Barbara Bretton is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of more than 40 books. Her most recent title, Laced With Magic, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She currently has over ten million copies in print around the world. Her works have been translated into twelve languages in over twenty countries. Barbara lives in New Jersey with her husband but has many online homes.
Personal Blog: http://bmafb.blogspot.com
Knitting Blog: http://romancingtheyarn.blogspot.com
- Where do you live (city, country)? Central New Jersey, a few miles north of Princeton. Our area is a cross between farmland and horse country with a touch of suburban sprawl beginning to creep in.
- What is the weather like? Dark and warm and humid. I’m not a fan.
- Have you lived there very long? We moved here in late August 1986, back when some of the local roads were still unpaved.
- Would you rather live somewhere else? Absolutely not. Somewhere along the way I turned into a Jersey girl and I love it.
- Are you married or single? Very married. Extremely married. Practically married since birth. I was 18, he was 19 and they said it wouldn’t last. (It’s been 40 years . . . )
- Do you have kids? No, we don’t.
- Where were you born? New York City, the borough of Queens, town of Elmhurst. Right across the street from the railroad and down the block from a dye company and a diaper factory.
- What was your childhood like? Despite the railroad and the dye company and the diaper factory, I’d say my childhood was close to idyllic. I was loved, encouraged, and cherished every step of the way. Both of my parents came from wildly dysfunctional backgrounds and how they managed to create an oasis of their own is a mystery to me, but they did. My husband often refers to my childhood as Disney World Queens and in many ways it was.
- What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? I was thirteen when the Beatles first came to America in 1964, the perfect age for a full-blown case of Beatlemania. My friends and I were there at JFK Airport (I think it was still Idlewild then) when they landed and we were lucky enough to see them in concert later that summer. I spent most weekends roaming around the city with my friend Pat Durkin, hoping for random sightings of Beatles or Searchers or Rolling Stones. It was an innocent time, maybe a little bit crazy, but that was to be expected. President Kennedy’s assassination the previous November had marked the end of our childhood. Bad things happened to good people and they often happened without reason or warning. For a few happy months, John and Paul and George and Ringo helped us to forget.
- Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house? We live in a ten room house but we all seem to gravitate to the great room in the back.
- Do you have an outside job? I haven’t worked an outside job since 1982. I made the classic new author mistake of quitting my day job five minutes after signing my first contract. Fortunately for me it all worked out and I’m a full-time working writer who is grateful for my good fortune.
- What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? I love to drive down the Shore with my husband. I knit. He drives. We talk and laugh and plot my books. It’s a great life!
- What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Rye toast with peanut butter and sliced jalapenos.
- Do you have any pets? Three brilliant parrots of varying ages. Walter is a handsome Double Yellow Head Amazon of 35 years. Groucho is an equally handsome Amazon Yellow Nape of 22. Squirt is an adorable sociopathic Timneh African Grey of 15.
- Do you know your neighbors? Not very well. I’m a writer. I don’t get out much.
- Pepsi or Coke? Pepsi.
- Favorite time of year? Autumn. No contest.
- Favorite color? Sunshine yellow.
- Favorite book? Moving On by Larry McMurtry is tied with Family Happiness by Laurie Colwin.
- Does your car look better than your house? My car is definitely neater, that’s for sure.
- What’s on your mousepad? Dust. Lots of dust.
- How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? Infinity. I decided long ago that phones are there for my convenience and I choose whether or not to answer accordingly.
- What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? Maybe this will be the day . . .
- Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla, preferably in the form of Crème Brulee.
- Do you like to drive too fast? I’ll take the Fifth on that one.
- Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? I used to sleep with a stuffed cocker spaniel who was named after Mickey Mantle. (And yes, I still have him.)
- If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? John and Abigail Adams. They were so close I think of them as a single unit.
- What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? Now this is embarrassing. I’m not much of a drinker but I’ll admit to a weakness for pina coladas served from a giant pineapple complete with paper umbrellas and maraschino cherries.
- What is your zodiac sign? I’m a classic, stereotypical Cancer: home-loving, sensitive, thin-skinned, loyal, moody, emotional.
- If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be? Oh, that’s easy. The one that I have: full-time writer. I’m living my dream.
- What’s under your bed? A stack of Interweave Knits, one pink and yellow bunny slipper, and a copy of last year’s Mary Higgins Clark.
- Is the glass half empty or half full? Full to overflowing!