Monday, July 18, 2011

Southern-Style Meet & Greet with Kathleen Y'Barbo

Welcome to another week of Southern-Style Meet & Greet!  Before we get to this week's interview, I'd like to announce the winner of last week's contest for a book by Trish Perry.  The lucky winner is....

Renee Ann (reneeasmith61@...)

Renee Ann, I'll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address so you can get started on your next book quick as a blink.  :o)

Now, folks, we've got a real live Southerner with us this week!  Kathleen Y'Barbo is a full-fledged Texan through and through (like 10th generation Texan, she told me).  I hope y'all will enjoy this week's get-together as we have another good ol' fashioned conversation.  :o)


When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I fell in love with reading as soon as I figured out how. But I came from a little Gulf Coast town in Southeast Texas, and I’d never met a real author. Never even considered I could actually write one of the books I voraciously consumed. It wasn’t until I was well into my 30s and facing my fourth (and last) child going into preschool that I decided to try and write a book. It was April 1996. By the end of May I had written my first 100,000 word novel (in 5 weeks). The words just poured out. Then I wrote another. By the fall of 1996, I found an RWA meeting and admitted I was a writer. I’ve never looked back.

If you were not a writer, what would your dream job be and why? (This is, of course, assuming that writing IS your dream job!) :o) 

It is! However, my other dream job is acting as publicist to get the word out about all the fabulous books we have in the CBA. I’m truly blessed because I’ve been able to do that as well.

What genre do you most like to write? 

I’m primarily a historical writer, though I do have to get in a contemporary novel every once in awhile. I love the research, the turn of a phrase that indicates the time period, etc. However, right now I’m working on a book that involves a whole bunch of those same things, and it’s contemporary.

Hmmm...sounds like it's a mix of historical and contemporary, which I oh-so-love.  *grin*

Do your own personal experiences, or those of family and friends, ever find their way into one your stories? 

Of course they do!

What do you hope readers “take away” with them after they read one of your books? 

I want them first and foremost to be entertained, but I also want them to learn something about God. Jesus spoke in parables and taught in stories that captured the listener’s attention and pierced their hearts.

What is your latest book release? 

I’m proud to announce that my latest historical The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck (Waterbrook Press) is now out. I’m so excited about this story because Charlotte has been with me since I first wrote The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper, the first book in the Women of the West series. She’s gone from being a ten-year-old pickpocket in book 1 to lovely but spirited teenager in book 2 (Anna Finch and the Hired Gun), and now a grown woman taking on the world in book 3. Here’s a little about the novel:
An aristocratic astronomer out to save his family and a Denver heiress out to take on the world meet their match in The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck, the latest historical romp in the Women of the West series from Kathleen Y'Barbo. From Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West Show's London debut to the Royal Observatory at Greenwich and the mining town of Leadville, Colorado, join Charlotte Beck and Viscount Hambly as they discover that sometimes love arrives at the most inconvenient of times. Read a sneak peek of the first three chapters at to see why Romantic Times magazine gave the tale 4 ½ stars and named it a June Top Pick. In stores on June 21, or pre-order now at!

Are you currently working on another novel, and if so, can you give us a snippet about it?

I’m just finishing up a contemporary novel called Daddy’s Little Matchmakers, which will release from Love Inspired in January as the first of a three-book series featuring widowed heroes in a Texas beach town. It’s a tale of three little girls who think their daddy, a widowed veterinarian, is ready for a love, even though he completely disagrees. Throw in a classified advertisement, a pair of grandmothers ready to help love along, and a girl who loves the little Texas beach town but thinks God is calling her to leave and you’ll see why love is in the air.

Those grannies always like to match up the young 'uns!  Can't ever seem to stop 'em!

Where can readers find you on the web? 

I’ve got a fabulous website at that’s going to soon have a fun reader’s page with some interactive things. Readers can follow my Twitter feeds through the website or my Facebook readers page ( or follow me directly on Twitter using the name KathleenYBarbo.

What is your most favorite thing about the South? 

The people. They’re just so friendly. My guess is all that sweet tea and good food just makes them naturally happy. At least that’s how it is down in Texas.

Well, sweet tea always puts me in a better mood, so I'm sure that must be it.  :o)

Iced Tea—sweet or un-sweet?

Definitely sweet!

BBQ Pork or BBQ Beef?

Yes, please! :)

Potluck dinner or restaurant dinner?

Depends on the restaurant. I do love the pot-lucks though. :)

Summer or Winter? (There are only two seasons down here…really.)

The thing about Texas weather is when its 110 degrees in the shade, I’m wishing for winter. Then, winter comes and I’m thinking I can’t wait until it gets warm again.

You know, I have that same problem.  We girls have the hardest time making up our minds.  Oh, well!

Country gal or city gal?

I’m sort of in-between. My home town of Port Neches, Texas had about 10,000 people in it last time I checked.

You, you all, or y’all?

