What is your genre? Why did you choose it?
I write mostly mystery and suspense. My Fredrickson Winery Novels are mysteries set at a Napa winery. But I have been known to stray into other genres. In fact, this past year I wrote a young adult series, The Amish Bloodsucker Trilogy, that is about a teenage vampire slayer cleaning up a Minnesota Amish community, one staked vamp at a time.
Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
In the past, I used to work on a couple projects at a time, but lately I try to finish one before I go on to another. I have enough trouble keeping all the books I’m reading at the same time, straight in my head.
Do you work with a writing/critique group?
I was a member of a critique group a couple of years ago. It was very helpful and I enjoyed the camaraderie but since we disbanded I have not found another group of writers in my area to join.
Can you remember your first reading book?
I read so many books as a child that the first does not come to mind. But some favorites were The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, The Littles, and Heidi.
Ah, Heidi. 🙂
Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?
I have a terrible addiction to salted almonds, chocolate, and black licorice.
Yum to all three!
Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.
My desk is only tidy if I’m NOT working. If I’m in the middle of a book, it is littered with notes, books, coffee cups, and maybe a few candy wrappers.
Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.
I published a few short stories and articles traditionally, but self-published my novels. The first novel I put out was Entangled (A Fredrickson Winery Novel). I had many positive return letters from agents but no one would take a chance on a new author at that time. My husband happened upon an article about self-publishing and It really resonated with me. I chose to stop sending out query letters while living in limbo, and jump-start my writing career by moving forward alone. I’ve been satisfied that it was a good choice.
Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
I have many favorite authors, but Mary Higgins Clark, Patricia Cornwell, and Victoria Holt have possibly influenced my writing just for the simple reason that I read so many of their books when I was younger.
If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
For my Fredrickson Winery novels, I have always thought that I would get the cast of Chuck back together, but mix it up a little. Billie would be played by Sarah Lancaster, Handel by Matt Bomer, Adam by Zachary Levi, and Margaret by Yvonne Strahovski. Billie’s mother Sabrina couldn’t be played by anyone other than Sela Ward. I know she wasn’t on Chuck but I just think she’s perfect for the character.
Barbara Ellen Brink is an author, wife, mother, and dog walker. She grew up on a small farm in Washington State, but now lives in the mean “burbs” of Minnesota with her husband and their dogs, Rugby and Willow. In her spare time – when she’s not reading – she likes to ride motorcycles, visit local wineries, and catch up on the latest movies. She is the author of the Fredrickson Winery Novels, Entangled, Crushed, & Savor; a humorous young adult series, The Amish Bloodsuckers Trilogy; and inspirational suspense novels, Running Home & Alias Raven Black. Her speculative/thriller, Split Sense, won the 2012 Grace Award.
Author website: http:www.barbaraellenbrink.com
My books at Amazon USA: http://ow.ly/pXQyN
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