I am thrilled to welcome Barbara Winkes into the author spotlight. Barbara is the author of three published novels. Two of her books remain on the bestseller list for her publisher, Eternal Press. Winkes’ fourth novel, Spring Fever, is scheduled for release in early 2014.
Welcome Barbara! Please tell us about your latest release, Spring Fever, and the lead-in books of this romantic series. Spring Fever is the third book in a lesbian romance series. Those labels can be tricky, because they generate certain expectations, but we also need them for our audience to find them. In the first book, Autumn Leaves, Rebecca a married mother of two, fell in love with her new neighbor. Winter Storm and Spring Fever explore the continuation of their relationship against the backdrop of a small town scenery, with the seasons presenting a metaphor for the events. If you have read the first two, you know it’s been a rocky road for Callie and Rebecca. They will still face challenges in book 3, but they have also learned how to deal with adversity and find strength in their love.
In addition to your lesbian romance series, you wrote Secrets, a stand-alone book. What can you tell us about that book? Secrets is a thriller that was also published by Eternal Press. Disillusioned with the direction her life is going, Marsha Taylor wants to get away, to find out what’s left of her dreams. Picking up a hitchhiker along the way wasn’t her intention, but Jessie, a woman with troubles of her own, is hard to resist.
A mishap on the road forces them to make a stop in a small town called Diamond Lake. Residents are on edge since a brutal murder happened in the area not long ago. Everyone has their secrets…some of them are deadly.
Who reads the drafts of your novels? My wife does. She’s been reading my works since before we were together. She also teaches English, so that’s extremely helpful. I’ll clean up the manuscript for my beta person after that and work on it some more before it goes to acquisition.
What else are you working on? My current project, a political novel with dystopian aspects, was my 2013 NaNoWriMo project. I’m also finishing up another submission, and there’s of course, promoting the current book.
My final question is silly, but I’ll ask you anyway. If you had your own talk show, who would the first three guests be? Why? I can’t do it under four! I’d need a novelist, a feminist activist, an actress and a musician. James Patterson for the Women’s Murder Club, Angie Harmon (because she played the main character), Jon Bon Jovi (I’ve been a Bon Jovi fan for 25 years, so he has to be on that list) and Gloria Steinem for starters.
Thank you for joining me today. I wish you the best of luck with your current and future projects.
Eternal Press: http://bit.ly/16MydqO
Barbara and I will participate in Eternal Press’ Valentine Hop beginning February 9. We welcome readers to return to this site for the event. Visitors have the opportunity to win free gifts.
For the rest of Barbara Winkes’ interview, please visit www.farmingdale.patch.com