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Racine Journal-Times Interviews Me for their “Our Authors” Segment

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My interview with the Racine Journal-Times went live this morning, so I thought I’d get over here and write a quick blog to point it out.

Now, how did this happen?

Well, a few weeks ago, the Journal-Times sent me a list of interview questions regarding me, my writing, and my book, AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE. I answered them.


(Yes, I’m being intentionally deadpan today. Why did you ask?)

So if you’ve ever wondered just how long it took me to write AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE, this interview has the answer. And if you’re wondering just how long the ELFY duology has been in existence, well…

Let’s go to the interview:

How long did it take you to write the book? Thirteen months. But it took 10 years to get a publisher interested.

And if you ever wanted to know why I started writing? The interview has that answer, too:

How did you get interested in writing? I wrote as a child, but mostly poetry. When I went to college, then graduate school, I worked at my schools’ newspapers. I wrote some science fiction and fantasy stories in high school, sent one out and actually got good comments (what is called a “brass-ring rejection” in the trade, meaning I fell just short of publication), but I didn’t know what that meant at the time and put fiction aside for 10 years. Then I went back, and haven’t stopped since.

And that’s not all, as we discuss my book (including why I wrote it in the first place) and just what my connection to Racine is.

The most important part of this interview, though, is probably why I wrote AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE at all. But if you’ve read my blog before, or know anything about me at all, you probably already realize this.

Still, in case you haven’t figured it out, AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE came into existence because Michael and I got married, I had a dream about Bruno after reading an anthology about Elves (Bruno said, “It’s not like that!”), and Michael encouraged me to write down whatever was going on.

Because, you know, writer-spouses are like that. They don’t look at you like you’ve grown a second head. Instead, they tell you, “Hey, whatever is going on, you should write it down.”

So I did.

Because I knew the Journal-Times would be pressed for space, I left out the part about Michael’s encouragement in this interview. But I’ve discussed it before, most particularly here at my blog and in this particular guest blog I did for Stephanie Osborn’s Comet Tales.

Anyway, I’m pleased this interview is now up and available. So go forth and read it, OK?

Written by Barb Caffrey

June 22, 2014 at 4:06 pm

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  1. You had a nice article in the paper about your book! 🙂 Hope it brings you some luck.


    June 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    • Thanks, Lika. Let us hope so. (I wish people would “Rely Local” when it comes to local-area authors!)

      Barb Caffrey

      June 22, 2014 at 4:28 pm

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