Welcome to Writing for Christ Ann Gaylia O'Barr, it is great to have you here! Do you have an interesting fact about yourself the average reader probably doesn’t know?
Before I began my job as a U.S. Foreign Service officer for the State Department, I had never applied for a passport. My first assignment to Saudi Arabia was my first trip out of North America. My early stories often involved an American woman beginning her first overseas experience, I suppose because my first foreign experience was so memorable (and scary).
Do you have a favorite genre to read/write?
I like “upmarket” women’s fiction/romances, which means they are character-driven.
Do you have a nugget of writing advice that has completely changed how you view writing?
A quote by Madeleine L’Engle: “Writing is simply part of breathing and living. It’s also a way of trying to understand what my life is about and, indeed, everybody’s”
5 things you love?
Reading, writing, and rainy afternoons when I’m free to do both. Also, hiking with my husband and stimulating conversation with family/friends.
What novel have you recently read that has stood out to you that both teens and adults will find enjoyment in?
I recently enjoyed Meg Moseley’s When Sparrows Fall, a finalist this year in the ACFW Genesis contest, Women’s Fiction. I liked the subtle characterization. Faith is a part of the natural deepening of their lives and of their growth.
Places for readers to learn more about you?
On my website www.AnnGayliaOBarr.com
Thank you for being with us today!
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