Interview with Barbara Haworth-Attard

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Whoa! That sounds so bad-ass - indie author. I had books without a home and now they and I have a home for them with Smashwords. I didn't want my out-of-print books to fade away. Especially as I love fantasy and fantasy was what I first published. Until I was told in 1997 not to write fantasy as no one was interested in it. Another story for another day.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is putting words together so well that they sound like music. My other joy is having someone tell me how much the story I wrote meant to them. Those comments make it all worthwhile.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have fans? I am so pleased that people read and enjoy my books. And mostly, if the story touches them in some way, or helps them in some way, or sheds a bit of understanding on difficulties they are going through, I am so humbled. I have fans?
What are you working on next?
The first three books I published were fantasy. This is in the mid-90's. Then I was picked up by HarperCollins and they wanted historical fiction, so I started to write historical fiction. I also wrote a couple of contemporary novels, and then a mystery novel. I have only written books for 9 - 12 year olds, or 12-16 year olds, so I'm trying something a little different - a mystery novel for adults. I'm a grown-up writer now, but my roots and heart will always be with YA.
Who are your favorite authors?
Omigosh! There are so many favourite many. I read everything; mash-ups, mysteries, steam-punk, contemporary. I admire J.K. Rowling. Her books are great. I can't pick a single Canadian author because there are too many and also because if I accidentally forget one author, I'll never hear the end of it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Every morning about 7:00 my cat, Leo, jumps all over me - all eighteen pounds of him. He keeps doing it until I get up and feed him. Sometimes, though I go back to bed. But on a more serious note, every day I am given is a gift. There is so much to see and do and write and the world - good or bad - is incredibly interesting. I want to see what each day brings me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I design quilt patterns, for Northcott Fabrics and for my own joy. You can also find them on A little self-promotion.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse through the public library and then check to see if the book I am interested in is for sale as an ebook. I also check out different ebook sites to see what's on offer.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Absolutely. It was in Grade 10 and my English teacher said it was excellent and I should be a writer. I have always loved to read and I was scribbling songs (after I taught myself to play guitar at age 13 - badly) and singing them, and I kept a diary since I was ten years old. I didn't know you could actually be a writer. I was basically given the options of nurse (hate blood), teacher (bratty kids) or secretary and at age 17 I became a file clerk for an insurance company, then a secretary -but always I was writing, writing, writing.
What is your writing process?
I am lazy and undisciplined, but when the words take hold I write. The past three years have been a bit of a turmoil and I got very little writing done. But things have settled down now so I'm back into trying to write a chapter a day on whatever I'm working on. I average about four days a week, sometimes three if it's summer and there's a beach nearby.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Still one of my favourite books. Note to self: buy copies for my grandkids. What appealed to me was the strong female character, something that had been lacking in some of the literature for children when I was growing up. My grandma gave it to me. She would come to visit us about once a month and she always brought a book for me to read. I loved her so much for that.
Published 2013-10-23.
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,350. Language: Canadian English. Published: October 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / Arthurian, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In this sequel to the highly successful TruthSinger, Katie, apprentice WyndCaller, is learning to harness the power of the wind to practice magic. Used wisely, WyndMagic creates harmony, but it’s misuse releases chaos… chaos Katie unwittingly exacerbates when she succumbs to the magic’s lure. She needs magic just as her father is addicted to alcohol to appease the demons which plague him.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,920. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / Arthurian, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In this fantasy novel for nine to eleven year olds, Nathan knows he loves music and is able to hear songs that reveal the truth of or whoever he meets, but it is not a gift he wants. Inadvertently caught in the summoning of his Uncle Nevill to Angliocch, Nathan finds himself in the middle of a power struggle between a boy king and a sorceress in a kingdom on a parallel world.