Getting to Know the Author: J R Barker

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

What is your genre? Why did you choose it?

I have two- children’s literature and Fantasy.

I have written a children’s book called The Adventures of the Frog Prince.
I also have another children’s book in progress that I am very excited about, but I don’t want to talk about too much until I’m closer to finishing.

ImageAmidst all that I am also writing a Fantasy trilogy about a Dragon Rider called Elaina. Again, no spoilers until I’m closer to completion.
I didn’t really choose either of these genres, they are what I wanted to write.

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

I try not to, but I have many ideas, when I get stuck I tend to flit between them.

Can you remember your first reading book?

Other than the ones they used to make us read at school (Biff and Bill) my first book was Wind in the Willows.


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

Sometimes, biscuits or chocolate. Whatever’s in the house.

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

I’d like to say tidy, but that would be a lie.

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

I self published. I’m not really sure what prompted this decision. I guess I wanted to make all the decisions about my book rather than rely on what someone else thought was best.

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

Terry Pratchett, Roald Dahl and Robin Jarvis.

What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?

Make sure you know your backstory and timeline well so that you don’t write yourself into plot holes.

Gosh, yes. The times I have come unstuck with wrong dates!

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

Colin Firth to do the voice of Prince Leo, Lucy Liu for Princess Adelaide. As for my little lisping spider I’m not sure.

I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?

I came home to find hear the next door neighbours dog screaming like a little girl. Turns out my cat had turned into the biggest ball of black and white fluff in the world and was chasing her.
The dog is three times the size of our cat.

(No-one was harmed.)

Jo Barker has been writing short stories for many years as a hobby and has now finally published.
Her stories take you on weird and wonderful journeys using a combination of fantasy and strange facts that makes the narrative more engaging.
At the moment she is writing childrenโ€™s tales but there are plans for other books.
Jo also creates videos with her partner. You can see some of these videos on their YouTube channel at The Ian and Jo Show.

You can Find The Adventures of the Frog Prince here

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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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10 Responses to Getting to Know the Author: J R Barker

  1. Glynis – Thanks for hosting Jo.

    Jo – Thanks for sharing your writing life with us. I admire authors who can open the world of stories and reading to children. I wish you much success.

  2. Hi, Glynis & Jo. Great post! Shared on Twitter. XO

  3. Excellent answers, Jo. Wind in the Willows is a good early book to remember.

    Of course the dog would flee in terror. Cats are the higher form of life.

    • Glynis Smy says:

      Cat lover, William? ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your support.

    • J.R.Barker says:

      Thank you. I’m glad that Wind in the Willows was my first read, it’s what fuelled my thirst for reading.

      The stupid thing is the cat is also afraid of the dog, they have been known to run away from each other, he just had an unprecedented moment of brave. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. J.R.Barker says:

    Thank you for hosting me Glynis, it’s much appreciated, and I love the layout. So swish ๐Ÿ™‚

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