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."
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.