Y’all, of course!

Well, I hope y'all had as grand of a time as I did meetin' & greetin' this week with Kathleen!  I'm tickled pink that she's offered a book this week, too!  If you'd like the opportunity to win a copy of Kathleen's newest book, The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck, all's you gotta do is live in the US, and leave a comment with your email address before Sunday, July 24th, and your chances improve immensely to have a copy of your very own!  (The winner will be announced on next week's Meet & Greet.)  And let me just tell ya that Kathleen's books are truly wonderful.  I'm in the middle of her newest one right now, and it's a real page-turner!  There'll be a review of it come tomorrow, so y'all come back now, ya hear?

(And even if you are fortunate enough to already have a copy, don't be bashful about leaving a comment or two, anyway.  Nothing's as much fun as good conversation....with sweet tea, o'course.)  :o)


  1. What a great interview, Kathleen! Enjoyed listening to y'all chat! Judy Christie

  2. Another fun Southern-Style Meet & Greet, Christy! :) Great questions, and great answers!

    I read and enjoyed both The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper, as well as The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck. :) From your review on GR, Christy, it looks like the second one was really good, too!


  3. Another fun interview, Christy :) And, Kathleen, I've read great reviews of your books!

    Thanks for hosting so many great giveaways. Please include me in this one!

    reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  4. That was a great interview! I haven't read "The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck" yet, but I would like to. Thanks for the giveaway!

    shoopettesbookreviews (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. Hey Kathleen! You're books look like fun reads. I'd love a chance at winning The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck. :-)

    Thanks for the interview, Kathleen and Christy!

    ~ Katy

  6. Another fun interview! :)

    I haven't had the chance to read one of Kathleen's books yet, so I would love to be entered.

    bluerosesheart at yahoo dot com

  7. What a fun interview that was and really enjoyed reading it. I haven't read any of Kathleen's books yet but do plan to. Please enter me.


  8. Great meet and greet! I'm very interested in reading this novel. Please enter me in the giveaway!


  9. Loved the interview! GREAT questions. So much fun!!
    I'd love to win a copy of this book, I have been hearing so much about it!
    Thanks for the chance to win. And there is nothing better than sweet tea!!! ;)


  10. Fun interview! I love the friendly format. Thanks for the chance to win the book too.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  11. I have really enjoyed Kathleen's books. I have not read this latest series, but plan too. I am glad you interviewed her. I enjoy getting to know the authors better. Since these are Christian authors that you interview, can you ask them when they became a Christian or do the people in their book's rely on their faith? Thanks! Keep up the good work!

  12. Enjoyed the interview ladies....I always enjoy getting to know authors better! Would love to have a copy of this book!

  13. Lovely interview! Congratulations, Kathleen.

  14. I'd love to win don't have much time to comment right now. Heading to church camp rest of the week. won't be back til late Sat. Please include me in this giveaway thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  15. Why does everyone love winter so much? LOL. I suppose if I lived where it was over 100 degrees almost everyday I probably wouldn't be such a fan either. :-P

    Fun interview ladies! I'd love to be entered. :-) Thank ya bunches.

    XOXO~ Renee C.

  16. Renee,

    You're exactly right! There's a whole lot of things I'd trade for a cool breeze right now, and a drop in the temps by at least 20 degrees!

  17. Don't enter me. I already have a copy! just wanted to stop by & say Hi! I am enjoying getting to know some of my favorite authors better through the meet & greet.

    I'd like to live somewhere that has temps in the 70's during the day and 50's at night :) Don't really like extreme cold or heat! Even though we live in the foothills of NC we do seem to get both :(

  18. Thank you for all the great comments! To address the question about faith in my books, I love to write characters who, while they are believers, are still learning who God is. I think we're all on that journey of discovery if we are professing a belief in the Lord. How He reveals Himself is different for each person - and each character I write - but the ultimate message is that He is sovereign and bends His ear to listen when we call.

  19. Great interview! I've loved Kathleen's series and look forward to the fun with Charlotte. Please add me to the mix. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  20. Thanks for the interview! Please enter me in the giveaway.


  21. I hadn't thought about the books I've read being like Jesus, who "spoke in parables and taught in stories that captured the listener’s attention and pierced their hearts". But that is JUST what you authors do and I LOVE IT!! I also love reading about characters who learn more of who God is as the story progresses. I'm looking forward to reading this book some day, maybe now is my chance. Thanks for adding my name to your drawing.
    Pam Williams cepjwms at wb4me dot com

  22. I love the cover of this book! It's darling, and so was the interview! Thanks! ihhcheryl(at)comcast(dot)net

  23. Fun question for a fun interview! Added this author to my wish list!! Thanks for the chance in the giveaway


  24. I enjoyed reading the interview!!!!!
    Colorsofemotions (at)gmail (dot) com


I love your comments!! They make me happier than cold sweet tea on a hot summer day! :o)