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A Row Of Houses

by Barbara Wood last modified Jul 12, 2016 14:57

<p>Many of you know my assistant, Sharon, who is also a very dear and close friend. Sharon recently went to England to visit family and came back with lots of photos. One of them was of a residential section in the town where her family lives, and I was astounded at how much it looked like the small town where I was born in northern England. I could have grown up in a neighborhood just like the one near to where Sharon's family lives, if my father hadn't brought us all to America . . .</p>

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You're On Your Way

by Barbara Wood last modified Jun 21, 2016 12:30

"You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own and you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go."

From "Oh the Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss

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Dreams

by Barbara Wood last modified Jun 17, 2016 11:50

I'm often asked where do I get my inspiration from for my novels. I don't have a simple answer to this question. Sometimes it's a conversation with a friend, or an article I've read, or an ancient story, a vacation, an old photograph, a piece of art, or it can be a dream.

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Smile!

by Barbara Wood last modified Jun 14, 2016 02:59

Don't frown. You never know who is falling in love with your smile

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An Encouraging Word

by Barbara Wood last modified Jun 05, 2016 08:18

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It’s June and schools everywhere are holding graduation ceremonies. A time for expressing gratitude to those who taught us and inspired us so well – the teachers! I look back and recall Mrs. Jeffries in particular, who was one of my 8th grade teachers. I remember a writing assignment – the subject was to be of our choosing but the purpose of the essay was to write it in such a way as to enthuse others on the subject. I chose to write about Pharaoh Akhenaton and his wife Queen Nefertiti who, to this day remain mysterious, controversial figures in history. Were they truly humankind’s first monotheists?

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Happy Memorial Day

by Barbara Wood last modified May 30, 2016 06:53

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What IS She Reading?

by Barbara Wood last modified May 29, 2016 18:21

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Do you suppose she's reading Land of the Afternoon Sun?

 

 

 

 

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Advice From An Author :)

by Barbara Wood last modified May 24, 2016 12:48

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Facing My Fears

by Barbara Wood last modified May 19, 2016 06:56

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I was told I needed to have an MRI. This was not joyous news as I am a dedicated claustrophobe and do not relish being squished in a dark coffin-like tube for nearly an hour with loud banging deafening me. I hemmed and hawed. I tried to find excuses. And then my kindly doctor who vaguely resembles George Clooney which is all the medical credentials I need, informed me of the new “open” MRI machines. They are designed for children and the claustrophobic. I was still wary, but the procedure had to be done.
On the front entrance of the imaging center, before you even open the door, there is a sign that says, “Please inform personnel if you are claustrophobic.” This did not encourage me. At the sign-in window, there is a sign that says, “Please let us know if you are claustrophobic.” My false courage started to leave me.
Being taken into the Inner Sanctum, I saw more signs about claustrophobia. Now I really started to feel the walls closing in. “Are you wearing any metal?” the technician asked me. “Do you have any metal inside your body? Any bullets or other shrapnel?” Shrapnel???? Hey, I look like a soccer mom. “Have you ever worked as a welder?” Welder????? “Do you have any foreign objects in your eyes?” Was this a joke? I started to look for the hidden TV camera.

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Research, Limousines and Wine!

by Barbara Wood last modified May 15, 2016 14:13

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I am often asked if I have other people do research for me, and I always say Not at all!  I love doing my own research, it’s half the fun of writing a novel.  At the moment, my research is especially fun as my newest book (“The Far River”) is about wine making in California – specifically Spanish and Germans wines (Tempranilla, Garnacha, Cava, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir).  Naturally, this requires a thorough understanding and knowledge of wines, and as it just so happens I live very close to Southern California’s wine growing region, I am obligated to pay visits to the lovely wineries in Temecula and Escondido.  (It’s hard work but someone has to do it!)  Fortunately, there are these wonderful services offered by local companies where you can hire a limousine and a sober driver and be taken from winery to winery and you can enjoy all the tasting you want and have a nice snooze on the way home.
     I’m thinking of writing my next book about a cheesecake restaurant.

