|Author, Karoline Barrett|
I understand that you’ve recently finished your debut novel. Tell us a few of the specifics about your book.
The Art of Being Rebekkah is about a Jewish woman who discovers her husband is a theif and a liar. Her life becomes more complicated when she falls for a catholic police detective and her adoptive mother reveals a surprise about her biological mother.
What made you decide you wanted to write a novel?
I've always loved reading and writing. I took the Long Ridge Writer's Group "Breaking into Print" and "Novel Writing" courseS and knew I had to tell this story.
I think every writer has a different “ritual” when it comes to preparing to write. What were a few of the very first things you did to begin?
Outline, outline, outline! Of course, having chocolate handy also helps!
What would you say was the most challenging part about writing your novel?
Remembering what my character did and when; not repeating the same word over and over. For example, I cut over 200 instances o the word "just." Also, making sure hair color, eye color, and names stayed the same!
Where did you begin searching for a literary agent?
I mostly used Agent Query to compile my list. I also did other internet searches.
What books have been most influential for you, as a writer?
Oh wow! Too many to mention, although I tend not to read when I write, because I don't want to pick up another writer's style subconsciously.
If you could choose any author to be your mentor, who would you choose?
Hmmm....I'd have to say Ann B. Ross, author of the hysterically funny "Miss Julia" series!
What would you say to aspiring novelists?
If you have a good book, it will get published. I try and convince myself of this everyday! It doesn't always work!
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