Joyfully Reviewed Welcomes Author Barbara White Daiile!!!
What is your most current work out?
The latest is a brand-spanking-new contemporary romance release called The Cowboy’s Little Surprise. I’m so excited to share that this book debuts my first branded series, The Hitching Post Hotel, from Harlequin. The series is about a matchmaking grandpa determined to get his three granddaughters married. Other books follow in July and December.
THE LONG WAY HOME
A guy like Cole Slater is hard to forget. Tina Sanchez should know—for years since high school she’s tried to bury the pain of Cole’s cruel betrayal. But it’s impossible to ignore the man she sees reflected in her young son’s eyes now that Cole is back in her life—and about to meet the child he never knew he had.
Returning home to New Mexico, Cole is determined to put his playboy reputation to rest. Especially now that he knows there’s a little boy looking up to him. And seeing Tina again reignites all the feelings Cole ran from as a teen. Despite his fear that he can’t be the man Tina deserves, he’s determined to try. For his son’s sake—and his own.
Tell us a little about The Cowboy’s Little Surprise, what inspired you to write The Cowboy’s Little Surprise?
The series itself was inspired by the idea of a matchmaking grandfather who wants to see his family happy and settled down—preferably, somewhere very close to his ranch in Cowboy Creek, New Mexico! The Cowboy’s Little Surprise is the story of Jed’s youngest granddaughter, Tina, and the boy who once did her wrong. As the title may hint, it’s a secret-baby story, which is one of my favorite types of stories to read and write, so it seemed a natural to kick off the series with this book.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
Because I turn in outlines to my editor before I sell a book, I usually have the story fairly well plotted out—although that doesn’t do away with twists and turns and surprises along the way! Also, as I write, I guide the story in the direction it’s been plotted. But as my goal is to write strong and sometimes quirky characters, they often have minds of their own. It’s fun to see the directions they’ll take the story…though I always lead them to the happy ending I want them to have. : )
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I began writing when I was nine, and at that point, romance hadn’t made it into my plotlines yet. In those days, my stories always had a mystery in them, because that’s what I loved to read. (Think of me reading my way through the Bobbsey Twins, Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew, etc.) But when I wrote my first novel—in eighth grade—both my female protagonists had major crushes. : ) Ever since then, my books have included romance.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
That would be Lianne Ward, the heroine of Rancher at Risk, one of my Flagman’s Folly books. Lianne is deaf, and while I felt very comfortable writing her character, I wanted to show what it was like to be a woman like any other woman, who just happens to be deaf. I was so thrilled when I received a fan letter from a woman who told me she has many deaf family members and that I “got it right.” Lianne makes her first appearance in an earlier Flagman’s Folly story, A Rancher’s Pride, along with her four-year-old niece, Becky, who also is deaf.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
You know, I might take a mannerism here or a quirk there or borrow someone’s hobby or occupation, but I don’t take whole people and put them into my stories. My characters are usually the sum of so many different parts (people), that they become no one I’ve ever met in real life.
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
Probably the “getting it right” that we talked about earlier. I want to give my readers as much pleasure as other writers give to me through their books, so I do my best to write books people will enjoy reading.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
At least one time each, I’ve driven/operated a motorcycle, bus, taxi, forklift, fire engine, eighteen-wheeler, and Model T Ford.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
What TV Show/s are you addicted to?
Mostly mysteries or law-enforcement-based dramas such as NCIS, NCIS: LA, Blue Bloods, and Hawaii Five-0. As I’ve always been a mystery fan, I love the puzzle/crime-solving aspects of all those shows. But since I’m a character-driven writer, I have to say that, even more, I love the development and dynamics among each show’s characters.
Do you have a hobby that you like to try and squeeze in?
Reading is my favorite hobby, and I don’t get nearly as much time for it as I would like.
Do you write one book from start to finish or are there multiple works underway at any given time?
I’m usually writing a book on deadline, editing the previous book which is coming up for publication, and thinking up stories and writing outlines for the next books. So, multiple works. That’s a lot of characters to try to keep under control!
Where were you when you got your first contract? What was the book and who did you tell first?
I was at home, as I’d missed the editor’s first call and had to leave her an after-hours return message, giving her a timeframe to call me before I left for work. Of course, I was hoping this was going to be “The Call” – and a sale! But the original call came in on Friday, which meant I had to agonize all weekend before I found out for sure.
My husband had left for work already that Monday, so I was home alone at 6:17 a.m. when the phone rang. And it wasn’t a sale…it was TWO sales!!!!! (I still get goose bumps just thinking about it!) This was for my first two books – The Sheriff’s Son and Court Me, Cowboy – and when I got off the phone, I called my husband, which took a while since my hands were shaking too badly to dial the phone.
Do you have an all-time favorite romance book (not written by you 🙂 )?
I don’t think I could pick a favorite of my own, anyhow—I love them all. : )
And I just can’t respond to this question as I have so many books and authors I love.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
I’m wrapping up the third book in the Hitching Post Hotel series, which will be out in December 2015. And I’m also plotting several new books, so keep your fingers crossed.
Where can readers find you?
Thanks for asking! Readers can find me to chat or learn more info about my books here:
What is your favorite type of ice cream?
Chocolate chip mint. Yum!
Ranger or Morelli
Ranger. Just fell in love with him the first time I saw him on the page. : )
Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.
Barbara’s thrilled to share news about the debut of a brand-new series, The Hitching Post Hotel, about a matchmaking grandpa determined to see his three granddaughters wed. The series begins in April 2015 with The Cowboy’s Little Surprise, followed by A Rancher of Her Own in July and a third as-yet-untitled book in December.