Inkwell Guest: Barb Han, #RomanticSuspense

Hello, beautiful readers!

Today I’m so pleased to have my friend and fellow Princess here with me today. She’s agreed to answer 5 questions as well as do a giveaway! Be sure to leave a comment to enter. Contest good through midnight CT!

CaughtInTheCrosshair_BarbHan_750Hi, Barb! Thanks for coming to the inkwell today! I’m so happy you could join me here. What do you like best about writing romantic suspense?

First things first, thank you so much for hosting me today.

Oh, great question. There’s so much I love about writing romantic suspense, but the best part has to be when I’m really into a story (and sometimes working into the wee hours) and I jump when the dog sneezes, or a tree branch scrapes the window outside my office because all my senses are heightened–I’m experiencing the story as it unfolds just like my characters. Love that.

You seem to have a knack for writing heart-stopping action that keeps the reader’s heart racing. How do you sustain that kind of suspense for so many pages?

Thank you! You’ve given me the best compliment I could ask for. I think most writers write for themselves first, and I like a fast paced read. I want action, adventure, and something that forces me to turn the page when I should be asleep because I’m so invested in this wild ride I don’t know what’s going to happen next and can’t wait to find out.

Neither can I! You had me turning pages of this book. 🙂 I know you’re a wife and mom as well as write full-time. How do you find the balance between all that?

Balance is even trickier now that I’m published. I set priorities every day. I do my level best to give my family, career, and body the attention each deserves. I try to hit all three every day, and on those days I feel a sense of balance. Other times, I wake up and work toward my goals, accepting that I will fall short in at least one area. I’m blessed with a family that is incredibly supportive and they cheer me on at every stage. We make time for each other. I’ve given up a lot of guilty pleasures to make it all work. I had to sacrifice watching TV a few years ago, and I miss it. Although, Allison Brennan just gave me a great tip. She watches TV while on the treadmill. Brilliant! I’m scouring Craig’s List.

That is brilliant! I love Netflix (highly recommend). Now tell me: What is the best part about writing?

I get to live a thousand lives through the eyes of my characters. How cool is that?

It’s the best job ever. For fun: If you could be any color, what would it be and why?

Blue. Definitely blue. Blue is the color of water and sky. I love how soothing it is.

I love blue too. I knew there was a reason I liked you. Thanks for joining us today! Tell us what color you would be and why to enter to win an eBook copy of CAUGHT IN THE CROSSHAIR and a $5 gift card to Starbucks! Contest ends at midnight CT tonight.

By Michelle

I wish you all could be inside my head. The conversation is sparkling.