I met Barbara Roman first in the BookGoSocial Children’s Book Group. That’s how I read her kids’ book ‘Hubert in Heaven’. I loved the message in the story, telling kids that there are no limits to what you can and what you may do in heaven. And that heaven can be here on earth, in this life we live.
Thanks to the social media I connected to Barbara, who is always very supportive of other Indie Authors as myself. I must tell you that after this interview, I have added more ‘want to read’ books on my bookshelf. After reading the blurbs of her books, wow, I’m in! Somewhere, her words found a way directly to my inner child and the 500-year old soul in myself.
- Can you introduce yourself, what’s your name, where are you from… ?
My name is Barbara Roman and I also write as B. Roman. I’m originally from Philadelphia, PA but now live in Southern California in the USA.
- Tell us something unexpected about yourself!
At 75, I’m still a rock ‘n roller! Love that music. But I sing jazz standards professionally.
- Give 2 things about yourself that you think matter the most?
I’m tenacious and determined (and probably a bit daft), which matters to me as a writer. I’m also loyal and empathetic, which I hope matters to others.
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- Do you remember the first book you read?
Not exactly sure about the first, but it was probably a Golden Book called The Pokey Little Puppy. And all the Grimm’s Fairy Tales.
- What makes you laugh?
I love good comedy – especially clean comedy (as in Seinfeld), but risque is good, too, as long as it’s clever. I also love to laugh with good friends and family when we are just hanging out I cry at cruelty in any form, and at very sentimental TV commercials.
- In which genre do you write?
I started out writing non-fiction about music, health, and metaphysical subjects. Now I write fiction and I guess I’m eclectic: fantasy, suspense, children’s books.
- What makes your book special, how is it different from other books in your genre?
No matter the genre I write in, my books always revolve around ethical issues, courage, compassion, selfless sacrifice. How do they differ from other books? My novels are short – about 150 pages – which just about kills any chance I might have at being traditionally published because the industry is adamant about proper word count. But I write until my story is done; no more, no less.
- How do you feel when you write, do you have a special ritual?
Sometimes it’s a love/hate relationship. When I’m first inspired by an idea, I go full force and lose myself in it completely; it’s an out of body blissful state. When I’m polishing and editing I begin to get very subjective and sometimes insecure worrying if it will be good enough or have value. I have no ritual but I will listen to New Age or classical music if I write at home; other times I love to go to the Barnes and Noble Starbuck’s coffee shop to feel all the energy of all the books there. Hopefully it will rub off!
- What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was a non-fiction self-help book on the power of music. It started out as a magazine article on the subject, but then grew organically. My first fiction book, The Crystal Clipper, blossomed from my exploration of metaphysical subjects, including crystal power, and then evolved into The Moon Singer Trilogy.
- How did you come up with the title?
Once again my spiritual (we are speaking metaphysical teachings, not religious) exploration led me to a crystal party, where beautiful crystals of all types are laid out before you. As you run your hand over the display, without physically touching any gem, a crystal “chooses you.” The one that chose me was shaped like a miniature boat, complete with mast, hull and rudder. I was told that this kind of crystal was a “singer” crystal with special powers. Indeed, it inspired me to incorporate that singer crystal into my book, “The Crystal Clipper,” with the Clipper being a supernaturally-powered clipper ship of crystal and gold that transcends the boundaries of time and space. I still have that crystal which I made into a pendant.
- If you could be any famous book character, who would you be and why?
One of those very rich, beautiful, powerful, and famous women in a glitzy Jackie Collins novel! No long-suffereing heroine of an epic saga for me. No sir.
- Is there a message in your book that you hope the readers will grasp?
In all of my books, I hope readers find that element of truth and self-empowerment relevant to their own lives. Whether it’s through the Heavenly adventures of an accidental angel; through the eyes of a little girl who befriends light bulbs who want to be stars; or through the painful and enlightening journey of a deaf teen trying to come to terms with the responsibilities of his karmic destiny, I hope a light shines through that gives readers their own Aha moment.
- What are your top 3 books of all time?
