Barbara Hannay is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than forty novels published in twenty-six languages worldwide.

She lives in tropical North Queensland with her husband.

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2015 ~ Finalist

Romantic Book of the Year Award (Long contemporary romance)

Judged by Australian romance readers

MOONLIGHT PLAINS

 

2014 ~ Finalist

AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE READERS AWARD

Judged by members of Australia's Romance Readers' Association

THE CATTLEMAN'S SPECIAL DELIVERY

 

2013 ~ Finalist

RITA Award (Contemporary Single Title Romance)

Judged by members of The Romance Writers of America

ZOE'S MUSTER

 

2012 ~ Finalist

AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE READERS AWARD

Judged by members of Australia's Romance Readers' Association

ZOE'S MUSTER

 

2012 ~ Finalist

RITA Award (Short Contemporary Series Romance)

Judged by members of The Romance Writers of America

RANCHER'S TWINS: MOM NEEDED

 

2012 ~ Winner

Romantic Book of the Year Award

Judged by Australian romance readers

MOLLY COOPER'S DREAM DATE

 

2011 ~ Finalist

AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE READERS AWARD

Judged by members of Australia's Romance Readers' Association

MOLLY COOPER'S DREAM DATE

 

 

2009 ~ Finalist

RITA Award (Short Contemporary Series Romance)

Judged by members of The Romance Writers of America

ADOPTED: OUTBACK BABY

 

2007 ~ Winner !!

RITA Award (Traditional Category)

Judged by members of The Romance Writers of America

CLAIMING HIS FAMILY

 

2005 ~ Winner

Romantic Book of the Year Award

Judged by Australian romance readers

HER PLAYBOY CHALLENGE

 

 

2005 ~ Winner

CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award

THE CATTLEMAN'S ENGLISH ROSE

 

 

2004 ~ Finalist

RITA Award (Traditional Category)

Judged by members of The Romance Writers of America

HER PLAYBOY CHALLENGE

 

 

2004 ~ Winner

CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Awards

A BRIDE AT BIRRALEE

HER SECRET, HIS SON

 

2004 ~ Finalist

Romantic Book of the Year Award

Judged by Australian romance readers

A BRIDE AT BIRRALEE

 

2004 ~ Finalist

Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award

A BRIDE AT BIRRALEE

 

 

2003 ~ Finalist

National Readers Choice Award

Judged by North American romance readers

THEIR DOORSTEP BABY

 

 

2001 ~ Winner

Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award

Best Harlequin Romance

OUTBACK WITH THE BOSS


Duo Magazine

What does ‘success’ mean to you?

 

You know, this keeps changing. Before I was published, having a book accepted was my burning obsession, but then that wasn’t enough. I wanted to hear glowing comments from readers, to win awards and make bestseller lists. Now, with those achievements behind me, I’m looking more at the big picture of my life and I know that friendship and family are more important than any career.

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The Long and the Short of It

Barbara is definitely a multi-tasker. In her office, along with the two walls covered in bookshelves and the floor-to-ceiling built-in wardrobe stuffed with books, she also has a printout from her latest manuscript on the floor beside her AND a collage for her latest book. She also has good luck charms, cards from friends, and notes to herself all over her desk. She says she's looking for a place to put her RITA, which she won this year for Best Traditional Romance.

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Cataromance Website

First of all, tell us about yourself. How did you become a romance writer and when did you start writing?

 

I discovered category romance novels at the ripe age of 43, when I was teaching a unit of popular fiction to my grade eleven English class. It was love at first sight for me and I started writing straight away. It took me four and a half years to sell my first book while I continued to teach and raise my family.

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Friday Magazine

Where do you find your inspiration?

Some of my writer friends refer to “the girls in the basement” who send up our ideas. The truth is we’re never quite sure what stimulates the muse, but a bum on the seat in front of the computer is the first step.

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A Romance Review Website

Who can be found on your 'to be read' pile and is there anyone you'd like to recommend?

I've just finished Jennifer Crusie's Fast Women and loved it. Near the top of my waiting to be read pile are Connie Brockway's The Bridal Season, Linda Howard's Son of the Morning, Anne Tyler's Back When We were Grownups, Anita Shreve's The Last time They Met, and a HM&B historical, The Dutiful Rake by fellow Aussie Elizabeth Rolls. And just for a change of pace, I want to steal The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John Le Carré from the pile on my husband's side of the bed.

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Romance Writers of Australia Website ~ May 2002

Do you set yourself challenges with each new book?

 

I feel as if I'm learning so much about writing all the time, but I'm never sure if it shows. Yes, I do keep challenging myself and to a certain extent I think it has meant that I'm still finding out what my true voice is and what kind of story I write best. I'm beginning to understand that very emotional stories suit me. (I'm a huge fan of LaVyrle Spencer. I love the way she gives her characters incredible emotional dilemmas, problems that appear to be impossible to resolve.) With each book, I experiment... with levels of emotional intensity ...or the impact of setting... or a particular type of character... I love the challenge of trying to lift the bar all the time and would hate to feel I was getting stale.

 

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Romance Writers of Australia Website ~ March 2002

 

You seem to write two completely different styles of book, the "Outback" series aimed at the American Market and the more conventional romances aimed at the UK market. Which do you prefer writing and is there any difference in your approach to the two styles?

 

I haven’t consciously aimed my books at markets in specific countries. I believe that both UK and US readers like outback settings, but as I’m primarily an urban animal, I find it refreshing to take a break from writing outback stories. However, I must admit that when I returned to the outback for the books that followed "The Wedding Dare", I was very conscious of the way the setting became a third main character, adding a very strong flavour to every element of the story. I think this must be what makes these stories feel so different. It’s certainly nothing I set out to achieve. I enjoy writing romance in any setting and don’t have a strong preference.

 

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Romance Writers of America
28th Annual National Conference
San Francisco, California

July 30–August 2, 2008

 

Come along to Barbara's author panel entitled

"Emotion, Emotion, Emotion… Writing Romance with Global Appeal…" alongside Jessica Hart, Barbara McMahon and London editor Lucy Brown.

Barbara will also be taking part in the literacy signing.

More about the conference here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             
 

 

 

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