Interview with Jennifer Barraclough

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I always feel 'in the flow' while I'm writing - totally absorbed in the process.
I've also learned a lot about different subjects through researching my books.
What do your fans mean to you?
Though I do love writing for its own sake, it's really important to me to know that other people have read my work and benefited in some way from it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sometimes, being keen to write down new ideas which have come overnight. And, always, my cats wanting their breakfast.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Singing in a choir. Looking after animals. Walking on the beach and swimming in the sea.
What is your writing process?
Variable! Ideas often come out of nowhere and then gradually connect. I write an outline of the book and then add the details, often changing the sequence of chapters, and making multiple revisions before I publish. I like to write every day, but I work around my other commitments rather than having set times.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've had several medical books published in the traditional way and they were successful, but when I decided to branch out into writing self-help and fiction books I chose the freedom, control and rapidity of the independent route. Although I do find marketing a challenge, I think it is wonderful that modern technology combined with platforms like Smashwords enable all writers to publish their own work at minimal cost.
What do you read for pleasure?
I really enjoy crime novels, not too gritty or violent, but with intriguing mysteries and convincing psychology. And a wide range of non-fiction - health, inspirational, biography, World War II.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing stories since I was a little girl - originally about cats, later about people. During my medical career I focused on non-fiction, but now have returned to my childhood love of writing fiction.
What are you working on next?
A short memoir about my recent experience of multiple traumatic events happening within a short period of time. I hope that writing it will be helpful to others who are coping with serious illness and bereavement.
Published 2016-10-10.
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Books by This Author

Unfaithful unto Death
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,300. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Medical
This black comedy with serious undertones is set in an English rural general practice during the 1980s.
Fatal Feverfew
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,290. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Lucia goes to stay at an isolated healing retreat in the hope of recovering from a recent illness, but finds herself suspected of poisoning the hostess. Reluctantly taking on the role of detective, with the help of the local doctor she succeeds in uncovering the true course of events. Set in 1980s England, this traditional-style mystery is a light read which includes some medical themes.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,200. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Medical, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Camilla, a kindhearted but not fully competent young doctor, works in a psychiatric hospital in southern England. Having fallen under the spell of an enigmatic senior colleague, she is struggling to combine the demands of her job with pursuit of their illicit affair. After one of the patients in her therapy group takes a fatal overdose, Camilla gets involved in some tragicomic misadventures.
Wellbeing for Writers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,550. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
A short practical guide about how to increase satisfaction and minimise frustration while writing, publishing and marketing a book.
Three Novellas: Carmen's Roses, Blue Moon for Bombers, The Windflower Vibration
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 92,770. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Set in England and New Zealand, these three short novels combine themes of medical mystery, romantic suspense and the paranormal.
The Windflower Vibration: A Story of Mystery, Medicine, Music and Romance
Series: Three Novellas, #3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,490. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Is the death of a man on an Auckland beach due to natural causes hastened by medical malpractice? Or is it one strand in a complex web of events spread over two hemispheres and two centuries? Georgina, whose life has seemed empty following the death of her husband, sets out to unravel these mysteries and by the end of her quest has found a new purpose.
Blue Moon for Bombers: A Story of Love, War and Spirit
Series: Three Novellas, #2. Price: Free! Words: 31,450. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
A novella set in England 2007, with flashbacks to the 1940s, written by a former medical doctor. The story of a man coming to terms with his wartime trauma as he nears the end of life is interwoven with a modern-day romance. This is the second book in Jennifer Barraclough's trilogy of 'Three Novellas', available separately or as a box set.
Carmen's Roses: A Story of Mystery, Romance and the Paranormal
Series: Three Novellas, #1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,220. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
This novella of mystery and romance set in New Zealand is written by a former medical doctor, and touches on deeper themes - interplay of body, mind and spirit, evidence for an afterlife, and the power of forgiveness. 'Carmen's Roses' is the first of the interlinked stories in Jennifer Barraclough's trilogy 'Three Novellas'.
Persons not Diseases: A Guide to Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine and Holistic Healing
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,260. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healing, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit
An outline of the holistic healing approach, written for both general readers and healthcare professionals. Describes how changes to lifestyle and mindset, practice of self-help techniques, and use of complementary therapies can assist coping and recovery from illness. Includes practical guidance, references and case histories. The author has worked as both orthodox doctor and natural therapist.
I Fiori di Bach per la Cura di Mente e Corpo
Price: Free! Words: 15,660. Language: Italian. Published: April 17, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative therapies
Una guida pratica di auto aiuto sull'utilizzo dei Fiori di Bach come supporto nel fronteggiare malattie e terapie.
Bach Flowers for Mind-Body Healing
Price: Free! Words: 14,320. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healing
A practical self-help guide about using the Bach flower remedies to assist coping and healing in cases of medical illness.
Focus on Healing: Holistic Self-Help for Medical Illness
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,560. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Holism
This guide to the 'mind-body-spirit' approach to healing, and overview of the principles of natural therapies, will be of special interest to readers living with long-term medical problems. The author has practiced both as an orthodox doctor and as a holistic healer. Real-life case histories illustrate the text.
Life's Labyrinth: The Path And The Purpose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,770. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
Were you born with a spiritual purpose? Do you have free will to choose your path through life? How can you best find happiness and fulfillment? This book does not claim to answer these questions, but gives a practical framework for exploring them. The text is illustrated by many true life stories, drawn from interviews and correspondence with about 40 people from New Zealand and the UK.