Barbara Tyree is your above-average book-a- alcoholic. She loves cooking, knitting, crocheting, and
collecting anything koala bears and birds, especially hummingbirds and cardinals.
How long have you been writing? I started when I was in high school. I had stories in my head but of course at the time computers didn’t exist; then I stopped for a while until the need to write became overwhelming. Now I have so many manuscripts on my computer!
What kind(s) of writing do you do? I enjoy mystery and romance.
What are your goals as a writer, both small and large? To continue writing and I would hope someday one of my books would be an inspiration to someone.
What inspires you? I enjoy writing with a theme in mind. Something with a message.
Have you ever fallen in love with a character?I’m not sure that I’ve fallen in love with one character but Nora Roberts wrote a series called her Chesapeake Bay Series. It was about four adopted brothers who became family even though they weren’t blood brothers. As they met their future wives and started a new life, the brothers still remained close and were there for the brother who at the time may have been having an issue. It was very heart-warming.
How do you find or make time to write? I just make it a point to write in the morning and if I don’t get to write in the morning, I write in the evenings.
Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process. Basically, an idea or words come to me and I write start typing. The characters names, and information, I usually write down on a legal pad before entering the information into my computer. Then I outline each chapter as to important information.
Who would play you in your life story? Tough question. I would have to say Reese Witherspoon. She is a wonderful actress.I thought she was so good in Walk the Line.
What projects are you working on at the moment? I am going over one manuscript I have completed and I have almost finished another one, and I am doing the outline for the sequel to Dangerous Liaisons.
What process did you go through to get your work published? I was going to self-published again, this time using my own name and was looking for someone to edit my manuscript; I happened to be in the same writing group as Amanda Mabry and she had recently vented about trying to help someone and I thought “This is the person I want to edit my manuscript. Someone who cares about her work and is passionate about writing as I am.” So I got in touch with her and after we talk, she asked if I’d be interested in publishing with Our Write Side and I said yes.
What is the hardest part of writing for you? When I do the editing, I find I am my worst critic and I’m probably the only writer that totally ends up changing the storyline.
What do you enjoy most about writing? Its relaxing for me. A way to escape and get rid of daily stress.
If you could have any fictional character(s), living or dead, on your survival team after an apocalypse, who would you choose and why? Bryan Mills from the movies Taken 1, 2, 3. I have seen those movies over 5000 times! I guess it’s because he can kick ass and he cares about his daughter and his ex-wife until she’s murdered. I don’t know maybe I just love the CIA action! But the first movie gets me especially every time when he goes looking for his daughter and towards the end, the daughter says to the dad, “you came for me”. Gets me every time.
Which actors would you choose to play the main characters in your story? I would have Liam Neeson play Johnny Nelson,Matthew McConaughey play Colton Jameson, and Sandra Bullock play Sierra Lancaster.
Who are some of your favorite authors? I read all of Nora Roberts, Karen Robards, and Sandra Brown. They are so talented and have a way of shocking you with a twist has you saying, “I never saw that coming.” What impact have they had on your writing? It makes me want to be a better writer.
Do you know the secret to originality in writing? Not really, I have a friend who has a Master’s Degree in English and I would tell her how the ideas would come to me and when she would read my work, she would tell me tell me I had a gift from God to be able to do what I do. She always thought it was amazing when I would tell her how the words would come faster than I could type! Would you share it? I’ve always heard write what you know. I don’t know if that’s true or not. Writing has come easy for me. It may not always be perfect but that’s why we edit and re-edit.
What are you currently reading? I’m actually reading two books at once, “Catch A Falling Star” By Rhonda Burnaugh and “Did You Miss Me?” By Karen Rose.
What do you think is the future of reading/writing? I think it will continue to grow especially the self-publishing industry. Although Ebooks are popular and I do have a Kindle, I still love my paperbacks and hardcovers. I would much rather read a good book than watch television, unless there is a movie that has Liam Neeson or Matthew McConaughey in it then I’m going to be glued to the television set!