Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Author Interview: LB Dunbar

Welcome LB Dunbar to the Holiday Event. We are so excited to learn a little bit more about you and get to know your books. Thank You so much for doing this interview with us. I hope you all enjoy!

Holiday Interview

  1. Twins- What is your favorite Holiday?

LB- I’d like to say Christmas, but I’m a bit burnt out on the commercialization of it. I like the idea of it – believing in Santa, and the promise of Light coming, but I don’t care for all the pressure to purchase presents. Part of that is because I’m a terrible gift giver and I find it stressful.

  1. Twins- Of all the holiday food, what is your favorite?
LB- I’m a sweets girl, so I love pumpkin pie, number one, and Christmas cookies, number two. I’m not too picky about cookies, just any kind that are normally only made at Christmas time.

  1. Twins- What is your favorite fall read?
LB- Taste Test?! Okay, I won’t cheat. I love to re-read Sarah MacLean who writes historical romance because she has a new one every November. I usually re-read them in preparation for her newest.

  1. Twins- What is your favorite winter read?
LB- I’m a hypernater – that is, winter is my time to snuggle up and re-read. I plan to re-read the Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott. Beautiful Bastard series by Christina Lauren made my list over and over last year as did the On Dublin Street series by Samantha Young.

Twins- Do you like Christmas music?
LB- Love Christmas music, but I love the less traditional songs made by modern artists, like Sara Bareilles’ “Winter Song,” or Tori Amos’ “Winter.” I love ones that are just about snow and winter, but I do love traditional songs as well.

Twins- How early do you start to decorate for the holidays?
LB- I have decorations for Halloween which transfer into Thanksgiving, then it all goes away and I decorate for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving. I’m one of those people who has it all down and put away by January 1, though. I like to start the new year clean and fresh.

Twins- Sexiest thing to wear this time of year...woman? man?
LB- Jeans…sweaters…sounds boring. I’m thinking low slung jeans on a guy with a tight sweater and a leather jacket. For woman, high boots, short skirt and a snug sweater.

Twins- What is your favorite holiday song?

LB- “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” – It always makes me cry.
Twins- Have you been or are you ever inspired to write by the holidays?
LB- Last year, I stopped writing around the holidays. I just had a writer’s block with a story and put it off for a while. This year I’m hoping that doesn’t happen. My current WIP2 has a good portion surrounding the holidays, but it won’t come out until next Spring.

Twins- What is your best holiday memory?
LB- Each year we host Thanksgiving at my home as my husband’s birthday is at that time. I guess my best memory is that my oldest use to make cards for everyone telling them why she was thankful for them. She also used to mix up the word and say “gives-stanking”, so I remember that fondly.

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.

L.B. Dunbar

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