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May Giveaway!

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Inspiration Point

Jill “Pearl” Barnett

My inspirations are as unusual as the stories they inspire, and so very random. Most often an idea will be a kernel of an thought–a line of dialogue that comes to me when I’m brushing my teeth, a beer commercial about a lost recipe for an ancient ale, an idea that just pops into my head, like a character who is, say, an inept witch a la Aunt Clara from Bewitched. After that, it’s my creative mind that comes up with the basics, who would this woman fall in love with?  Who would my hero say that line of dialogue to? Who would be horrified if he discovered he had married a witch?

DSCN1004The research then determines the story, and sometimes the specific time period/year.  I am a huge researcher.  You might read something crazy in one of my books but the scene comes from the truth. When I read that Medieval games were often played with pig bladders filled with sand (balls) or water…. Water? I thought.  Really? Medieval water balloons? (WICKED). That’s where my mind went.

I brainstorm plot and writing problems with a longtime writing friend, and was doing so even when I lived in San Francisco and she lived in Seattle 30 years ago. (See photo of us.) Brainstorming is really important for me.  I can get so excited and jump right in and start to write like crazy until I hit a wall and come to a screeching halt because the plot gets in the way of my character’s journey.  Then my dear friend annoyingly asks all the questions I should have asked myself before I got past page 20.  She was an attorney so I’m drilled mercilessly, but I eventually get to the problem with her questions.  I always need to talk it out.  We do that for each other.

medieval cover Harris 2My first new historical romance in over a decade and a half will come out this summer.  Titled MY SOMETHING WONDERFUL, the story is set in the 12th Century and is the story of Glenna Gordon’s journey to meet the father she never knew she had, and the man sent to safely escort her from an island in the Hebrides across the rough wilds of Norman Scotland. Their first meeting is anything but usual. Honestly, this is probably my favorite meet-cute (Hollywood term for how your romantic characters meet) in all of my books, but I’ll let you judge for yourself this June. I’ve enclosed a photo of the cove on the Isle of Harris, where they meet.

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Jill has combined two of her classic Love and Laughter short stories into a Jill Barnett anthology, Fool Me Once, the name of the historical series.  There will be a new smaller novel set in Victorian England coming to the series in late summer.  This new anthology will be up for ordering by the end of May and it will contain excerpts from both of Jill’s new books.

FOOL ME ONCE releases at the end of May!

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