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Barbara Longley talks her latest release, 'Whatever You Need'


Whatever You Need
Barbara Longley

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The Haneys #2

April 2017
On Sale: April 11, 2017
Featuring: Kayla Malone; Wyatt Haney
268 pages
ISBN: 1477824057
EAN: 9781477824054
Kindle: B01MTJWJPO
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Also by Barbara Longley:
Tangled in Time, November 2017
Whatever You Need, April 2017
What You Do To Me, November 2016
The Highlander's Vow, April 2016

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Miranda Owen: Like me, most readers tend to fall in love with Wyatt Haney in your novel, WHATEVER YOU NEED. Iím always a sucker for a ďnice guyĒ hero like Wyatt. What type of hero do you most enjoy writing about, and reading about?

Barbara Longley: Thank you! Iím kind of in love with Wyatt myself! All you have to do is read a few of my books to see I love heroes who are kind of clueless when it comes to women and romance, but they are golden when it comes to the kind of men they are. I like a complex guy, who may have had his heart tossed into a cement mixer a couple of times. Heís a good man who maybe went down the wrong path, and now heís just waiting for the right woman to point him back in the right direction. I prefer everyday heroes to alpha males.

Miranda Owen: Do you find it challenging writing about child characters, like five-year-old Brady in WHATEVER YOU NEED?

Barbara Longley: Not at all. I raised two children of my own, and I was an elementary teacher in the primary grades for twenty years. I absolutely love to write children characters, because they are so honest, innocent, open and inquisitive.

Miranda Owen: Having just read your latest release, WHATEVER YOU NEED, and loving it, I noticed that you have another contemporary romance series Ė Love From the Heartland, Perfect, Indiana. Could you describe, for readers who might be new to either series how the two series differ from each other?

Barbara Longley: Each of the Love from the Heartland books deals with a serious problem facing our military men and women as they try to reintegrate into civilian life post-combat deployments. Each book deals with a different issue. PTSD is a common thread throughout the series. See, I wish like hell all of our veterans could find their HEA, but because that isnít always the case, I wrote books where wounded warriors, three males and one female, get their HEA and find their place of healing in the fictitious small town of Perfect, Indiana. The Haney series is much more light-hearted. No matter what I write, I canít help but infuse some humor into the story. Humor is an excellent coping mechanism. Life is tough if we canít laugh at our own human foibles. With the Perfect, Indiana series, I wanted to explore the issues facing real GI Joes and Janes, and with the Haneys series, I wanted to try my hand at romantic comedy

Miranda Owen: What makes you interested in creating characters who are were either in the military, or touched by war in some way?

Barbara Longley: I was inspired by an Associated Press release, involving a convoy escorting Iraqi officials to Mosul, a hotbed of insurgents. The convoy hit an IED, and five soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice. That got me thinking about what it must be like to survive something like that, when your close friend didnít. Then I started doing a lot of research about what our troops face on a daily basis, PTSD, and a whole host of issues, including getting a Dear John letter while deployed in a combat zone. Naturally, I had to turn everything I learned into stories with HEAs, because thatís how I wish the world worked.

Miranda Owen: I love historical romance, but havenít tried any of your Novels of Loch Moigh books yet. Could you tell readers a little about them? How would you describe the tone? Character-driven, or more centered on the action and intrigue?

Barbara Longley: The Novels of Loch Moigh are what I like to call OUTLANDER Lite. They are Scottish time travels, infused with fae magic, intrigue, mystery and adventure. Each book has a very clear villain, and they include some tense fight scenes. But again, also lots of humor, and each book involves a different romance and couple, though you see previous characters from the earlier books in each story. The villains are not the meddling faerie who sends individuals back and forth though time, though. Ńine, the faerie, has her own personal reasons for what she does, but they arenít nefarious. The Medieval era was a vicious and brutal time. If you wanted power, you plotted, killed or stole to get it. The villains are Medieval men who have evil agendas toward the hero or heroine in each tale.

Miranda Owen: I see that the fae play a part in your Novels of Loch Moigh series. Most of the stories Iíve read tend to cast fae characters as the villain or in a negative light, how are they portrayed in your series? What keeps you writing about them?

Barbara Longley: In Heart of the Druid Laird, Ńine (the same faerie as in the Loch Moigh series) is portrayed as vindictive. In the Novels of Loch Moigh, sheís meddlesome, but not evil. The thing is, the Tuatha Dť Danann are demi-gods with magical powers. They are immortals, and the ancient Celts worshipped them. Fae egos are extremely inflated, and they donít view life, time or humans the same way we do. They can run the entire gamut when it comes to characteristics, which is why I find them fun to write. The fae can be benevolent, seductive, mischievous or downright evil, and thatís what I love about them as characters.

Miranda Owen: What are you currently working on?

Barbara Longley: I just finished and turned in the first book in a brand new Celtic time travel series set in Ireland, called TANGLED IN TIME. It will be out in October, 2017. The first book is another curse/quest high stakes tale along the lines of HEART OF THE DRUID LAIRD. I love writing fight scenes, and bringing characters to the sharp point of peril before they get their HEA.

 

 

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2 comments posted.

Re: Barbara Longley talks her latest release, 'Whatever You Need'

Thanks for the interview. It was most interesting. I will be
looking for the books.
(Kathleen Bylsma 1:09pm April 29)

wow
(Taba Khato 6:52pm April 29)

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