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Happy Mother's Day!

by Barbara Wood last modified May 08, 2016 05:45

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Happy Mother's Day

to Moms around the World!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Palm Springs - an Inspiration

by Barbara Wood last modified May 03, 2016 10:24

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Palm Springs is called Hollywood’s Playground because many celebrities and movie people have vacation homes there. Palm Springs is also known for its golf courses – in fact, I’ve been told that the Palm Springs area has more golf courses per capita than anywhere else in the world. But there is more to the desert resort than golf and tennis and swimming pools. As I got into the research before starting to write “Land of the Afternoon Sun,” I was astounded at the rich history I uncovered in this delightful “playground” just fifty miles from where I live.

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Afternoon Sun

by Barbara Wood last modified Apr 27, 2016 12:23

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A book’s title is very important and can even be crucial to its success or lack thereof. I wonder, for instance, if F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, “The Great Gatsby,” would have achieved as much success if the author had stayed with his original title, “Trimalchio of West Egg.” Or how about Margaret Mitchell’s original title for “Gone With the Wind” – “Pansy.”
As I was writing my newest novel, “Land of the Afternoon Sun,” (coming out in July) I went through a series of titles, none of which grabbed me. And then I read a poem by Lord Tennyson, called “The Lotos-eaters” in which he says, “In the afternoon they came unto a land in which it seemed always afternoon.” And it struck me as perfect for my book, as the story takes place in Palm Springs, a desert resort community in Southern California where, yes, it does seem like it is always afternoon.

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Sometimes, They've Got To Go

by Barbara Wood last modified Apr 20, 2016 10:33

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A Facebook friend sent me this charming image.  I replied, "so true, so true".

 I've had to kill off many characters in my books - some deserved it, others did not.  And readers have not been shy to let me know their anger, or confusion, or hurt when I've killed off a favorite character.  To those readers, I'm so sorry!  However, it had to be done to move the plot along.  I should add, that the decisions were not easy ones and I shed many tears as I wrote their death scenes. 

 

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Through The Cracks

by Barbara Wood last modified Apr 03, 2016 06:35

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I heard a phrase on the radio this morning, "Pain is part of healing". The article was about doctors over prescribing opioids & the effects on their patients. Well I listened further and then drifted to my own thoughts (as I often do). I thought about my characters that I'm currently writing about & previous characters - mainly the female protagonists, and yes, they are all overcoming something - and often it's something very painful in their past. This pain though, propels them forward on a quest, mission or adventure and by the time the story is over, there is healing for my characters. (Of course, I wouldn't have it any other way in my stories).

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Spring Is In The Air

by Barbara Wood last modified Mar 26, 2016 19:27

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Happy Easter. Happy Passover. Happy Spring.

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The Time Is Now

by Barbara Wood last modified Mar 14, 2016 08:26

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This is advice I give to myself ALL THE TIME!!

 

 

 

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I Hope You Find Your Perfect Book Today

by Barbara Wood last modified Mar 03, 2016 08:11

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In Memory

by Barbara Wood last modified Feb 23, 2016 15:39

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"Words to live by:


You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it." - Harper Lee, (from To Kill A Mockingbird).

 

 

 

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Bold New Barbie

by Barbara Wood last modified Feb 07, 2016 11:59

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If you've read my bio on my website or attended one of my book events, you may know that I began story telling at a very young age. Before I could read and write, I made up stories and told them out loud to a captive audience of dolls and bears. My Mom watched quietly out of sight, so as not to disturb me, and told me later that I would arrange my audience in neat rows, and launch into a fantastic tale.

One member of my audience was a Barbie doll. I liked her then and liked her enough when I was much older to begin collecting Barbies. Barbie was magical. I put her in the realm of "fantasy doll". I did not see her as a representation of what a women was or could be or needed to be. For me, Barbie was a doll. Something to play with and have an adventure with (along with all my other dolls and teddy bears).

It recently read about Mattel's bold new move to introduce a selection of Babies with different body types, skin tones, eye colors and hairstyles. Maybe it's a good thing that more realistic body types are now available. I think having a choice is refreshing. I believe though that girls will always be attracted to the "over the top" fantasy Barbie - the doll who's just out of our reach. The doll who sits serenely in all her glory and listens ever so intently to a young girl's story.

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My Latest Book Available in German: Wohin dein Traum dich fuhrt


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