Good evening campbellsworld visitors.
As we come to the end of what has been another Wonderful WordPress Wednesday, I’m Pleased and Privileged to introduce to you the newest arrival in the Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Family.
Yes, that’s right, I think of those I help to tell the world about their books, blogs, or businesses as my family. After all, I spend a large part of each day Living, Working, Laughing and Loving with them all.
But before I get side tracked, I give you, Barbara Spencer!
First, in your own words tell us a little about you.
About Barbara Spencer
No stranger to classrooms, Barbara who was born in Bowdon, in Cheshire, grew up in Birmingham, where she attended King Edward VI School for Girls, Camp Hill, together with her two elder sisters. She began her career teaching in a secretarial college in Barbados and Grenada, spent several years jetting round the world, and lived in New York before being relocated to Greece, France and the Middle East.
‘It was a fascinating time. I was present at the Black Power Riots in the West Indies, the overthrow of the military junta in Greece and the war in Lebanon. Our hotel in Beirut, the Phoenicia, which was later bombed, was ringed by soldiers, tucked behind gun emplacements made from sandbags. With pot shots being aimed at anything that moved, I left Beirut sitting on the floor of a taxi cab. As my daughter is fond of telling me, ‘after that, Mum, teaching swimming and learning to tap dance doesn’t quite cut it.’
A qualified swimming teacher and judge, Barbara gave her time and expertise to Street & District Swimming Club, where she taught children to swim three nights a week and watched her own daughter train or compete the rest of the week.
‘This is where I began to write – while watching my daughter swim up and down the pool for hours on end. I needed something to do and while swimming may be magical if you are taking part, it is not quite so interesting if you are watching. Writing seemed a brilliant way of passing the time. In 2006, Scruffy was published.
‘Asking schoolchildren to illustrate Scruffy was probably the most sensible thing I have done in years; the result was pure magic.
First published in Fashion Magazine in 1969, Barbara Spencer embarked on a highly colourful career spanning three continents in which she was caught up in riots, wars, and choosing Miss World. An award-winning children’s author, Barbara is now writing fantasy/magical realism for an older audience.
Where do you live?
In Somerset near the cathedral city of Wells, once the smallest city in the UK
Who are the special people in your life?
I have a daughter and three grandchildren
Do you have any pets? No
What keeps you going? I mean, like what inspires you and keeps you moving forward in your work?
For me it was never work – from the moment I put pen to paper I wanted to create new worlds
What is your favorite song? Impossible because I am mostly a classics guy especially opera so here it is:
1 from 4 different sections
The Closest Thing to Crazy Katie Melua
One More Night Phil Collins
Michael Crawford Phantom of the Opera
Renee Fleming Songs of the Auvergne
What is your favorite movie? Not one – perhaps ten which includes Moonstruck with Cher and Nicholas Cage
What is your favorite book? Not one – perhaps ten. Among them Natasha Pulley The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
What is your favorite food? anything with vegetables, love stir fries and Lebanese food with hummus.
What is your favorite quote? Il faut cultiver votre jardin – Voltaire . (go cultivate your garden)
What is your favorite affirmation? I refuse to give up
What is your biggest pet peeve? My brother thinks I’m old and should take it easy.
What do you think your best strengths are, and how do they help you in your work as a writer?
A huge capacity for work, a restless mind and an ability to ‘keep going’
What are your weaknesses, and how are you making them stronger?
A dislike of housework, a love of chocolate and a sense of the ridiculous which unfortunately my daughter shares. Not bothered about them getting stronger – I like chocolate.
What is your dream for the future, and how does it relate to your work as a writer?
I am pretty ancient – but my single dream is to sell a few more books before I do take Voltaire’s advice and ‘cultivate my garden.’
What is your preferred way of communicating, and how can someone reach you if they wish to buy from or work with you in some way?
My Website or my Facebook page at the moment.
Before you go, is there anything you’d like to add about yourself, or your work that I’ve not asked?
I began my career writing for children and all my books were published as paperbacks. From 2010 for about five years, I was invited by various branches of Waterstones to book signings on a Saturday. I also visited a great many primary schools because at that time I was writing mainly for children ages 8 – 12. When Waterstones ceased this practice and the signings dropped away, so did schools because it was no longer finally viable. By that time I had begun writing thrillers for YA – my one novel running hugely popular.
My last visit to a school was to a secondary school in 2019 when I talked about mental health and also a group of school librarians in 2020. I am also on the circuit for the Womens Institute and give talks to them.
My books all sold well in paperback and I regularly receive a ‘small’ cheque, and getting smaller, from my publisher, Troubadour, for books sold. However, with the huge Amazon market coming on line, in 2015 I decided I must follow and to write fantasy for a slightly older age group hoping I might break into the ebook market.
Despite huge amounts of effort – I haven’t succeeded and still sell more paperbacks than on-line and I am hoping with advice and assistance I might reverse this trend.
The books I am hoping to promote are my fantasy series – 5 novels in all. Good reviews, no readers.
On that note, I’d like to let you know about an upcoming book promotion.
Here are all the details.
The Click of a Pebble
‘You must promise never to speak out about your heritage,’ his grandmother warned, ‘because people fear anything different.’
‘Fear us!’ Yöst laughed in protest. ‘We are too few to fear.’
‘It makes no difference. We are carinatae, shape shifters, magical creatures …’
Only if Yöst keeps the supernatural powers of his family hidden will they remain safe from the witch hunt that has already killed the entire village, apart from two young children, Zande and Tatania. Unaware of their real nature, Ramon, a gypsy farmer who has fled the conflict in Spain, offers shelter on his farm in return for work and it is his son, Rico, the only boy in a house full of girls, who helps Yöst, through those first difficult years. As their relationship strengthens and deepens, Yöst begins to think the unthinkable, that he might stay and make a life there for himself and his siblings … forgetting that as carinatae, his date with destiny is approaching.
And with it … death!
Book 1 of the trilogy Children of Zeus
The Click of a Pebble will be 99p/$0.99 for 3 days on Amazon September 12 – 15
Amazon: UK lrd.to/click-of-a-pebble
The Year the Swans Came https://www.amazon.co.uk/Year-Swans-Came-historical-fiction-ebook/dp/B07H7MJFB2
The Click of a Pebble https://www.amazon.co.uk/Click-Pebble-Tryst-Devil-ebook/dp/B07SVVZSFW
An Ocean of White Wings
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