Artist Spotlight Series: Author Barbara Woster

So far, the Artist Spotlight Series has mainly focused on painters/drawers, though the term “"artist” is broader than just those two categories. This week, we bring you an interview with author Barbara Woster who has published multiple titles and is a business owner. Let’s dive in!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m an author and a business owner. I’ve written 10 titles to date. Most were self-published; however, my latest novel, 36 Hours, was recently picked up by a London publisher. It released at the end of September.
— BW

What initially got you into writing?

When I was fourteen, a friend of mine got to playing a little too rough at the bus stop one morning. The result? A shattered knee. Mine!

After undergoing surgery, I was laid up in bed for an entire year. The only things that I had to entertain myself with were books. In particular, Harlequin Romance. One day, my father stopped in and saw all of the romance books strewn across the bed and left, without a word. Within five minutes he was back. He tossed a book onto my lap and said, “You need to broaden your reading horizons.” He placed a kiss on my forehead and left again.

The book lying on my lap? Iceberg by Clive Cussler.

I’d never heard of this author, nor was I familiar with his works, but my dad, an avid reader also, wouldn’t hand me something not worth reading. I opened to the first page and was immediately engrossed in the story of intrigue. Dirk Pitt became my ideal hero.

That day, I fell in love with the written word.

When I began writing, I decided to take events from my life and transform them into elaborate stories. It was an exercise in catharticism. Later, my children and my husband offered an endless supply of ideas, both deliberate and inadvertent. Their input and support is why all of my books are dedicated to them, with much love.

Today, I own and operate a state-licensed daycare facility and write as often as time affords. To date, I have written 10 titles. Because I’ve self-published and have also had works picked up by a traditional publisher, I am what is now referred to as a “hybrid” author.

Additionally, I write using the names B. Woster and B.J. Woster, to distinguish between genres.
— BW
 

Who and/or what inspires you to create?

My family. From encouraging me daily to keep writing, to offering suggestions for a new book; my family are my greatest champions and inspiration.
— BW

Do you have any upcoming book signings?

I have two book signings scheduled for October. Both will be held at a Barnes & Nobel book store:

1. B&N Medford @ 2 p.m. on October 12th
1400 Biddle Road

2. B&N Eugene @ 2 p.m. on October 27th
1163 Valley River Drive
— BW

We’d like to thank Barbara for taking the time to answer our questions. If you live in the Oregon area be sure to check her out at one the book signing locations above. If you’d like to learn more about her and follow her and work, we’ve provided links below!