You mean favorite books that I’ve read? I adored The Thornbirds, one of the best and most romantic family sagas ever. Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth was my constant companion when I began writing fiction and trying to find my own voice. And I’m still trying to navigate my way through the lush and impossibly beautiful Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. More? Life of Pi, Ishmael, the Alchemist, and John Grisham’s legal thrillers. Good stories. That’s what it comes down to.
- How important is marketing and social media for you?
Social media is today’s marketing tool. I hate it, but it’s a necessary evil; it’s exhausting and endless, taking up valuable time that I need for writing. I’m not sure how much good it does with book sales, but it gives one high visibility worldwide. On the plus side, I have connected with some of the most wonderful, kind, supportive fellow authors one could ever hope to find (like you, Lieve)!
- Is it important for you to get book reviews? Do you read them?
I ache for more book reviews (are you listening readers?) It is so difficult to get them, although some authors are just more fortunate than others in this respect, maybe because their books are of the most popular genres. The reviews I have gotten have been very complimentary and inspiring, even though they are not the high numbers I had hoped for. In turn, I try to review the works of other authors as often as time allows; it feels good to give someone a good review for a book they have poured their heart and soul into.
- What advice do you have for other writers?
Don’t follow my advice. Read, research, explore, learn, be yourself, believe.
- Can you give your book information: blurb, link, genre (for children’s book, please tell for what age)
Alicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13
Fantasy, Humor – children to age 10
Hook: A Readers Favorite 5 Star children’s book. An enchanting tale of friendship, courage, and realizing your star potential through the magic of believing!
Blurb: Where do light bulbs go when they burn out? Do they stay dead forever? Or can they be regenerated to live a brand new life with a brand new purpose? If they’re lucky they go to Star Factory 13 to become glorious stars in the sky… after they pass a rigorous test of their personality given by Carelia the Light Goddess, that is. But how in the world did 10-year-old Alicia get to Star Factory 13? Could there really have been some magic in that department store Christmas tree? Or perhaps it was the ride in the elevator with the Golden Door that did it. The elevator button said “Press Me” and Alicia willingly obliged. Up she rode to the 13th floor to find an assortment of wise-cracking light bulb people, all with distinct personalities, each coming from sad, silly or desperate circumstance, all hoping to take their rightful place in the heavens.
ISBN-13 : 978-1979398268
The Moon Singer Trilogy (YA Fantasy) – Book One: The Crystal Clipper
Blurb: David Nickerson begins his fantastic journeys as a boy trying to cope with a series of family crises: his Father’s unemployment, his sister’s paralysis, the death of his mother, and his deafness after a serious illness. When David acquires a sacred Singer crystal, he conjures up the supernaturally-powered clipper ship Moon Singer, which takes him on spectacular sojourns to past and future lifetimes. The people he encounters all have a soul connection to one another and their lives are destined to intertwine many times over. With the help of a young princess who has the power of healing in her song, David is ultimately transformed into a young man who can “hear” what others cannot and who can “see” what others deny. But his mission is always the same – to save a life that means more to him than his own.
The Moon Singer Trilogy – Book Two: The War Chamber
Blurb: While his home town fights passionately over how to revive a stagnant economy, David Nickerson is despondent that all the miracles he brought back with him on the Moon Singer have dissipated. He is just as deaf as before, his sister’s paralysis has returned, and his anguish over his mother’s death is stronger than ever. Determined to try and communicate with his dead mother and understand why she left him all alone to grieve for her, The Moon Singer ship transports him to a strange city caught in a time warp between a high-tech, materialistic and militant past. It is here that David encounters a revered woman who becomes like a mother to him and helps him understand how his deafness and his mother’s karmic mission are intertwined. David realizes that he must face up to his obligations as captain of the Moon Singer and follow his destiny, wherever it may lead.
The Moon Singer Trilogy – Book Three: The Wind Rose
Blurb: In this third and final adventure, the prophecy of the Moon Singer is realized. But it all revolves around the answer to one question: Can music actually create and destroy life?
