Welcome to Stitches Thru Time, Kathleen. Thanks so much for being here. For those of us who don't have the privilege of knowing you, tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a 10th generation Texas and the author of more than 80 books with over two million copies of my books in print.
I've enjoyed so many of your inspirational historical romances. Speaking of the past, where did you get your love of history?
My earliest reading materials were historical novels. From the Pollyanna books that were handed down to my mom to the Little House novels I checked out from the library, I have always loved reading about times past.
You and me both, although I cut my teeth on Janette Oke books.
Can you tell us about your newest release? What is your story about?
My newest release is a novella included in the Of Rags and Riches collection (Barbour Publishing, June 2017):
A Gift in Secret by Kathleen Y’Barbo - New Orleans, Louisiana, 1871
May Bolen offers Sam Austin a marriage of convenience. He will get to run the company that drove him into bankruptcy, and she will be free from her father’s rule to travel the world. But when Sam meets May, he knows the offer is too good to be true—or convenient—when hearts become tangled.
That sounds like a great read! Where did you get the inspiration for your story?
I knew who May was well before I knew what story I would give her. There’s something about a woman who will sacrifice everything for her family that appeals to me. As I sat down to plot the novella, I decided the best man for the job of falling in love with May was a man whose love for his family was just as strong. Then, of course, I had to add a conflict where if one of them got what they wanted, the other would lose out. Voila! A story began to take shape.
Sounds like the makings of a great tale, but on top of a great plot, I enjoy a good spiritual thread too. What do you hope folks will take away from your story?
I hope that readers will see that sometimes the Lord gives you what you need instead of what you thought you wanted. And, when He does, that thing you need may come in a way that you never expected. We serve a creative God, and once we figure out we cannot figure Him out, life generally goes a whole lot better.
Do you have a favorite scene in the book? If so, can you tell us a bit about it?
I love the scene where upper crust May marches herself down to the grungy New Orleans docks —a place unlike anywhere she’s ever been--to confront ship’s captain Sam Austin and tell him just exactly how things are going to happen. She’s just so darn cute as she’s trying to maintain her dignity while she’s dodging one obstacle after the other. And Sam is such a man’s man and hero…although he thinks she’s cute too. He just doesn’t plan to tell her so.
LOL! I can just picture the hilarity of that scene. I love it!
What do you plan to work on next?
I am writing an 18th century pirate story, also set in New Orleans, that pits a Spanish nobleman’s daughter and the man who’s secret past is no secret to her.
Oooo. Sounds interesting. :) I can't wait to hear more. I'm sure our readers will want to keep in touch. Where can they connect with you?
Readers can email me through my website at www.kathleenybarbo.com or find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Last but not least, apart from writing, what is your favorite creative outlet?
I love to read! I used to sew, smock, and knit, but now that my kids are grown, I just don’t do those things anymore.