Today I’m interviewing fellow Pelican Book Group author, Barbara Britton. Welcome Barbara!
Some people listen to music when they write. Some people write outside, near a window, etc. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I’m an old school writer. I draft my novels with a pen and a pad of paper. I’m a terrible typist, so my hands would never be able to keep up with the action that is running through my brain. Writing this way makes my job very portable.
How long does it take you to write a book?
I have three books releasing in thirteen months, so it may seem like I am a fast writer, but I’m not! It takes me about nine months to a year to finish a book. I had a two year lag from the time I finished my first Tribes of Israel novel until I sold it to Pelican. At the time, I wasn’t happy about the wait. Now, I realize it was a big help to have my sophomore novel almost finished when my first novel was snatched up.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Writing books and marketing them can take up a ton of time. I’m still a wife, mom, and daughter, so I have the usual family responsibilities—cleaning, yard work, cooking, etc. Those responsibilities haven’t gone away. I do like to read and bake in my spare time. I also teach a Bible study at my church.
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
Actually, teaching a Bible study is great for getting story ideas. Ladies always say, “Barb, you should write this,” or “I want to know what happened to this character.” And away I go.
Is there a message in your book you hope readers will relate to?
Naomi is thrust into a scary situation in the book of Judges. She is basically kidnapped to be a wife of a Benjamite, so the tribe can survive becoming extinct. Naomi never forgets her values, or what she believes, during difficult circumstances. We see a faithful remnant to God throughout the Old Testament. I like to think a faithful couple like Naomi and Eliab existed in the chaos of Judges 19-21. The apostle Paul was from the tribe of Benjamin, so I’m glad the tribe survived.
What are your future projects?
I have a book releasing this fall that follows a girl who helped rebuild the wall around Jerusalem in Nehemiah’s day—“Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey.” I am currently writing a story from the Old Testament because a woman in my Bible study said, “Hey Barb, write about these women.”
What kinds of research do you do for your books?
I study Bible passages and read commentaries on the Scripture I’m using for my story. Sometimes I can find historical writings about the time period. If I need to find out about say how a fire burns, I can Google it, or watch YouTube videos. The internet is great for gathering information.
Did you always want to be a writer?
No. The job of “writer” wasn’t brought up during career planning days at my high school. I began writing stories in my forties. I was teaching chapel and I prayed, “Lord, hit me with some creativity.” I needed ideas for my chapel curriculum, but I got a prompting to write books as well. My first books were clean mainstream books (try selling those!). Later, I started writing Biblical fiction and the rest is history.
Thanks for having me as a guest on your blog. I’m glad we are both part of the PBG family.
Building Benjamin blurb:
Love Grows Where God Grafts the Tender Shoot.
Naomi desires to dance well enough to catch the eye of a wealthy landowner. Her father needs a substantial bride price due to the deaths of her brothers at the hands of the tribe of Benjamin. But when Benjamites raid the Ephraimite feast and capture young girls, Naomi is bound and carried from her home by Eliab, a troubled shepherd who needs a wife.
As Naomi awaits rescue, she finds Eliab has a strong faith in God and a just reason for abducting her. A reason that affects all the tribes of Israel. The future of the tribe of Benjamin hangs in the balance, but if Naomi follows her heart and stays with Eliab to rebuild his lineage, she must forfeit her family and become a traitor to her tribe.
Barbara M. Britton was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently lives in Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She writes Christian Fiction for teens and adults. Barb has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Barb kicked off her Tribes of Israel series in October with the release of “Providence: Hannah’s Journey.” Naomi’s journey, “Building Benjamin” is out now. Barb is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America.