Tuesday Talk with Barb Meyers

Today we get to welcome fellow author Barb Meyers! Can’t wait to get to know her better. Here you go, folks!

When not writing fiction, Dr. Seuss-like poetry or song lyrics, Barbara Meyers can be found at the local Starbucks culling story ideas from customers while masquerading as a shift supervisor. Her hobbies include tormenting her long-suffering husband, interfering in the lives of her grown children, and sneaking into gated communities to walk her almost perfect dog, Pepper. Her latest release is A FOREVER KIND OF GUY from Samhain Publishing, the second in The Braddock Brotherhood series. Visit her web site at www.barbmeyers.comor follow her on Twitter @barbmeyers or her fantasy-writing alter ego @ajtillock
1.      Who was your first author crush and why?

Susan Elizabeth Phillips.  I never thought of myself as having an author crush, but when I saw the question I remember when my daughter was maybe eight or nine she asked me who my favorite author was and SEP was my answer.  I think I’d just read her book Honey Moon at the time.  She’s one of those truly consistently good authors.  I’ve never, ever been disappointed with one of her books, never been turned off or been at a point where I wanted to take a break from reading her.  Another author that came to mind is Karen Robards.  For all the same reasons.

2.  What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?

My first clue I might want to write novel-length romantic fiction was after I had read many, many romance novels and I had just finished one particularly bad book.  I threw it across the room and declared, “I can write better than that!”  It’s been a long journey for me in that I wrote and wrote and wrote without seriously pursuing publishing until the last several years.  I always liked to write, but I don’t know whether I always knew I was “a writer.”  I know it now.

3.  What are some of your writer-esque quirks (do you have to be in your pjs? always facing the door? Do people look at you after something funny happens and say ‘that’s going in a book, isn’t it?’)?

I’m not aware of any writer-esque quirks.  Unless you count walking the beach and talking to my characters or taking a notebook to the beach (which is where I go when I’m stuck) praying for inspiration and stopping to write things down when inspiration and answers appear in my head.

4.  Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…

The elevator plummets to the ground.  They all survive.  The clown joins the priesthood  (something he always secretly wanted to do).   The priest becomes a clown (which is what he always secretly wanted to be.)  The writer turns the experience into a bestselling novel, sells the movie rights and never sets foot on an elevator again.

5.  Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other: 

Chocolate                         or         flowers

Talk                          or         Text

Mountains                   or         Beach

Cowboy                      or         Marine

Wine                         or         Beer

Cats                             or         Dogs

Ebooks                    or         Paperbacks

Pantser                   or         Plotter

Batman                  or         Superman

Ability to fly               or         Power to be invisible

Prius                            or         Hemmie

Follow the rules          or         Break the rules

TV                             or         Movies

NY                              or         LA

Vampires                     or         Angels

Fall                           or         Spring

Neat                            or         Messy

Werewolf                    or         Genie

Tell jokes                     or         Pull pranks

Home cooked meals    or         Go out to a restaurant

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