Interview with Barbara Arnold

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in London, during the war and, as my mother refused to be evacuated, we stayed in our house in South London. We were spared the blitz and later the buzz bombs, although streets and streets of houses around us were destroyed leaving numerous bombsites, the one opposite my house being my playground. Therefore Post War London figures largely in most of my books and it's where I feel most comfortable.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I enjoy using my Kindle with the benefits it provides, especially not having to take a pile of books on holiday with me. However, I have to confess that for me nothing quite compares with the feel and smell of a new book.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Marketing online in its various forms has been reasonably effective. Early on with my book He Called Me Son, I did pretty well with a one day free offer campaign. And of course, there is nothing like the good old word of mouth.
When did you first start writing?
After emigrating to New Zealand, in 1983.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having written! And also, following my characters, often for a lifetime. There's nothing to rival the inner glow of receiving a good review and knowing that people maybe thousands of miles away are reading and enjoying my books - there's nothing quite like it.
Who are your favorite authors?
Alexander McCall Smith, Philippa Gregory, Harper Lee, Howard Spring,A.J. Cronin, R.F. Delderfield.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The reason I get out of bed each day, I can truthfully say, is to meet up with my characters and to write them on to a new place.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing or trying to keep our house in some semblance of order, I'm either gardening or enjoying a latte with my husband.
Published 2017-10-29.
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Books by This Author

There is a Time
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 81,830. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
It is a hot, airless New Year's Day in the remote South Island of New Zealand when Tony Addington miraculously encounters his Blountmere Street neighbours, Fred, Lori and Paula. They dedicate themselves to finding four former child migrants and to helping them discover their families, as Tony had his. All the while clouds of danger and intrigue are thickening. There is a time ...
I'm Only Here To Do Your Typing
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,850. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This book is a humorous romp through Jo Hackett's secretarial career, and the eccentric characters she encounters along the way.
The Best in Blountmere Street
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 83,390. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
Paula Dibble is the most privileged and best-dressed girl in Post-War slum Blountmere Street. She is also alienated and lonely. It makes Paula the least likely person to develop the strength of character she later needs to survive her journey into womanhood.
He Called Me Son
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 93,030. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
At the age of twelve, Tony Addington is transported from everything that is familiar to him in London to New Zealand, as part of the British Government’s Child Migration scheme. A tyrannical farmer puts him to work as unpaid labour on his remote farm in the foothills of the South Island. But Tony determines to hold on to his memories. Eventually they lead him to the truth.