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19 February 2014

Author Interview: Karoline Barrett

I'm delighted to welcome Karoline Barrett to the blog today! Check out the author interview below with questions about her novel 'The Art of Being Rebekkah'!

When Rebekkah Gelles suspects her husband, Avram of not only lying to her, but also contriving not to have the children she so desperately wants and embezzling money from his business, she wants out of their marriage. 

Her life gets complicated when she falls in love with detective Nick Rossi. Convinced Nick’s wrong for her—he’s not Jewish for one thing—she walks away after they share a night of passion. Nick warns her even though he loves her, he won’t beg. Their budding relationship seems to have ended. 

When Rebekkah finds herself staring at a positive pregnancy test, she wavers between joy and sadness. Motherhood wasn’t supposed to happen this way.

About the Author

Karoline Barrett loves writing and reading women’s fiction and romance.  Her short stories have been published in various outlets, most recently in Every Day Fiction.  She is also a poet.  Karoline was born in upstate New York and has lived in South America, Indiana, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  At the moment, she lives in a small Connecticut town with her husband.  When not writing, Karoline reads, spends time by the water, watches the New York Yankees, indulges her Coca-Cola addiction and does anything that has nothing to do with math.

Author Interview

Can you tell us something about your new novel, ‘The Art of Being Rebekkah’? 
Jody, thank you for having me here! My novel is women’s fiction about a Jewish woman who navigates love, family, and faith, as she goes on a journey of self-discovery when her husband turns out to be  manipulative liar, and their relationship crumbles. 

Where did you find the inspiration for ‘The Art of Being Rebekkah’? 
It started out as a short story that was never published, but I loved the characters and wanted to keep writing about them. Is it in any way based on your own personal experiences? I’m adopted, like Rebekkah, but everything else in the book is totally from my (fertile) imagination! 

Which character in the novel did you most enjoy writing about and why? Rebekkah. I enjoyed seeing her grow from an unhappy wife to a woman who learns to nurture herself, and isn’t afraid to find happiness again through her art and a new relationship. 

Can you perhaps tell us something about your future plans as an author?
I would like to do a series of cozy novels. 

Are you already working on a next novel? 
I just finished AN APPLE A DAY CAN BE MURDER and now I’m outlining book two with the same characters.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers? 
Write what you love, don’t give up, and find a great writing community. 

What is the last book you read that you’d like to recommend to others? Murder As A Second Language by Joan Hess. It’s a very funny mystery! 

And last but not least, if you had to describe ‘The Art of Being Rebekkah’ in just three words, which words would you pick? 
I love this question; no one has ever asked me that. I’d say, romantic, suspenseful, and surprising. 

Thanks so much, Karoline! :)

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