Welcome to L.B. Dunbar, we are so excited that you joined in our Summer Lovin' Party and decided to let us pick your brain! L.B. has an Author takeover on our facebook page on Aug. 3 at 8 pm.
TWINS- Where is your favorite place to go in the summer?
L.B.-I love to go to the beach. Water and sand I find very relaxing.
TWINS- What is your dream summer destination?
L.B.- When I was a kid, we use to visit Virginia Beach, Virginia. I loved it there. As an adult, we visit Elk Rapids, Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan. The ocean and the lake don't quite compare, but as long as it's warm, I'm not terribly fussy. I'd love to visit somewhere exotic like the Greek Isles or Monaco.
TWINS- What is your favorite summer activity?
L.B.- Honestly, reading and sitting in the sun.
TWINS- Swimming or sun bathing?
L.B.- Sun bathing. I'm not a strong swimmer, and even though I know sun can be bad for you, I love the feel of sunshine on my skin.
TWINS- Fishing or boating or both?
L.B.- Boating, definitely. Not much into worms or fish...I actually tend to feel sorry for both.
TWINS- Beach or Lake or Pool?
L.B.- Beach on ocean first choice, lake second.
TWINS- Hiking or biking?
L.B.- Tough call. I like bike riding, but hiking is good. I'm not talking intense biking or hiking, more casual.
TWINS- Camping or vacationing?
L.B.- Vacationing. As a kid, my family always camped. We've done it with our own kids, but they aren't fans of it. Love vacationing.
TWINS- In your opinion what is the sexiest summer wear on a man? woman?
L.B.- Shorts, no shirt for guys. Wet hair is sexy too. Strappy dress for women. Perfect couple attire - long shorts, plain t- shirt, flip flops on guy and a strappy sundress with flat sandals for girl. Casual is better.
TWINS- What is your go-to summer read?
L.B.- I can't say I have one, but my go-to authors are Jay Crownover, Sophie Jordan, and Samantha Young. I do a lot of rereads in the winter and these ladies I love. I'm currently reading all of Mia Sheridan and Penelope Ward, so these ladies are this summer's reads.
TWINS- Since it is summer and we love steamy reads for summer, what is your favorite steamy summer read?
L.B.-I'm going to sound like a total snob, and say Sound Advice. It has all the elements of summer: small town festivals and fireworks; boating, beach, and family parties; and steamy summer rain at night, sounds of crickets, and moonlight dancing.
TWINS- Where do you prefer to read in the summer?
L.B.- Anywhere, but sunny spot in day and shady porch at night is preference.
TWINS- When you think summer what is the first thing to come to mind?
L.B.- Warm sunshine.
TWINS- Have you ever had a summer fling/love?
L.B.- Several *giggles*. There's just something about a summer love. I married the last fling I had. We've been together 22 years.
TWINS- What is the sexiest way to travel in the summer? (type of car, motorcycle, bike)
L.B.- I love a road trip. Before kids, my husband and I use to make picnics for the car with romantic snacks.
About the Author
L.B. Dunbar loves to read to the point it might be classified as an addiction. The past few years especially she has relished the many fabulous YA authors, the new genre of New Adult, traditional romances, and historical romances. A romantic at heart, she’s been accused of having an overactive imagination, as if that was a bad thing. When not reading, she’s usually driving one of her four growing children somewhere. She grew up in Michigan, but has lived in Chicago for longer, calling it home with her husband and children.
I’d like to say I was always a writer. I’d also like to say that I wrote every day of my life since a child. That I took the teaching advice I give my former students because writing every day improves your writing. I’d like to say I have my ten-thousand hours that makes me a proficient writer. But I can’t say any of those things. I did dream of writing the “Great American Novel” until one day a friend said: Why does it have to be great? Why can’t it just be good and tell a story?
As a teenager, I wrote your typical love-angst poetry that did occasionally win me an award and honor me with addressing my senior high school class at our Baccalaureate Mass. I didn’t keep a journal because I was too afraid my mom would find it in the mattress where I kept my copy of Judy Blume’s Forever that I wasn’t allowed to read as a twelve year old.
I can say that books have been my life. I’m a reader. I loved to read the day I discovered “The Three Bears” as a first grader, and ever since then, the written word has been my friend. Books were an escape for me. An adventure to the unknown. A love affair I’d never know. I could be lost for hours in a book.
So why writing now? I had a story to tell. It haunted me from the moment I decided if I just wrote it down it would go away. But it didn’t. Three years after writing the first draft, a sign (yes, I believe in them) told me to fix up that draft and work the process to have it published. That’s what I did. But one story let to another, and another, and another. Then a new idea came into my head and a new storyline was created.
I was accused (that’s the correct word) of having an overactive imagination as a child, as if that was a bad thing. I’ve also been accused of having the personality of a Jack Russell terrier, full of energy, unable to relax, and always one step ahead. What can I say other than I have stories to tell and I think you’ll like them. If you don’t, that’s okay. We all have our book boyfriends. We all have our favorites. Whatever you do, though, take time for yourself and read a book.
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