Bio: Barbara Lohr writes contemporary romance, both adult and new adult. A flair for fun and subtly sexy love scenes are her trademarks. In her two series, Windy City Romance series and Man from Yesterday, feisty women take on hunky heroes and life’s issues. Family often figures in her work. "No woman ever falls in love without influence from her family, either positive or negative." When she's not writing, she loves to bike, kayak, golf or cook. She makes a mean popover. Barbara lives in the South of the United States with her husband and a cat that insists he was Heathcliff in a former life.
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Q: At what point did you decide to make writing a profession: What got you started?
A: Writing has been the core of my career. At the start, I taught writing to high school juniors and seniors while free lancing for a local paper. From there I went into advertising where I did everything from sales to copywriting. Healthcare marketing also required a lot of writing. In the evenings and on weekends, I wrote short stories for the confession magazines, which I really enjoyed. Sold over two hundred stories. Felt right to segue into novels later.
Q: How long have you been writing?
Q: What is your genre?
A: Contemporary romance
Q: If you could write in any other genre, what would it be?
A: Historical romance
Q: Where do you get your plot ideas?
A: I've never had writer's block. Ideas are everywhere. The news. My interests. The K-Mart checkout line. Standing at the deli. I'm an unabashed eavesdropper. That's how I wound up writing over two hundred short stories.
Q: Who or what inspires you?
A: Of course I'm inspired by other writers. Most writers are avid readers and I'm no exception. But when I read, I'm a reader and writer, if that's makes sense.
Q: Do you have a favorite brain food, a.k.a. snack food, when writing?
A: Hello, my name is Barbara and I'm a chocoholic. But you can't eat chocolate all day so I have grapes at my desk. And I drink water all day long
Q: How do you approach a difficult scene? Do you tackle it head-on or take time to mull it over?
A: A story is made up of scenes and each one is difficult. Before I go to bed each night, I tuck the scene I'm working on into my head. I really believe our brain works while we sleep. When I wake up, usually some tweaks are there. At the computer, I get into it. Become that person. Sometimes I use music. When I'm writing my beach series, I play a lot of old-time beach music. You gotta love "Surfer Girl," right? While writing Her Favorite Honeymoon, I discovered an Italian singer who embodied Italian sexiness. I played his music over and over to get into it.
Q: In general, how many drafts and edits do you go through per novel?
A: As many as it takes. That might be three or might be five or more. I envy writers who can produce a manuscript and then edit it once before turning it over to their editor. But I'm not that person
Q: Because the writing process is all-consuming how do you re-energize yourself and gear up for the next novel?
A: Usually I am tucking ideas into a folder for my next book as I work on my current book. In a series, that is easy to do because your mind is building the connections and anticipating the readers' acceptance of the next character. (Sometimes they email me with the character they want to see next. I'm flattered.) I don't have a problem reenergizing myself. I like my characters so it's like I'm a therapist sitting down with them and listening to their story.
Q: What current book(s) do you have for sale?
A: I have several books currently available in the Windy City Romance series.
Finding Southern Comfort
Harper Kirkpatrick takes a job as a nanny for Cameron Bennett's troubled little girl in his Savannah mansion.