About Barbara Hinske:
Barbara Hinske is an attorney by day, novelist by night. She inherited the writing gene from her father who wrote mysteries when he retired and told her a story every night of her childhood. She and her husband share their own Rosemont with two adorable and spoiled dogs. The old house keeps her husband busy with repair projects and her happily decorating, entertaining, cooking, and gardening. Together they have four grown children.
What inspires you to write?
Reading has been my life-long passion and my favorite form of entertainment and relaxation. I write my novels not only to entertain my readers, but to encourage and uplift them. No matter what challenge is at hand, I want my readers to close my books feeling refreshed and hopeful. I’m a prisoner of optimism, and want to spread my firm belief in a happy future to others.
Tell us about your writing process.
I wrote my first novel, Coming to Rosemont, as a “pantser”–and ended up having to add a major subplot in response to the first round of developmental editing. I worked with an increasingly detailed outline for both the second and third books in the Rosemont series, Weaving the Strands and Uncovering Secrets. I found the outline process much less stressful and more efficient. I do a very rough, big-picture outline on a whiteboard, and I use Scrivener’s cork board feature for more detailed outlining. I also wrote Uncovering Secrets under the watchful eye of a superior writing coach, Linden Gross. I’ll work with Linden on the fourth book in the series when I start writing it next month.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Gosh, yes! Sometimes my characters prattle on and on–especially when I’m trying to get to sleep. I even picked up a sweater for one of my main characters as a Christmas present, but came to my senses before I got to the register.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write your story. Don’t listen to any naysayers–even the ones that live inside your own head. Keeping reading the authors you enjoy. Find a good editor and carefully consider their advice. If you’re a new author, there’s a lot to learn, but you’ve got all the time you need to learn it. Just take it step by step. Most importantly, don’t get stuck in a quicksand of revisions and indecision–at some point, your book is done and you need to push it out of the nest! You’ll meet wonderful people along the way, have lots of fun, and the feeling you get from a lovely review or an email from a reader is unimaginable.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-publish my books. I’m a business attorney and crafted a business plan before I finished the first draft of my first novel. I researched and found that the advance I was likely to get for a debut novel in my genre was extremely modest and that I would remain responsible for marketing. I had the funds necessary to pay for editing and design services and decided to self-publish so that I could keep a much larger percentage of the proceeds of any sales. For me, this was the right decision.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Traditional publishing and self publishing will both continue to refine their market niches and thrive. At least that’s what I hope will happen. The ideal future is a world where literacy expands exponentially and a wide variety of books is available to everyone.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Women’s Fiction, Romance, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Literary Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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