Interview Roulette: Anne Barwell

Please welcome Anne Barwell!

  1. You’re on a ship with Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Catherine the Great, David Bowie, Billie Holiday, and Gengis Khan. But oh no! The ship is sinking and the lifeboat only holds four people. You get to decide—who gets on that lifeboat? You’re starting with the difficult questions. My first thought is that they’re all already dead so I’d save myself, but that doesn’t really answer the question. And, given that parameter, I only need to choose three people. Mark Twain as I’d love to chat to him about writing. David Bowie, and Billie Holiday because of their music.
  2. What is your worst phobia? I hate heights. Like most phobias there’s no reason for it, I just do to the point where if there’s someone else around to change a light bulb I’ll ask them to do it.
  3. If you could be any other living person for a single day, who would you be? I think I’d still be myself. With someone else I don’t know what I’d be getting into for the day. Even people who look as though they have it all often have something else going on that might not be obvious, whether it’s health problems or whatever. And choosing someone who might be able to change the world—a day isn’t much time, and frankly I wouldn’t want to be that person with that responsibility.
  4. What is your least favorite thing about California? I’ve never been to the US, or California but from what I’ve heard of it, I don’t think I’d enjoy the heat. One of the things I love about our climate here in NZ is that it’s mild, and even when hot, it’s still cooler than a lot of other places.
  5. What’s one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring author? Write little and often, and make time to do it. If you wait till you’ve got time, it will never happen. Thinking about finding time to write novel seems daunting, but it’s surprising how even 500 words here and there soon adds up.
  6. What is your most dreaded household chore? Your favorite? Not sure I have a favourite. I do get a sense of achievement seeing washing blowing on the line though. I hate vacuuming. I often get backache doing it, and the cleaner never quite manages to get up all the cat hair. And… after going to the effort of doing it, a few weeks later it looks like it’s never been done.

Book blurb:

Echoes Rising Book 3, sequel to Winter Duet

France, 1944

Sometimes the most desperate struggles take place far from the battlefield, and what happens in secret can change the course of history.

Victory is close at hand, but freedom remains frustratingly just beyond the grasp of German physicist Dr. Kristopher Lehrer, Resistance fighter Michel, and the remaining members of the team sent by the Allies—Captain Matt Bryant, Sergeant Ken Lowe, and Dr. Zhou Liang—as they fight to keep the atomic plans from the Nazis. The team reaches France and connects with members of Michel’s French Resistance cell in Normandy. Allied troops are poised to liberate France, and rescue is supposedly at hand. However, Kristopher is no longer sure the information he carries in his memory is safe with either side.

When Standartenführer Holm and his men finally catch up with their prey, the team is left with few options as they fight to keep atomic plans from the Nazis. With a traitor in their midst, who can they trust? Kristopher realizes he must become something he is not in order to save the man he loves. Death is biding his time, and sacrifices must be made for any of them to have the futures they want.

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Author bio:

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with two cats who are convinced that the house is run to suit them; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date it appears as though the cats may be winning. In 2008 she completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts other authors, reviews for the GLBTQ Historical Site “Our Story” and Top2Bottom Reviews, and writes monthly blog posts for Authors Speak and Love Bytes.

Anne’s books have received honorable mentions four times and reached the finals three times in the Rainbow Awards.  She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical.

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