If David, whose deafness still eludes treatment, cannot hear it, will he be able to tap into music’s power to save the planet from catastrophe? Only if he is able to reunite the three sacred artifacts: the Singer crystal, the Rose Crystal pendant, and the Wind Rose compass. Their Triune energy is all that David needs to re-harmonize the destructive discordant music created by a vengeful music master. The mystical clipper ship Moon Singer is David’s transport to the Source of his paranormal abilities, but only through his complete understanding of the Power of Three to Become One will he manifest his destiny and once again save a life that means more to him than his own. That understanding will come to him when he deciphers the cryptic musical codes that have been created for evil purposes. In unraveling these codes David will come to know his own soul’s song, the one that allows his disability to become his greatest gift.
Before the Boy – the Prequel to the Moon Singer Trilogy
Hook: Even in death a mother guides her son through triumphs and tragedies to his true destiny.
Blurb: Billie Nickerson must accept her own mortality as the only way she can assure her son will receive the intuitive gifts he was born to inherit, to save her family – and perhaps the world – from a disastrous fate. But learning that she has died too soon creates a Karmic crisis as Billie tries to escape the afterlife and return to her loved ones. Though Billie’s life is fraught with danger and dark spirits, and the power that David acquires places him in grave jeopardy, the story is an illustration of a mother’s love and devotion that transcends the boundaries of the here and the hereafter.
Hubert in Heaven – a hi-tech angel gets his wings
Genre: Fantasy, Spiritual, Humor – Children to age 10
Hook: Is there a place in heaven for an accidental angel?
Blurb: A hologram in a video game, Hubert is accidentally transported to Heaven, where he must stay until he finds his purpose. As an aspiring angel, he must perform many Heavenly tasks which he attempts to automate with his personal computer – to disastrously delightful results. Only when he learns to “be still – and let God do His work” does Hubert restore Heaven to perfect order, and this hi-tech angel finally gets his wings.
Whatever Became of Sin?
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Fiction
Hook: Racial hatred and sexual obsession lead to a heinous baby switching scheme, murder and political conspiracies. Now, one baby is dead and one alive. Can her father find her before it’s too late?
Blurb: Attorney Michael Warren’s life begins to unravel on a flight from San Francisco to New Orleans when a stranger gives him an audio cassette that renders his daughter’s life and death a lie: Dominique was not Michael’s real daughter; his real baby girl was kidnapped at birth and replaced with another newborn with the intent that the whereabouts of Baby Girl Warren would forever be unknown. Michael enlists the aid of local authorities in finding his real daughter but, unknown to him, they surreptitiously thwart his every move, each with their own agenda for revenge and profit. When Michael discovers the truth about who is involved in his daughter’s kidnapping, he is faced with the most difficult decision of his life: Shall he expose them all and jeopardize his daughter’s well-being? Or shall he submit to their conditions in order to bring her safely home? The shrewd compromises he must make in order to see justice done provide the surprising and satisfying ending.
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- QUICK POP-QUIZ. (You can choose one or both, and please feel free to add a very brief comment)
Snow or sun: Sun, of course! I come alive when the sun shines.
Soccer or (ice) hockey: Neither (is that allowed? Ha)
Dogs or cats: Dogs.
Ice-cream or fruit: Fruit
Fact or fiction: Both. I’m a news junkie, particularly politics. A lot of fiction is based on ‘fact.’
Music or silence: Both; you can’t have one without the other.
Sport or reading: Reading
Sea or mountains: Sea
Groundhogs or squirrels: Margo, of course!
Books or movies: Both
E-book or print: Print; I love holding a book in my hands – especially my very own print book!
- Is there anything more you want to tell your readers?
Just let them know I respect them, and I want to tell stories that not just entertain but enlighten. Know that authors are revealing very intimate parts of themselves in their work and I’m doing the best I can; always trying to do better. And if you read a book, please please review it. Don’t stop buying print books. Thank you, readers. We need you.
Thank you so much Barbara, it was an honor to have you as a guest at Meet Your Next Favorite Author!