EB: My name is Elizabeth Barone and I write contemporary New Adult romance, featuring sassy belles who chose a different path in life. When I was little, I wanted nothing more than to be an author, but growing up in a dying city, I thought I should go for something more practical. I didn’t think that I could make a living telling stories. So I hopped from trade to trade, never fully satisfied. Then in 2007, I felt the first excruciating twinges of what would turn out to be arthritis. I was eighteen. I spent the next nine years seeing specialists in hopes of receiving a diagnosis and maybe even treatment. Meanwhile, I couldn’t hold down a normal job. My body was no longer strong enough to handle it.
Through it all, I never stopped writing. In the summer of 2011, I sat on the couch playing The Sims 2 and mourning my recent job loss. I’d built a career out of designing and developing websites, and without it, I didn’t know who I was anymore. Around that same time, I started learning about self-publishing. It seemed really cool, and with my coding and graphic design skills, I had an advantage. In 2012 I self-published my debut novel, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
Since then, I’ve released five novels, several short stories, and a serial. In 2015 I signed with Booktrope. Though my arthritis has progressed, I haven’t let it stop me from doing what I love.
EB: I have a lot of friends and family who are single parents. I’m especially in awe of my brother-in-law, who has been raising his daughter since her infancy. Our society is super supportive of single moms, but rarely give a nod to the single dad. Those guys need more love. I was in the middle of working on another book when all of a sudden, I thought: What if a guy who was a teenage dad wanted to go to college while raising his daughter alone? How would he juggle a toddler, school, his career, and maybe even romance? Then I thought: What if he hired a live-in nanny on Craigslist and fell in love with her? Would it work out? I had to know.
I made myself finish the other project, but I wrote Max’s story in just a few weeks. He’s a single dad who loves music but settles for becoming a teacher instead. I knew what it’s like to give up your dream to pursue a more practical career, so I understood where he was coming from. It was so much fun to write. I especially enjoyed writing the scenes where Max and Savannah go back and forth.
BBB: What other books have you written?
EB: This spring, Booktrope will be releasing the first two books in my South of Forever series, Diving Into Him and Savannah’s Song. (Yep—Max and Savannah show up!) It’s a rock star series, with each book focusing on a different couple in the band. I have a couple other standalones, and another series in progress about a college student who gets custody of her little sister when their bipolar mother is forcibly committed. I also write Young Adult suspense and romance under the name Kaylene Campbell.
BBB: What are you currently working on?
EB: At the moment I’m writing a standalone romance set in a bakery. Here’s my working hook:
A waitress and the guy who stole her dream job and broke her heart years ago must work together when they inherit a bakery.
I’m also wrapping up edits for Diving Into Him.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
EB: I’m kind of a blogaholic and a social media junkie. You can get in touch with me in the following places: