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How many books have you written?

I have written two full-length novels to date and am currently working on Book 3 in my time travel series that has yet to be titled. I have been writing literally all my life. In addition, I am a graphic artist, which allows me to design my own book covers.

What inspired you to write your books?

They say the most effective writers write about what they know. THE LINCOLN PENNY and THE LOVER’S EYE breathe life into a fascinating period in American history, the Civil War, because I have a passion for exploring the intricate details of the past and, what’s more, lived it myself.

As an avid Civil War reenactor, the events I have participated in have given me a rare glimpse of what was. I know what it’s like to awaken at the crack of dawn to a bugle’s razor-sharp call to Reveille or recoil from the powerful blast of cannon fire. I have walked among Gothic archways in massive brick fortifications and danced the Virginia Reel at a soiree. I have camped amid a sea of white canvas in a simple A-tent on a barren hillside dotted with rifle stacks and crackling campfires. Sometimes it feels so real you think you are really there.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?

I don’t know how unusual it is, but I would say you can find me most mornings with my coffee at my laptop in an overstuffed pink rocker recliner by the window in our guest room. It is a great way to start the day, quiet and cozy.

What authors or books have influenced you?

Off the top of my head, the classic H.G. Wells “The Time Machine” and modern-day Diana Gabaldon “Outlander” Series have been inspiring reads. For American history, I am also captivated by two remarkable writers, Michael Shaara and Jeff Shaara and their Civil War Trilogy. Of course, there are so many more.

What's next for you as a writer?

Readers often tell me they can’t wait to find out what happens next and that keeps me writing and improving every day. I may be able to create an intriguing story and publish a great book, but it is ultimately the reader that gives it life. So, a huge thank you to all my readers!

About Barbara Best

Barbara Best began her career as a copywriter and artist with over 25 years in the fields of Marketing and Graphic Design. In 2014, she took her love of writing to new heights with the well-received debut novel The Lincoln Penny and its sequel The Lover's Eye released in June 2016. Her full-length novels have elements of historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure and science fiction/fantasy. They also reveal her genuine passion for history and innate ability to blend authentic detail with imaginative speculation. Living history, firsthand, Barbara is an avid American Civil War reenactor who has participated in Civil War era events held at national battlefields and heritage sites. Her hobby and a need to bring the past to life eventually formed the backdrop for her absorbing and heartwarming tales.

Having completed The Lover’s Eye, Best is currently working on the next book in her time travel series that continues the riveting story, cast of characters, and sweeping scenes from the American Civil War.

Barbara Best resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband Bob, and their chihuahua Jack. She is mother of two and devoted grandmother. You can contact her anytime by clicking Contact on this website.
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