Enjoy I Love Vampire Novel’s exclusive interview with Paranormal Romance author Tricia Barr, as part of our ongoing October giveaway! Scroll down for more details.
I am USA Today Bestselling Author Tricia Barr, born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and now currently living in Sahuarita, Arizona. I’m married to my best friend and we have two beautiful but fiery little girls, Tatum and Syrena, who take up every single bit of my time, patience, and sanity, ha ha! I write paranormal romance, some PG and some very steamy.
How long have you been writing or when did you start?
I guess, technically, I’ve been writing stories since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I’ve always had a wild imagination, and writing and drawing were my favorite outlets. I’ll never forget, when I was in second grade I wrote a short romance about an Egyptian prince wooing a modern-day girl, and my teacher was so impressed that she handed it around to all the other teachers to read. It was so encouraging! But if you mean how long have I been writing professionally, it’s been since my youngest was born, because I definitely needed an escape during naptimes.
Why paranormal/urban fantasy? What drew you to the genre?
My mother, bless her crazy heart, was extremely overprotective of me growing up and didn’t really let me out of the house much, so I really only had my already overactive imagination to entertain me. I spent so much of my childhood living in this or that fantasy world that anything less than that seems boring. I don’t think I could ever write anything not fantastic.
Also, I’m a big fan of bad boys, and bad boys get way more dangerous and thrilling when you throw supernatural elements into the mix. Who doesn’t love a sexy vampire who wants to suck you dry in more ways than one? Or a seductive fallen angel with the power to fulfill your every desire without even touching you?
What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why?
I would say both develop at the same time. All of my stories begin with the concept, some hooking pitch I know will grab readers. But from there, the plot and characters come to me synergistically. You have to know who your characters are and how they will react to certain triggers, but also, my characters tend to grow minds of their own as the plot progresses, and I realize the plot has to take a new turn. I kinda like it when that happens.
What’s your favorite type of paranormal creature and why?
Is it a total cliché if I say vampire? Haha! I grew up reading Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, they’re what made me want to go into writing professionally, and I will always, ALWAYS, be a die-hard fan of Lestat. If I was on a supernatural version of the Bachelorette and could choose between any paranormal hottie from alpha shifter to Fae prince, I’d go with the vampire in a heartbeat—specifically, Lestat, if we’re getting picky.
Tell us about your heroine/hero. What inspired her/his quirks and struggles?
My upcoming bestseller (title pending 😉), Taken by Twilight, stars Evee Aldren. She’s a strong-willed character with some frayed edges and repressed desires. She’s on a separation from her abusive husband when she meets Justin, and faces the most powerful temptation and attraction she’s ever experienced. Then, fatefully, they’re both abducted for a dangerous game where fae regents get to compete for mates, and they have to work together to try to escape while fighting the passion between them.
I’ve known a few women who’ve gotten out of verbally, mentally or physically abusive relationships, and some who regrettably are still in them, and I guess I wanted to give them representation in this book. It’s not always easy to even realize you’re being abused, when it’s not physical. Sometimes taking the insults and manipulative silent treatments just becomes a way of life. And even after you realize it’s abuse, it’s very difficult to learn to stand up for yourself. This book is Evee finding the strength to love herself enough to let herself be happy. We should all do that.
Would you and your main character get along?
Oh yeah, we’d so get along. She’s a little bit weird and twisted like I am, so she’d get my dark sense of humor. And she’d totally be fun to drink with!
Which of the characters do you relate to the most and why?
I would say I relate to Evee most, but my favorite character is actually Justin, her paramour. His sense of humor always surprises me, even as I’m writing it—like I said, my characters tend to develop minds of their own. He has a no-bullshit, call-it-like-it-is attitude, and that always makes me laugh.
What is a significant way your book has changed since the first draft?
In the first draft, both Evee and Justin were faithfully but unhappily married to other people, which for me, made their attraction that much more tempting and off-limits. I was going for an Outlander sort of romance, like they thought they were happy before until they met THE ONE, and just couldn’t live without each other once their eyes were open. These things happen, and they’re not always villainous actions when they do, especially in the case where someone is in an abusive relationship and just can’t find a way out. BUT my awesome mentor advised me that readers really hate cheaters, no matter how relatable the story may be, and ultimately convinced me to completely remove the affair aspect.
Where can our readers find you?
While I do have a website, I’ll be honest, I’m really bad at updating that thing, haha! But you can always find me on my Facebook Page, or if you really wanna be a part of my process and get free books now and then, you can join my reviewers’ group on Facebook. Reach out to me any time, I’m a pretty open book and love chatting with fans. You can also find all my books on my Amazon Author Page.