MBA&M: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
BARBARA: I’m from New Zealand where I live with my husband and four kids. My husband’s a winemaker (I was hoping for a chocolate maker but learned to love wine too….) and we’ve lived in different parts of the world together. We currently live in the wine region of the South Island of New Zealand which is stunning.
MBA&M: Tell us a bit about your family?
BARBARA: I have twin girls who are 12 and twin boys who are 9. The girls are identical, which is supposed to be a random thing, and the boys are fraternal (non identical) which is supposed to be genetic. My doctors have told me that the chance of having identicals then fraternals in consecutive pregnancies is about 70,000 to one….I hit the jackpot!
MBA&M: What do you do when you are not writing?
BARBARA: I teach part time and I do all the general running after kids that most mums do. We have an enormous car as my kids always seem to have at least one other friend in tow each so we’re quite a sight around town.
MBA&M: When did you first start writing and when did you finish your book?
BARBARA: I started writing when the first set of twins was born. We’d just moved towns and I knew no one, had no family around, so was pretty housebound. I could only write at night then as there always seemed to be one baby up during the day. I found writing to be such a great break from the hard yards of being a new parent that I really got into it. I think it took me about a year to write that book, a romantic suspense which will never see the light of day!!
MBA&M: How did you choose the genre you write in?
BARBARA: I’ve always loved to read romance and I found the category length books ideal to read when my kids were tiny. The satisfaction of finishing a story was great. (The fact that most romances didn’t have kids in them was a great break too!)
MBA&M: Do you work with an outline, or just write?
BARBARA: I used to just write but now I tend to work with a bit of an outline. I usually know my characters and their backgrounds, and something about what’s gong to keep them apart. I love using different settings to bring out different aspects of my characters so I’ll have thought carefully about that too.
MBA&M: Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
BARBARA: Dishing up Desire is about appearance and how it can have a huge impact on who we are and what we believe about ourselves. Kirin Hart has built up a cooking empire based on wholesome food and a wholesome lifestyle. Her image reflects that. When she’s accused of sexual harassment by a junior staffer she needs the services of image consultant and ex-international model Blake Matthews to help her improve her image.
And it’s not only Kirin’s image that’s about to be flipped. Blake might be very easy on the eye, but there’s a whole lot more to him than meets it. As Kirin starts to look beneath his smoldering looks and rugged charm, there are a few surprises in store, and Blake’s belief in what he sees in the mirror is one of them.
MBA&M: Have you published any other books??
BARBARA: My first book, Contract for Marriage came out in September last year and my next book Last Chance Proposal will be out in January from Entangled Publishing. It’s a Christmas story set in the Southern Hemisphere so the holiday celebrations are at the beach!
I have an e-copy of an earlier book, Contract for Marriage to give away to one lucky commenter, and at the end of my blog tour we’ll be drawing the name of one commenter from all of the blogs to win a deluxe “Dishing up Desire” chef’s apron and a $50 Amazon gift card!
Image consultant Blake Matthews is facing his toughest PR challenge yet: salvage the image of celebrity chef Kirin Hart. Once he does, he’ll be able to acquire LA’s most successful PR firm. But Kirin’s no easy fix. She’s stubborn about changing her comfortable homemaker image, and is being sued for sexual harassment by a junior staffer. She needs a PR lifeline fast. Only problem is Blake wants more than to make her over…
Kirin doesn’t need a makeover—her fans love her as she is. But she could lose everything if the sex scandal and reputation that has followed doesn’t get quashed right away. Kirin agrees to let model-perfect Blake work his magic for two weeks, but things get complicated when she can’t deny the way her body flares to life whenever he’s near.
Barbara DeLeo’s first book, co-written with her best friend, was a story about beauty queens in space. She was eleven, and the sole, handwritten copy was lost years ago, much to everyone’s relief. It’s some small miracle that she kept the faith and is now living her dream of writing sparkling contemporary romance with unforgettable characters.
After completing degrees in Psychology and English then travelling the world, Barbara married her winemaker hero and had two sets of twins.
She still loves telling stories about finding love in all the wrong places, with not a beauty queen or spaceship in sight.
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TO FOLLOW THE TOUR:
Monday, July 22 – The Readiacs
Wednesday, July 24 – My Book Addiction and More
Thursday, July 25 – Books Books and More Books
Friday, July 26 – Froggarita’s Bookcase
Saturday, July 27 – Just Contemporary Romance