Writer Wednesday Welcomes Back: Mimi Barbour!!!!

Writer Wednesday welcomes my dear sweet friend Mimi Barbour! Mimi has blessed my blog once before and I was absolutely delighted when she agreed to stop by again. This time to promote her newest novel, Together Again and to tell us a little bit about how she came to write romance with time travel. *Brilliant* First, let me refresh everyone on Mimi and say “Welcome, welcome, welcome back to Musings!

About Mimi:

I started writing in a serious way in 1999 when, through correspondence, I took a creative writing course. At the time, my husband and I were living in Guinea, West Africa and the schooling choices were limited. Stories cluttered my mind even as a child and by this time in my life they were clamouring to come out. Putting them into words and on paper became the challenge

Once, back in Canada, I started a two-year course on children’s writing, believing this was where I wanted to invest my enthusiasm and energy. I then took another two years, because writing children’s stories is very difficult. After four years I managed to have only one story published in a multi cultural magazine called Skipping Stones. It was a story called ‘Run for Joy’ and I’d based my young protagonist on a child I’d seen in Africa. I called him Keita. I have to admit – I found this writing hard work.

I changed.

Writing my first romance novel switched the hard work into fun, and I’ve not looked back. I love writing about men and women finding each other and falling in love. Along the way, it pleases me to make their travels difficult – spiced up with lots of humor and seasoned with a few tears, but always with endings that are happy.


Hi Julie,

How nice to get to visit with you again. I always like coming to your wonderful site so I can get a chuckle and read great blogs on many of my peers.

How my series The Vicarage Bench first started, and how the idea for spirit/time-travel came to me

Some years back, there was a TV show (1989-1993) called Quantum Leap where the hero, a physicist Sam Beckett (played by handsome (oh yeah!) Scott Bakula), would take over someone else’s body during each episode. Except that he would inhabit them without the other person being present. Well, I loved that show, but I used to wonder what happened to the other guy – you know the one he’d take the place of. And – without any invitation whatsoever I might add.

Move ahead to 2007. My BFF sent me the guidelines for a time-travel writing contest called Through the Garden Gate put on by The Wild Rose Press.  It came to me that if I entered, I could have a character spirit-travel and time-travel at the same time, just like ole Sam used to do. It would make the story more involved and interesting, or so I thought. Then I decided why couldn’t the other person stick around and be part of the conflict? Once I set this premise into play for the first story of the series, I enjoyed it so much that I continued following the same theme, and the rest of the books have been a blast to write.

The plots in these stories are quite involved, but for me, dialogue is much more simple. Quite often, it helps when the characters know what the other is thinking, and adding humor is easier. It’s possible to delve a little deeper into their emotions, and a lot more fun putting them into situations where there’s tension. My only difficulty is making sure they have completely diverse personalities – especially if there’s two women together as in book one of the series called “She’s Me”. A cynical gorgeous model, from 2006, leaps back in time to invade a sweet, chubby librarian from 1963.

A little aside here – Wild Rose wouldn’t let me enter the contest since I’d skirted their rules, but…they did offer me a stand-alone contract. Contest? Contract?? Humm, not such a hard choice!

Together Again by Mimi Barbour

In my newest release “Together Again” I really had fun writing Dani and Troy’s love story. Since it was my first full-length book, there was a lot more room to build the romance and help the characters find each other.

Back Cover Blurb:

Traveling ten years forward in time, Dani Howard’s spirit becomes magically united with reporter, Troy Brennan. He’s everything a girl could want in a man, and during their time together, she falls deeply in love. Though she must return to her own pregnant body, she gains his promise to come to her birthday party in seven days time where they will meet in person and continue their romance.

Troy can’t believe he’s fallen for a sixteen-year-old spirit invader. He’s so infatuated that when renowned author, beautiful Ellie Ward, comes on to him, as attractive as he finds her, he’s honor bound to stay true to his young love—or is he?

 

Excerpt:

The general store, filled with clothes for younger men, proved to be exactly what Troy wanted. He grabbed a pair of stylish bell-bottomed jeans and a black T-shirt from the overflowing racks and made his way towards one of the changing rooms. As soon as he opened the curtain and saw the mirrored wall he stopped.

“Hold it! Are you still there?” His voice warned of his seriousness. It was a rougher, no-nonsense tone—one she recognized from when he’d used it on the bullying blokes yesterday.

“Uh-huh! Where else would I be?”

“Don’t be cheeky! You can see right now, can’t you?”

