Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Timeless by Jan Scarbrough IFB interview

Release date: September 15th 2013
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Purchase: Amazon

When Beth Abbott receives a surprise inheritance from her birth mother, she travels to the family’s nineteenth century mansion in Old Louisville, now a bed and breakfast. There she meets the resident ghost, a little girl whose crying scares, but intrigues guests. Beth sets out to discover the identity of the ghost and why she appears happy to Beth, not sad.

Jeff Halstead, a man with several secrets, runs the bed and breakfast. But he’s more than that to Beth, and she feels their connection immediately. A psychic medium who doubts his skills, Jeff slowly uncovers the truth of their past lives. Will he be in time to reveal the identity of Beth’s enemy? Will the love they shared in the past follow them into the future?

A technical writer by day, Jan Scarbrough spends her nights writing romance. She is a member of Novelist, Inc. Jan has written for Kensington and ImaJinn Books, and currently has contracts with Turquoise Morning Press and Resplendence Publishing. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and rides American Saddlebred horses for fun and recreation.

1.    Please tell us about yourself. 
I’m a former high school English teacher whose career was cut short by children. When I went back to work, I became a technical writer. Grown children later, I’m still a technical writer by day and I write romance novels by night.

2.    Did you always want to write?
I discovered I loved to write because of a dedicated, ninth grade teacher. I never seriously tried it until after a life-threatening illness. That’s when I decided it was about time to make my dream come true.

3.    What does writing mean to you?
Writing is who I am. It’s who my friends are. People who don’t write don’t understand us—the stories that fill our head and the compulsion to get them out. I’ve discovered writer friends everywhere, even guys who mysteries or horror stories.

4.    Who inspires you?
Earlier this year, I wrote a blog about “inspiration” and where it comes from.  My medium friend tells me my spirit guides helped me write my novel TIMELESS. She even tells me I channel as I write. I don’t know for sure. All I know is that other writer friends and their success inspire me to do more and do it better.

5.    What is your favorite genre to read and write?
Romance, of course. But the sub-genre I love to read is historical romance. I’m known for my contemporary romance.

6.    What was the first story that you remember writing called?
I suppose the first story I started was called “Dream Come True” because I thought if I got it published, it would be a dream come true! Today that story is called Kentucky Flame.

7.    Do you have advice for anyone wanting to become an author?
Your words are not golden. You’d better develop a thick skin because your words will be changed, if not by you, by an editor. Then after your book is published, you may receive not-so-friendly reviews. I don’t know how many times I’d like to tell a reviewer “You’re wrong! I didn’t rush through writing that book. In fact, it took years to write it and get it published!”

8.    If you were stuck in one TV show which would it have to be?
Castle, of course. I’d love to chat with the “handsomely rugged” Richard Castle.

9.    What is your favorite movie?
Secretariat. I love horses and I loved this horse. The movie was great.

10.  What was the last movie you saw in the movie theatre? 
The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy

11.  What do you like to do in your spare time, besides write? 
I ride American Saddlebred horses at Premier Stables, a famous horse show barn in Kentucky. I need a “horse fix” once a week to clear my head. Although I don’t own a horse, I can always dream.

12.  What is your favorite restaurant?
I always enjoy a stop at Cracker Barrel when traveling. Other than that, any place where I don’t have to cook!

13.  Any pets?
With a veterinarian for a daughter, I have plenty of pets! Two rescued calico cats. A rescued big red dog named Red that we were supposed to foster. This makes us “foster failures.” And then there are the Pembroke Welsh Corgis—Lenny and Cadi. Lenny is also a rescue. Cadi came to us for free as a four pound puppy. She’s the one that runs the house.

14.  If you had a soundtrack to your life what song would have to be on it?
Neil Diamond's Kentucky Woman

15.  What is your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas—aside from the religious significance, I always enjoyed Christmas as a kid. As a parent, I enjoyed playing Santa Claus for my children. The uncontrolled chaos of unwrapping presents now with eight grandchildren is something to behold!

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