I’m so honored to have Barbara Scott on the blog today!
Barbara J. Scott, an inspirational book editor for more than eighteen years, has recently returned to her first love – writing! She has more than forty years of publishing experience, ranging from newspapers and magazines to inspirational books, and has written numerous novels, screenplays, and gift books. Among her many published works, Barbara is the co-author of the best-selling novel Sedona Storm, as well as the sequel Secrets of the Gathering Darkness, both published by Thomas Nelson.
She lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with Mike, her husband of forty years, and their Kidhuahuas, Sissy and Riley.
Her novella “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” appears in Sleigh Bells Ring: Four Contemporary Novellas, released in October 2016 by Gilead Publishing.
Santa Claus is coming to town, and so are the Tucker sisters.
Never mind a pony. The Tucker girls have inherited their father’s horse farm for Christmas. Make that . . . a run-down horse farm. It needs some serious TLC in order to make it sell-ready. Joanna knows that by recruiting her sisters and one handsome ranch hand they can fix up the place and even celebrate one last Christmas while they’re at it. However, to Isabella, returning to their home in Kentucky bluegrass country for Christmas seems like an impossible hurdle. Can her Chicago boyfriend make life merry and bright again?
One thing’s for sure—nothing is peace on earth for Sophia as a new beau brings up old wounds. And when the fate of the horse farm is put in jeopardy because Amy accidentally fraternizes with the enemy, tensions rise. But it’s not like the land developer stole Christmas . . . just her heart.
Can the Tucker sisters have themselves a merry little Christmas?
Hi Barbara! Welcome to the blog 🙂 I start all of my guests out with a fast four…
Barbara: Crisp apples
Barbara: Truthfully? The citric acid in oranges causes skin eruptions/sores in my mouth and on my tongue. Ewww! TMI?
Carrie: Haha! I had to ask, right? 😉 I’m allergic to oranges and they cause similar reactions for me but on the outside of my mouth.
Barbara: Summer. I love the sunlight, flower gardens, and I can wear shorts.
Carrie: may I point out here that you wrote a Christmas novella? lol!
Barbara: How can I choose? I’ve had both, but I suppose I lean toward dogs. I hate to clean the litter box. We have two rescue Chihuahuas now—Riley and Sissy—who have a doggy door into our fenced backyard. No fuss, no muss. lol
Carrie: My dog Zuzu believes this is yet more proof that dogs are the superior animal…
Barbara: Coffee. For a bazillion reasons! I love the aroma, the taste, the subtle nuances of a dark roast…plus it keeps my brain sharp. Did you know the latest research shows that drinking four cups of coffee a day can stave off Alzheimer’s? I’m not taking any chances…two cups in the morning and two cups in the afternoon.
Carrie: Ugh. With Alzheimer’s on both sides of my family that means I should probably start drinking coffee. But it’s so bitter! Where’s the study that says drinking hot chocolate can help stave it off too? I need that one… lol.
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Barbara: Speed reading. So many books and so little time! In fact, I never read a book twice. There’s always another great one waiting for me to dive into.
Carrie: Amen! Reading superpowers are the best 🙂
Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Barbara: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell published in 1877 but still popular in the 1950s. It was written from the perspective of the horse. Here’s one of the famous lines from the last paragraph of Chapter 13: “… there is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham…”
Carrie: That’s so true. I have a beautiful copy of Black Beauty that I received as a child. I need to get it out and read it again sometime soon.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Barbara: Lately, horse physiology, equine flu, equine veterinarians, and how to do a physical exam on a racehorse…all for my story of Sophie in Sleigh Bells Ring.
Carrie: You’d fit in here in Kentucky quite nicely with your newly acquired info haha!
Your novella in Sleigh Bells Ring is “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” which follows Sophie Tucker’s story. How is Sophie unique compared to the other Tucker sisters in this collection?
Barbara: Sophie lives and breathes horses. From the time she learned to ride at the age of four, she always wanted to be an equine vet and accomplished her goal with single-minded focus. A tall, lithe beauty with long, auburn hair pulled back in a ponytail, Sophie doesn’t have a clue how beautiful she is. She doesn’t wear a lick of makeup and dresses in flannel shirts, worn jeans, and scuffed work boots that have stepped in a lot of manure. This is a sister who’s not afraid to get her hands dirty, and nothing scares her. Feisty, teasing sense of humor, and doesn’t mince words.
Carrie: Sophie sounds like the kind of heroine I love to read about – completely opposite me but fun to befriend!
What is one of your favorite Christmas traditions?
Barbara: I love retrieving the Christmas decorations out of the attic and decorating our tree with ornaments my mother-in-law handmade every year: crocheted angels and stars, puffy teddy bears with glued-on eyes, plastic canvas Santa Clauses. For more than 30 years, our Christmas present from her was a new box of ornaments. Our tree topper is a painted porcelain angel with freckles and a red knit hat. It’s the perfect tree to wow children…not adults. The piece de resistance is the candy canes we hang on the tree at the very last and the Nativity scene we set up under the branches. Christmas music and mulled cider make it the perfect day.
Carrie: oh that sounds absolutely delightful! And what a treasure to have those handmade ornaments from your mother-in-law!
What do you most want readers to take away from “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”?
Barbara: The importance of faith, family, friends, forgiveness, and reconciliation. And of course, true love. Sort of the warm, fuzzy feeling you get after watching a Hallmark Christmas movie.
Carrie: I love that feeling! 🙂
Barbara, thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Barbara: At the present, I’m editing my historical romance in The Reluctant Brides series titled Dreams of My Heart, and writing the proposal for a contemporary romance series. I’ll share more as the projects develop, but I think you’ll fall in love with Texas cattleman Buck McKean and a feisty, petite Kate O’Brien, a new Irish immigrant to Montana Territory. Thanks for inviting me to stop by!
Carrie: I’m excited about both projects! Stop by any time 🙂
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What about you? What are some of your most treasured ornaments?