Wednesday, November 02, 2011

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Gail Barrett

Harlequin Romantic Suspense author Gail Barrett steps into the spotlight...and she's got a giveaway too!


Author bio
Award-winning and Rita-finaling author Gail Barrett is thrilled to announce the launch of her new Stealth Knights miniseries about semi-reformed bad boys who work for the greater good. The first book in the series, HIGH-RISK REUNION, is out now with Harlequin Romantic Suspense. The second book, HIGH-STAKES AFFAIR, will be out in March 2012. For more information visit her website: www.gailbarrett.com.

Tell us a little about your latest story? What inspired it?
HIGH-RISK REUNION is the first book in my new Stealth Knights miniseries. I wanted to do something different with this series and write about unconventional heroes, not the typical soldiers or warriors, but rather men who work under the radar, slightly shady characters who use their less-than-legal skills to do something good. These are reluctant heroes with honorable hearts.

Gail you've definitely got my attention now. I love those unconventional heroes with just hint of bad boy. Let's have a look at the blurb.

Redemption is but a step away for reformed jewel thief Rafael Navarro. The price? One last, dangerous heist. But when things turn deadly and an innocent is accused, his only way out is to trust the woman who once betrayed him.


Eons ago, heiress Gabrielle Ferrer had broken Rafael’s heart to save his life. Now that her covert quest for revenge against a ruthless criminal has taken a lethal turn, they are forced to work together to clear their names of murder. Old attractions and new desires flare -- yet the secrets of their dark pasts may lead to a fatal future...
Stealth Knights: Powerful, passionate heroes with their own code of law.

What’s in your TBR pile and why?
My TBR pile is wildly out of control. I have stacks of books piled on the floor and dresser beside my bed. Some are classics I want to reread (Jane Austen, Daphne du Maurier). Others are non-fiction books I’m reading for research. In addition, I have a more than a dozen Nora Robert books I need to catch up on, the current releases by my fellow HRS authors, and scads of other books I’ve picked up at conferences and book swaps.

When the writing is done, how do you kick back to relax?
Strangely enough, the first thing I do is clean the house. While I’m in the last stages of a book and my deadline is looming, I’ve generally stopped doing anything except writing, so once it’s done I go on a cleaning binge. That helps clear my head and gets me ready to tackle the next book.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
When I was researching TO PROTECT A PRINCESS I spent a week working as a translator for some medical missionaries in the high mountain villages of Peru. Even though I had a bad case of altitude sickness, it was an amazing, life-changing experience. It really jolted me out of my comfort zone and made me appreciate the luxuries I have in my life.

Describe your perfect romantic evening?
My ideal romantic evening would be sitting at an outdoor café in a medieval village in Spain with my husband, eating tapas and drinking wine.

Was there a defining moment when you decided to pursue writing as a career?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but as the years wore on I was always too busy earning a living and raising my children to do much about pursuing that goal. Then one day I started reading a young adult novel I’d selected for the middle school class I was teaching. The book was so powerful and so beautifully written that it reminded me of why I wanted to write. I decided right then that if I was ever going to do it, I couldn’t keep putting it off. So I buckled down and got to work.

When pursuing that first sale, what line did you target?
When I finally got serious about writing, the first thing I did was analyze what I liked to read. I realized I liked the romantic elements in books as well as the mysteries, so I started reading romantic suspense novels to see where I might find my niche. Fate led me to my first Silhouette Intimate Moments book, and I was hooked.

Plot or Pants?
I’m definitely a plotter. I don’t have to know every detail, but I need to know who my characters are, what they are going to learn, and what will pull them apart before I can begin to write.

What’s the best piece of advice you have to offer to an aspiring author?
Persevere. There are always reasons to stop writing. To succeed in this business you have to want it desperately, and you have to keep plugging along despite the obstacles that come your way.

How would you describe what writing is to you? (Habit, hobby, outlet, obsession, sanity savor…?)
Writing is more than an obsession with me; it’s who I am. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. Even if I never sold another book, I would continue to write. It’s just too much a part of me to give it up.

Gail, thank you so much for joining us today!

Gail will be giving away a copy of HIGH-RISK REUNION to one lucky commenter, so don't forget to say hello! (US only, winner will be announced in comments of this post)

Contact information:
Email: gail@gailbarrett.com
Website: www.gailbarrett.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gail-Barrett-Fan-Page/125454837470067
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/GailEBarrett

13 comments:

  1. Just wanted to pop in and say what a great post - very inspiring! I love romantic suspense - and your books are right up my street. Caroline x (p.s I live in the uk so don't enter me into your comp!)

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  2. Thanks for stopping by, Caroline! Do you have any favorite suspense authors?

    By the way, I don't mind sending a book to the U.K. if you win:)))

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  3. Gail, I saw this in walmart as you know I did posted your book photo at facebook. Your book cover is awesome. I can't wait to put my hands on your book and read it.

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  4. I like unconventional heroes so I will be looking forward to the Stealth Knights series.
    I have read a couple of your other books and have enjoyed them.

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  5. What a interesting interview.

    I like the sound of your new series. Bad boys doing good deeds and in the process becoming not so bad. Sounds like a winning idea.

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  6. Thank God! Someone else who admits to being a plotter without shame. I knew we got along for a reason, Gail!

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  7. Terrie - Thanks for noticing my book!!! I saw it at Kmart and the grocery store the other day, but haven't had a chance to peek in on Walmart yet. And you're right about the cover -- they did a great job on this one. I especially like the castle:))))

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  8. Thanks, Ellen. I appreciate the compliment, especially from a voracious reader like you!!!! Conventional heroes are great, but sometimes it's nice to be a little offbeat:))) I am excited about the series.

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  9. Hi, Kaelee! Thanks for stopping by. One of my favorite expressions is that no one is all-good or all-bad. I like exploring characters who are on the murky side:).

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  10. Avery, I am definitely NOT a pantser. I like to know where I'm going so that when I've finished the book there isn't as much to revise. I try not to be too rigid about it, but I need some structure. Deb Dixon's GMC book is my bible!!!!

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  11. Thanks everyone for stopping by to chat with me! It has been fun.

    Terrie, you're my winner. If you email me at: gail@gailbarrett.com with your address, I'll mail you a copy of High-Risk Reunion or whichever book from my backlist you'd prefer.

    Thanks again, everyone!

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  12. Gail, this new series sounds terrific!! The opening of High-Risk Reunion had me SO hooked! And yes, that cover is definitely a plus! Congrats on your new series! And I feel your pain on that out-of-control TBR pile! :-)

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  13. Thanks so much for the kind words, Kathy! I loved setting a book in the Pyrenees. It's such an amazing place that I've wanted to write about it forever. And I feel really fortunate about the cover. The art department really captured the right look!

    My TBR pile is insane. It seems to self-propagate because no matter how many books I read, it only keeps getting higher. I wish my bank account worked that way:))))

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