Amazon Best-selling Historical Romance

Amazon Best-selling Historical Romance
Escape to a romantic period where love endured, grew, and flourished despite a Civil War.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Blog Hop on Writing Process

I'd like to thank Belinda for inviting me to be a part of the Blog Hop on the Writing Process and extend a warm welcome to her as I introduce her.

Belinda G. Buchanan is a writer of edgy, women’s fiction and mystery romance.  Her first novel, After All Is Said And Done, frequents amazon’s top 100 in women’s fictions and is a story about infidelity, healing and forgiveness.  Her other books include:  The Monster of Silver Creek, a mystery/romance, and her latest, Seasons of Darkness – a coming of age story about a young man struggling to live among the shattered remains of his family after his mother’s suicide. 
Married to her soulmate of twenty-three years, and a mom to two boys, she lives in the bluegrass state of Kentucky along with a menagerie of animals that includes two persnickety cats, one hamster, and a dog that thinks he’s a person.

Belinda loves to chat almost as much as she likes to write so come on over and visit her on facebook or twitter.  And if you’re a pinner come find her on pinterest.

Now, it's my turn to share insight about how I handle my writing process and my work environment. First, I share it with three pets who keep me company as I write: Sunflower, our golden cocker spaniel, Honi, our golden retriever, and Frankie, our shelter cat.

Work-in-Progress

I have a novel titled Louisiana Sunset in progress with the first three chapters completed and edited. Just getting a new Mac and switching from Windows and my old desktop is slowing me down a bit. I have to learn my new computer. Usually, since I'm a morning writer and do my best work then, I put on coffee, grab my red bird coffee cup with an inspirational verse on the inside, and settle down to write in the wee hours of the morning when all is quiet.

Just Completed Work

I've just completed and released a plantation novel titled Romance under the Oaks set in New Orleans and Vacherie, Louisiana. It's a historical romance love story about the first plantation owners, Jacques and Celina. Their conflict is Celina loves New Orleans, but Jacques loves the quiet plantation life and wants to move her fifty miles from her beloved city to swampy bayou country. He builds Live Oaks Plantation on River Road in Vacherie. Along comes the Civil War, and Celina is stuck out in the sticks and must escape in a buggy through the woods when the Yankees steam up the Mississippi River. She has to get out before the shelling starts. Though life as planters knew it is gone with the war, romance lives on under the oaks.

Novel Showcased as a Must Read by Southern Writers Magazine

River Oak Plantation is a plantation American Civil War novel, historical romance, released in December. It has been doing very well, on and off Amazon's best-selling list in two categories since its release, Civil War and Christian historical romance. Readers love this one. It's unique with dual story lines and dual love stories and blends the past with the present. Journey through the antebellum period with Maggie and Danny and weather the storm with Cammie and Noah. Despite a Civil War, killer hurricane, and raging, rising Mississippi River, love endures all, grows, and flourishes like the cotton and sugarcane.

Why I Write

It's my passion. I can't not write. Through writing, I've come closer to Jesus, read more of God's Word, and helped others in the process as well as myself. I have made many new friends through the people I've met in the process, and God has placed people in my life to help me along through my writing journey, just as He has with my life journey. I thank God for all those blessings.

Why I Write What I Write

I grew up on Nancy Drew and read every one of her mysteries I could get my hands on, so I've been drawn to mystery and suspense, thus I began with romantic suspense. Touring old plantation homes has been a love of mine, and I felt drawn to write about them and history. I enjoy learning from the research involved with writing historical romance, and I find the antebellum period so interesting. I love researching that era, and it makes writing fun. You'll find mystery and suspense within the pages of River Oaks Plantation even though it's historical. I've been told it's unique, and readers say that's what they love about it.


4 comments:

Belinda said...

I enjoyed reading about your writing process, Barbara. And I too, grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.

B. J. Robinson said...

I realized when I read your material we had much in common. Thanks for being a guest. It's great to have you. Blessings for success, BJ

Skyline Spirit said...

pretty nice blog, following :)

B. J. Robinson said...

Thanks for following. Glad to have you :) Blessings, BJ