What’s your name (or pen name) and where are you from?
Barbara Meyers. Originally I’m from Missouri, but I now live in Central Florida.
How long have you been writing? How did you start?
I started writing fiction about 30 years ago. I’d been reading a lot of romance novels and after I read a particularly badly written one I threw it against the wall and declared, “I can write better than that.”
Who are some of your influences?
I don’t know if you’d call them influences, but there are certainly writers I admire and wish I wrote as well such as Sandra Brown, Karen Robards, Kathleen Woodiwiss, and C.J. Box, to name a few.
What is your book about?
A former adult film actress from LA, widowed and pregnant, relocates to a small Iowa town and discovers hypocrisy is alive and well in middle America.
Where did you get the idea?
I was intrigued by the idea of creating a believable romantic heroine who had what some would view as an unsavory past. I also liked the fish out of water theme.
How long did it take you to finish it?
Hard to say. I have a habit of working on more than one project at a time. Maybe a year or so.
Is this your first book, or have you written more than one?
I’ve written a bunch, published quite a few. Not sure where this would be in the line-up. #15 or 16 maybe.
We all like to write about people we know, even if we never name them. Who are some people who inspired characters or situations?
I grew up in a succession of small towns, but they all have similarities. There’s always the football player who’s “big man on campus.” Always someone who wants the glory of being mayor and likes to throw his weight around. And a lot of people who love knowing their neighbors’ business and sharing it with each other. The juicier the better.
What’s your favorite scene in the book?
I think it’s the first kiss. That’s when the hero finds out the heroine is pregnant because the baby kicks for the first time.
What’s the best piece of writing advice you ever got?
You can’t fix a blank page.
What’s the worst?
I can’t think of any, so maybe I didn’t listen to it or forgot it.
Where can we buy your book?
You can find it on my Books2Read page. Barista by day, romance novelist by night: When not writing fiction, Dr. Seuss-like poetry (for adults) or song lyrics, Barbara Meyers sometimes disguises herself behind a green apron and trades lattes for story ideas. Her novels mix comedy, suspense and spice and often feature a displaced child. Find Barb at her website, on Twitter at @BarbMeyers, on herFacebook page, on her Instagram page