“Of course I can. I see out of your eyes, don’t I?”

“Right! Fine.” He closed his eyes, continued into the change room, and stumbled when he stubbed his toe on the wooden chair.

“What in the world are you doing?”

“You’re only sixteen. You shouldn’t be seeing a man undress.” He hadn’t had to worry about her spying in his room, for there wasn’t a full-length mirror. He’d taken care never to look at anything she shouldn’t be seeing. Not an easy task but doable.

“Number one. Just ‘will’ me to leave and you’ll feel me shut down, because I’d respect your privacy. And number two, yours wouldn’t be the first male body I’ve seen anyway.”

“Number one, how about just shutting up instead of shutting down. And number two, what the hel—heck do you mean by not the first male— No, wait. I don’t want to know.”

“At least let me see you after you’re dressed. It’s very difficult carrying on conversations with someone you can only see from the inside.”

“What does it matter?”

“What if I told you I have a crush on you and I want to see what you look like, especially in your knickers?”

The tight jeans were only halfway up. Vertigo and embarrassment collided, engulfing him at the same time. His knee bashed against the chair and his forehead hit the wall. Muffled swear words and babbles that made no sense, except that the surly meanings were explicit, rang out before he spoke to her again.

“Stop that!” He sounded angry.

“Stop what?”

Was she giggling? “Stop saying things like that. You don’t have a crush on me. You don’t even know me.”

“I know you’re extremely kind, that you care about small children and animals, take on burdens even when you don’t want to, and—and you’re ambitious. You have a wonderful, warm chuckle, and—”

“Enough! For God’s sake, my head will swell. Look, sweetie, you’re sixteen—“

“Almost seventeen.”

“And I’m almost thirty. Besides, you should be with a nice guy your own age.”

“I already have.”

“What?” Troy’s eyes popped open — wide, very wide.

****

“Ohh! You’re a smasher, you are.”

He stared into the mirror as if he could see into the soul hidden inside him. The ferocious look on his face warned her not to say another word. Instead she silently continued to view his features. His piercing, multifaceted eyes, brown and green, gold and gorgeous, were daunting.

Again, thank you so much for coming by! I always have tons of fun reading your stories. I’ve learned so much from you and I know others will too. In fact, if you don’t know Mimi yet, look her up…

Find Mimi on the web!

Please know that I love visiting with readers so come and say ‘Hi’ on my website at http://www.mimibarbour.com/ and join my newsletter for a chance to win a free copy of my latest release.

Or follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/#!/Mimibarb

Or on Facebook…

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mimi-Barbour-Fan-Page/203964072966134

Hugs…

Mimi

8 comments to Writer Wednesday Welcomes Back: Mimi Barbour!!!!

  • Hi Julie,
    I wanted to be the first to say hello and thank you again for – well – for being such a great you. It’s always fun to visit “Musings”.
    xo Mimi

  • Helllooo? Hellooo!! Anyone out there?? Sheesh – this is lonely…
    Mimi

  • Cathy Perkins

    Time travel adds such a fun twist.
    I’m curious, what made you decide to have your ‘traveler’ be so young compared to your hero? Did that add to the contrast with Ellie?

  • Laurie Mc Loughlin

    Hey Mimi – You know I love all of the series. You are an amazing writer. Keep up the promo!!! Hard work but worth it. Congrats on another great novel.

  • Mimi – Sorry I’m late! Congrats on the book! I can’t wait to read it. The excerpt is amazing!

    Robin :)

  • Hi Cathy,
    I’m so glad you dropped by. Humm – you asked asbout the age of my heroine. Well, in the plot I wanted her to time travel forward and so there had to be an age difference. I don’t know if I ever thought about the exact number of years if the truth be known. I saw her in my mind as a rather precocious young girl who would drive her host a bit crazy with her idealism as far as his reporting job, (she doesn’t believe a reporter has the right to invade another’s privacy) but still be young enough to have issues with her own self-confidence. It’s strange isn’t it how we see our characters and they become real as the story progesses.
    Hope that answers your question.
    Again – I’m so glad you commented. It was getting very lonely here…..sniff!!~
    xoxo Mimi

  • Hi Laurie,
    You are a sweetie. Thanks for the comment. Coming from someone who wrote such a wonderful book yourself, I’m thrilled.
    xo Mimi

  • Hi Robin,
    The old saying – better late than never – comes to mind, but I’d never be so passé as to use something that corny. (sure!) I’m just glad you commented. And I do so hope you like the book.
    xo MImi

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