Barbara Hinske is a practicing attorney in Phoenix, Arizona, who inherited the fiction-writing gene from her father. She has two grown children with her exceedingly kind and good second husband, who died of cancer in 2006. Lucky in love, Barb married again in 2010, and they live in their own Rosemont with two adorable and spoiled dogs.
Barbara Hinske is the Amazon #1 Bestselling Author of the Rosemont series: Coming to Rosemont, and Weaving the Strands. Look for the third book in the series to be released in mid 2015.
Your real name and pen name?
Barbara McDugald Willis is my real name and I write under my maiden name of Barbara Hinske.
Please share some of the best memories of your childhood.
My fondest memories of my childhood are of my father reading to me and making up bedtime stories for me.
About your education. I'm an attorney and engineer, and make my living as General Counsel to a title insurance company.
What is your biggest source of inspiration in life
I draw inspiration for my life and my writing from the simple lives of great courage lived by ordinary people in our everyday world.
When did you start writing? What is the purpose of your writing?
I started writing my Rosemont series of novels when I was recovering from serious injuries (a broken neck and double vision) sustained in an auto accident. I wasn't able to work for 3 months and my double vision prevented me from reading or watching television. I outlined a series of 5 books in my mind and started writing on a legal pad when I was well enough. I write books to entertain and encourage my readers.
Which of your work has been published so far?
Coming to Rosemont and Weaving the Strands (the first and second books in the Rosemont series) have been published.
Would you like to share a synopsis of your work?
Coming to Rosemont: Forensic accountant Maggie Martin’s well-ordered life is shattered by her husband’s untimely death and the double life he concealed. Dealing with the financial and emotional wreckage left in Paul’s wake, she is stunned to learn he inherited an estate known as Rosemont in the seemingly-serene Midwestern town of Westbury. Seeking a fresh start and a quiet, solitary life, she moves halfway across the country to make Rosemont her home. Before she can unpack her first box, she’s knee-deep in a battle against political corruption, where defeat and retreat are not an option. Still bearing the scars of betrayal, will she find joy, romance and possibility in Westbury?
What are your forthcoming writings?
I've just finished the first draft of the third book in the Rosemont series. The working title is Enlarging the Circle. I also write serials on my blog and Facebook pages -- I call them Bedtime Stories. I'm currently running a mystery series called The Night Train.
What genres you write in and why?
I write women's contemporary fiction and women's sagas. I enjoy series fiction because I love to become involved with characters and watch them change and grow as they respond to life's challenges.
What keeps you motivating towards writing? How do you plan, schedule and monitor your writing commitments?
I'm relentlessly dedicated to making my word count goals. I get up very early and write.
Your favorite time of the day?
I get up by every morning -- I love the quite time before the demands of the day intrude on my time.
Your favorite color and why?
Yellow -- it's happy and energetic.
Your favorite book and why?
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher. I love the setting (England and Cornwall) and the sense of family connections.
Your favorite movie and why?
Gone with the Wind. Hoop skirts and Rhett Bulter--need I say more?
Your favorite food?
Chocolate ice cream
What comes to your mind when you think of India?
Smart, gentle people with great kindness in their souls.
State your signature line/ tagline/ best quote
Don't give up--don't quit. You never know where your good is coming from.
The last line of your autobiography would be…
She made us all realize we could do anything we set our minds to.
The title of your autobiography would be…
Of Course You Can!
Links & other relevant details:
Twitter handle: BarbaraHinske
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/
Goodreads author page: http://bit.ly/1CYn9GB
Amazon link: http://amzn.to/ZiGFhr
Any other links: www.barbarahinske.com