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Author Spotlight: Barbara Ann Colbert

Name: Barbara Ann Colbert
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Book Title: The Boogiekids
Genre: Children’s

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Dorrance Publishing (DP): Describe your book in 10 words or less.

Barbara Ann Colbert (BAC): Imaginative, intriguing, heartwarming, delightful.

DP: What made you want to write your book?

BAC: Inspired by the adventures of my daughter and my younger sister when they were young children.

DP: How long did it take you to write your book?

BAC: Approximately 5 to 7 years.

DP: How do you choose the names of your characters?

BAC: They were originally the nicknames names of my daughter and my younger sister.

DP: What do you do when you have writer’s block?

BAC: Step back from the project for whatever amount of time it takes me to get re-inspired; try to isolate myself from day-to-day concerns and focus strictly on writing.

DP: What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

BAC: My favorite part of the book is when the ancient leaders surrender their powers and pass them along to the children.

DP: If you were stuck on an island and had to have one person from each category with you, who would they be and why:

a. One character from your book: 

BAC: Bubble – because of her kind, gentle and nurturing spirit

b. One fictional character:

BAC: Jessica Fletcher (from “Murder She Wrote”) – because of her adventurous nature

c. One famous person (living or dead):

BAC: William Borden – because of his love for humanity and his sacrifice of wealth for his devotion to missionary work

DP: Besides writing, what are your other interests?

BAC: Reading, Inspirational Speaking

DP: Do you keep a journal?


DP: How did you celebrate the publishing of your book?

BAC: Shared with my closest friends and family how much it was a blessing to be a published writer. Praised God.

DP: If your book was made into a movie, who would play the main characters?

BAC: I don’t know who would play those roles. That would be left up to those who specialize in that field.

DP: What did you enjoy most about working with Dorrance Publishing?

BAC: The work they did on preparing the book for publishing, particularly designing the cover.

DP: Five favorite books of all time?

BAC: Animal Farm; Needful Things; Misery; Beloved; Delores Claiborne

DP: One sentence of advice for other writers:

BAC: Never limit yourselves to what you think people will believe, let your imagination be your guide.

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