Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Welcome Guest: Barbara Edwards!

Give a warm welcome to this week's victim guest, Barbara Edwards!

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Barbara, tell me five things I probably don’t know about you and that most folks wouldn’t guess.

My family would laugh themselves sick, but I’m a secret perfectionist. Everyone with children knows this is a helpless cause. My husband is a mess maker so I keep my fetish hidden. I fold my underwear in a certain way. My clothes are sorted by color, season, casual, business. I have everything in my office sorted in my personal filing system and keep the door closed to discourage company.

My goal is to visit the South Pole to see penguins and mating whales. I want to put my hand into the water and touch the ice. I have a file on cruise ships and their itineraries that I regularly update as I dream. I even have a list of necessary cold weather gear I’ll need to buy so I don’t freeze. This is from the person who hates being cold.

I love to travel and enjoy all the benefits of living in a camper for months at a time. But I need to go home every few months. There is something about my kitchen, my yard, my own bed that welcomes me. I need that. I need to sit in my office and write. Somehow I feel more productive at my desk.

I don’t admit I see ghosts. Well, not usually. I can count on my fingers the times I’ve actually experienced an event. Does seeing the same one several times count as once? Or do I need to add more fingers? Gettysburg is so haunted you’d have to be asleep not to see something there, but how about Resaca, Georgia? The Southern defenders from Sherman’s advance are still lighting their campfires on the mountain. I’m one of the few who saw them the night we camped there.

Once I explored an empty house and was so frozen by fear I couldn’t go through a door. Not many people know about that.

I want a cat although I recently became allergic to them. When I was growing up, my cat slept under the covers at my feet. I dressed it in a baby bonnet and I carried at around all the time. I miss having a cat, but my dog isn’t welcoming and my husband doesn’t like them. Sigh. I love to hold a cat and hear it purr.

2) Fill in the blank: If I had a million dollars, I would __________

If I had a million dollars, I would build a castle on a cliff over the sea. My office would be in a turret high above the surrounding land and I would have all the time I needed to write.

Write me a paragraph using the following three words: Stork, Afghan, Diary

I don’t have a record of my life. I write in my diary in a haphazard manner. It’s supposed to record daily events and I always forget or am too tired to a think of an entry. Tonight, I’m cuddled under an afghan on the couch. The on-going cold has made our trip South for the winter moot. The only think of to mention is the Great Blue heron I photographed this morning. The salt marsh was teaming with birds at dawn. I tried to catch a picture of a stork, but it flew away. I can look for it again tomorrow.


My name is Barbara Edwards and I’m a native New Englander. I’m a graduate of the University of Hartford with a Master’s degree in Public Administration. I write poetry for myself and novels when I need to tell a longer tale. I’m fascinated by the past so naturally turned to writing historical romance. The dark paranormal stories evolve from nightmares. The romance comes from my belief in people’s basic goodness and longing for love.

I lived in Florida for several years and am past president of the Central Florida Romance Writers and a member of Romance Writers of America.

When I returned to Connecticut, I founded the Charter Oak Romance Writers, a Chapter of Romance Writers of America, along with several close friends.

My husband is a retired Police Sergeant. We share an interest Civil War re-enacting and travel the Eastern states to participate in events. I love visiting museums, galleries and battle sites, gathering information for my stories.

I taught Romance Writing at Manchester Community college for three years.

I’m fond of gardening and growing antique roses with limited success.

Most of my exercise is when my Belgian Shepherd, Dixie, demands a walk.

Visit my website for excerpts of my books

Ancient Awakening, a paranormal romance is available on Kindle. for Barb’Ed Comments

Author Barbara Edwards is a featured panelist at the RTBookReview Conference in Columbus, Ohio, April 28 – May 2, 2010

PSYCHIC AWAKENINGS Walk through the light of hope, healing and love. How does psychic awareness develop characters, add layers to your story and provide that wonderful happily ever after?

PANELISTS: Barbara Edwards, Elysa Hendricks, Jade Lee, Melissa Lopez, Susanne Saville, Elissa Wilds

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