Thursday, August 30, 2018

Talkshow Thursday: Author of Biblical Fiction: Barbara Britton

Talkshow Thursday: 
Author of Biblical Fiction-Barbara Britton

Linda:  Welcome to my blog. It’s such a pleasure to have you. I read your books and love the way you bring Old Testament stories (and lesser known characters) to life? How did you decide to write biblical fiction?

Barbara: Thanks for having me on the blog today, Linda. My first book came from a series of chapel lessons I was teaching on young people in the Bible who did great things. I included the servant girl in II Kings 5, the story of Naaman. The servant girl gave me the idea for Hannah in “Providence.”

LM: Research is an important part of writing any book. How do you go about doing research for your stories?

Barbara: Very carefully! I don’t want to mess with theology. I’m married to an ordained minister, so my basement is filled with Bible commentaries, maps, and dictionaries. I check several sources and also Google the section of Scripture I am researching for original documentation. Occasionally, new archaeological discoveries hit the newspaper.

LM: What do you do to prepare yourself to write (e.g. listen to music, set up in a certain location)?

Barbara: I love music. I have a theme song for all my books and sometimes a song for a particular character. Music helps set the tone to my story. Lounging in a chair with a hot drink, is how I write my chapters. My typing skills aren’t good, so I write in cursive on a notepad and type the scene into my computer later.

LM: You also write romantic adventures for teens. What is your favorite childhood book or author? 

Barbara: The books I read as a teen are probably tame by today’s standards. Two of my favorites were “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls (I cried at the end) and “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I hit my teen years in the late 70’s. Yikes!

LM: "The Secret Garden is one of my favorites too! What is something you have always wanted to learn how to do?

Barbara: I wish I could sew my own clothes. With my height, I have a hard time finding pants that are long enough. I also prefer skirts and dresses with a longer length.

LM: Here are some quickies:

Favorite Season: Fall
Favorite Movie: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (the original).
Favorite place to visit: Hawaii

LM: What is your next project?

Barbara: My next project releases in October of 2019. I know. Traditional publishing is slow. “Lioness: Mahlah’s Journey” tells the story of the daughters of Zelophehad. I will follow the oldest sisters into the land of Canaan in subsequent books.

LM: Ooh, sounds interesting! Where can folks find you on the web?

Barbara: I have a website,, and I am on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey: When Adah bat Shallum finds the governor of Judah weeping over the crumbling wall of Jerusalem, she learns the reason for Nehemiah’s unexpected visit—God has called him to rebuild the wall around the City of David.

Nehemiah challenges the men of Jerusalem to labor on the wall and in return, the names of their fathers will be written in the annals for future generations to cherish. But Adah has one sister and no brothers. Should her father who rules a half-district of Jerusalem be forgotten forever?

Adah bravely vows to rebuild her city’s wall, though she soon discovers that Jerusalem not only has enemies outside of the city, but also within. Can Adah, her sister, and the men they love, honor God’s call? Or will their mission be crushed by the same rocks they hope to raise.

Barb’s bio: Barbara M. Britton lives in Wisconsin and writes Christian Fiction for teens and adults. She has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Barbara brings little-known Bible characters to light in her Tribes of Israel series. She is a member of RWA, WisRWA, SCBWI and ACFW.

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