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Barbara Carole, Twelves Stones
Barbara Carole, Twelves Stones
My parents' conjugal unhappiness and inability to find joy in raising children taught me that traditional marriage and family were not for me. In our home, we knew the importance of honesty, kindness, compassion, and caring. --Barbara Carole | Photo: barbaracarole.com | Barbara Carole, Twelves Stones, Author,

Author of Twelves Stones

Randal Radic: What is your idea of perfect happiness? Barbara Carole: Hugs from my kids and grandkids
A contract from a publisher for my book(s)

RR: What is your greatest fear? Barbara Carole: Can't tell you that!

RR: Which historical figure do you most identify with? Barbara Carole: Eleanor Roosevelt

RR: What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Barbara Carole: I am a compulsive perfectionist. It drives people nuts.

RR: What is the trait you most deplore in others? Barbara Carole: Cruelty, violence.

RR: What is your greatest extravagance? Barbara Carole: Art, books, and aesthetic home improvements

RR: On what occasion do you lie? Barbara Carole: To save someone's feelings, if it doesn't change anything

RR: What do you dislike most about your appearance? Barbara Carole: There isn't enough time or space. To be brief, I'm not tall and leggy!

RR: Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Barbara Carole: "Look, how beautiful!" (There is a lot of beauty where we live, and I am constantly in awe of it)

RR: What is your greatest regret? Barbara Carole: I have three, but they are too personal to write about.

RR: What or who is the greatest love of your life? Barbara Carole: My husband, kids, and grandchildren; animals, nature' life itself.

RR: When and where were you happiest? Barbara Carole: Right now. Right here.

RR: Which talent would you most like to have? Barbara Carole: Making people feel good about themselves.

RR: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Barbara Carole: To be more disciplined about writing and doing my devotions.

RR: If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? Barbara Carole: Live closer to some members and see them more often.

RR: If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? Barbara Carole: An American woman, current time.

RR: What is your most treasured possession? Barbara Carole: A book called "Twelve Stones"!

RR: What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Barbara Carole: Poverty, starvation, serious physical incapacitation

RR: Where would you like to live? Barbara Carole: Right where I am, in a small, friendly town surrounded by mountains, lakes and forests, peopled with artists, theater, writers, and musicians. Close enough to Seattle to have all the big-city advantages and far enough away to be in another world.

RR: What is your favorite occupation? Barbara Carole: Writer or architect.

RR: What is the quality you most like in a woman? Barbara Carole: Compassion, wisdom, gentleness.

RR: What is the quality you most like in a man? Barbara Carole: Compassion, wisdom, gentleness.

RR: What do you most value in your friends? Barbara Carole: Compassion, wisdom, gentleness, plus Loyalty, and being there when it counts.

RR: Who are your favorite writers? Barbara Carole: Mary Doria Russell ("A Thread of Grace" and "Doc")
Jeffrey Eugenides ("Middlesex")
James McBride ('Song Yet Sung" and "Color of Water")

RR: Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Barbara Carole: I'm sure there are many, but I can't think of anyone. Most of the protagonists in books I've read are struggling and flawed, like me.

RR: Who are your heroes in real life? Barbara Carole: My Dad and Nelson Mandela.

RR: What is it that you most dislike? Barbara Carole: Cruelty in people, most especially toward children and/or animals.

RR: How would you like to die? Barbara Carole: Quickly.

RR: What is your motto? Barbara Carole: I have 2 favorite mottos:
1- "Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass' It's about learning to dance in the rain."
and
2- "I don't intend to arrive at my grave safely in a well preserved body. I'd rather skid in broadside, used up, worn out and shouting, 'Wow! What a ride!"

RR: What is your educational background? In other words, how did you learn how to write? Did you take a creative writing course or is your talent innate? Barbara Carole: Never took a writing course. I have a Master's Degree in Comparative Literature (I love to read) and a long, successful career in Corporate Communications.

RR: What made you think you could write well enough that people would pay money for what you'd written? Barbara Carole: I read what I wrote and I saw that it was good!

RR: Do you have a specific writing style? If so, how do you describe it? Barbara Carole: It tends to be very different with each book. Maybe that's because I am also a ghostwriter and I've learned to write in other people's voices, to reflect who they are. But even in my own work, I write different books with different subjects in different voices.

RR: Why are people attracted to memoirs? Barbara Carole: If they are well written, they depict how exciting the stories of real life can be. Sometimes more extraordinary than fiction.

RR: What is your current writing project? Barbara Carole: A novel with three most unusual characters.

RR: What was the hardest part of writing your memoir? Barbara Carole: Remembering and re-creating the things that hurt.

RR: Outside of writing, what is your favorite way to spend time? Barbara Carole: Reading, walking in nature, and in the company of friends and family.

RR: From whence comes your sense of self-worth? Is it innate? Does it emanate from your writing?
Barbara Carole: I am a child of God. If He loves me, I must be worth something!

RR: Do you spend a lot of time re-writing?
Barbara Carole: Oh, yes' I take input from my writers' group seriously. Then, after the first draft I go through for a serious edit, and again after 6 to 12 months, when I can read it with some distance.

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