by Barbara White Daille
Interview with Barbara White Daille:
Crystal: Today I have the pleasure of hosting Barbara White Daille. Welcome Barbara! I'm so excited that you are here to visit with us today. Would you share a little bit about yourself with us today?
Barbara: Sure. Thanks for asking. I’ve been writing since before I could spell and knew from about kindergarten onward that it would be part of my life forever. I wrote many short stories before completing my first novel in the eighth grade. The book included elements of what I still love to read and write—romance, suspense, and mystery.
Crystal: What are you currently working on?
Barbara: I’m pulling together two more story ideas for the Hitching Post Hotel series. Readers just can’t get enough of matchmaker Grandpa Jed and his family, and neither can I! I’m also working on a brand-new series about a family of ranchers. The brothers all have dates with destiny, and the surprises that come along change their lives completely.
Crystal: Where did you come up with the idea for your current release?
Barbara: Ally, the heroine, is best friends with the heroine of the first book in the series, The Cowboy’s Little Surprise. Readers have always wanted to know when Ally would have her story told, and I finally found the right hero for me—or I should say, for Grandpa Jed—to match with her. I had always wanted to have a heroine whose first and only love left town before she could tell him how she felt about him. Then I wanted him to return, giving her the chance to be with him long enough for him to fall in love with her. And…along with a little surprise…there you have Reagan and Ally!
Crystal: When you are not busy writing wonderful stories to keep us lucky readers entertained, what do you like to do? Do you have a hobby?
Barbara: Among many other things, I love walking, biking, crossword and Sudoku puzzles, going to the gym, and of course reading. My biggest loves are my DH (dear husband), chocolate, books, chocolate. And more chocolate.
Crystal: Do you have a favorite snack that like to munch on while writing? If so would you mind sharing what it is with us?
Barbara: One of the answers above might have given me away already. My fave snack is chocolate cookies, and I could eat them every day. But sometimes I go wild and have chocolate cake…or chocolate muffins…or just plain chocolate!
Crystal: Do you have a favorite scene you would like to share with us?
Barbara: I have so many favorites between the hero and the heroine in the new book, I wouldn’t know where to start. So here’s one of my favorite scenes with the heroine, Ally, getting to know the hero’s baby:
Ally transferred Reagan’s son to the baby seat and strapped him in. “I’ve only been out to the ranch once before. My mama and the other ladies of the women’s circle sometimes have special Saturday meetings. And one Saturday a long time ago, when Mrs. Chase, your abuela—your grandma—had the meeting here, she invited all of the ladies to bring their kids along.”
After hoisting her purse and the diaper bag onto one shoulder, she picked up the baby in his carrier. He didn’t let out a sound.
So far, so good. Keep talking.
“This was when I was in junior high school. You’ll find out all about school someday. Anyway, that Saturday, I got to see your daddy.” The memory made her voice suddenly rise. She looked at the baby in alarm, but he simply stared up at her. “He was grooming his horse outside the barn. And would you believe, I got hit with an attack of shyness. Me, Ally Martinez, The Girl Most Likely to Make You Laugh. Crazy, isn’t it? Well. I sat on the darned corral fence for almost an hour, never even saying hello, just watching him work.”
As she went up the steps to the house, she shot a fond glance toward the corral. Then she looked down at the baby. Sean seemed transfixed by her story. Maybe there wouldn’t be much to this babysitting after all.
Reagan had told her the kitchen door at the back of the house would be open. She went inside and took the baby over to the table.
She hadn’t gotten her fill of Reagan that day long ago, but it was the first time she had ever been able to sit and stare at him unnoticed by anyone. Including him, unfortunately.
“Your daddy’s a couple of years older than I am,” she explained. “Well…probably closer to three, and I guess he thought I was just a little kid. He never did pay much attention to me.” Leaning closer to the baby, she whispered, “But let me tell you, things are going to change now. What do you think of that?”
The baby looked up and instantly gave her his answer. He stiffened his arms and legs, scrunched up his face and let out a screech.
“Hush,” she said hurriedly, rocking the seat slightly. The movement did no good and even seemed to upset Sean more. “Shh-h-h. Shh-h-h. Don’t cry, baby. Your daddy will hear you and fire me on the spot.”
“I already hear him.”
She jumped and let out a screech even louder than Sean’s.
Reagan’s voice had come from the other side of the kitchen. Reluctant to turn and face him, she stared down at the baby, whose face was getting redder by the minute. So was hers, judging by the heat flooding her cheeks. Reagan had heard the baby crying. But had he also heard anything she had said to the baby?
Crystal: Do you have a favorite background noise you like to have going while you write (TV, Music, kids playing)?
Barbara: Just the clicking of my keyboard. Television and music with lyrics mess with my focus, and even music without lyrics distracts me too much. I suspect I like the quiet better because it’s easier for me to hear the voices of the characters in my head. Well…all right. I don’t actually hear voices, but I do compose sentences in my head before I can get to sit down at the keyboard.
Crystal: Thanks for visiting. It has been a pleasure having you visit today. Can you think of anything else you would like to share with us today?
Barbara: Thank you for inviting me to drop in. I have lots I’d love to share, but I’ll keep it to these comments:
First, it’s a pleasure being here, and I’m always happy to respond to comments or questions readers leave for me. I love to chat, so they should also look for me out on social media.
Second, I love being able to write series books because they give me the chance to go back and visit with characters who have become good friends. But I’d like readers to know that even when my books are connected by those overlapping characters and friendships, then intertwined with small story threads, each book still stands alone. That is, my hero and heroine always reach their own happy-ever-after by the end of their own story.
Finally, I tell stories for myself and my readers, and I hope they enjoy reading the books as much as I do writing them.
About the Book:
Ally Martinez has always been known as a fun and flirty kind of gal. But deep down she’s never forgotten the cowboy who left town. When her crush Reagan Chase comes home after a five-year absence, Ally knows this is her big chance. The guy I’ve always wanted. Only Reagan has something different in mind…
Still reeling from his last relationship, Reagan needs a babysitter for his month-old son. With Ally’s help, he can get his family’s ranch ready for sale and get out of Cowboy Creek. The problem? Ally is one seriously cute distraction. But Reagan will do whatever it takes to keep his heart safe. Even if it means losing the only place—and the only woman—he can call home.
About the Author
Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too!
Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then typed "The End" to her first novel many years later...in the eighth grade. Now she's writing contemporary romance on a daily basis. Sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest in her writing life: http://barbarawhitedaille.com/newsletter.
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