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What an honor to introduce today's guest columnist, Barbara Taylor Bradford, the author of 25 bestselling novels, published in over 90 countries in 40 languages with sales figures in excess of $82 million.
Ten of her novels have been adapted into television mini-series starring actors including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Liam Neeson, Deborah Kerr and Elizabeth Hurley. She has been inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America, and in June 2007, Barbara was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to Literature.
Barbara was born in Leeds, England, and from an early age, she was a voracious reader: at age 12, she had already read all of Dickens and the Bronte sisters. By the age of twenty, she was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. She published her first novel, A Woman of Substance, in 1979, and it has become an enduring bestseller.
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Thanks for visiting the book clubs Barbara, take it away...
I'm Never Lonely When I'm Writing A Book
When I'm out on the road promoting my latest novel, it's amazing how many people say to me sympathetically, "You must lead a very lonely life writing your books."
I always answer that it's not lonely because I have all these wonderful characters dancing around in my head, not to mention in the room. I then usually add that it's more of a solitary existence, rather than a lonely one.
But that's not exactly true. The solitary part, I mean. Because I do have a marvelous companion, who's with me all day in my office in our Manhattan apartment.
Her name is Chammi, and she's a lovely little Bichon Frise who is now fifteen years old, but looks like a puppy, with her glossy white coat, and sleek cut that I teasingly say makes her look like a white velvet sausage, and sparkling black eyes.
Actually, Chammi and I had another companion for fifteen years, Chammi's cousin Beaji, who sadly died last year. The two of them spent all those years writing my many books with me, and we both miss Beaji at times.
Chammi usually joins me around seven every morning, when I've already been in my office for an hour. She takes up her position under my large French desk, where I have my computer, telephone and yellow pads and pens for writing in hand.
Underneath the desk is a double-size handmade wooden dog bed, painted green and bearing the initials B & C, for Beaji and Chammi. I do a lot of research at this desk, make phone calls, as well as handwriting the beginning of chapters, and Chammi settles down comfortable, knowing we'll be here for a while.
As I roll to my smaller typing desk and get settled, I am swiftly joined by Chammi, who slips under the desk and relaxes on baby cot duvets, one of which is appropriately patterned with small white dogs! She dozes for as long as I am at this desk, but the moment I leave she's aware of it, and follows me devotedly.
I must confess, Chammi is the best critic I know, because she's never critical if I happen to be reading dialogue aloud to myself. No barks of disapproval, just a loving look from those big brown eyes.
There is a comforting feeling about having a pet in a room with you, especially when you're working, because the dog (or cat) is an extremely viable presence. That's why I'm never lonely or solitary when I'm writing a book. I have a sweet companion to keep me company.
Barbara Bradford Taylor
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Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
AUTHORBUZZ: A FATAL FLEECE (Seaside Knitters Mystery #6) by Sally Goldenbaum
A discovery of a precocious skeleton in a seaside knitter's closet, the murder of an old fisherman friend, and an unexpected inheritance plunge the knitters into a simmering summer of danger.
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