fears aside and show Wes that they’re stronger together?
Excerpt from The Rancher’s Family:
Cara looked at her car only a few yards away. Maybe she should get in it again and leave. Maybe Wes Daniels had decided he didn’t want help.
And after all, who was she to come here and disturb a stranger still so wrapped up in grief that he might wind up a hermit , as Jed had put it?
The door swung open. Her jaw almost dropped.
man stood in the opening, silhouetted by the light from a lamp in the room behind him. Not Jed’s “old friend.” A much younger man, twenty something, with broad shoulders and sturdy arms and dark brown eyes beneath dark brows. A man she already…sort of…knew.
The unfriendly cowboy she had met that afternoon at the Big Dipper.
He looked just as surprised to see her. “Did you make a wrong turn on your way to somewhere else?”
“That might be impossible in Cowboy Creek.”
“Yeah. We’re not like the big city.”
A point in his favor—he’d remembered her telling him where she was from. He seemed more relaxed than he had earlier. Maybe he’d just been in a bad mood. Or—be honest—maybe her own stress had led her to misread the situation, and the awkwardness was all on her.
Then and now.
Buy Links for The Rancher’s Family:
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