Author interview Barb Han

Barb, welcome! Caught in the Crosshair was a terrific romance. The hurricane sequence was fantastic. Have you ever been through a hurricane or was it all research?

Barb Han:

Thank you so much for hosting me. It’s such a pleasure to be here. I’ve cruised around three hurricanes, all at a safe distance. Even so, the swells were large enough to make the ship sway. The captain joked that if we wanted to talk straight, we should drink.

NS: Can you tell us a little about your writing journey? How long have you been writing?

BH: Thank you so much. I’ve been seriously writing fiction for nine years. Before that, I worked as a journalist and a freelance writer for a number of years.

NS: No wonder you’re so good. That’s a terrific background. What made you want to write fiction? Romance?

BH: Great question. I love romance because it’s fundamentally about love. Love heals. If you want to see the effect of the absence of love in people’s lives, visit a prison. It’s filled with people who grew up without it. Love is powerful.

NS: Are you a plotter or a pantser?

BH: I’m a hybrid. Now that I’m writing under contract with Harlequin Intrigue, I pretty much have to plot my stories. But then, as I’m writing, the story takes over and doesn’t always stick to the plan.

NS: Congratulations on writing for Harlequin Intrigue. What is the hardest part about the craft of writing?

BH: Letting go.

NS: What is your favorite part about writing?

BH: When I first started out, I used to love the creating part of writing. I didn’t plot, so I’d just run with an idea and let it take me where it wanted. Editing was a nightmare and I’d end up cutting quite a bit later. That was painful. As I’ve matured, I actually began to appreciate the revision process. I accept the fact my first draft is going to be awful because I’m getting the big ideas out. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Once I get through that, I get to play with language, sentences, create nuance, etc. That’s what I love doing. That’s when the story really comes alive.

NS: That describes me as well. Do you have any tips about the writer’s life or craft that you’d like to share with us?

BH: I once heard an author say, “Discipline is more important than talent.”

I wrote it down and taped it next to my computer. It’s my mantra.

 

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21 thoughts on “Author interview Barb Han

    1. Nia Simone Post author

      Hi Ren,

      Yes! Actually, Mills and Boon still exists in England. They created a U.S. branch and called it Harlequin. Mills and Boon publishes certain “lines” (types of romance) and Harlequin publishes other types. Intrigue, which Barb writes for, is suspense and is handled out of the U.S. Harlequin also has a sensuous line called Desire and an American line for uniquely American settings. A few others, too. And Mills and Boone has the classics, Presents, which is very rich man and pretty sexy and the “Sweet” line which features younger heroines and the sensuality is behind closed doors. They have very solid branding. Readers know exactly what they will get, depending on the line. Each line publishes around 5 per month and they go out to subscribers as well as book stores and now are also available in e-book format. When they are released, they go out in multiple languages simultaneously. I have a friend who used to subscribe to them in French to keep up her language skills because the writing is not too complicated.

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  1. theamateurcamera

    Sounds like it’s a real gripping page turner! My sister used to read Mills & Boon when we were teenagers but I prefer a bit of suspense in with the romance, something to keep you guessing, a bit of intrigue! 🙂

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    1. Nia Simone Post author

      Thanks, Tracey! I have found myself enjoying romantic suspense again lately, with the ones I’m reviewing. I like just a bit of suspense. The big name authors were getting way too scary for me so I’m really glad I found these new authors, Barb Han and Robena Grant (who I’m reviewing tomorrow.)

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  2. Chrys Fey

    Nia, when you sent me this link, I gotta admit . . . I panicked. lol Finding out there’s a book similar to my debut, which isn’t even out yet made my heart sink. But then I read the blurb and realized the only thing Barb’s and my stories have in common is the hurricane theme, so that relieved my aspiring authors mind. LOL!

    With that said, Barb your story sounds AMAZING!! The romance, the suspense, the action, the danger, and yes, the hurricane puts Caught in the Crosshair in my crosshairs. 😉 I’ve added it to my TBR list and can’t wait to read it! 😀 But I already know I’ll be a fan! 😉

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    1. Nia Simone Post author

      Hi Chrys,

      You never have to worry about that. Each book is different. And for fans of certain things, we always want more. I always want more storm stories, for example. You think I’d be satisfied with one? Never!

      Your book will do great!

      Keep me posted, please, so I can help you promote it.

      Nia

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    2. barbhan

      Thank you so much, Chrys. You made my day! It’s hard to be totally original with elements in a story. I read a ton and have found that even though I may think I’m being totally original with a description or idea, I’ll see it already in print. We all use weather as setting to heighten tension and conflict one time or another in our work. The good news is even if we both had identical story lines, we’d still tell it differently. And that’s the power of voice. 🙂

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  3. RoseAnn DeFranco

    Excellent interview, Nia. I love your selected quotes. Very telling about the H/H journey. I really enjoyed reading Caught in the Crosshair. I’m looking forward to reading more from Barb Han!

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  4. robena grant

    Excellent interview, ladies.
    Chrys, I laughed when I read your comment. I read Caught in the Crosshair with my breath caught in my throat. I was in the midst of final edits with book #4 a tropical adventure set in the Australian rainforest…with guess what…a cyclone. Ha ha. Anyway, I know our stories are different in plot and character, but yeah, there were some similarities. Like weather.
    I particularly love the action that Barb brings to the page. Her pacing is so fast, and her characters are well drawn. I might have to study her work. ; )

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