Getting to Know the Author: Barbara Brink

ImageImageWelcome, Barbara. Let’s find out more about you …



What is your genre? Why did you choose it?


I write mostly mystery and suspense. My Fredrickson Winery Novels are mysteries set at a Napa winery. But I have been known to stray into other genres. In fact, this past year I wrote a young adult series, The Amish Bloodsucker Trilogy, that is about a teenage vampire slayer cleaning up a Minnesota Amish community, one staked vamp at a time.


Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?

In the past, I used to work on a couple projects at a time, but lately I try to finish one before I go on to another. I have enough trouble keeping all the books I’m reading at the same time, straight in my head.


Do you work with a writing/critique group?

I was a member of a critique group a couple of years ago. It was very helpful and I enjoyed the camaraderie but since we disbanded I have not found another group of writers in my area to join.


Can you remember your first reading book?

I read so many books as a child that the first does not come to mind. But some favorites were The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, The Littles, and Heidi.

 Ah, Heidi. 🙂

Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?


I have a terrible addiction to salted almonds, chocolate, and black licorice.

 Yum to all three!

Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.

My desk is only tidy if I’m NOT working. If I’m in the middle of a book, it is littered with notes, books, coffee cups, and maybe a few candy wrappers.


Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.

I published a few short stories and articles traditionally, but self-published my novels. The first novel I put out was Entangled (A Fredrickson Winery Novel). I had many positive return letters from agents but no one would take a chance on a new author at that time. My husband happened upon an article about self-publishing and It really resonated with me. I chose to stop sending out query letters while living in limbo, and jump-start my writing career by moving forward alone. I’ve been satisfied that it was a good choice.


Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?

I have many favorite authors, but Mary Higgins Clark, Patricia Cornwell, and Victoria Holt have possibly influenced my writing just for the simple reason that I read so many of their books when I was younger.


If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?

For my Fredrickson Winery novels, I have always thought that I would get the cast of Chuck back together, but mix it up a little. Billie would be played by Sarah Lancaster, Handel by Matt Bomer, Adam by Zachary Levi, and Margaret by Yvonne Strahovski. Billie’s mother Sabrina couldn’t be played by anyone other than Sela Ward. I know she wasn’t on Chuck but I just think she’s perfect for the character.



Barbara Ellen Brink is an author, wife, mother, and dog walker. She grew up on a small farm in Washington State, but now lives in the mean “burbs” of Minnesota with her husband and their dogs, Rugby and Willow. In her spare time – when she’s not  reading – she likes to ride motorcycles, visit local wineries, and catch up on the latest movies. She is the author of the Fredrickson Winery Novels, Entangled, Crushed, & Savor; a humorous young adult series, The Amish Bloodsuckers Trilogy; and inspirational suspense novels, Running Home & Alias Raven Black. Her speculative/thriller, Split Sense, won the 2012 Grace Award.


Author website:

My books at Amazon USA:

My books at Amazon UK:

Available at most other online stores as well.


About Glynis Smy

I live in the UK, in the seaside town of, Dovercourt~Harwich, where I enjoy writing novels. I've written historical romance/suspense, Medical romance and my latest WIP is in the crime genre. The Victorian era fascinates me and the best part of writing a novel is often the research. Proud writing moments in my life: Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Fiction 2014 New Talent Award Reaching second round of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Maggie's Child: reached #1 Amazon best-seller: Historical Romance Victorian /February 2014/ebook & book paid list. May 2014 #3 Historical Romance Victorian, and #25 in Historical Romance paid top 100 best-seller list. Top 100 in three categories on Amazon UK best-seller listings in 2015. Seeing my books in a Suffolk (UK), library. Over the years I've written short stories in a variety of genres. I've also won a few poetry contests, my first was at the age of twelve, (a poem about the Bangladeshi war). I also won a children's short story competition where the prize was a first-aid box, I was so proud but my husband found it amusing because we owned two pharmacies. My articles have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. I am also featured in various places on-line. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters.
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6 Responses to Getting to Know the Author: Barbara Brink

  1. Glynis – Thank you for introducing us to Barbara.

    Barbara – I admire authors such as yourself who write in more than one genre. That’s impressive! I wish you much success.

  2. Amish Bloodsuckers? Now there’s a twist on the genre… on two genres!

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