Interview with Kathleen Y’Barbo & GIVEAWAY

RITA and Carol award nominee Kathleen Y’Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than forty novels, novellas, and young adult books. In all, more than one million copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad, and her books have been translated into Dutch, German, and Spanish, to name a few.

Kathleen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She holds a BBA from Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School and a certification in Paralegal Studies, and is a former member of the Texas Bar Association’s Paralegal Division.

A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen Y’Barbo has four children of her own as well as seven bonus kids she gladly inherited when she married her own hero in combat boots (read about their real-life romance here!). Kathleen is proud to be a military wife, even if it did mean giving up her Texas drivers license.

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Welcome back to the blog, Kathleen. I’m so glad to have you here today. Congratulations on your upcoming release, The Pirate Bride. I can’t wait to read it!

What do YOU love most about the hero and heroine in this story?

I love that while neither of these two expected where their lives would end up, they both made the best of the journey.

Did you discover anything surprising while researching for this book?

I discovered I could make a deadline even during a hurricane, Hurricane Harvey, to be specific. While the wind and rain blew outside my Houston area home, I finished this book.

That’s incredible! Sounds like this story has taken quite the journey to get here. 🙂

If you could go out to lunch with one of your fictional characters, who would it be and why?

Maribel, my Pirate Bride heroine, would be so much fun. She’s a bookworm who dared to sail with privateers. Who wouldn’t want to chat with her?

I know I would! 😉

Can you share with us a piece of writing advice that helped you in your career?

See point #2. Write no matter what’s happening around you. Wanting to write will never get a book done. Nor will talking about writing or taking classes, attending writer groups, etc. Just. Write. Even if you feel like what you write is nothing but junk, put words on the page. A little bit every writing day adds up to a lot.

So true. So important.

What’s something your readers would be surprised to know about you?

I turned down a date with Lyle Lovett in college.

Really? Wow! My husband and I saw him in concert a few years ago. 🙂

Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

I’m very excited to be part of a cozy mystery series –along with eight other amazing authors–called The Secrets of Wayfarers Inn, which will be debuting in May. Purchase information for that series can be found very soon on the Guideposts site at Then in July I have another full-length historical romantic suspense, My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas, releasing with Barbour books.

You’re a busy woman, Kathleen. 🙂 That’s all very exciting. I’ll be watching for those new releases. Thanks so much for joining us today!


Kathleen has graciously offered to give away a copy of  “The Pirate Bride” to one lucky reader. Enter below and it could be YOU! ;)

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Thanks for entering! A paperback copy will be given to the winner if they live in the U.S. An international winner will receive a digital copy. Giveaway ends May 2, 2018.  The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody! 😉

62 comments on “Interview with Kathleen Y’Barbo & GIVEAWAY
  1. Hannah says:

    I’ve been to a few. I think I enjoyed Collin Raye the most! So good! It’s funny though…I don’t even listen to country music anymore.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      It’s funny how our music taste changes through the years. I’ll have to look him up. I don’t recall having heard of him before. Thanks for sharing, Hannah!

  2. Terressa T says:

    The only concert I’ve ever been to was The Piano Guys and I loved it!!!

  3. Karen Hadley says:

    I enjoy your books and this looks great. I’ve been to several concerts and enjoy them.

  4. Faith Creech says:

    Yes, I’ve been to several. My favorite was the Singapore orchestra!

  5. Thank you so much for hosting me, Savanna!

  6. Mara Harvey says:

    It’s a toss up between Chicago/Earth Wind & Fire (they toured together) and Pat Benatar. Totally different music but I love both of them.

  7. Winnie Thomas says:

    I’ve been to several concerts, but it’s been a long time ago. I’ve seen the Beach Boys and Neil Diamond. We had some friends visit from Scotland and ended up with an impromptu bagpipe concert in our back yard! That was so much fun!

  8. I went to a Beach Boys concert back in college in the venue that is now Lakewood Church. Amazing concert! My kids went to a high school where the mascot is the Highlander, so I heard lots of bagpipe concerts during their growing up years!

  9. Kathleen, you writing through a hurricane blows all my excuses out of the water (pun intended)! My daughter spent spring break in Houston doing hurricane clean up.

  10. Bonnie says:

    Years ago I went to a Neil Diamond concert and also Huey Lewis! I would love to read your latest book, Kathleen!

  11. I have been to a few concerts but not a big concert person.

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  12. Debbie Clatterbuck says:

    I was supposed to go to a Boston concert when I was a teenager, but things happened and I didn’t get to go. Never had a chance since to go to any concert. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

  13. Melanie Backus says:

    I loved the Rod Stewart concert that I attended.

  14. Lori Smanski says:

    when i was in my early twenties a friend who was a professor took my husband and i to a concert at his college. Michael W. Smith. WOOHOO!!! what a great time we had.

  15. MS Barb says:

    Cleveland Symphony orchestra at the Blossom Music Center, near Cuyahoga Falls, OH

  16. Joan says:

    I have not been to a concert.

  17. Linda Romer says:

    Back in the day my favorite was/is The grateful Dead! Thank you

  18. Joan Arning says:

    Back a few years (20-30), I loved to go to Carman concerts! I saw him last year too but I’m older and so is he!

  19. Amanda T. says:

    I have been to a few concerts, my favorite was probably Michael Card. Although I really enjoyed Francesca Battistelli, too.

    I just got “The Pirate Bride” from my library today. 🙂 I love the cover.

  20. Caryl Kane says:

    I recently went to hear Paul Wilbur. I love his music.

  21. Patty says:

    I have been to quote a few concerts over the years. I especially enjoy a good Christmas concert/show.

  22. Connie Scruggs says:

    I’ve only been to a few concerts. I can’t really pick one as a favorite, they all have special memories.

  23. Laura W. says:

    I have never been to a concert actually. Kinda’ sad. I’d love to go to one; maybe this summer!

  24. Hi Savanna! The only concerts I’ve been to have been school band concerts. LOL!

  25. Cathy says:

    I am telling my age as I saw the Beach Boys and Chicago! I have gone to some musical presentations at the local performing arts center.

  26. Linda Horin says:

    I’ve been to a few concerts, but I think my favorite was taking my youngest daughter to see Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Achy, Breaky Heart”concert when she was about 8 years old. She was so excited!

  27. Sunnie says:

    Great author! Love her books!

  28. kim says:

    Yes Reba McEntire 1989

  29. Savanna Savanna says:

    I gotta chime in here…. my favorite concert would have to be Michael Buble. He’s a GREAT performer and that voice is perfection!! 😉

  30. Patricia Sanchez says:

    My favorite books to read are about ships and “pirates”. I can’t wait to read this one!!! Thanks for writing!!

  31. Melinda M says:

    the of Wayfanew seires sounds interesting.rers Inn

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