Friday, February 24, 2012

1st Blogoversary: Interview with Kathleen Y'Barbo & Giveaway!

Kathleen, welcome to Hardcover Feedback! Thank you SO much for being a part of my 1st Blogoversary Celebration! Would you tell us a little about yourself?
I'm the author of over forty novels as well as several nonfiction titles. I've won multiple awards and have more than one million books in print.

What or who made the biggest influence on you wanting to become a writer?
First my parents bought a set of Encyclopedia Britannicas then my paternal grandfather gifted me with a dictionary at the age of ten. That was just the beginning of my love of words.

What was the first book you ever wrote about and was it ever published?
The first book I wrote was not published, though I used the research to much later write three other novels that were: Beloved Castaway, Beloved Captive, and Beloved Counterfeit.

Do you have any writing habits that people might find unusual?
Is anything really unusual about a writer? LOL! I like to have a candle burning when I write and there needs to be copious amounts of iced tea or Diet Dr Pepper around.

Do you have a favorite character or one that is especially close to your heart?
Sam from Major League Dad is a direct copy of my son Jacob, so I'd have to say that guy captured my heart most of all.

What is the best gift you have ever received and who gave it to you?
Is it corny to say salvation? It's a free gift from the Lord that I base everything else on.

What is something that you have always wanted to do, but just haven't gotten around to it yet?
The Bucket List grows almost daily, so there are a whole bunch of good answers to this question. If pressed to choose one, I'd have to say that I'm looking forward to the day when I can buy my husband a tractor and a pile of dirt. Don't ask.

What is your all-time favorite book?
The Bible.

Other than yourself, who is your favorite author?
I'd have to go with the One who wrote the Bible.

If a TV show was based on your life, what would the theme song be and why?
Theme from the Brady Bunch? Cheaper by the Dozen?

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to read or put the top down on my red Mini Cooper and drive-or ride along while my husband does the driving.

Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Night owl, definitely.

What is your favorite TV show and/or movie?
I'm loving a bunch of shows right now: Castle, Downton Abbey, Big Bang Theory. As for movies, the best one I've seen lately is the new version of True Grit.

If you had the opportunity to go anywhere you wanted, at anytime in history, where would you go and why?
I think I'd pick a random day sometime in early 1975. My husband knows why.

Where can people connect with you online? or on Twitter and Facebook

Thank you so much Kathleen for being on Hardcover Feedback!

Kathleen has graciously offered to give away a copy of her book The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck! To enter, all you have to do is follow this blog in at least one way, complete the mandatory entry and then complete whichever extra entries you want in the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is open to US residents only!

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  1. I'm finding it interesting how many authors first books are not published and a lot of them started writing when they were very young. I'm so glad the authors I like didn't give up and kept on writing.


  2. Love Kathleen's books and already have this on my wish list. Can't wait to read.
    I would like to know about the dirt and tractor for her husband. lol
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  3. Like MissKallie, I LOVE Kathleen's work, but missed this one somehow, so would LOVE to rectify that!!


  4. love her writing habits. I love the smell of candles too. My hubby hates the smell. So he is always saying burning a candle leaves soot on the walls and ceiling. So I have an electric pot now no more flame.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  5. I've never read any of Kathleen's books, bit I would like to! I liked that she had to have a candle burning while she's writing.


  6. I have really wanted to read The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck! I personally loved reading about Kathleen Y'Barbo's favorite tv shows because we have a few in common!

  7. I love that Kathleens favorite book is the Bible.

  8. I have never read any of Kathleen's books but am always looking to find new authors to add to my list of favorites.

  9. I have read the first three "Beloved" books and loved them all! I can't wait to read the books in this series. This interview was great. Kathleen, I enjoyed learning tidbits about your life, especially your writing habits! Thanks for the interview! Megan S.

  10. Wow, lots of fun interviews! Thanks for introducing us to Kathleen. :)

    Kathleen, I have the bucket list problem too...It keeps growing. I've gotta add vitamins to my list so I can live longer and actually cross everything off. :)

  11. I've been trying to find a copy The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck for months now, thanks for the chance to win! Fun interview.


  12. Wow, 40 novels! I haven't read any of Kathleen's books, but I'm always on the lookout for new authors, and this book looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for the opportunity!


  13. I thought that it's amazing how many books she has written and that the one she wrote first wasn't published, but that she ended up using the material later in a trilogy.

  14. Her books all sound really interesting! Don't think I've read any by her, so I'm eager to open one up!