Barbara Joe Williams
Bestselling author, editor, proofreader...

...publisher, publishing consultant, and motivational speaker
Feature - Barbara Joe Williams

What made you want to be a writer? Why romance?
I fell in love with reading romance novels as a teen because that’s what my mother read. I would steal her books and go to my room and read them. When I became older and felt a desire to write. I came up with a great romance story about a married couple because that’s what I wanted to read about.

Describe a typical day for Barbara, the writer?
I write and publish full-time, so a typical day for me begins at home with a cup of coffee. Then I head to my home office, check my email, and respond to business as necessary. If I’m working on an editing project, I start reviewing it. If I’m not working on an editing gig, I spend a few hours writing or reading. I take a break around noon to eat, exercise, and watch Sister Circle. After that, I get on social media to see what’s happening, spend some time promoting my 28 books, and connecting with my readers. Then it’s back to editing or writing until about five or six p.m.

What do you like to do when you want to relax?
When I want to relax, I like to get away to the beach, go shopping, or go to the movies.

How have you changed as a writer since that first book?
I have changed tremendously as a writer since my first novel was published. I think I’ve gotten better with each book that’s been published. One major change I made years ago was transitioning from writing in third person to writing in first person. Once I tried it, I never looked back.

is a sequel (and standalone) to a previous release titled, A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. In this novella, Annette and John finally have their marriage back on track. Soon after Annette announces that she’s pregnant, she learns that Becky, John’s former mistress, is pregnant as well. From there, drama ensues by the hour until it reaches an explosive end one night. Will this be ANOTHER NIGHT TO REMEMBER or a nightmare to forget?

What inspired you to write this series?
I didn’t plan on it being a series when I wrote the first book. But after it was released, my dedicated readers kept asking for more. It’s taken me a whole year to give them more.

What was your first book?
My first book was titled, FORGIVE US THIS DAY, and was released in 2004. It was revised and re-released in 2014 as an anniversary edition to celebrate 10 years in the publishing business. It became a USA Today must-read.

If you had to choose one book to introduce a new reader to your work, which would it be and why?
It would be my first novel,
FORGIVE US THIS DAY, because that’s where it all started. If you like that one, it can only get better from there.

I know you have written a Young Adult series. Tell us about the series.
Yes, the series is written under my pen name B.J. Williams and is a four-book series set in the seventies. I choose this time period because that’s when I was a teen, and I wanted to show this generation how social issues were handled differently back then. The main character’s name is Reecy Jones and the storyline follows her through each year of high school.

How difficult was it writing in the Young Adult genre?
It wasn’t difficult at all considering I wrote about a time period that I was very familiar with. I think that made a huge difference. It would be a struggle for me to write a YA set in the current year.

What’s next for Barbara?
Well, I’m still writing and planning to release at least two books next year. There may be a sequel to

If there was one thing you could tell your readers what would it be?
One thing I would tell my readers: Please connect with me via social media so that we can get to know one another better and I can keep you updated on my new releases.

Tell us a bit about your editorial services.
I offer a variety of editorial services including critiquing manuscripts, proofreading, copy editing, content editing, and consulting services.

What advice would you give an aspiring author?
I would tell any aspiring author that writing is a hobby, but publishing is a business. The best thing you can do for yourself is to learn the business before you publish, not after.

How can readers reach you?
Readers can reach me via email, my website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Thanks, Barbara, for taking the time out to share with us!