Bluewood interviews Barbara Phipps, author of The Threlfalls

Bluewood Publishing: Hi there, welcome to Bluewood. Tell us a little about yourself. What part of the world do you live in? Tell us about your background?

Barbara: I live in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England. I am married to David, a barber. Now retired, I describe my career as that of a serial assistant to the medical profession, having worked with pharmacists, vets, dentists, pathologists and general practitioners.
Our two grown up children have left home, leaving me with time to write, at last. I enjoy gardening, and entertaining our many friends.

Bluewood: Who are your favorite authors?

Barbara: Joanna Trollope. Alexander McCall Smith

Bluewood: What is your genre and what attracts you to that genre, and what made you want to write it?

Barbara: Mainstream fiction. I enjoy fiction with feasibility. No fantasy, leaps of faith or co-incidences. I enjoy creating realistic characters.

Bluewood: The question you are probably always asked – how long have you been writing?

Barbara: About four years

Bluewood: Does the way you personally look at life reflect in your writing style?

Barbara: Yes, although I didn’t realize it initially.

Bluewood: What concept or situation about your book makes it so unique?

Barbara: The time and the setting. I knew Leeds in the fifties and sixties and have woven fact with fiction.

Bluewood: Tell us about The Threlfalls. What was your inspiration for this book?

Barbara: Some of the scenes are based on my husband’s childhood. His grandfather was a publican.

Bluewood: What is your favorite scene from the book and why?

Barbara: When Charlie visits Gloria in Manchester. I don’t know why I find writing about Gloria so easy. Quite worrying.

Bluewood: Have you written other books?

Barbara: Yes. I hope ‘Never Ask Why’ will be published in 2013, and am currently writing a sequel to ‘The Threlfalls.’

Bluewood: If you could tell us one thing about the Mainstream Fiction that makes your mind spin with ideas, what would that be?

Barbara: The way mainstream fiction characters react to situations, creating their own story.